January 12, 2019

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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


The many miracles of Aretha Franklin movie Amazing Grace
108368 2019-07-15 00:00:00Z Movies

The many miracles of Aretha Franklin movie Amazing…

by Russell Baillie

A long-lost concert movie capturing Lady Soul in her prime is heading to the New Zealand International Film Festival.

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The untold history of China's one child policy
108182 2019-07-14 00:00:00Z History

The untold history of China's one child policy

by RNZ

Nanfu Wang explains the story behind her film One Child Nation, which screens at the International Film Festival this July.

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Is Vladimir Putin right about the death of liberal democracy?
108314 2019-07-14 00:00:00Z World

Is Vladimir Putin right about the death of liberal…

by Paul Thomas

Vladimir Putin reckons “the liberal idea has become obsolete”. As Mandy Rice-Davies said, “Well, he would, wouldn’t he?”

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The psychology of psychopaths and social media users
108199 2019-07-14 00:00:00Z Psychology

The psychology of psychopaths and social media use…

by Marc Wilson

Psychologists are getting a picture of people who are big on social media. It's not always pretty.

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Acclaimed writer Greg McGee on his family's stolen children
108138 2019-07-13 00:00:00Z History

Acclaimed writer Greg McGee on his family's stolen…

by Clare de Lore

Greg McGee always knew his great-grandfather had kidnapped his father and uncles as infants, but now for the first time he’s revealing that...

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Video-streaming platforms are failing their impaired customers
108303 2019-07-13 00:00:00Z Tech

Video-streaming platforms are failing their impair…

by Peter Griffin

When it comes to video streaming, the hearing- and visually impaired can only dream about the technology that’s passing them by.

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We like big vehicles and we cannot lie
108312 2019-07-12 00:00:00Z Politics

We like big vehicles and we cannot lie

by The Listener

It would take a psychologist to explain Kiwis’ love for utes and SUVs. But it’s not the only reason people are revved up over the attempt to reduce...

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Booker winner Arundhati Roy on democracy in peril
108043 2019-07-12 00:00:00Z Profiles

Booker winner Arundhati Roy on democracy in peril

by Sally Blundell

Soon to speak in New Zealand, Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy discusses her complex relationship with her native India with Sally Blundell.

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