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.
||CleanNovember 23, 2015 Show||This week during our #BATsRadio segments we're talking about the Corporate Education Reform gripping our nations public schools and what it means for students, teachers, and the community. How will this market drive corpoorate top down model change the face of our nation? Peter Greene, Pennsylvania high school English teacher and blogger at Curmudgeducation joins Rick to talk the new corporate education reform labeled #TeachStrong and what it means for students, teachers, and public education. Marla Kilfoyle, New York City social studies teacher and Executive Director of the Badass Teachers Association joins Rick to talk the new corporate education reform labeled #TeachStrong and what it means for students, teachers, and public education.||11/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNovember 20, 2015 Show||Katherine Isaac, Organizer with the Campaign for Postal Banking joins Rick to talk about allowing the US Postal Service to expand their services to include secure banking products to help consumers and the USPS thrive. Sign the Petition HERE Peter Dooley, LaborSafe Health and Safety Consulting joins Rick to highlight worker safety issues ahead of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and shed light on the working conditions of those workers who make the Thanksgiving feast possible. Elise Gould, Senior Economist and Director of Health Policy Research joins Rick to lay out an agenda that will help women workers get a fair shake on the job and examine policy choices that would help all workers and their families achieve the American Dream. Isaiah Poole, On-line Editor at the Campaign for America’s Future joins Rick to look back on the week that was and forward to find our better selves in the future. Eric Epstein, Contributor at Rock the Capital joins Rick to talk latest developments in the ongoing #PABudget and Pension saga with the added convicted child molester twist.||11/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNovember 19, 2015 Show||PA State Rep Kevin Schreiber joins Rick to discuss progress on the budget and explain where things are and what we need to do to ensure a fair budget that funds education and solves our structural budget deficit. Daisy Cruz, SEIU 32BJ District Leader joins Rick to talk about Wednesday nights strike action at major airports in Chicago, Boston, New York City, Newark, Philadelphia, and Fort Lauderdale demanding $15 and a union. Will Fischer, Executive Director of the Union Veterans Council joins Rick to talk about employer treatment of Veterans in light of the recent Op Ed about ATI locking out its workers. Drew Gibson, Writer at Virally Suppressed joins Rick to talk about Senator Bernie Sanders speech on what a Democratic Socialist is and discuss the Sanders campaign’s focus on college campuses. Celeste Drake, Trade & Globalization Policy Specialist at the AFL-CIO joins Rick to talk how bad the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is and why the business community is now rumbling.||11/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNovember 18, 2015 Show||Irwin Aronson, labor attorney and Rick Smith Show regular joins Rick to highlight the need to make every week American Education Week and why honoring our teachers is important. Pennsylvania State Rep. Mike Sturla joins Rick to talk about the recent hearing in support of House Bill 1449, The Nursing Facility Accountability Act and its passage means for residents and workers in the state’s nursing homes, as well as taxpayers. Cortesia Jordan, a 20 year old Dunkin Donuts worker joins Rick to talk about she and other service workers took to the streets in support of $15 an hour and a union and what it would an increase from her current $7.75 an hour wage would do for her and her coworkers. Doug Cunningham, Producer at Workers Independent News joins Rick to lay out the news of the day on job around the nation from SEIU endorsing Hillary to a potential strike in Wisconsin.||11/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNovember 17, 2015 Show||Dolores McCracken, Vice President with the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) joins Rick to discuss the importance of Education Week and to examine the latest budget developments. Pennsylvania State Senator Art Haywood joins Rick to talk about the budget talks and highlights the need to raise the minimum wage for working families at a time when legislators are talking about raising the state’s sales tax. Ian Millhiser, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Editor of ThinkProgress Justice joins Rick to discuss whether recent statements by a number of Governors across the nation refusing to accept any Syrian refugees is this something they can do? Who has the power and what should we be doing during this crisis. Dr. Stephen Krashen, professor emeritus at the University of Southern California, educational researcher, and education activist joins Rick for American Education Week to talk about why libraries are important for all children to get a quality education and what’s really behind the education “reform” movement.