In this week's Listener – January 12, 2019

by The Listener / 08 January, 2019

January 12, 2019

On sale January 7-13

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Culture of complaint

The new morality of a strident and vocal “Generation-Z” minority who demand protection from words and ideas they do not like is spreading quickly in English-speaking countries. by Joanne Black

Untold stories

British historian Sir Max Hastings reasoned that there was room for another book about the war in Vietnam because he wanted to bring the Vietnamese “back to the centre of the story”. by Karl du Fresne

Pioneer woman

Time has tarnished the reputation of one of America’s best-selling authors, but her legacy is undiminished. by Paula Morris

Brand awareness

Comedian Jo Brand’s deadpan style is deceptive, as some blokes have discovered to their very public cost. In a new how-to book, she emphasises the benefits of not giving a toss. by Diana Wichtel

This Life

Health Horses are taking a load off people at a Taranaki-based business. by Nicky Pellegrino

Nutrition Getting our quota of vitamin D becomes more important as we age. by Jennifer Bowden

Food Bold, zesty flavours and vibrant colours are a signature of these seasonal ethnic sides. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Not just for the ladies, rosé is a worldwide wine phenomenon. by Michael Cooper

Psychology The suggestion that you’re about to be exposed to something unpleasant can actually make it worse. by Marc Wilson

Sport A review of the pronouncements – asinine, otherworldly and otherwise – that caught our attention in 2018. by Paul Thomas

Books & Culture

A sense of place A 30-year-old Rotorua-born, Melbourne-based writer had publishers fighting for the rights to his debut novel. by Craig Sisterson

Books By Cecelia Ahern and Catherine Lacey; about wine writing; Stephen Fry’s book about Greek heroes and gods; and Alice Miller’s second volume of poetry

Lights, camera, action man The history of Pacific Films and John O’Shea, 1948-2000. by Peter Calder

Music From Lawrence Arabia, Anthony Ritchie and the Aquarius Choir

Film Cold War, Hurricane



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

Bulletin from Abroad Bernard Lagan in Sydney, Australia

Life Bill Ralston

Back to Black Joanne Black

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


101413 2019-01-20 00:00:00Z Life in NZ

Searching Great Barrier Island for the meaning of…

by Joanna Wane

Joanna Wane goes to Great Barrier Island in search of the answer to life, the universe and everything.

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Australian classic Storm Boy gets a modern remake
101340 2019-01-19 00:00:00Z Movies

Australian classic Storm Boy gets a modern remake

by James Robins

The biggest beak in Oz screen history returns in a remake of a 1970s favourite.

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Go South: The NZ travel show with no narration or score
101364 2019-01-19 00:00:00Z Television

Go South: The NZ travel show with no narration or…

by Russell Brown

New Zealand jumps on the captivating, if time-consuming, bandwagon of televising cross-country journeys.

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The downsides of tiny houses
101357 2019-01-19 00:00:00Z Property

The downsides of tiny houses

by Megan Carras

Tiny houses look marvellous but have a dark side. Here are three things they don’t tell you on marketing blurb.

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Scientists reveal the secrets to a restorative sleep
100946 2019-01-19 00:00:00Z Health

Scientists reveal the secrets to a restorative sle…

by Mark Broatch

A third of New Zealanders don’t get enough sleep and it’s killing us. Mark Broatch asks sleep scientists what we can do to get a good night’s slumber.

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10 tips for getting a better night's sleep
100957 2019-01-19 00:00:00Z Health

10 tips for getting a better night's sleep

by The Listener

Don’t use the snooze button on your alarm clock. Alarms spike blood pressure and heart rate, and snooze buttons just repeat the shock.

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Gone in 60 seconds: The hard lessons from the Cryptopia heist
101395 2019-01-18 14:38:51Z Tech

Gone in 60 seconds: The hard lessons from the Cryp…

by Peter Griffin

Time is of the essence in a bank heist, and in the digital world, cryptocurrency tokens can be transferred in a flash and converted to US dollars.

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Escape the hustle and bustle of Queen St at new Auckland central eatery NEO
101383 2019-01-18 09:28:19Z Auckland Eats

Escape the hustle and bustle of Queen St at new Au…

by Alex Blackwood

NEO is a new all-day eatery overlooking Queen St.

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