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In this week's Listener – April 6, 2019

April 6, 2019

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The happy medium

Money worries have set off a wave of populist politics in most Western democracies, but not here. Is that because our middle class have been doing quite well compared with those in other countries? Pattrick Smellie investigates.

Facing down Facebook

In the brave new world of the attention economy, a German regulator is intent on changing the way the social-media giant operates. by Cathrin Schaer

Prescription for success

Medical specialist and writer Eileen Merriman doesn’t have to dig too deep to find the angst, humour and drama for her award-winning novels. by Clare de Lore

This Life

Health Vaping as a quitting tool for smokers is attracting the cautious support of anti-tobacco campaigners. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition Post-surgery appetite loss can slow the body’s ability to mend, but there are easy ways to stay well nourished. by Jennifer Bowden

Wine South Island regions noted for specific varietals are more than one-hit wonders. by Michael Cooper

Psychology Kids with pets appear to have an advantage in life, but that could be because their parents are better off. by Marc Wilson

Sport For those who say it’s too soon to think about renaming the Crusaders, the right time will probably never come. by Paul Thomas

Books & Culture

Ocean’s eight The producers of Waru, the portmanteau movie by wāhine film-makers, have helmed a Pasifika project based on the same idea. by Dominic Corry

Songs for the birds A collaboration between Gareth Farr and Bill Manhire for New Zealand baritone Julien Van Mellaerts.

A way with words David Cohen

Books By Taylor Jenkins Reid and a roundup of spy thrillers

Music From Adam McGrath

Film Dumbo, Thunder Road, Five Feet Apart



Letters Plus Caption Competition, Quips & Quotes, Life in NZ and 10 Quick Questions

Bulletin from Abroad Bernard Lagan in Sydney

Back to Black Joanne Black

Life Bill Ralston

Politics Jane Clifton

The Good Life Greg Dixon


Diversions & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson

That’s Entertainment

Television Fiona Rae

TV Films Fiona Rae

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

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