The Rick Smith Show
By Rick Smith
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The Rick Smith Show is a radio show in central Pennsylvania featuring guests and topics that affect workers.
||CleanJuly 3, 2015 Show||Irwin Aronson, Labor attorney and Rick Smith Show regular joins Rick to talk about the 4th of July holiday, his favorite founding father, and least favorite state senator. Aseia Glover joins Rick to talk about her experiences in the fast food industry and why she is fighting for a living wage and a union. John Neurohr, Communications Director for Keystone Progress joins Rick to talk about Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s veto of the PA GOP hat trick of bad legislation. Terrance Pickens is a Pittsburgh native and Fast Food Employee. Terrance has been working in the industry for over six years and hasn't seen a raise in four years. Robert Charles is the Democratic Candidate running for Glen Grell's open House Seat in the 87th District||7/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJuly 2, 2015 Show||Terrance Pickens is a Pittsburgh native and Fast Food Employee. Terrance has been working in the industry for over six years and hasn't seen a raise in four years.||7/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJuly 1, 2015 Show||Pennsylvania State Sen. Rob Teplitz joins Rick to talk about Governor Wolf’s veto of a Republican budget that former Governor Tom Corbett would not have signed. Mark "Jersey Jazzman" Weber, New Jersey public school teacher, public school parent, taxpayer, and NJEA member talks about Governor Chris Christie’s education record in light of the governor’s announcement that he is running for president. David Dayen, contributor at The New Republic joins Rick to discuss global trade policy in the aftermath of congress giving President Obama, and the next president Fast Track Authority. Is the TPP the worst agreement or will TTIP or TISA be worse? Martha Ertman, author of Love’s Promises joins Rick to discuss her book on how contracts can transform the family and what it means post SCOTUS same sex marriage.||7/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJune 30, 2015 Show||Sharon Pope, Home health care worker joins Rick to talk about why she was in Harrisburg protesting for an increase in education spending. Tara Innamorato, Director of Communications UFCW Local 1776 joins Rick to discuss the recent GOP passage of their Liquor privatization scheme and why it’s a bad idea. Marianne P. von Nordeck, Media Relations Manager with AFSCME joins Rick to discuss today’s decision by the US Supreme Court to hear the anti-worker Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case. Brendan Duke, Policy Analyst for American Progress’ Middle-Out Economics project joins Rick to talk about the importance of changing the overtime rules for management. Steven Singer, Educator and Blogger joins Rick to talk education funding and the upcoming BAT Congress in Washington DC.||6/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJune 29, 2015 Show||Pennsylvania State Rep. James Roebuck joins Rick to talk about the latest GOP budget that some are calling Tom Corbett’s fifth budget and the weekend shenanigans that led Democrats to walk out of the house chamber. Sergio Munoz, Deputy Research Director Media Matters joins Rick to discuss the media coverage of the recent SCOTUS decision on the Affordable Care Act and Same Sex Marriage. Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty joins Rick to talk about today’s decision by the Supreme Court on the use of a lethal injection drug and the minority opinion that the death penalty is unconstitutional. Ian Millhiser, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress joins Rick to talk about the latest Supreme Court decisions on the EPA and the Arizona gerrymandering case.||6/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJune 26, 2015 Show||State Representative Patrick Harkins joins Rick to talk about the GOP shenanigans surrounding the budget and the he and his Democratic colleagues are working to accomplish in spite of the distractions. Jon Shelton, Assistant Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay joins Rick to discuss the disastrous effects of the passage and veto override of the 1947 Taft-Hartley law and what workers need to do today to stop the destruction. Isaiah Poole, On-line editor at the Campaign for America’s Future joins Rick to wrap up an interesting week in the United States Supreme Court as they decided on Obamacare and Same Sex marriage. Eric Epstein, Co-Founder and reporter at Rock the Capital joins Rick to wrap up the week in Harrisburg as the GOP lead legislature appeared more interested in distraction than governance.||6/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJune 23, 2015 Show||Stephen Herzenberg, Executive Director of the Keystone Research Center joins Rick to discuss the pension disaster reportedly being pursued by the PA GOP leadership and what it means for workers and taxpayers. Mike Strausbaugh, USW congressional coordinator for the 4th Congressional District joins Rick to discuss the senate’s passage of the TPA and what it means for workers. Ian Millhiser, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress joins Rick to discuss the potential disastrous ramifications of the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in the King v. Burwell case. Dave Jamieson, Huffington Post reporter joins Rick to talk about the recent tragic mass murder in South Carolina and the political reaction in its aftermath.||6/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJune 22, 2015 Show||Rick Bloomingdale, President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO joins Rick to talk about the coming week of attacks on worker’s rights, their pensions, and privatization of the state’s Wine and Spirit shops. Scott N. Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing joins Rick to discuss manufacturing issues around the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement. Kevin Mahoney, Editor Zero at the Raging Chicken Press joins Rick to talk workers security in their homes and privacy in their lives in light of an aggressive push by a right wing groups of extremists attempting to silence him and intimidate his family. Jessica Bruder, Author/Journalist joins Rick to discuss whether the jobs at Amazon warehouses are worth the investment of tax dollars.||6/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJune 17, 2015 Show||Irwin Aronson, Labor Attorney and Rick Smith Show regular joins Rick to talk about the recently released news on teacher evaluations that show what a great job our public school teachers are doing and why the attacks on teachers will continue. Robert Weiner, national Democratic strategist and former spokesman for the Clinton White House joins Rick to talk about the 2016 presidential primary and take a walk down memory lane to the year 2000 in the state of Florida. Frank Emspak, Executive Producer at Workers Independent News joins Rick to discuss the latest news in the world of workers. Lacy Crawford Jr., Communications Director for Social Security Works joins Rick to talk about Jeb!’s belief that Social Security should be privatized.||6/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJune 16, 2015 Show||Mark Price, Labor Economist at the Keystone Research Center joins Rick to talk about the push to increase the state’s minimum wage. Abe Amoros, LIUNA’s Pennsylvania Legislative Director joins Rick to discuss the latest attacks on worker’s wages by PA House Republicans and what we need to do to stop them. Silva Mathema, Policy Analyst with the Center for American Progress immigration team joins Rick to talk about the growing need for immigration reform and what it would mean to Pennsylvania.||6/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
Keep up the good work brother!
Great show for any and all workin class Americans. Greetings Rick from a co-worker @ terminal #230.
The Business Class in America after WW2 set out to destroy radio as a source of quality information for the worker. Rick Smith sets the war on the worker back over 60 years. Smith sheds light on the greed of the CEO, the Corporation and the Wealth Class in a way never heard before on America's air waves. Well researched and delivered with a style all his own, Smith is the modern day voice for all that earn a paycheck. The waves of opposition have turned in America, this show points the masses toward the bulwarked shore of the 1%.