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 31, 2015 Show||Patrick Nightingale, Executive Director of Pittsburgh NORML joins Rick to update where the Medical Marijuana legislation is and what is holding up its passage. Edward Mooney, Vice President of CWA Districts 2-13 joins Rick in advance of a potential strike by workers or lockout by manage to talk about the tense situation as workers stand up for good jobs and fair compensation to a multi-billion dollar profit company. Isaiah Poole, On-line editor at the Campaign for America’s Future joins Rick to transportation bill, the Ex-Im bank fiasco, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of what Ronald Reagan said would be "a short step to all the rest of socialism" in America. John Neurohr, Communications Director for Keystone Progress joins Rick to talk Harrisburg nonsense from attacks against Planned Parenthood to representatives not passing a budget, and to preview the upcoming North By Northwest Progressive Summit .||7/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJuly 29, 2015 Show||Irwin Aronson, labor lawyer and friend of the program, joined Rick to talk about Act 60 and how the Republican Legislature under Governor Tom Corbett attacked workers' paychecks by changing Unemployment Insurance rules. Doug Cunningham from Workers Independent News joins the program for our weekly Worker's Wednesday segment Ed Leavy, Secretary Treasurer of the Connecticut Federation of Teachers, joined Rick to talk about the recent victory that brings labor history to the classrooms Zaid Jilani, contributor at AlterNet, explains how the Pentagon is influencing our TV viewing pleasures||7/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJuly 28, 2015 Show||Carol E. Tracy, Executive Director of the Women's Law Project joins Rick to discuss what an increase in the minimum wage would mean for women and to talk about the recent right wing attacks on Planned Parenthood. Anna Chu, Vice President of Policy and Research at the Center for American Progress Action Fund joins Rick to talk about her recent report comparing GOP campaign rhetoric to their actual policies and what those policies mean for workers. Abe Amoros, PA Legislative Director for LIUNA joins Rick to talk about the Transportation bill moving through the US Senate possibly only to die in the US House and what that means for his members. Ed Perry, a retired aquatic biologist who retired from the US Fish and Wildlife Service after 30 years of service joins Rick to talk about protecting Pennsylvania’s streams and wetland as an advocate for the National Wildlife Federation’s global warming campaign.||7/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJuly 27, 2015 Show||Antoinette Kraus, executive director of Pennsylvania Healthcare Access Network joins Rick to talk about recent reports of Governor Wolf’s Medicaid Expansion working. Craig Harrington, Economic Researcher at Media Matters for America joins Rick to examine media attacks on raising the minimum wage. Kevin Mahoney, Editor Zero at Raging Chicken Press joins Rick to talk about presidential candidate Bernie Sanders shutting down his attackers on race and to talk about how the budget will impact higher education. Kathryn Johnson, Field Organizer, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch joins Rick to talk about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement and what can be done to stop it in its tracks.||7/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJuly 24, 2015 Show||Irwin Aronson, labor attorney, joins the program to talk about Democracy and last night's Lafayette Shooting Drew Gibson, contributor at Virally Suppressed, talks about Bernie Sanders, his relations with the African Community and The Donald Eric Epstein from Rock the Capital reviews the latest news happening in Harrisburg||7/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJuly 23, 2015 Show||John Traynor, Small Business Owner of the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center joins Rick to talk about why raising the minimum wage is going for business and workers. Ben Speight, Organizer for Justice for Port Drivers/Teamsters Local Union 728 joins Rick to talk about the Bi-Coastal Port Strikes being waged by fed of workers taking a stand. John Jackson, Savannah port driver joins Rick to talk about the organizing efforts being waged in the Savannah ports. Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans joins Rick to discuss recent comments to “phase out” Medicare by GOP Presidnetial canidate Jeb Bush and the recent report on the health of Social Security.||7/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJuly 22, 2015 Show||Abe Amoros, Pennsylvania’s Legislative Director for LIUNA joins Rick to discuss where things are with the 2015 budget impasse and give an insider’s view of where things are going. Jasmine Jefferson, Social Security Works' legislative director to talk about the release of the 2015 Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report. Sandy Theis, Executive Director of ProgressOhio joins Rick to talk about former Lehman Brother Managing Director and Ohio Governor John Kasich entering the 2016 GOP Clown Bus. Doug Cunningham, producer and the voice of Worker’s Independent News Service joins Rick to discuss the Labor News of the week.||7/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJuly 21, 2015 Show||Joe Valenti is the Director of Consumer Finance at American Progress.||7/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJuly 20, 2015 Show||The Rick Smith Show is off today planning for our next People's Tour for America.||7/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJuly 17, 2015 Show||W. Gerard Oleksiak, PSEA Vice President joins Rick to talk about the Pennsylvania budget news and Senator Scott Wagner’s accretion that he could fire 10% of the teachers in schools and no one would miss them. Matias Vernengo, Bucknell Professor and blogger joins Rick to discuss the situation in Greece. Will it work? Or, is it just a big privatization scheme? Terrance Heath, Online Producer at the Campaign for America’s Future joins Rick to review just how far the GOP has gone off the rails as we talk Wingnut Week in Review. John Neurohr, Jr., Communications Director at Keystone Progress joins Rick to talk about PA State Senator Scott Wagner showing off his toys. First bragging about his helicopter and now not 1. But 2 iPhone 6’s that he taped to state property in the senate hallway.||7/17/2015||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%.