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In this week's Listener – June 29, 2019

June 29, 2019

On sale June 24-30

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Hitting the sweet spot

Māori and Pacific people have long been told that the state of their health is their fault. Now, genetics is giving scientists new tools to both improve health and fight discrimination. by Donna Chisholm

Secrets, lies & legacies

Greg McGee always knew his great-grandfather had kidnapped his father and uncles as infants, but now he’s revealing that startling family secret for the first time. by Clare de Lore

Comma chameleon

A life dedicated to language and a long love affair with Greece have informed New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris’ books and see her delivering “pure porn” to the word nerds of New Zealand. by Diana Wichtel

This Life

Health Tattoo regret is rising, but removal of the offending ink isn’t painless – for the person or their pocket. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition Far from being just an ingredient in salad dressing and dips, extra virgin olive oil is back on the menu for frying. by Jennifer Bowden

Psychology Psychologists are getting a picture of people who are big on social media. by Marc Wilson

Eye health If you experience vision problems, see a doctor immediately. by Mark Broatch

Food Winter’s arrival is an excuse to slide into gastronomic decadence. by Josh Emett

Wine Organic wines are always popular, especially with people wanting a healthier drop. by Michael Cooper

Sport The ribbing Australian cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner are receiving in England reeks of double standards. by Paul Thomas

Books & Culture

Her true colours A substantial new book charting the 50-year career of leading abstract artist Gretchen Albrecht reveals her constant push for new directions. Her paintings may be intangible, but they are triggered by real-life experience, she tells Linda Herrick.

Books By Siri Hustvedt, Elizabeth Gilbert and Tom Barbash, about a murderous preacher and Harper Lee, and a round-up of thrillers

Music Lisa Crawley and Once; Bruce Springsteen’s 19th album, Western Stars

Film Toy Story 4, Little Woods, Men in Black: International



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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