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 –
The tragedy of White Island.
The British election and a brief from Kiwi lawyer and journalist Christian Smith. And a comment on a different perspective by Niall Ferguson.
Tough on crime, why it’s nonsense not to be.
A great conversation with Dr Patrick Michaels. He is co author of a new book “Scientocracy; The Tangled Web of Public Science and Public Policy. 
The cover story of th...
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On the podcast this week –
Commentary on housing, debt, working mothers, globalisation, banking and the connection between them all.
I talk with social commentator Lindsay Mitchell. We start with the controversial topic of voting for prisoners, but there is much more.
And of course feedback with Mrs Producer.
File your comments and complaints at Leighton@newstalkzb.co.nz
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The long lasting debate over whether prisoners should be able to vote is enough to drive you nuts. But it’s on again because some people just don’t get it.
More on bushfires in Australia. A commentary from someone who experienced the 2009 fires in Victoria. 173 people died.
And one of the top interviews of the year with Prof. Boaz Ganor. Prof. Ganor is author of “The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle - A Guide for Decision Makers....
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On this week’s podcast:
November 19th is International Men's Day. Do we really need to celebrate it? The same day is also the United Nation’s World Toilet Day. Pure coincidence, of course...
More reference to the fires that are all caused by global warming; only if you follow the fiction and ignore the facts.
This week I chatted with Olivia Pierson, author of “Western Values Defended; A Primer”. It was a very int...
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Last week National did the unthinkable. It fell into line with the government and voted for the Zero Carbon Bill. 
So we decided to do things differently, and put together a panel to discuss this asinine move.
On the agenda today —National leadership, education and the abuse of children’s minds by climate propagandists.
I spoke with two National long-time members and one of the best educationalists in the country.  Read more

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In this week's podcast: 
XR — otherwise known as Extinction Rebellion. We examine their history and, more importantly, their ambition. Are they just a Green subset or something more dangerous?Impeachment — a beginners analysis of ‘high crimes and misdemeanours’. On what grounds can a U.S. president be thrown out of office? Not as straightforward as you might think.Michael Bassett rates the Labour-NZ First coalition after t...
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In this week’s podcast we talk debt, investments, negative interest and Q.E.
The thoughts of a fiction writer who specialises in dystopian subjects. And another who writes non-fiction but can be dystopian nevertheless.
I drew up a list of matters for this interview with George Friedman. Right off the cuff, he bats them away.
Some very good correspondence with Carolyn and did I mention climate? (just a little)
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In podcast 39 -
Auckland is cursed with its system of local government. Council-controlled organisations like Auckland Transport are unelected and unaccountable.
Faceless bureaucrats making and changing rules for their own political agenda. And overpaid to boot!
We look at Trump from two different academic perspectives. Only one gets it.
This podcast’s discussion is with a favourite of mine. Patrick Basham from ...
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On the podcast this week -
Questions and concerns around the building and construction industry peaked when the leaky home/building catastrophe was exposed.
While that issue is being dealt with, reports suggest there are still problems with standards, failings, and trade education and training.
I speak to structural engineer John Scarry about his frustrations with the industry. And he is not alone.
Then the late...
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As the weeks go by, the podcast menu is forced to deal with the same subjects.
You know, Brexit, Climate, Trump et al. It’s like radio serial or a comic strip.
Or the latest episode of ‘As the World Turns’!
The ‘impeachment’ in Washington (which is NOT an impeachment at this point), is actually politics at its most polluted.
This week I speak with Professor Emeritus Jim Flynn of Otago on censorship. He has recen...
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Podcast 36 was more than a little frustrating; for what I didn’t/couldn’t include. But there’s always podcast 37/8/9 etc.
Nevertheless, discussion is still dominated by Trump related issues, Joe Biden, climate matters, particularly of the juvenile kind, and censorship.
In fact, both this weeks and next weeks’ interviews both pertain to censorship, which is becoming more prevalent and needs to be exposed.
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Good to be back home.
This week, politicians including Justin Trudeau, Joe Biden, Jacinda Ardern.
Michael Mann, Political scientist. Lost in his lawsuit against Dr Tim Ball and his complaint against the NZH, albeit in 2004. But at least there’s consistency!
A conversation with Casey Costello, from Hobson’s Pledge Trust about transparency and accountability in local government. There is an attempt underway to undermin...
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To suggest that the world is an interesting place at the moment is an understatement.
Brexit, NZ politics in all its non-glory, the Middle East is pretty much in turmoil.
So this week follows the trail: the P.M, the Party, Brett Kavanaugh and Dostoevsky.
Discussion this week with a NZ London based lawyer who shares his interest in politics. Christian Smith and his thoughts on Brexit, where it’s at and where it’s goin...
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On this week’s podcast, Dr Tim Ball Part 2 on the politics behind the climate change alarmism.
As I have said so often, there is new information almost every day, some of it vital. However, it rarely appears in the mainstream media.
Two examples since I spoke with Dr Ball. On September 6, the Secretary General of the World Meteorological Society says he does not accept arguments of climate alarmists that the end of the wo...
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This week George Friedman’s wisdom on China and much more. Very insightful. Also some detail on his next book.
We cover measles, the birth rate and why it is, or could be, maybe, the biggest crisis facing the planet!
Up for discussion - the importance of character in life and how to get it.
And find out why this week’s episode was so difficult to produce.
Some great feedback with Mrs Producer.
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On the podcast this week - 
Some details of the much awaited decision in the case of Mann v Ball.    
American Michael Mann of hockey stick infamy sued Canadian Dr Tim Ball for libel in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. A fascinating case.
We discuss teacher’s pay and why some teachers should be paid a lot more.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and the ‘flying shame’ stupidity.
Iran is one of the most politically...
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It is always intriguing how stories align. How coincidence plays a role in life.
For instance there was a New Zealand education story on Sunday, followed by an Australian story on Monday followed by a……well, it’s all in the podcast this week.
Prisoners voting. Here we go again chasing our collective tail.
And we talk with Currency Wars author James (Jim) Rickards about his new book Aftermath, Seven Secrets of Wealth ...
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On the podcast this week -
Jeffrey Epstein is everywhere in the media, we take a closer look.
We also talk gun laws, climate change (of course) and one or two other matters.
We also talk to Jacob Shapiro from Geopolitical futures about China, and the connection with Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.
And Carolyn with feedback as always.
Get in touch: Leighton@newstalkzb.co.nz
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On this weeks podcast:Apologies for this week's podcast arriving a little later than you maybe expected it to be.I wanted to hear the Reserve Bank’s OCR and pass comment. You may disagree but you can always email me why.Two mass murders in the United States within a short space of time has elevated the gun debate yet again. That discussion in all its rawness will prevail until the next election.Ihumatao is the focus of discussi... Read more

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On the podcast this week -
Ihumatao, what’s it all about? Winston Peters says it’s not another Bastion Point, some say it’s a 'family’ squabble, or is it a legal matter?
Cometh the hour, cometh the man: Will Boris match my expectations? So far it’s happy trails!
‘Portia Faces Life’. Or Not? So who’s Portia? Find out.
I’ve had a number of requests to bring back Jonathan Urlich. So – he’s back. A semi-retired ...
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