In this week's Listener – December 8, 2018

by The Listener / 03 December, 2018

December 8, 2018

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Rocky road ahead

In the decade since the global financial crisis, investors have enjoyed a steady upward ride and very few shocks. Prepare now for the return of the “old normal” – market volatility. by Pattrick Smellie

I Kidman you not

When Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty was summoned to meet Nicole Kidman in a Sydney cafe, the Hollywood star made it clear she was serious about optioning the book. by Diana Wichtel

Our place in space

Half a century after the first manned spacecraft orbited the moon and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey surged across cinema screens, the space race is back on and New Zealand is in the game. Are we ready? by Sally Blundell

This Life

Food A special Christmas dinner in which seafood stars in the entrée courses before turkey takes centre stage to be followed by a fantastic fruity pudding from an old family recipe. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Celebrate the festive season with sparkling wines from Bendigo to Champagne, priced from $10 to $125. by Michael Cooper

Sport In the midst of the All Blacks’ loss autopsies, a great cricketing win went almost unremarked. by Paul Thomas

Books & Culture

Sorcerer’s apprentice Sir Peter Jackson’s long-time protégé, Christian Rivers, has stepped up to direct his first feature film and it’s the $120 million fantasy epic Mortal Engines. So, no pressure then … by Russell Baillie

Documentary Digitally restored and audio-enhanced film footage transports you to the World War I battlefields of the Western Front in They Shall Not Grow Old

Books By Catherine Bennetto, Kirsten Warner, Holly Throsby and Kim Stanley Robinson, Ed Hillary’s tractor ride to the South Pole, and a scenic book on the Awatere Valley

Music Australian legends The Church and a review of Mel Parsons’ new album

Film Beautiful Boy, Shoplifters, Robin Hood



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 & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson

That’s Entertainment

Television Fiona Rae

TV Films Fiona Rae

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

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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