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In this week's Listener – March 9, 2019

March 9, 2019

On sale March 4-10

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Code red

A bestselling US reporter on climate change says the planet’s future depends on WWII-like fear and alarm. by Joanne Black

Huawei unplugged

As politicians grapple with the question of whether to let the world’s biggest mobile-phone technology provider, Huawei, be involved in our 5G network, Peter Griffin investigates how the company has landed in the proverbial.

Shuke, rattle and roll

A bout of depression, the Challenger space shuttle disaster, editing at the BMJ and stern words for critics are all in the mix as Carl Shuker releases a new novel. by Diana Wichtel

Expectations of insanity

A troubling picture emerges of Charles Dickens in a letter uncovered nearly 150 years after his death and his descendant Lucinda Hawksley is glad the truth is out. by Clare de Lore

This Life

Health Although the inner-ear disorder can be very distressing, there are effective treatments for Ménière’s disease. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition On hot days, cold drinks may not be the answer to effective rehydration. by Jennifer Bowden

Food Some modern Middle Eastern-themed desserts to farewell summer stone fruit in style.

Wine New Zealand’s less-familiar white-wine varieties are well worth checking out. by Michael Cooper

Psychology Environmental concerns are driving our move away from eating animals. by Marc Wilson

Sport Rugby participation ebbs and flows in New Zealand, but the All Blacks jersey remains a powerful lure for gifted players. by Paul Thomas

Books & Culture

On the side of angels Multinational collective The Silk Road Ensemble have been combining instruments as diverse as Indian tablas and Galician bagpipes for two decades to create a unique musical experience.by Elizabeth Kerr

Culture hero Peter Wells, 1950-2019

Books By Mark Brandi, Laura Sims and George Saunders, and about the man who saved France’s art from the Nazis, and the world’s 20 most common languages

Music From Avalanche City

Film Celia, The Guilty, Swimming with Men



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

Back to Black Joanne Black

Life Bill Ralston

Politics Jane Clifton

Bulletin from Abroad Bernard Lagan in Sydney

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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