In this week's Listener – August 11, 2018

by The Listener / 06 August, 2018

August 11, 2018

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Give me strength

We’re turning into a nation of middle-aged weaklings, experts say, and need to step up the exercise intensity. by Donna Chisholm

Muddying the waters

The Trump Administration’s attempts to discredit the investigation into Russian meddling adds to the suspicion that the President knows more than he has admitted to. by Paul Thomas

Truth under siege

Donald Trump’s lies are only the brightest blinking red light of many warnings on his assault on democratic institutions and norms, argues Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Michiko Kakutani in a new bestseller.

This Life

Health Cancer specialists could do better in discussing treatment options with patients. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition Food preferences that might make a nutritionist blanch can sometimes be perfectly okay. by Jennifer Bowden

Food World-famous chef Massimo Bottura and friends create recipes to feed the planet by reducing waste. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Raiding the cellar for a tasting reveals the benefits of ageing quality wines. by Michael Cooper

Psychology In-law jokes aside, it’s worth fostering good relations with your spouse’s parents. by Marc Wilson

Technology Feeling more connected to the world? Put it down to the unheralded arrival of a new internet link. by Peter Griffin

Sport Immigrant football players in Europe are easy scapegoats for a team’s failure. by Paul Thomas

Books & Culture

A shelf-made man Scottish secondhand dealer Shaun Bythell’s The Diary of a Bookseller has made him an in-demand author. by Russell Baillie

Books About the Waikato River, novels by Fiona Kidman, Kat Gordon, Jasper Fforde and Jesse Ball

Music From Courtney Barnett, Latinaotearoa

Film Mission: Impossible – Fallout, The Wife, Midnight Oil 1984



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

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 Catherine Woulfe

TV Films Ryan Holder

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Catherine Woulfe

TV programmes

Radio programmes


Norah Jones’s new beginning and return to New Zealand
104817 2019-04-21 00:00:00Z Music

Norah Jones’s new beginning and return to New Zeal…

by Russell Baillie

The jazz songstress is staying inspired by writing with others.

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Bill Ralston: Only fundamentalist Christians should be hurt by Israel Folau
104814 2019-04-20 00:00:00Z Social issues

Bill Ralston: Only fundamentalist Christians shoul…

by Bill Ralston

Israel Folau’s social-media post might condemn the Wallabies to Rugby World Cup hell, but the rest of us should ignore him.

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What happens next with the Mueller report?
104863 2019-04-20 00:00:00Z World

What happens next with the Mueller report?

by Noted

Did Trump “corrupt” with intent?

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The Heart Dances: Lifting the lid on the culture clash behind ‘The Piano’ ballet
104740 2019-04-20 00:00:00Z Movies

The Heart Dances: Lifting the lid on the culture c…

by Russell Baillie

Documentary offers an intriguing look at the clash of artistic sensibilities behind adapting The Piano into a ballet.

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How this remarkable native insect is being saved
104836 2019-04-20 00:00:00Z Planet

How this remarkable native insect is being saved

by Jenny Nicholls

Principles of bird conservation are helping to save another remarkable native you’ve never heard of.

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Environment Ministry 'unashamedly proud' of bleak report's honesty
104868 2019-04-20 00:00:00Z Planet

Environment Ministry 'unashamedly proud' of bleak…

by RNZ

The Secretary for the Environment Vicky Robertson said she was proud of the report's honesty and it was an important stocktake for the country.

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The new What We Do in the Shadows is more dad joke than demonic
104712 2019-04-19 00:00:00Z Television

The new What We Do in the Shadows is more dad joke…

by Diana Wichtel

Diana Wichtel reviews a new American TV series based on the hit Kiwi comedy.

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Louis & Louise is a satisfying exploration of gender and identity
104230 2019-04-19 00:00:00Z Books

Louis & Louise is a satisfying exploration of gend…

by Brigid Feehan

In her latest novel, Julie Cohen traces the parallel male and female lives of a single character.

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