In this week's Listener – March 9, 2019

by The Listener / 04 March, 2019

March 9, 2019

On sale March 4-10

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Code red

A bestselling US reporter on climate change says the planet’s future depends on WWII-like fear and alarm. by Joanne Black

Huawei unplugged

As politicians grapple with the question of whether to let the world’s biggest mobile-phone technology provider, Huawei, be involved in our 5G network, Peter Griffin investigates how the company has landed in the proverbial.

Shuke, rattle and roll

A bout of depression, the Challenger space shuttle disaster, editing at the BMJ and stern words for critics are all in the mix as Carl Shuker releases a new novel. by Diana Wichtel

Expectations of insanity

A troubling picture emerges of Charles Dickens in a letter uncovered nearly 150 years after his death and his descendant Lucinda Hawksley is glad the truth is out. by Clare de Lore

This Life

Health Although the inner-ear disorder can be very distressing, there are effective treatments for Ménière’s disease. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition On hot days, cold drinks may not be the answer to effective rehydration. by Jennifer Bowden

Food Some modern Middle Eastern-themed desserts to farewell summer stone fruit in style.

Wine New Zealand’s less-familiar white-wine varieties are well worth checking out. by Michael Cooper

Psychology Environmental concerns are driving our move away from eating animals. by Marc Wilson

Sport Rugby participation ebbs and flows in New Zealand, but the All Blacks jersey remains a powerful lure for gifted players. by Paul Thomas

Books & Culture

On the side of angels Multinational collective The Silk Road Ensemble have been combining instruments as diverse as Indian tablas and Galician bagpipes for two decades to create a unique musical Elizabeth Kerr

Culture hero Peter Wells, 1950-2019

Books By Mark Brandi, Laura Sims and George Saunders, and about the man who saved France’s art from the Nazis, and the world’s 20 most common languages

Music From Avalanche City

Film Celia, The Guilty, Swimming with Men



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

Back to Black Joanne Black

Life Bill Ralston

Politics Jane Clifton

Bulletin from Abroad Bernard Lagan in Sydney

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


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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Win a copy of Sir David Attenborough's Life on Earth: 40th Anniversary Edition
104844 2019-04-19 00:00:00Z Win

Win a copy of Sir David Attenborough's Life on Ear…

by The Listener

To celebrate Sir David Attenborough season on Sky, we are giving away copies of his book Life on Earth: 40th Anniversary Edition.

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