In this week's Listener – September 29, 2018

by The Listener / 24 September, 2018

September 29, 2018

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Features


All shook up

We know our country: it’s a small island nation dominated by the Alpine Fault, with a population of flightless birds courtesy of our predator-free past, and a history of human occupation going back around 1000 years. Right? Wrong. by Sally Blundell

Ice follies

He’s back on screen with a travel series about North Korea and a role in drama Vanity Fair, but Michael Palin’s biggest new project is a personal one – a book about early polar expeditions with a New Zealand connection. by Russell Baillie

This is war

The threat of weapons that could launch attacks without human input, including swarms of killer drones, is raising international alarm. by Stuart McMillan

Matters of life & death

One of New Zealand’s leading philanthropists has pledged a unique gift to medical research. by Clare de Lore

This Life


Health Early detection can pick up vision problems that, left untreated, will hinder a child’s development. by Nicky Pellegrino

Nutrition As the gut microbiome becomes a key health focus, how do we boost it? by Jennifer Bowden

Food Soft, juicy and rich in omega-3, New Zealand salmon is worth paying a little extra for. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Tasting 10 vintages of the famous Château Mouton Rothschild. by Michael Cooper

Psychology There are plenty of reasons public speaking is so scary, but in the end, practice makes perfect. by Marc Wilson

Sport Serena Williams’ US Open outburst was unbecoming but the umpire made a mess of his response. by Paul Thomas

Books & Culture


WOW, it’s wearing well The World of WearableArt show is celebrating 30 years. Founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff tells Sarah Catherall about the pivotal moments in its history.

Books About the way personal and political lives intersect by Olivia Laing, novels by Tara Isabella Burton, Sarah Selecky, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma and Nicholas Sheppard, children’s reading by Kimberly Andrews and poetry by David Eggleton

A way with words Tina Makereti

Music From Paul McCartney

Film Ladies in Black, A Simple Favour

Commentary


Editorial

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

Bulletin from Abroad Cathrin Schaer in Berlin

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 Russell Brown

TV Films Ryan Holder

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

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