The Leighton Smith Podcast

The Leighton Smith Podcast

After 33 years behind the Newstalk ZB microphone, Leighton can’t give it up completely. There were so many requests to continue his opinionated commentary that the prospect of podcasting was born. So, without restriction, Leighton will continue to serve up on everything you want to hear about and some things you don’t. Stand by to be enlightened, educated and enraged!... Show More

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On the podcast this week, we talk with New Zealander Dr David Bell.
After 20 years in the US as Professor of Marketing at the Wharton Business School, Penn State University, David has ventured into the business world. Highly regarded, highly engaging, we talk marketing, post virus retail and political requirements for success.
Historian Michael Bassett casts his critical eye across the political spectrum. His tongue is as sharp as ev...
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On this week's podcast:
It’s election year and things are hotting up, both here and in the US.We include a highly critical analysis from a forensic accountant on the present state of play.We talk to Michael Doran, from the Hudson Institute, on the trials and tribulations of General Michael Flynn. He guested on Podcast 12 when he was in the country last year. It is a most fascinating case.And Mrs Producer enjoys a letter writer w...
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This week we thought it would be a good opportunity to talk at length with Barry Soper, Newstalk ZB Political Editor. We had a wide ranging discussion on the government, the opposition, the upcoming election, and of course, the virus.
We followed that up with Sir Roger Douglas, who in conjunction with Professor Robert MacCulloch, is producing study papers on the current crisis. “The March Towards Poverty”.
We respond to some listener...
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There is much to say this week on central banks, travel, Jacinda in Canberra, the Pulitzer Prize, and the New York Times.My interview is with ’Science Left Behind’ author Alex Berezow.
I have an update on the virus and some other interesting matters.And, as always, letters with Mrs P.
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This week’s interview is with Geoffrey Parker. It is lengthy but compelling. His book ‘Global Crisis ; War, Climate Change & Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century' is the foundation for a wide ranging and challenging discussion.
We take a look at a non-mainstream opinion on Trump and why the MSM is getting more deranged.As a brief escape from Covid-19, Malcolm Turnbull’s autobiography is worthy of some commentary.Then Mrs P...
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In this week’s podcast - 
I have commentary on the global fiscal and economic state, along with more on the coronavirus. 
There is reaction to last week’s interview with Steven Joyce, and to my QE questioning.
Modelling garners some warranted criticism, and why ‘experts’ make so many wrong decisions.
This week’s interview is with author, columnist, and speaker Melanie Phillips. I enjoyed it immensely.
Melanie’s autobiography explains he...
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Ex Cabinet Minister Steven Joyce occupies the major part of this week’s podcast. We talk about the consequences of the virus on everything from GDP to employment, to retail, trade, real estate and tourism.
And I ask whether Joyce is interested in returning to politics.
I have further commentary on Cardinal George Pell’s acquittal, with some interesting and appalling information on Victoria’s justice system.
Some good correspondence wi...
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In January, I picked up a book in Australia by American author Bill Gertz. Called DECEIVING THE SKY: INSIDE COMMUNIST CHINA'S DRIVE FOR GLOBAL SUPREMACY, the book makes for a fascinating discussion.
I’ve been looking forward to talking to Gertz. Now you can hear it.
I have commentary on George Pell’s acquittal and the death of Dr Fred Singer. 
I briefly address Auckland governance and prime examples of media bias.
Carolyn, as expec...
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On the podcast this week, I interview two very interesting and informative people.
First, Patrick Basham, Director of the Democracy Institute. Patrick assesses the burden of responsibility for the coronavirus pandemic. The World Health Organisation does not rate highly.
Then, Todd Huizinga, who was an American diplomat for 20 years. Todd’s 2016 book, "The New Totalitarian Temptation", plus a more recent article, “The Postmode...
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On this week's podcast:In 2007, I had a call from a semi-retired investment banker by the name of Jonathon. He was keen to talk about the world financial situation. He was most concerned about it, and the fact that coverage was scant.We had a long, informative conversation, and I was impressed. It wasn’t long before his fears were realised. He was the first professional I had spoken to, who had voiced these concerns so eloquent...
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Two interviews are on the podcast this week.
Rosemary Gibson, author of CHINA RX, talks about the ignorance of the west in its dealings with China.
China has overwhelmed the West on multiple fronts, but specifically in the field of pharmaceuticals.
China could literally shut most of the world’s hospitals by pulling supply.
The author says the media has failed in its responsibility.
I speak with Ehud Yaari, senior Israeli commentator and...
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This week, the whole world is talking Coronavirus. We cannot escape the discussion. I thought I’d heard enough but it is the biggest developing news story and I’m suspecting it will continue.So I have some interesting detail on the scenario that we are facing.On different matters, I talk with Andre Van Heerden about critical thinking. I really enjoyed it. Thinking critically is more important than it has ever been.I look into paral...
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COVID 19, or the Coronavirus, has dominated headlines this week, and will likely do so for some months to come.
This week I talk with science writer and communications consultant Alex Berezow. Also a public speaker, he is known as “The Junk Science Debunker."
He is Co-author of ‘Science Left Behind’, ‘The Little Black Book of Junk Science’. He has a PhD in micro-biology  and writes for The American Council on Science and Health.
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On the podcast this week:
New York Times best selling author George Friedman’s latest book is released today (February 25th U.S).
’The Storm Before the Calm’ suggests that America is in for a rough time in the decade beginning 2020. Why this occurs is something you’ve never read before.
The reasons for it and the results that follow are fascinating. But, here’s a spoiler, it’s nothing to do with this years election result.
George Fried...
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He was a New York Times reporter, but don’t hold that against him. He wrote on the pharmaceutical industry, and on cyclone Katrina. He reported on the world of finance and the crimes of Bernie Madoff.
Then the Iraqi war, where he went on two separate journalistic missions spread over a number of months. It was in that environment that the idea for John Wells was born. The central character for his first novel ’The Faithful Spy’. He ...
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Podcast 50, and Leighton is once again attacking political correctness. After many years of calling it for what it is, this week he reveals a new low. And how, from the 1980s, it has all come to this.
He touches on Huawei, and a backhander for Mitt Romney, the Senator from Utah.
This weeks interview is a must listen. It involves a tragedy in one mans life and how he overcame it.

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In year two of THE LEIGHTON SMITH PODCAST, we again turn our attention to rolling news and ruminate on our own particular interests.
So, this week it’s coronavirus, Donald Trump’s impeachment trial (except that it’s really the U.S. Constitution on trial), education and the New Zealand election.
Leighton’s guest is Chris Trotter; they discuss the 2020 election;  leadership, education, hate-speech legislation, media bias, the growing p...
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Welcome to 2020. The second year of the Leighton Smith Podcast.
On the first podcast of  the year, Leighton talks about  the impeachment, the ex-royal couple, the bushfires, and climate and climate education. Actually, climate indoctrination.
This week’s guest is Dr Jennifer Marohasy, an Australian scientist and writer. She  talks  bushfires, the Great Barrier Reef, universities,  and addresses whether sea level rise might in fact be...
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Welcome to the best interviews of 2019!They were all good, so I’ve assembled a few pairings combining the people I enjoyed talking to, the subjects we loved discussing, and your reactions that made our discussions stronger.For the final Best of 2019 interviews, we’ve got Jacob Shapiro from Geopolitical Futures talking China, expansion, New Zealand, Australia and more. He’s good.
Then, John Scarry, a New Zealand Construction Engineer...
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