November 25, 2017

On sale November 20-26

Subscribe to the Listener

 

Features

Born to re-wild

If a diverse range of the right microbes in our gut is the key to good health, what’s the best way to encourage them? We can start by not accidentally killing them off, the experts say. by Nicky Pellegrino

Home is where the heart is

Even those forced to leave their country by war would rather return than contend with bureaucratic hosts. by Cathrin Schaer

Foreign figures in the landscape

The influx of wartime refugees and émigrés greatly changed New Zealand’s cultural and intellectual life. But many of their contributions have, until now, gone unrecognised. by Sally Blundell

Refugee in the House

High achiever Golriz Ghahraman exemplifies how helping people escape shattered lives benefits those fleeing and their hosts. by Sally Blundell

 

This Life

Health Successful treatments are now available for people who perspire excessively. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition Flatulence isn’t much talked about in polite company, but none of us is immune from it. by Jennifer Bowden

Food In spring, young sage leaves are at their best, and well suited to a wide variety of savoury dishes. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine The best red and white wine buys of the year offer irresistible value. by Michael Cooper

Technology Nokia and Motorola are back in the game with some decent mid-market smartphones. by Peter Griffin

Travel Dublin, Ireland

Psychology Sleep disturbance and lack of energy can be signs of depression in new parents. by Marc Wilson

Sport Fans have little to celebrate from a loss and a win in two far-apart cities. by Paul Thomas

 

Books & Culture

100 Best Books of 2017

A shopping list of the year’s best reading, compiled by books & culture editor Russell Baillie and the Listener team.

Music From Kody Nielson

Film Human Traces, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

 

Commentary

Editorial

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

Bulletin from Abroad Anna Fifield in Tokyo

Back to Black Joanne Black

Politics Jane Clifton

Life Bill Ralston

The Good Life Greg Dixon

 

Diversions

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

Latest

Humanity is on 'the highway to digital dictatorship', says Yuval Noah Harari
96527 2018-09-22 00:00:00Z Social issues

Humanity is on 'the highway to digital dictatorshi…

by Andrew Anthony

The author of worldwide bestsellers Sapiens and Homo Deus says our free will is at stake. We talk to Yuval Noah Harari about his new book.

Read more
Why there's no 'clash of civilisations' between Islam and the West
96558 2018-09-22 00:00:00Z Social issues

Why there's no 'clash of civilisations' between Is…

by Yuval Noah Harari

There is just one civilisation in the world, writes Yuval Noah Harari, and the West and Islam are joint participants in it.

Read more
The Kiwi cicada expert who's just 11 years old
94985 2018-09-22 00:00:00Z Science

The Kiwi cicada expert who's just 11 years old

by Ken Downie

Hamilton entomologist Olly Hills isn’t in high school yet, but he’s already a world expert – and he wrote a book.

Read more
Thackeray's Vanity Fair gets a clever update for the millenial age
96633 2018-09-22 00:00:00Z Television

Thackeray's Vanity Fair gets a clever update for t…

by Russell Brown

A new TV version of William Makepeace Thackeray’s 19th-century satirical novel taps into today's celebrity-Instagram culture.

Read more
The debate over the Serena Williams controversy was a dialogue of the deaf
96659 2018-09-22 00:00:00Z Sport

The debate over the Serena Williams controversy wa…

by Paul Thomas

Serena Williams’ US Open outburst was unbecoming but the umpire made a mess of his response.

Read more
The classical blokes saluting unsung women composers
96670 2018-09-21 14:16:06Z Music

The classical blokes saluting unsung women compose…

by The Listener

The suffrage celebrations get a soundtrack from all-male ensemble NZTrio.

Read more
Labour MPs stand behind Jacinda Ardern's action on Meka Whaitiri
96630 2018-09-21 07:31:30Z Politics

Labour MPs stand behind Jacinda Ardern's action on…

by Gia Garrick

The public will have to wait to see a report into an assault claim against MP Meka Whaitiri, who was yesterday stripped of her ministerial portfolios.

Read more
A year of dangerous thinking: What's really behind the free speech circus
96551 2018-09-21 00:00:00Z Social issues

A year of dangerous thinking: What's really behind…

by Anthony Byrt

Metro writer Anthony Byrt looks at how a handful of extremists and “public intellectuals” are making money from manufactured moral outrage.

Read more