This week's The New Normal podcast: Pings can only get better

The New Normal podcast logo

The New Normal is Archant's news and politics podcast - Credit: Archant

The latest episode of The New Normal, the news, politics and current affairs podcast from Archant is here.

Richard Porritt, Cash Boyle and Matt Withers return to bring you the week’s news, politics, gags, gaffes and guests.

This week they discuss the pingdemic, Covid passports, rising case numbers and what it all means for the weeks and months ahead.

There's analysis of Dominic Cumming's latest TV special and the behind-closed-doors start of the Tokyo Olympics.

Plus Priti Patel's latest wheeze to treat journalists as spies, and what to do in this awful, awful heat.

The New Normal is available by heading to or by searching for The New Normal in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you find your podcasts.

You may also want to watch:

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter