In this week's Listener – May 25, 2019

by The Listener / 20 May, 2019

May 25, 2019

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Hope after grief

Supporting those who have been bereaved by suicide is not just kind – it may save their lives. by Bill Ralston

Flushing out extremism

Seeing a NZ flag flying at a neo-fascist rally in Germany in 2015 prompted Auckland University of Technology researcher David Hall to ask why violent radicalisation was affecting even his fellow Kiwis.

Democracy, the joke’s on you

The Republican Party’s strategy of not co-operating with Congress is undermining the system of checks and balances enshrined in the US Constitution, effectively placing President Donald Trump above the Paul Thomas

Owning our history

Calls are growing for us to take a more honest look at our past, particularly the wars over land and power that shaped the Sally Blundell

Mayfair lady

Diamonds and books are Kiwi designer Jessica McCormack’s best friends. by Clare de Lore

This Life

Health A rise in the incidence of a rare cancer is being linked to textured breast implants. by Nicky Pellegrino

Nutrition A balanced diet and regular exercise are the best ways to reduce the risk of developing diabetes. by Jennifer Bowden

Food Versatile broccoli, which is at its peak, is a perfect and colourful addition to pastas and salads. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Aiming for quality might be the wine industry’s best way forward. by Michael Cooper

Psychology Taking a different approach to achieving racial harmony is showing promise. by Marc Wilson

Sport Even the poor old Anzacs are getting dragged into the Israel Folau saga as former Wallabies coach Alan Jones fires up. by Paul Thomas

Books & Culture

Playing to the gallery Freshly installed in her role, new Auckland Art Gallery director Kirsten Paisley is already working on attracting funding and increasing audiences at the place she considers a national institution. by Sally Blundell

Books By Danielle Hawkins, Julie Keys and Tash Aw

Classical NZ composer John Rimmer

Music From Caroline Easther, and Barry Saunders and Delaney Davidson

Film Top End Wedding, The Hustle



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 Fiona Rae

TV Films Fiona Rae

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

Radio programmes


The drama and the trauma behind NZ musician Shayne Carter's rise to the top
107207 2019-06-15 00:00:00Z Music

The drama and the trauma behind NZ musician Shayne…

by Mike White

Shayne Carter’s career has been wild and acclaimed. But his just-released memoir reveals the drama and trauma going on behind the scenes.

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Rare photos of the Straitjacket Fits by Brian Murphy
The Handmaid's Tale is so chilling, you risk hypothermia
107150 2019-06-15 00:00:00Z Television

The Handmaid's Tale is so chilling, you risk hypot…

by Diana Wichtel

Season three of The Handmaid’s Tale packs a punch, despite some implausible scenes, writes Diana Wichtel.

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Christchurch mosque attacks: Accused pleads not guilty to all charges
107204 2019-06-14 00:00:00Z Crime

Christchurch mosque attacks: Accused pleads not gu…

by Anneke Smith

The man accused of the Christchurch terror attacks has pleaded not guilty to all the charges laid against him.

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One thing is certain: Political biffo is unavoidable in NZ Parliament
107183 2019-06-14 00:00:00Z Politics

One thing is certain: Political biffo is unavoidab…

by Bevan Rapson

Despite overdue efforts to improve Parliament's culture, political biffo will always be with us.

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The sweeping proposal to lower speed limits is on the skids – it's a good thing
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The sweeping proposal to lower speed limits is on…

by The Listener

Transport officials’ enthusiasm for a sweeping lowering of speed limits looks set to go the way of the once-proposed ban on cats in dairies.

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Are New Zealand's intelligence agencies watching the right people?
107185 2019-06-14 00:00:00Z Social issues

Are New Zealand's intelligence agencies watching t…

by Phil Pennington

New Zealanders who feel they've done nothing wrong have found themselves under surveillance by the state and say they've been left nervous.

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Never Look Away: A flawed masterpiece about life in WWII-era Germany
107122 2019-06-14 00:00:00Z Movies

Never Look Away: A flawed masterpiece about life i…

by James Robins

Epic drama captures an artist navigating the upheavals of Nazi and post-war Germany.

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