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

May 31, 2023 96 mins

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He arrived in Australia from London, at age twelve with his parents. They were a poor family.

But Maurice Newman graduated from the University of Sydney with a degree in Economics. He spent forty years in stockbroking and related areas.

His list of positions included Chairmanships of Banks, a University, the Stock Exchange, and other political and charity achievements.

We discussed New Zealand, he loves ...

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In a world of lies, scepticism is your friend.David Bell is a Public Health Physician and biotech consultant in global health.What he has to say should be heard by every thinking person in this country, and every other “free” state on the planet.As the World Health Organi...

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Patrick Basham, founder of The Democracy Institute in Washington DC, has been in Istanbul during the recent Turkish election.He spoke with us upon his return to Washington about the changes an Erdogan loss would bring to one of the worlds most pivotal countries.We talked about the 2024 race for the U.S. presidency; i...

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"Covid-19 was not merely an epidemiological crisis; it was an economic, social and moral crisis that required multidisciplinary expertise to assess and address different facets throughout the pandemic.”

Auckland University Professor Ananish Chaudhuri assesses what happened, and how we can be better prepared for the inevitable next pandemic.

We are in receipt of another submission from ‘a former National M...

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Deception of the unaware is a great partnership in the hands of the dishonest.

Think AI and modern technology.

Executive Director of the Maxim Institute, Tim Wilson, analyses the ability of AI to both entertain and deceive.

“With a general election imminent, we need to think seriously about the effects of AI and digital manipulation in New Zealand. Democracy, to operate well, requires accurate informatio...

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Long time educationalist, Alwyn Poole, pulls no punches discussing the downside of New Zealand education.While wanting New Zealand youth to experience the pinnacle of standards, he recognises the challenges and impediments confronting that achievement.This is an interview that all New Zealand parents should hear, sha...

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Science is in trouble.Facts have taken a back seat to ideology, and political activism masquerades as scholarship. We live in an age of increasing unreason. Can science be saved?John Staddon, Professor of Biology and Psychology and “battle-scarred” by decades of experience, urges scientists to resist the demands for ...

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AUKUS - the joint project by the US, the UK and Australia, to provide nuclear powered submarines to the Australian navy.Undersea security is increasingly important, think Nordstream.Alessio Patalano, Professor of War and Strategy in East Asia, Kings College, London, guests with personal insight, and we begin with wha...

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New Zealand is confronted with numerous serious issues; economic, financial, social, governance, and more.

From the New Zealand Initiative, Executive Director Oliver Hartwich analyses what’s wrong and what needs to be done. Starting with the Public Service and Education.

We make comment on woke banking stupidity, and brainwashing versus critical thinking.

And we take you to The Mailroom with Mrs Producer...

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An independent writer, statistician, scientist, consultant and author of EVERYTHING YOU BELIEVE IS WRONG.

A PhD in Mathematical Statistics: now an Uncertainty Philosopher, Epistemologist, Probability Puzzler, and Unmasker of Over-Certainty. An MS in Atmospheric Physics, and Bachelors in Meteorology & Maths.

Meet William M Briggs, who spent time with me discussing things that matter; climate, coronavir...

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“The last three years has been a wonderful time, because it has brought everything into perspective”.

Rodney Hide in todays podcast.

That statement has a very broad perspective, and we target some of the most important issues confronting New Zealand today.

We have a response to a letter in last weeks Mailroom from the former National Party MP, as requested.

Ian Wishart queries NIWA's missing storm data ...

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"Dystopian artificial intelligence is not near, it is already here.

"In November 2022, the release of an artificial intelligence on-line chatting programme, named ChatGPT, shocked the world."

In 2014 Elon Musk warned that with AI "we are summoning the demon".

Expat Kiwi Jonathan Robinson, PHD, has been at the coal face of AI and ML for many years. We talk with him about the relevance of AI.

We also disc...

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AGAINST THE GREAT RESET; 18 THESES CONTRA THE NEW WORLD ORDER…

In one of the most informative and enjoyable interviews, we talk with editor and contributor Michael Walsh.He and sixteen eminent writers contributed a total of eighteen chapters on the World Economic Forum.Each author wrote on a different aspect; for ex...

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Former Finance Minister, now business consultant Steven Joyce, considers the current state of NZ politics and the run-up to the October election.

What does National need to do to capture the treasury benches, and what are Labour’s chances of repelling them?

We talk the  state of the economy in both NZ and Australia, and the temperature of democracy.

We compare the reportage on Jacinda Ardern’s resignatio...

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Leighton is on summer break, so we are highlighting some of his favourite guests from 2022.

"One of the most damaging statements of a world leader was from Jacinda Ardern, that there will only be a single source of truth. We need to rediscover the virtues that brought about the effloresces of scientific discoveries which have made the world infinitely wealthier, healthier, better educated and better fed."

So says Emeritus Profess...

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Leighton is on summer break, so we are highlighting some of his favourite guests from 2022.

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.Const...

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Leighton is on summer break, so we are highlighting some of his favourite guests from 2022.

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.

File your comments and complaints at Leighton@newstalkzb.co.nz

Haven't liste...

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Leighton is on summer break, so we are highlighting some of his favourite guests from 2022.

Marxism could not happen here... could it?

After decades on the bench, covering four different courts, retired Judge Anthony Willy expresses his concern for the future of democracy in NZ.

The most recent developments since that interview indicate he’s on target.

File your comments and complaints at Leighton@newstalkzb.co.nz

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Leighton is on summer break, so we are highlighting some of his favourite guests from 2022.

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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”, talks about what happens when truth is abandoned in fav...

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Leighton is on summer break, so we are highlighting some of his favourite guests from 2022.

Professor Elizabeth Rata has been much requested.

She is worth the wait.

Overall it’s a ‘Defence of Democracy’ discussion.

That’s if it is not already too late...

File your comments and complaints at Leighton@newstalkzb.co.nz

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