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.
||CleanMarch 25, 2015 Show||Irwin Aronson, Labor Attorney and Rick Smith Show contributor is back to talk voting rights and the need to make sane changes in voting registration to make it easier to vote. Listen to Irwin's interview HERE Tiffany Lorch, Philadelphia high school teacher joins Rick to talk about the Expose on Standardized Testing in Philadelphia and what parents need to know about these tests. Listen to Tiffany's interview HERE Brendan M Fischer, General Counsel at The Center for Media and Democracy joins Rick to talk about oil giant BP dumping its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the campaign to hold companies accountable for their actions. Listen to Brendan's interview HERE||3/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMarch 24, 2015 Show||Bill Dando, Legislative Director for AFSCME Council 13 joins Rick to talk about recent legislation proposed by 3 Republican State Senators attacking workers rights. Listen to Bill's interview HERE||3/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMarch 19, 2015 Show||Ken Mash is president of APSCUF, the faculty union that represents 6,000 professors and coaches within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Ken joins the program to talk about the proposed budget increases, today's House Appropriations hearing and the upcoming contract negotiation. Listen to Ken's interview HERE Marc Bookman is a capital crimes lawyer and the Director of Atlantic Center of Representation. The group consults on capital crimes and is involved with advocacy work around the death penalty. Listen to interview Marc's HERE Billy Anderson, Grand Lodge Representative for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers/ IAMAW joins Rick to talk about the workers at Boeing in South Carolina filing for an NLRB election. Listen to interview Billy's HERE Lee Mcclenon is a member of the Earth Quaker Action Team and joined the program to talk about PNC Bank divesting all of its funds from mountain top minin in Appalachia. Listen to interview Lee's HERE||3/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMarch 18, 2015 Show||Irwin Aronson, Labor Attorney and Rick Smith Show contributor joins Rick to talk about the upcoming Supreme Court races and why these open seats are so important for workers. Bruce Rader, Professor of Finance at Temple's Fox School of Business joins Rick to talk about Pennsylvania pension situation, what needs to be done, and what definitely does not need to be done. Listen to Bruce's interview HERE Abe Amoros, Pennsylvania Legislative Director for LIUNA joins Rick to talk about Governor Tom Wolf’s budget, and, with construction season upon us the need for infrastructure investment.||3/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMarch 17, 2015 Show||Crystal Barnett, special Education teacher and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers staff joins Rick to talk about the recent Republican assault on teachers and attack on worker’s rights. Listen to Crystal's intereview HERE PA State Rep. Kevin Schreiber joins Rick to talk about recent events surrounding the York city school district and resignation of the Emergency Manager. Listen to State Representative Schreiber's interview HERE Christoria Hughes, grandmother and UPMC employee joins Rick to talk about today’s action and Pittsburgh City Council Resolution supporting UPMC workers in their fight for $15 an hour and a union. Listen to Christoria's intereview HERE Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works joins Rick to talk about the Republican budget proposal’s plan to privatize Medicare and steal from the disabled. Truly Conservative. Listen to Alex's interview HERE||3/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMarch 16, 2015 Show||Mark Price, Labor Economist with the Keystone Research Center joins Rick to talk jobs and the recent report that Harrisburg, PA has more job openings then job seekers. Listen to Mark's interview HERE PA State Senator Jim Brewster joins Rick to talk about US Steel closing a plant in his district and what he is doing to save American jobs. Listen to Senator Brewster's interview HERE Kevin Mahoney, Editor Zero at the Raging Chicken Press joins Rick to talk about the upcoming annual cavalcade of crazy conservative conference coming to Harrisburg. Listen to Kevin's interview HERE Clovis Gallon, Parent, educator, and activist joins Rick to talk about the recent resignation of the York City School District manager marking what appears to the end of privatization of the York City Schools. Listen to Clovis' interview HERE||3/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMarch 13, 2015 Show||Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is back on the program to talk Pennsylvania budget and how Governor Wolf’s proposal will affect his city. Listen to Ed's interview HERE Former Congressman Admiral Joe Sestak weighs in on THE LETTER signed by Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and 46 other Republican Senators and talks about the campaign to unseat Senator Toomey in 2016. Listen to Joe's interview HERE Dave Johnson, Trade Guru at the Campaign for America’s Future joins Rick to talk about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free trade agreement and what it means to the nation’s workers. Listen to Dave's interview HERE Steve Kurkjian, author of Master Thieves joins Rick to talk about his book that tells the story of the greatest art heist in history and why after all these years the artwork, and criminals who pulled off the theft have not been caught. Listen to Steve's interview HERE||3/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMarch 12, 2015 Show||Mike Crossey, President of PSEA joins Rick to discuss the recent Washington Post article ranking Pennsylvania to most unequal state in school funding gaps between wealthy school districts and poorer ones. Listen to Mike's interview HERE Meagan Hatcher Mays research for Courts Matter joins Rick to talk about a recently released report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finding that "forced arbitration" clauses in contracts for cellphones, credit cards, and car loans benefit large corporations and hurt consumers. Anyone surprised? Listen to Meagan's interview HERE Jay Ward, Political Director for SEIU Local 1984 talks about the fight to stop the No Rights at Work agenda in New Hampshire. Listen to Jay's interview HERE||3/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMarch 11, 2015 Show||Irwin Aronson, Labor attorney and Rick Smith Show contributor joins Rick to discuss the ongoing attacks on workers and their rights. Listen to Irwin's interview HERE State Rep. Steve McCarter talks about the House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today to discuss the value of pre-K education funding and how to ensure it’s properly funded in Pennsylvania. Listen to Steve's interview HERE Matt Chandler, member of the Truman Project's Defense Council and a former Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security joins Rick to talk about the letter sent to Iran by 47 Republican senators. Is this action treasonous? Unprecedented? Listen to Matt's interview HERE Gretchen Dahlkemper, National Field Manager for Moms Clean Air Force joins Rick to talk about the push to force the EPA to strengthen Ozone standards in the US. Listen to Grethchen's interview HERE||3/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMarch 10, 2015 Show||The Audio is a bit HOT for this program. We have redone our studio and the levels are off. We are correcting the problem. Thanks for your patience Michael Wood, Research Director at the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center joins Rick to discuss Governor Wolf’s budget proposal and examine some of the attacks levied by the Koch Brothers front groups. Listen to Mike's interview HERE Igor Volsky, Contributing Editor to ThinkProgress joins Rick to talk about the GOP’s latest act to undermine President Obama. The question….is it treason? Listen to Igor's interview HERE Kevin Mahoney, Editor Zero at the Raging Chicken Press joins Rick to talk about Adjunct Professors in Toronto taking to the picket line for Respect, as well as, better wages, hours, and conditions. Listen to Kevin's interview HERE Frank Emspak, Executive Producer with Workers Independent News joins Rick from Madison, WI to talk about the republican assault on workers and the recent ramming through of the wage killing Right to Work law. Listen to Frank's interview HERE||3/10/2015||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%.