In this week's Listener – May 4, 2019

by The Listener / 29 April, 2019

May 4, 2019

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Features


The need for nationhood

Pulitzer winner Jared Diamond’s new book, about empowering national identity to respond to crises, is bound to tip off yet another controversy, but, he tells Andrew Anthony, it’s about core values.

Bibi in the gun

With his re-election, Benjamin Netanyahu has become Israel’s longest-serving leader, but his victory might be short-lived if corruption charges proceed against him. by Karl du Fresne

Tales of two cities

A love of cycling, culture, architecture and his fellow man has taken New Zealander Peter Macky on an intrepid journey in Germany. by Clare de Lore

Moving with the times

Elizabeth McGovern may be on a tear with the upcoming Downton Abbey movie and New York period drama The Chaperone, but as she tells Diana Wichtel, it’s been a battle to get there.

This Life


Health Replacement knee joints are giving thousands of Kiwis decades of service, but don’t rush to get one. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition The chemical residues on fruit and vegetables are not dangerous, but rinsing is still advisable. by Jennifer Bowden

Food The cuisine of Israel’s second-largest city, Tel Aviv, is a fusion of many cultures and it is celebrated in a collection of recipes curated by renowned chef and restaurateur Haya Molcho.

Wine Kiwis’ demand for syrah has led to the emergence of two key styles: a drink-young and a good maturer. by Michael Cooper

Psychology Belief in conspiracies is more common than people may think. by Marc Wilson

Sport Forced to choose between Israel Folau and Tiger Woods, chances are more fans would go for the golfer. by Paul Thomas


Books & Culture


The restless artist Two new books and a major exhibition explore how painter Frances Hodgkins has become a Katherine Mansfield-like figure in our art history. by Sally Blundell

Books By Elizabeth Smither, Meg Keneally and Adélaïde Bon, short stories by Michael Botur and a crime round-up

Music From Aldous Harding, and classical recordings from Simon O’Neill and Hilary Hahn

Film The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps, The Chaperone, Breaking Habits


Commentary


Editorial

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


Diversions & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson


That’s Entertainment


Television Fiona Rae & Russell Brown

TV Films Ryan Holder

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

Radio programmes

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