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 continues 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

June 21, 2022 101 min
Natasha Poole, writer, educator, athlete and Oxford graduate, displays the advantages of a great education and an independent mind. We discuss China, the WHO, the U.N. and the left’s approach to education. And we speak with Owen Jennings, farmer, politician and campaigner. We talk about government stupidity around the methane tax; an assault on farmers and the economy in general.And we visit the Mailroom with Mrs Producer.
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He PuaPua, the report commissioned by the Ardern government,  was completed in 2019 and secreted from the public.Its existence was revealed after the 2021 election. There is belief that Labour would have suffered badly if it had been made public.Constitutional Law Professor James Allan has written an analysis of He Puapua, and the reading of it is not pretty. Kim Dotcom reveals that he has written his most important ever twitter th...
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New Zealand scientist Dr Kelvin Duncan dismembers the predictions of the IPCC.
His new book “Global Warming, a Counter-blaste to the Man-made Global Warming Hypothesis” provides counter-arguments to the many areas of official misinformation.
We make comment on the World Economic Forum, and we visit The Mailroom with Mrs Producer.
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On this week's podcast:
New Zealand scientist Dr Kelvin Duncan dismembers the predictions of the IPCC.
His new book “Global Warming, a Counter-blaste to the Man-made Global Warming Hypothesis” provides counter-arguments to the many areas of official misinformation.
We make comment on the World Economic Forum, and we visit The Mailroom with Mrs Producer.
File your comments and complaints at Leighton@newstalkzb.co.nz
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On this week's podcast:Britain has a minister for Loneliness. So has Japan.Coincidentally, the government this week released a report on the big increase in child and teenage mental distress.A world of artificial intelligence, biotechnology, robotics and nanotechnology is creating an environment of loneliness. The author of "When We Become Strangers", Maggie Hamilton, provides answers to many questions.We comment on the...
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The Australian Election; the rich voted left and caused political chaos. Is it as bad as some suggest or is there an upside? We analyse the result with Nick Cater, who has advice for those seeking to escape.
We ask whether there is a lesson for the NZ National Party.
And we take note on corporate groupthink and the absurd influence of wokeism.
And, of course, The Mailroom with Mrs Producer.
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We discuss the government’s Climate Change Plan with ACT Leader David Seymour. Spoiler alert — he is not impressed. We also garner his thoughts on the increasingly serious matter of defence, education, democracy, and the state of the country. Bryan Leyland, a power supply engineer, offers little hope for success of the “great plan”. We comment on the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and why it should be gone. ...
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“Evil doesn’t really exist at all, it’s just something man imagines because of his limited view of the world.” Is this the reality?
An illustrative discussion with retired American lawyer Mark Pulliam convinces us otherwise. It’s an eye-opening journey of how one man discovered evil is real.
We comment on the inadequacy of the Ardern administration and a Covid report from Dr Martin Kulldorff on natural immu...
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We contend that the Australian election is as important to us as our own. If you question that, talk to the 500,000 Kiwis in Australia, and those threatening to make the move.Nick Cater, Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre, and columnist for The Australian, discusses how vicious, vacuous and scary this election is.We comment on the U.S. Supreme Court leak, the “War against the West” and the ...
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NET ZERO 2050.
Any idea what it involves? A supposed thirty year project, we take a look at its goal, its cost, and its dramatic affect on your life.
Professor Emeritus Michael Kelly, from Cambridge University and a NZ citizen, has produced a discussion paper; the first of its kind.
It will assist in understanding what has been foisted upon us, and possibly scare the heck out of you.
We also have comment on e...
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“Welcome to the new Dark Ages” was the title to a column that caught our eye. Written by independent journalist Christopher Akehurst, it is a timely summary of where we’re at. Our discussion continued from there.We also make comment on ‘memory’ and ‘How the Media Colonises Your Mind’.We visit The Mailroom with Mrs Producer.Finally, we conclude with the first segment of our Anzac Centenary Tribute, from 20...
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The New York Times is reputed to be the world’s most powerful news outlet. Powerful enough to influence wars, foment revolutions, shape economies and change cultures.It doesn’t just cover the news, it creates it.Ashley Rindsberg, author of “The Gray Lady Winked” guests, and talks on what happens when truth is abandoned in favour of interest and ideology.We comment on the current China lockdown and more.An...
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Patrick Basham, Director of The Democracy Institute, makes a return appearance this week. It proved to be an information filled interview, including the Institute’s first survey for the congressional elections in November. It has produced some very interesting results.
Hunter Biden’s laptop gets a mention, along with who might be pulling Joe’s strings.We have some comments on the latest climate hysteria.An...
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Forty five years a law lecturer, David Round is renowned for his frankness. His unrestrained discussion covers many contentious matters confronting New Zealand today. From moral and political corruption to activist judges and the "meaningless piece of pious liberal posturing of the Bill of Rights”. And as for co-governance...We make comment on the P.M, and the authoritarian Auckland Transport.And, as ...
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General Sir Richard Shirreff: his last seven years in uniform were spent in two senior NATO command posts. He was Commander of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and Deputy Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. He was also the most senior British general in the Alliance.
It is a riveting insiders view. Is this the start of World War Three, how does it end, and is Putin mad?
We demonstrate the rewards of scepticism...
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Michael Schmidt left New Zealand after gaining a BSc and MSc in molecular biology, virology and immunology from Otago. He returned in 2019 after 35 years in Australia, Hong Kong, China and other places.
He now has a Doctorate on Supply and Demand Theory and various other qualifications. He is a nexialist, and one of the most interesting people we’ve interviewed.We have commentary on the ugliness of so-call...
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Steven Joyce, the best Finance Minister in the last 6 years, discusses Ukraine, Putin, inflation and its effects.
We also talk currency, the governments failings (of which there are many) and other vital matters important to the future of New Zealand.We touch on why most academics went silent during covid-19.We voice a plea from an immigrant for all New Zealanders to wake up.And we go to the Mailroom with ...
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Agnosis is the neoclassical Greek word for ignorance. Agnotology describes the intentional production of ignorance.Professor Thomas Harrington, in "The Conscious Cultivation of Ignorance", talks about how politically and economically powerful groups fabricated ignorance under the banner of science. He stresses the need to protect people from the influence of misinformation.It’s a  fascinating disc...
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Have the protestors won? If so, how and why? Ex-ACT party leader Rodney Hide says yes and gives his reasons. But he doesn’t think it’s  over by a long shot.
It’s a long and interesting discussion, perfect for a podcast.
We also take a look at the shifting crisis in Ukraine, and we go into the Mailroom with Mrs Producer and your commentary.
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There has been much NZ interest in the Ukraine standoff between the White House and the Kremlin. Headlines have ratcheted up daily. But headlines need to be backed up with good analysis.So who better than geopoliticist George Friedman from Geopolitical Futures. You’ll get a different perspective from the mainstream.We have an update on the Durham investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 electio...
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