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!

01:23:50 2022-08-09
On this week's podcast: "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 ...
01:42:25 2022-08-03
On this week's podcast: From the Democracy Institute in Washington DC, Patrick Basham explains his blacklisting by the Ukrainian Centre for Countering Disinformation. He is one of approximately 79 targeted by the Ukraine Government. Let’s ensure that so...
01:22:09 2022-07-27
On this week's podcast: We talk again with Professor Aynsley Kellow, author of essay “The Madness of Net Zero” . He says he has become more sceptical with time of the worst reports of climate change.And that scepticism was exacerbated by his experienc...
01:17:04 2022-07-19
On this week's podcast:Democracy was invented in Ancient Greece. What would the great minds of Athens think of democracy in New Zealand today? Do we actually live in a democracy?James Kierstead, lecturer in Classics at Victoria University, is a specialist...
01:14:45 2022-07-13
On this week's podcast:Under the heading of “Democracy and the Free Market Economy”, retired judge Anthony Willy returns to the podcast to discuss the foundations of the free market, our complacency and threats to our way of life.We discuss communism,...
01:28:55 2022-07-06
On this week's podcast:Every day the media utilises the term “experts”. Experts say, experts warn, experts criticise...Dr Michael Tomlinson is a Higher Education Governance and Quality consultant. He suggests that the age of deference to experts is ov...
01:24:12 2022-06-28
On this week's podcast:Bruce Cotterill is a “transformation leader” with experience in real estate, media, financial services, technology, and retail. A CEO in both Australia and New Zealand, he’s a highly regarded business communicator. We dig into...
01:42:01 2022-06-21
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, politi...
01:30:59 2022-06-14
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.Constitu...
01:33:02 2022-06-07
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 mis...
01:32:13 2022-06-01
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 ...
01:23:31 2022-05-24
On this week's podcast: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...
01:31:35 2022-05-17
On this week's podcast: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 o...
01:37:14 2022-05-10
On this week's podcast:“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....
01:28:41 2022-05-03
On this week's podcast: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 Ce...
01:34:28 2022-04-26
On this week's podcast: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 p...
01:49:03 2022-04-19
On this week's podcast:“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 c...
01:10:24 2022-04-13
On this week's podcast: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...
01:33:55 2022-04-06
On this week's podcast: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 ...
01:25:59 2022-03-30
On this week's podcast: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 "m...
01:19:30 2022-03-23
On this week's podcast: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...
01:27:57 2022-03-16
On this week's podcast: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 Supp...
01:20:08 2022-03-09
On this week's podcast: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 futu...
01:33:24 2022-03-02
On this week's podcast: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 economicall...
01:40:30 2022-02-23
On this week's podcast: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...
01:12:20 2022-02-16
On this week's podcast: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 Friedm...
01:21:35 2022-02-09
On this week's podcast: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.We make comment on the truckies in Canada an...
01:26:08 2022-02-02
On this week's podcast:In this unfiltered insider account, Dr Scott Atlas (author of A PLAGUE UPON OUR HOUSE: MY FIGHT AT THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE TO STOP COVID FROM DESTROYING AMERICA) gives us a full account of the Covid key players in the White House dur...
01:03:54 2022-01-25
Martin Gurri, retired CIA analyst, writer and author of “The Revolt of the Public”. This book has been recognised as prophetic by critics of all political persuasions.File your comments and complaints at Leighton@newstalkzb.co.nzHaven't listened to a ...
01:03:43 2022-01-18
With a list of qualifications too long to include, Koonin served as Undersecretary for Science at the U.S. Dept of Energy, under President Obama.Professor of theoretical physics at Caltech, 200+ peer-reviewed papers in the fields of physics and astrophys...
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