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 2, 2015 Show||Les Ford joins Rick to talk about the Dauphin County Democrats movie event this past weekend and to talk about his experience as a 19 year old college student marching with Dr. Martin Luther King in the third Selma march 50 years ago. Listen to Les's interview HERE Steve Horn, freelance investigative journalist and Research Fellow for Desmogblog joins Rick to talk about the new report on Oil trains that could put 4 million Pennsylvanians at risk. Listen to Steve's interview HERE Kevin Mahoney, Editor Zero at the Raging Chicken Press talks budget and higher education. Listen to Kevin's interview HERE Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO joins Rick to talk the assault on workers. Listen to Phil's interview HERE||3/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanFebruary 27, 2015 Show||Michael Wood, Research Director at the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center joins Rick to talk about Governor Wolf’s upcoming budget address and what policy choices should be front and center. Listen to Michael's interview HERE Morris Pearl, Chairman of the Board of the Patriotic Millionaires joins Rick to talk about what his organization is doing to fight inequality and the promote his group being featured on The Daily Show with John Stewart. Listen to Morris's interview HERE Craig Aaron, President and CEO of Free Press joins Rick to talk about the recent FCC announcement with regard to Net Neutrality, the Republican Party response, and what it all means for consumers, business, and democracy. Listen to Craig's interview HERE Isaiah Poole, On-line Editor at the Campaign for America’s Future is back for Our Future Friday talking bad trade deals and an even worse process by which these bad trade deals are being passed. Listen to Isaiah's interview HERE||2/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanFebruary 26, 2015 Show||Kia Hinton, Philadelphia parent and Chair of Action United joins Rick to talk about today’s budget rally demanding policies that facilitate the creation of good jobs and healthy communities. Listen to Kia's interview HERE Paco Fabian, a spokesman for Good Jobs Nation highlight the ongoing Republican attack on workers as the GOP is pushing back against President Obama’s executive order raising the wages of workers employed under federal contracts. Listen to Paco's interview HERE Melinda St. Louis, International Campaign Director at Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch joins Rick to talk about their campaign to stop Fast Track Authority of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement. Listen to Melinda's interview HERE Rogette Harris, Chair of the Dauphin County Democratic Committee joins Rick to talk this Saturday’s community event screening the movie Selma and discuss and organize a local grassroots movement. Listen to Rogette's interview HERE||2/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanFebruary 25, 2015 Show||Irwin Aronson, local Labor Attorney and Rick Smith Show contributor returns to explain the constitutional ins and outs of the latest Pennsylvania GOP scheme to end run the governor and what it means for We the People. Listen to Irwin's interview HERE Rick Bloomingdale, President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO joins Rick to talk about the continuing attack on workers as the republican led General Assembly pushes to constitutionally make it illegal for state workers and their employer to agree on dues deductions. Listen to Rick's interview HERE Brendan M Fischer, General Counsel at The Center for Media and Democracy joins Rick from Wisconsin to talk about the most recent phase of the No Rights at Work Agenda making Wisconsin a no Rights to Work state. Listen to Brendan's interview HERE Les Stark, Executive Director of the Keystone Cannabis Coalition, one of a number of groups pushing for the passage of Pennsylvania's Medical Cannabis Bill, Senate Bill 3. On top of pushing medical marijuana legislation in Pennsylvania, he is working on legalizing hemp production. Listen to Les's interview HERE||2/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanFebruary 24, 2015 Show||Dave Fillman, Executive Director of AFSCME Council 13 joins Rick to talk about the attack on workers and push to constitutionally make it illegal for state workers and their employer to agree on dues deductions. Listen to Dave's interview HERE Steve Garey, President of United Steelworkers local 12-591 in Mount Vernon, Wash joins Rick to talk about day 24 of the Oil Workers strike as he and his fellow USW members fight for better conditions on the job. On 2-23-15 an oil refinery fire at the BP refinery in Whiting, IN occured. What does this second incident mean as the USW strike hits the 24 day mark. Listen to Steve's interview HERE Elise Gould, Senior Economist and Director of Health Policy Research with the Economic Policy Institute joins Rick to talk about the recent study pointing out a 35 year stagnation of wages and why this has occurred. Listen to Elise's interview HERE John Neurohr, Communications