160 episodes

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!

The Leighton Smith Podcast Newstalk ZB

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    • 4.4 • 418 Ratings

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!

    Leighton Smith Podcast: Best of 2021 - January 26th 2022

    Leighton Smith Podcast: Best of 2021 - January 26th 2022

    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.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Leighton Smith Podcast: Best of 2021 - January 19th 2022

    Leighton Smith Podcast: Best of 2021 - January 19th 2022

    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 astrophysics, scientific computation, energy technology and climate science (not that I believe peer-review counts for much any more).
    But those achievements counted for little when he published “Unsettled, what climate science tells us, what it doesn’t, and why it matters”. The climate ‘gangsters' took to him with a viciousness that has become common.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Leighton Smith Podcast: Best of 2021 - January 12th 2022

    Leighton Smith Podcast: Best of 2021 - January 12th 2022

    Des Gorman, Professor of Medicine at Auckland University. He was Head of the School of Medicine from 2005-2010.
    We had a wide ranging discussion on multiple matters; science, philosophy, education, intelligence, the shortcomings of governance and what binds us together.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Leighton Smith Podcast: Best of 2021 - January 5th 2022

    Leighton Smith Podcast: Best of 2021 - January 5th 2022

    Barry Brownstein was a find in 2021. Author of “the Inner-Work of Leadership” and Professor of Economics and Leadership, Barry proved himself worthy of a long form interview.
    He was amazed and impressed with the response his podcast drew.
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    • 1 hr
    Leighton Smith Podcast: Best of 2021 - December 29th 2021

    Leighton Smith Podcast: Best of 2021 - December 29th 2021

    Rodney Hide, ex-politician, independent thinker and the only scientifically qualified member of parliament in his day, is always a great conversationalist.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Leighton Smith Podcast: Best of 2021 - December 22nd 2021

    Leighton Smith Podcast: Best of 2021 - December 22nd 2021

    Martin Kulldorff, ten years Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School, has found controversy over his Covid data interpretations.
    Described by a Harvard colleague as a “world class superstar”, Kulldorff is not a group thinker. Just a brilliant scientist.
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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
418 Ratings

418 Ratings

great grandmother! ,

Leighton Smith.

As an 88year old woman, I enjoyed your morning programmes immensely and was devastated when I heard you were giving up! I can now listen to your podcasts and am over the moon, as no other programme seems to fit the bill. Your subjects are always interesting ,thought provoking and a delight to listen to. The teaching profession shot themselves in the foot when they brought in compulsory retraining programming for former teachers wishing to get back into work, meaning time often away from home and at a cost of several hundred dollars. There are so many trained teachers who could have returned except for this barrier. I am married to a former teacher and two daughters are also trained teachers, so know what I am talking about. We also have a granddaughter and her husband currently teaching. One daughter, aged 65yrs.currently helps out on a voluntary basis at her local school as she has extra qualifications for remedial reading etc. she possibly would have been available to return to the classroom when her husband died 4yrs ago but had not kept up her registration so was not eligible. Yet her expertise is being used without payment,!!
The nursing profession went through the same scenario a few years ago when they ended the Nurse Aid training.
Now we are seeing the results. Enough said! Keep up the good work and thank you. “Great grandmother “

alltakenisnotpossible ,

Absolutely outstanding and necessary

Sensible, intelligent, knowledgeable, interesting, informative. Do I need to say more? Maybe: sorely, desperately needed in today’s one sided, dumbed down media offerings. Highly, highly recommended!

ichheissename ,

Best Political Pod cast available

Simply the best - great content, guests and sensible interviews that focus on fact, common sense and self evident insights.

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