||11/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNovember 16, 2015 Show||Amy Fetherolf, Communications Director for the Pennsylvania Working Families joins Rick to report on the progress being made as citizens call for Pennsylvania State Senator Scott Wagner to live up to his call for Republicans to sell all of their belongs and leave the commonwealth if Democrats win all three State Supreme Court races. Kevin Mahoney, Editor Zero at the Raging Chicken Press joins Rick for Raging Monday to discuss what’s going on across the Raging Chicken’s pages. Susan Horton Polos, New York State Public School librarian joins Rick to share her story of what the ongoing assault on public education is doing to kids, to tell of her fight to save libraries in schools, and explain why libraries as a vital part of any well rounded education. Joan Kramer, retired school librarian from LA United School District joins Rick to talk about the attack on education by profiteers and how school libraries have been decimated by funding cuts and an emerging system that views them as unimportant.||11/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNovember 13, 2015 Show||Pennsylvania Representative Eddie Day Pashinski joins Rick to discuss the latest machinations of the state’s overdue budget and what continued inaction means for schools and taxpayers. Matías Vernengo, Professor of Economics at Bucknell University joins Rick in the aftermath of the GOP Debate to examine the GOP candidate’s tax plans and explain the hard truth and reality of their plans. Terrance Heath, contributor at the Campaign for America’s Future joins Rick with the Wingnut Week in Review looking back at a week that saw another classically GOP debate and highlight the funny, the absurd, and the just plain sad. John Neurohr, political strategist and regular contributor at The Rick Smith Show is back to highlight the lowlights of the budget talks and analyze the winners and losers in what is known at this moment.||11/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNovember 9, 2015 Show||Admiral and former Congressman Joe Sestak joins Rick in observance of Veterans Day to talk about his record in aiding constituents as he pursues a seat in the US Senate. John E. Peck, Executive Director Family Farm Defenders joins Rick to discuss how, in the light of the recently released Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement transcript, family farmers will fare under another free trade scheme. Kevin Mahoney, Editor Zero at the Raging Chicken Press joins Rick to talk about current negotiations with Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) schools and their faculty and what it means for the students, staff, and taxpayers. Jose Lara, National Education Association Social Justice Activist Award Winner, Vice President El Rancho Unified school district, and a Teacher in South Central LA joins Rick to talk about expanding education opportunities for kids to learn about other cultures and history. Denisha Jones Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Howard University joins Rick to discuss service-learning for teachers, dealing with challenging behaviors, the de-professionalization of teaching, and promoting diversity in education.||11/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNovember 6, 2015 Show||Waslala Miranda, Education Policy Analyst at the Pennsylvania Budget & Policy Center joins Rick to discuss her recent report on the lingering effects of the massive Corbett era education funding cuts and who is paying the price. Eric Epstein, Reporter at Rock the Capitol joins Rick to talk everything Harrisburg from Kathleen Kane to the State’s Supreme Court election Eric breaks it down and fill in everything in between. Matías Vernengo, Professor of Economics at Bucknell University joins Rick to examine October’s job numbers and discuss whether or not they are as wonderful as is being spun. Dave Johnson, Fellow at the Campaign for America’s Future breaks down the ins and outs of the recently released Trans-Pacific Partnership text and what it means for workers. Terron Sims, West Point graduate and Truman Project Fellow joins Rick to talk about Presidential candidate Ben Carson’s claim to have turned down a scholarship to one of the nation’s military academies.||11/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNovember 4, 2015 Show||Irwin Aronson, Labor Attorney and Rick Smith Show contributor joins Rick to evaluate the November 3rd election results and delve into the significance of the historic election’s outcome. Rick Bloomingdale, President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO joins Rick to talk about the grassroots organizing and the hard work volunteers put in to make the historic November 3rd election of three Democratic Supreme Court Justices possible. Frank Emspak, Executive Producer at Worker’s Independent News Service joins Rick to discuss the Labor News of the day. Will Fischer, Executive Director of the Union Veterans Council joins Rick to highlight National Apprenticeship Week and to talk about the opportunities union apprenticeship programs offer to veterans. Rebecca Vallas, Director of Policy for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress joins Rick to discuss recent action by President Obama to “Ban the Box” in the federal employment process and truly give citizens a second chance after service their sentence and what action means for all workers.||11/4/2015||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%.