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!

Episodes

July 20, 2021 91 min
On this week's podcast:
Semi-retired merchant banker Jonathan Urlich discusses his take on the global economy, the investment environment, Interest rates, equities, housing, the NZ economy, and more.There is further commentary on the growing dissatisfaction in the governance of the country.A story that took place in 1999 has a sequel. It exemplifies the importance of good parenting and values.And the Mailroom with your contribut...
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On this week's podcast:We talk to Wolfgang Kasper, economist, historian, linguist and traveller. Born in 1939 Germany, he was educated in London and Paris and finally settled in Australia in the early seventies.
In a wide ranging interview we discuss Western Civilisation and does it have a future? The title of an essay he wrote in 2018. His views and opinions are essential listening.
We also comment on threats to NZ in the presen...
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On this week's podcast:
What is missing in New Zealand politics today?

Not difficult to answer, when you listen to Steven Joyce deliberate on the many issues we face (one of the most important being infrastructure).

We provide some commentary on hate speech laws, and communication from one of America’s most prolific analysts, Victor Davis Hanson.

And, as always, we delve into the Mailroom with Mrs Producer.
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On this week's podcast:

We talk with journalist, writer and former intelligence analyst Stella Morabito. Highly qualified, with degrees in Russian and Soviet history, Morabito discusses the propagandised ideas that are invading western culture.

We also have commentary on the proposed hate speech laws.

And, as usual, a full Mailroom. We love your contributions.
File your comments and complaints at Leighton@newstalkzb.co.nz
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On this week's podcast:

We entertain two guests, Dr Muriel Newman (New Zealand Centre For Political Research), and consulting engineer Bryan Leyland.

They both have plenty to say, according to their fields of expertise and neither hold back.

We cover power prices, electric vehicles, the Climate Commission report, free speech (or not), politics and a couple of important court cases.

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On this week's podcast:Adam Creighton makes his first guest appearance. For three years, he was the economics editor for The Australian. Earlier this year he became the bureau head for the paper in Washington D.C.His column “Covid-19: When Governments Started Lying to Us” earned him a guest spot this week. We talk economics, politics and social matters. There’s also a comment on the Climate Change Commission report and more.As ...
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On this week's podcast:Rodney Hide makes another appearance. 

He is the master of a good conversation, one of the cornerstones of podcasting.

The State of the Nation is a great place to start. Hide’s opinion may surprise. What follows is enjoyable, informative, certainly opinionated and indulgent. Hopefully you will enjoy it as much as we did.

We have further commentary, and the weekly visit to the Mailroom.
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On this week's podcast:We have an overdue catch-up with George Friedman from Geopolitical Futures. We discuss Israel/Gaza and the Middle East, followed by China from a number of perspectives. George offers some alternative views from the mainstream media.We present a tribute to James R Flynn, an American professor who came and stayed at the University of Otago. He was also a previous guest on the podcast.We take a look at Amy B...
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On this week's podcast:Professor Des Gorman returns to analyse the government’s rebuild of the NZ Health System. He is not happy.We promulgate further discussion of the origin of the Covid-19 virus. Lies, deceit and fake news.And, once again, a great Mailroom. Please feel free to communicate, we very much enjoy the feedback.
File your comments and complaints at Leighton@newstalkzb.co.nz
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On this week's podcast:Dr Kevin Donnelly expounds on the curriculum in New Zealand and Australian schools. Donnelly defines the meaning of the terminology that is confusing a lot of parents, and that he feels is a danger to our children.An American educator warns the world about ’schools gone woke’.And Marxism in the American military… has the world finally gone insane?Lastly the Mailbox, with all of your commentary.
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On this week's podcast:“Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us,  What it Doesn’t, and Why it Matters”, is a very important new book by Dr Steven Koonin. The author argues not against current climate science but against the ‘propaganda’ of the media, politicians and activists. Koonin was chief scientist for B.P. before heading the Dept of Energy in the ObamaAdministration. A must listen, whatever your current views.We have fur...
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On this week's podcast:Peter Jennings, Director of The Australian Strategic Policy Institute Executive (ASPI),  examines a myriad of issues relating to the Asia Pacific region and beyond.We cover the Australia-New Zealand relationship, growing tensions with China, and connections with the U.S and Europe. He gives his opinion on the chance of hostilities in the South China Sea.We opine on the Internal direction in which NZ seems...
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On this week's podcast:
We talk with journalist and writer Andrew Bolt. An outspoken commentator, he broadcasts five nights a week on Sky News Australia. Topics of discussion range from Five Eyes and NZ foreign policy,? and hate speech laws and their inherent dangers. Andrew Bolt has had personal experience
We also provide commentary on post-truth employment and climate.
And, as always, the mailroom. We love your feedback.
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Richard Prebble has never been fearful of expressing himself. He says what he thinks and believes. He’s a good old-fashioned brawler when necessary.
In a lengthy discussion on things that matter, and some light- heartedness as a bonus, Prebble is a must listen in podcast 107.
We also make  comment on political science, climate, fear and hate speech.
And, as always, we love your input with The Mailroom.
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History teacher, author and social commentator Stephen Chavura dissects woketivists and cancel culture. He does it superbly, and explains the antidote.Retailing legend Gerry Harvey, renowned for his outspokenness, wonders whether it’s worth it. A candid interview.We comment too, on Prince Phillip, and Newspeak.And we look into The Mailroom with Mrs Producer.
File your comments and complaints at Leighton@newstalkzb.co.nz
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This week we drill down on the knowledge, wisdom and opinion of Des Gorman, Professor of Medicine in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland.Of course, Covid-19, but we talk about many other life-matters that affect us all. We discuss science, philosophy, education, intelligence, the shortcomings of governance, and what binds us together.Share it with your friends.. and the not so friendly.
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On this weeks podcast, I talk with a leading figure in the field of infectious disease epidemiology. 
Professor Martin Kulldorff, from the Harvard Medical School, offers some alternative views on Covid-19.
Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Tax Payers Union, rips the Climate Change Commission. An essential listen.
And The Mailroom, with your much appreciated correspondence.
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“Why do most Americans not recognise that Leviathan Democracy will be the end of individual liberty?” And why do most of the rest of us also not recognise it?
James Bovard, Libertarian, sceptic, author and lecturer, guests on podcast 103. And he’s fun.
Also, we address the newest bullying method in academia.  
And, as always, the mailroom with Mrs Producer.
File your comments and complaints at Leighton@newstalkzb.co.nz
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This week Muriel Newman offers a critical analysis of the NZ political and social landscape. She accurately targets where we could be heading.We examine the Maori sovereignty movement’s power grab and the forthcoming criminalisation of free speech (based on the Royal Commission’s recommendations for new hate speech laws). And more, is democracy under threat in NZ.And we provide some words on Critical Race Theory. Really? Well, yes....
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Meet Michael Rectenwald, Professor of liberal studies at NYU, retired. Actually, he was cancelled... 
Under discussion, a series of essays on the Great Reset, including corporate socialism, stakeholder capitalism, capitalism with Chinese characteristics, wokeism,  and what it all means for us.
We draw attention to Frank Furedi’s words on scepticism.
And, as always, the Mailroom..
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