In this week's Listener – December 1, 2018

by The Listener / 27 November, 2018

December 1, 2018

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Features

A life in stitches

Like many comedians, Rose Matafeo reckons she is more of an introvert than the extroverted “horndog” who wowed this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Michele Hewitson caught up with the rising star and crochet exponent.

Who do you think you are?
The credibility of the world’s most popular personality test has long been debunked yet the desire to understand our “type” remains. by Joanne Black

All things nice
Your personality is not set in stone, says Richie Poulton. by Jane Clifton

Card sharps

Retailers are banking millions of dollars a year from unredeemed gift cards that have passed their use-by dates. But it turns out an expired card may yet have some value. by Peter Calder

Finding happiness

Could an ancient form of meditation change the lives of prisoners for the better? A modern-day monk says it can. by Clare de Lore

This Life

Health Surgical mesh deemed unsafe for one medical problem continues to be used for another. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition Studies show a possible link between certain foods and a good night’s rest. by Jennifer Bowden

Food Our recommendations of the year’s most exciting cookbook releases from New Zealand and beyond. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Local wine is plentiful but drinkers are saying when. by Michael Cooper

Technology In the Android smartphone world, Samsung is far from being the only game in town. by Peter Griffin

Psychology There is discussion in many universities about the need for trigger warnings in course syllabi. by Marc Wilson

Sport The All Blacks were kept tryless; the Black Ferns lost. At least Ireland have a Kiwi coach and we’ll host the next women’s world cup. by Paul Thomas

 

Books & Culture

50 best children’s books of 2018 The Listener’s annual selection of top reads for children and young adults. by Ann Packer

Books Writing for youngsters is no easy option, says prolific author David Hill.

Poetry The year’s 10 best books of New Zealand verse. by Nicholas Reid

A way with words Karyn Hay

Music From Racing and Amalia Hall

Film Widows, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, You Were Never Really Here

 

Commentary

Editorial

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

Bulletin from Abroad Anna Fifield in Beijing

Back to Black Joanne Black

Life Bill Ralston

Politics Jane Clifton

The Good Life Michele Hewitson

 

Diversions

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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