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In this week's Listener – May 11, 2019

May 11, 2019

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The bone people

An approaching “tsunami” of osteoporosis is likely to profoundly affect people’s quality of life. Here’s what to do about it. by Nicky Pellegrino

How does he get away with it?

US President Donald Trump, who knows that conflict powers reality television, has weaponised political incorrectness. by Paul Thomas illustration by Steve Bolton

When Less is more

Andrew Sean Greer was more surprised than anyone when his novel full of literary-world perils and pratfalls won the Pulitzer Prize. by Diana Wichtel

The tooth is out there
The holy grail of dinosaur fossils is part of Te Papa’s new $12 million Te Taiao/Nature exhibition, thanks to an early family connection with New Zealand. by Ruth Barnard & Sally Blundell

This Life

Health New research into the brain has found that cardiovascular ill health is linked to cognitive decline and dementia. by Nicky Pellegrino

Nutrition The bad rap that sulphites, a common food additive, get should be weighed against their value as a preservative. by Jennifer Bowden

Food On cooler autumnal evenings, a bowl of soup is a welcome warmer. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Te Awanga’s brands are hot property. by Michael Cooper

Technology Huawei’s Watch GT ticks the design, fitness and battery-life boxes, but lacks bells and whistles. by Peter Griffin

Psychology Many physical illnesses can be made better or worse by what’s going on in your head. by Marc Wilson

Sport Backup first fives dominate the debate ahead of the Rugby World Cup. Is it time to revisit the All Blacks’ overseas-player rule? by Paul Thomas

Books & Culture

Double booked Bestselling Irish writer John Boyne heads to writers festivals here with two new works – a satirical thriller about the publishing world and a controversial YA novel about a transgender teen. by Linda Herrick

Feat of Clay Markus Zusak discusses his long-awaited family saga about a boy’s bridge-building quest. by Sally Blundell

Books By Ian McEwan and Joan Silber, and a Scandi-thriller roundup

Music Shayne Carter’s memoir reviewed

Film The Aftermath, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, Avengers: Endgame



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

Bulletin from Abroad Andrew Anthony in London

Back to Black Joanne Black

Life Bill Ralston

Politics Jane Clifton

The Good Life Michele Hewitson


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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