In this week's Listener – October 13, 2018

by The Listener / 08 October, 2018

October 13, 2018

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Dear reader

Our brain development is being put at risk by the sheer volume of reading we are doing online and on digital devices. by Sally Blundell

In the frame

For 14 years, Wayne Montaperto was the prime suspect for the 1987 rape and murder of six-year-old Teresa Cormack. He served time for another crime he says he didn’t commit. Now, he’s won a rare intervention in the battle to clear his name. by Donna Chisholm

Myths and legends of the moon landing

The new feature film First Man is a reminder that fact and fiction have always been fellow travellers in space. by Joanne Black

At home in two worlds

A six-month sabbatical in Europe changed composer John Psathas’ view of himself, and his plans for the future. by Clare de Lore

This Life

Health Being a night owl can be bad for you but it is possible to turn yourself into an early bird. by Nicky Pellegrino

Nutrition Being flexible about “good” vs “bad” food can help with healthy-eating goals. by Jennifer Bowden

Food The Kiwi staple of meat and three veg gets a spring makeover with fresh flowers and vibrant herbs. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Aromatic pinot gris has found firm favour with fans of NZ white varietals. by Michael Cooper

Psychology Brain size may have a bearing on intelligence, but there is always a trade-off. by Marc Wilson

Sport Tiger Woods’ Tour Championship win underlines that his rehabilitation is complete. by Paul Thomas

Books & Culture

Talking head to head In his only New Zealand interview, David Byrne talks to KIMBRA about his life as a musical polymath, his forays into theatre and literature and the time he did the Tongariro Crossing.

Books A cultural history of Samoan tattooing by Sean Mallon and Sébastien Galliot, and novels by Lynne Truss, William Boyd, Nicky Singer and Pat Barker

Music From Anika Moa

Film Kieran Charnock’s award-winning performance in Stray; Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot; Beast



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

Politics Jane Clifton

Life Bill Ralston

The Good Life Greg Dixon


Diversions & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson

That’s Entertainment

Television Russell Brown

TV Films Ryan Holder

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

Radio programmes


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