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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February 23, 2021 98 min
Guesting on podcast 99 is Penny Tucker. You may be unfamiliar with her but don’t be put off, so was I.
Having met quite by chance, I knew I wanted to interview her.
An ex-diplomat, she carved out a very successful career in Washington DC.  We talk everything from U.S. politics to raising kids.  She is opinionated, knowledgeable, and a Kiwi.And, of course, we look at the mail.
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On this week's podcast:
Podcast 98 sees the much requested return of historian Michael Bassett. Several controversial matters are under discussion; the new history syllabus, local councils and race based wards.
Then we speak with NZ meteorologist John Maunder. After a career spanning much of the world, he reflects on the state of the science, or the abuse of it.
And, as usual, the Mailroom with Mrs Producer.
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On podcast 97, we dissect the Climate Commission report on emission reduction with Matt Burgess, Senior Economist at The New Zealand Initiative. He takes a blowtorch to it actually, and rightly so.
Then, we take a look at the new technologies of freedom. And how they will remove government control of our lives. We talk with  Professor Sinclair Davidson from the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub.
And, of course, The Mailroom with Mrs Pro...
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Welcome to 2021 and the third season of the Leighton Smith Podcast.
Guesting on podcast 96 is Paul Kengor Ph.D, Professor of Political Science and bestselling author. It is a riveting interview. Kengor is prolific in matters Marxist.
Leighton has things to say about phonics and the media.
And, even during the summer holiday, mail rolled in. We have some of it in the Mailroom with Mrs Producer.
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Leighton Smith is currently on his summer break, so we're going back and highlighting some of the best guests from the podcast this year.
On this week's Best Of: Antony P Mueller is a German economist, teaching in Brazil. We talked technocracy, pandemics, climate change and the great reset.
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Leighton Smith is currently on his summer break, so we're going back and highlighting some of the best guests from the podcast this year.
On this week's Best Of: Aynsley Kellow was a discovery. NZ-born and educated, he is Professor Emeritus of Government at the University of Tasmania. He has written widely on scientific matters.
What initially caught Leighton's attention was an article, COVID-19: The Failure of Official S...
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Leighton Smith is currently on his summer break, so we're going back and highlighting some of the best guests from the podcast this year.
On this week's Best Of, we revisit Leighton's long anticipated interview with history professor Geoffrey Parker.  A prolific author and collector of many awards, Parker published “Global Crisis: War, Climate  Change & Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century” in 2013, which he says i...
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Leighton Smith is currently on his summer break, so we're going back and highlighting some of the best guests from the podcast this year.
On this week's Best Of, we revisit our chat with former Finance Minister Steven Joyce back in April during the heart of lockdown. The fact it rated the most listened to podcast of the year speaks for itself.
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Leighton Smith is currently on his summer break, so we're going back and highlighting some of the best guests from the podcast this year.
On this week's Best Of, Todd Huizinga, who served as US diplomat for 20 years, is the author of “The New Totalitarian Temptation: Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe. We had a most interesting discussion around the pending changes in Washington D.C.
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Leighton Smith is currently on his summer break, so we're going back and highlighting some of the best guests from the podcast this year.
On this week's Best Of, Bill Gertz is the national security correspondent for the Washington times. He guested on the April 8 podcast .Gertz’s latest book was ‘Deceiving the Sky: Inside Communist China’s Drive for Global Supremacy.
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The big finale for 2020.
We engage in a very interesting discussion with Dr Oliver Hartwich from the New Zealand Initiative.
We talk citizenship, the Emissions Trading Scheme, China, education, and other matters.
Christian Smith gives us an update from a bleak London lockdown.
As usual, the Mailroom with Mrs Producer ..and a surprise guest to round out 2020.
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Australian author and academic Clive Hamilton guests on podcast 94.
His recent book “Hidden Hand”, exposes how the Chinese Communist Party is reshaping the world.
He believes that New Zealand is in more danger than Australia.
Hamilton might be a man of the Left, but he is not in denial of reality.
Leighton has further commentary on the CCP, and where the country is being coaxed in regard to free speech versus hate speech. It’s not heal...
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This week we talk with Michael Kelly, Professor Emeritus of Engineering,  from the University of Cambridge.  We discuss climate mitigation and why NZ is making a big mistake. It is a stunning listen.
We give the happenings of the week the once over, and enter the mailroom with Mrs Producer.
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This week I talk with Britain’s most quoted sociologist, Frank Furedi. He is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent, and a prolific author. His twenty five books are diverse in content; education, borders, democracy, progressivism and paranoid parenting. We cover it all.
And power systems engineer Bryan Leyland is on the podcast again. We discuss emission free electricity - the dream and the reality.
And, once agai...
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Education has been a political playground for decades. And so it continues. We talk with Briar Lipson from The New Zealand Initiative , whose report “Education Delusion” has brought conflicting reaction. Have we gone wrong, and if so, where?
Do we think Trump is still alive for a second term? Never bet against him is the answer to that.
And, finally, we venture into the mailroom with Mrs Producer.
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Whatever happened to Rodney Hide? This week I have an in-depth discussion with economist, scientist and ex politician Hide. It has made me realise how the political talent pool has shrunk.
Unsurprisingly, there is  also comment around the American election result.
And the mailroom with Mrs Producer.
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In our second podcast of the week, we look into the US election. 
The mainstream pollsters blew it again with their predictions. While not perfect, the Democracy Institute/Sunday Express poll was in tune with the outcome of the American Election.
Patrick Basham runs the results, such as they are.
And I’ve included some great commentary from Victor Davis Hanson and Jonathon Turley.
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There are going to be two Leighton Smith Podcasts this week. The first is available today, prior to the U.S. election, and the second on Thursday, where we analyse the results and the path from hereon in.
We have lots of analysis with Patrick Basham from Democracy Institute, and scrutinise their outlier poll. They used the same methodology in 2016: they accurately picked the winner.
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Semi-retired investment banker Jonathon Urlich returns with a global economic update. We discuss the U.S., China, Eurozone and New Zealand.
Then we have an hour with Salvatore Babones.  He is Professor of Political Sociology, Author of “The New Authoritarianism: Trump, Populism, and the Tyranny of Experts, and he is brilliant.
Mrs Producer is in the mailroom.
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Podcast 86 leads with election analysis from Michael Bassett. He raises some very thought provoking issues.
I talk with Wayne Brown on why New Zealand has so many infrastructure issues and the genius he employs to turn failure into success. It is a revolutionary concept.
And I pay tribute to a great climate scientist.
As always, Mrs Producer enters the mailroom.
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