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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July 7, 2020 68 min
Nick Cater, executive director of the Menzies Research Centre, guests on podcast 71.
One of his latest missives is titled "Losing the Freedom to Think”. We discuss the competence of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, who put Melbourne into lockdown a few hours after we spoke.
We have commentary on Thomas Sowell, how easy it is to be misled by fake news, and your correspondence with Mrs Producer.
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He might be the ex-Finance Minister but his profile is on the rise. Steven Joyce updates his April 15 podcast interview. It is a very insightful discussion.Semi- retired investment banker Jonathon Urlich reviews the economic data, timely commentary as the election date looms.We have comment on the possible crisis of the U.S. Supreme Court, and climate change; why you are being duped.  This is not to be missed.And Mrs P delivers the...
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Our discussion this week is with author, investor, farmer and commentator, Doug Casey.
An adventurer of many talents and accomplishments, Doug dissects the state of the world from every perspective. He has lived in 10 different countries and visited 175. American born and educated, he is a libertarian philosopher. It is a great conversation.We have a look at Bolton’s (hit-job) book, a little climate and more, and finish up with Mrs ...
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This week, while the media is full of political correctness and Black Lives Matter, we take a different view.Freedom of speech, particularly academic freedom, is being challenged.Meet William Jacobson, American Law Professor, who doesn’t fit the left's narrative.And don’t think NZ is free of this virus.
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On the podcast this week -
Muriel Newman, ten years as an MP for Act, now runs NZCPR, The New Zealand Centre for Political Research. We discuss the notion that democracy is under threat.Patrick Basham makes a return, from The Democracy Institute in Washington DC. We talk about presidential election polling and analyse an exclusive poll result.
There is much more to say on riots, demonstrations, journalism and Covid 19.
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George Friedman makes another return in this podcast. Who better, when there is so much affecting the world, than the Founder and Chairman of Geopoliticalfutures.com.
We spend a lot of time on the U.S. riots, and it appears we don’t all agree. We take a look at China, and New Zealand’s place in developments.
We update you on the General Mike Flynn case, and more...
And finally, to Mrs Producer and your correspondence.
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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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