Director at Keystone Progress talks Beggar thy Neighbor economic development as Florida Governor Rick Scott is in Philadelphia peddling away the futures of Florida’s children in the hopes of stealing jobs from Pennsylvania. Listen to John's interview HERE||2/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanFebruary 23, 2015 Show||Robert Kraig, Executive Director, Citizen Action of Wisconsin joins Rick to talk about the republican jihad against workers. Listen to Robert's interview HERE Kevin Mahoney Editor Zero and founder of the Raging Chicken Press lays out the recent plot by University President to raise tuition while not raising tuition. Both ways the students and their families lose. Listen to Kevin's interview HERE Steven Herzenberg, Executive Director of the Keystone Research Center joins Rick to talk about the Republican governor of Florida coming to Philadelphia on a junket to steal jobs from Pennsylvania workers. Listen to Steve's interview HERE||2/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanFebruary 18, 2015 Show||Irwin Aronson, Labor attorney and show regular talks about the end of hard line telephone in Pennsylvania as the PUC decides to stick it to consumers. Listen to Irwin's interview HERE Ed Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO talks about crumbling infrastructure and what needs to be done as the clock keeps ticking and the window of low interest rates closes. Listen to Ed's interview HERE Norm Rogers, Negotiating Committee member with the United Steelworkers Local 675 talks about the oil refinery explosion in California and the need for safer workplaces. Listen to Norm's interview HERE Amy Roat, educator and parent talks about the School Reform Commission meeting that could approve 39 more charter schools in Philadelphia and the devastation that would cause. Listen to Amy's interview HERE||2/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanFebruary 17, 2015 Show||Abe Amoros, PA Legislative Director for LIUNA joins Rick to give the latest on what anti-worker attacks are brewing in the PA General Assembly. Listen to Abe's interview HERE John Nichols, Writer for The Nation Magazine returns to the program to talk about the ALEC/Wisconsin style attacks on workers that have found their way to Illinois and way the outcome could be different and devastating to the GOP governor there. Listen to John's interview HERE Kenny Perdue, President of the West Virginia AFL-CIO talks about Monday’s rally in Charleston, WV against the No Rights at Work Agenda and gutting prevailing wage laws. Listen to Kenny's interview HERE John Logan, professor and director of labor and employment studies at San Francisco State University joins Rick to talk about the ongoing right wing attack on the National Labor Relations Board and what its demise means for workers. Listen to John's interview HERE||2/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanFebruary 16, 2015 Show||Congressman Brendan Boyle joins Rick to talk about what’s going on in Washington around jobs and education. Listen to Congressman Boyle's interview HERE Jim Savage, President of United Steelworker Local 10-1, gives Rick the latest on the Steelworker’s nationwide strike that has moved into its 16th day. Listen to Jim's interview HERE Steven Singer, Teacher, Parent, Education Blogger, joins Rick to discuss the growing movement of parents opting their children out of standardized tests. Listen to Steven's interview HERE AI-Jen Poo, Author of The Age of Dignity talks about her book and the growing need for public policies and shifting societal mores necessary to care for an aging population. Listen to AI-Jen's interview HERE Michael Gould-Wartofsky, author of The Occupiers, joins Rick to talk about his book that looks at the movements that have occurred after Occupy Wall Street and the people who have participated in those movements. Listen to Michael's interview HERE||2/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanFebruary 13, 2015 Show||Pennsylvania State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski joins Rick to talk about Governor Wolf’s recent announcement to place a reasonable severance tax on drillers to help fund education. Listen to Eddie's interview HERE David Madland, Ph.D., Managing Director, Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress talks about the economy and gives his thoughts on recent reports that unions are no longer necessary. Listen to David's interview HERE Ray Krone was the 100th person in the United States to be exonerated from death row through the Innocence Project brought to the program by the Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Earlier today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a moratorium on Pennsylvania's death penalty and is pushing for an outright ban. Listen to Ray's interview HERE Isaiah Poole, On-line Editor at the Campaign for America’s Future join Rick on Our Future Friday to talk about the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement. Listen to Isaiah's interview HERE||2/13/2015||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%.