In this week's Listener – February 16, 2019

by The Listener / 11 February, 2019

February 16, 2019

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Deep fake

Message manipulation using bots, algorithms and, now, AI software is making it harder to know what’s real – and threatening democracy itself. by Gavin Ellis

Knight star

Northland kaumātua, master carver, navigator and bridge builder Hec Busby was hoping for “no fuss” when he accepted a knighthood. It was a forlorn hope, with at least a thousand people attending his investiture at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. by Clare de Lore

What’s appening?
A revolt against the “Apple tax” and Google Play Store royalties looks set to change the app model. by Peter Griffin

Up close and personal

Cathrin Schaer meets fetish dwarves and sex dolls, experiments with a silicon vagina and attends a bondage workshop at the world’s biggest trade fair for the adult industry – in Berlin, of course.

This Life

Health Overloading of the tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes can be crippling – and recovery is a step-by-step process. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition Zinc, carotenoids and vitamins can help with macular degeneration, but it’s all in the formula. by Jennifer Bowden

Food They’re technically a fruit, but late-summer aubergines are a versatile and popular ingredient in savoury dishes worldwide. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Our international reputation is at risk when wineries bend the rules. by Michael Cooper

Psychology James McAvoy’s screen portrayal of multiple personalities is energetic but not the real thing. by Marc Wilson

Sport Lessons for the All Blacks from England’s Six Nations win over Ireland are about tactical kicking and offensive defence. by Paul Thomas

Books & Culture

Vocals by the locals Community choirs around New Zealand are stepping into challenging new territory, backing rising Australian duo Mama Kin Spender on their tour of the country. by James Belfield

Books Novels by Marlon James, Anstey Harris, Anne Griffin and Owen Marshall as well as a selection of his best poetry, and a kids’ art activity book

A Way with Words Colin Hogg on mateship and his new book, Sam Hunt: Off the Road

Film The Front Runner, Cold Pursuit



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

Bulletin from Abroad Andrew Anthony in London

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 Russell Brown

TV Films Ryan Holder

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

Radio programmes


Detour off E Street: Steven Van Zandt’s solo excursion to NZ
104828 2019-04-22 00:00:00Z Profiles

Detour off E Street: Steven Van Zandt’s solo excur…

by Russell Baillie

The Springsteen sideman and ‘Sopranos’ star is reviving his own music career.

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Rethinking the Kiwi dream: How New Zealanders live now
104848 2019-04-22 00:00:00Z Property

Rethinking the Kiwi dream: How New Zealanders live…

by Sharon Stephenson

Would you live with your ex? New Zealanders increasingly live alone or find creative ways to house themselves.

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How the Internet of Things revolution could intensify hacking attacks
104871 2019-04-22 00:00:00Z Tech

How the Internet of Things revolution could intens…

by Peter Griffin

A super-connected world comes with an alarming downside.

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The pioneering Kiwi surgeon who heads a world-leading team
104715 2019-04-21 00:00:00Z Profiles

The pioneering Kiwi surgeon who heads a world-lead…

by Clare de Lore

Harvard-based New Zealander Simon Talbot leads a team of surgeons performing astonishing hand transplants and plays a part in operations that...

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Norah Jones’s new beginning and return to New Zealand
104817 2019-04-21 00:00:00Z Music

Norah Jones’s new beginning and return to New Zeal…

by Russell Baillie

The jazz songstress is staying inspired by writing with others.

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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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