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.
||CleanOctober 5, 2015 Show||Abe Amoros, Pennsylvania Legislative Director for LIUNA joins Rick to talk budget and preview the week ahead as the PA GOP attempts another Washington DC stop gap budget gimmick. Celeste Drake, Trade & Globalization Policy Specialist with the AFL-CIO is back, and so is the dreaded TransPacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement. Celeste lays out what we know, what we need to know, and what needs to be done to stop another job killing FTA from becoming the law of the globe. Kevin Mahoney, Editor Zero at the Raging Chicken Press joins Rick to report on last week’s week of action in Allentown that saw students take to the streets to highlight their concerns over an education system they believe is not working for them. Karran Harper Royal, New Orleans parent and public education activist joins Rick to share her personal experiences with the corporate education system that has taken over the New Orleans, LA schools. Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Director of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State University Sacramento joins Rick to discuss the “Slave” Market Education Deform that has gripped policymakers, and the moneyed special interest seeking more, and more profit.||10/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanOctober 2, 2015 Show||Katie McGinty, Pennsylvania Democratic Senatorial Candidate joins Rick to talk about her campaign and highlight the differences between her views and incumbent Senator Pat Toomey's record on jobs and trade. Matías Vernengo, Professor of Economics at Bucknell University joins Rick to talk about the economy, the economy, the economy. Yes, an actual economist talking about the how to get the economy back on the right track. Dave Johnson, Fellow with the Campaign for America's Future joins Rick to talk trade, 2016 Presidential race, and more on the privatization efforts to steal the US Postal Service. John Neurohr Communications Director for Keystone Progress joins Rick to discuss PA Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of the latest PA GOP budget stunt and answer, “What is it about Republicans and White Supremacists?”||10/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSeptember 30, 2015 Show||Irwin Aronson, Labor Attorney and Rick Smith Show contributor joins Rick to talk about the recent report by State Rep. James Roebuck on Pennsylvania charter schools and what Rep Roebuck calls the "Wild West" spending or borrowing practices and lack of transparency by privately run schools with taxpayer dollars. Daisy Cruz, Mid Atlantic Director of 32BJ SEIU joins Rick to talk about why in the aftermath of Pope Francis and the #walkwithfrancis visit thousands of workers are in the streets of Philadelphia #walkingforalivingwage. Doug Cunningham, Reporter at Worker’s Independent News joins Rick to raise awareness to the most important worker stories of the day from Detroit to talk about the UAW’s contract fight, to Cleveland for the AFL-CIO kicking off its Race Commissions, to Chicago as nursing home workers Fight For $15 and a union. John Dodds, Director of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project joins Rick to talk about today’s minimum wage event at the capital in Harrisburg and lay out why the minimum wage needs to be increased now.||9/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSeptember 29, 2015 Show||Ian Millhiser, Editor of ThinkProgress Justice joins Rick to discuss the 10 year anniversary of the Robert Court and what a decade of Balls and Strikes have looked like for consumers, workers, and democracy. David Yankovich, Huffington Post reporter joins Rick to discuss what John Boehner’s departure means for the GOP. Is this the end of the Grand Old Party? Also, David shares his thoughts from a recently published article on the privatized prison system. Harry Stein, Director of Fiscal Policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund joins Rick to examine the Tax Plans of GOP presidential candidates, The Donald and Jeb! And what those plans mean for workers, their families, and the nation. Mitchell Robinson, an associate professor and chair of music education at Michigan State University. Robinson taught music for 10 years in the Fulton (NY) City School District, and held collegiate appointments at the University of Connecticut and the Eastman School of Music. He’s written extensively about TFA: T. Jameson Brewer is an advanced PhD student of educational policy studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned a M.S. in social foundations of education from Georgia State University and a B.S.Ed. in secondary education from Valdosta State University. His research focuses on the impact(s) of privatization/marketization of public schools by way of charters, vouchers, and Teach for America. More at www.tjamesonbrewer.com||9/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSeptember 25, 2015 Show||Pennsylvania State Rep Patrick Harkins joins Rick to give his perspective on the PA Budget and layout the consequences of another bad budget and more Corbett era gimmickry. Craig Harrington, Economic Policy Program Director at Media Matters for America joins Rick to discuss the ramifications from Speaker of the House John Boehner’s abrupt resignation. Terrance Heath, Online Producer at Campaign for America's Future bring his Wingnut Week in Review to the program and gives his take on the pope’s visit to Washington, DC. Eric Epstein, contributor at Rock the Capital fills in the gaps of everything that is Harrisburg and offers his take on the sudden resignation of House Speaker John Boehner.||9/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSeptember 23, 2015 Show||PA State Rep Eddie Day Pashinski joins Rick to wade through the right wing minutia, lay out what’s known on the budget talks, and talk direction of the state Democratic Party. Cristina Lopez G, Hispanic media researcher and reporter at Media Matters joins Rick to discuss the Right Wing media’s reaction to Pope Francis and the message he brings to Washington DC. Doug Cunningham, Worker’s Independent News joins Rick to talk about the Rise and Fall of WI Governor Scott Walker and what it means for Wisconsin/The Nation and labor news of the day. Dr. Steve Herzenberg, Executive Director of the Keystone Research Center joins Rick to talk about the need across Pennsylvania for a budget that invests in education, infrastructure and the future rather than more ideological pie fighting.||9/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSeptember 22, 2015 Show||Abe Amoros, Pennsylvania Legislative Director for LIUNA joins Rick to dissect the recent story from the Allentown Morning Call that more than $82 million was spent on building their minor league arena before a single brick was laid and push back against the right wing frame that destroying prevailing wage laws would cut construction costs by 30%. Rick Bloomingdale, President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO joins Rick to examine the demise of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s presidential ambitions and discuss the message that comes from Walker’s popularity dive. Daniel Linarez, striking port truck driver joins Rick to talk about the 11-week strike for proper classification and to put an end to wage theft. Chris Reeves, DailyKos State Leader, Kansas-Missouri joins Rick to highlight the anti-worker insanity that has gripped the Missouri State legislature and detail the scary consequences of the laws MO Governor Jay Nixon vetoed that the legislature recently voted to override. Sally Steenland, Director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress joins Rick to talk about the Pope’s arrival and preview his visit. Sundiata Brown, Organizer with the United Youth Party of Allentown joins Rick to discuss organizing efforts underway in the Allentown School District to raise awareness to the districts 40% high school dropout rate and demand accountability and a voice.||9/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSeptember 21, 2015 Show||Wendell Young IV, President of UFCW 1776 joins Rick to talk about the continuing attacks on the commonwealth’s Wine and Spirit Shops and what privatization means for taxpayers, consumers, and the safety of travelers. Kevin Mahoney, Editor Zero at the Raging Chicken Press joins Rick to preview the upcoming week of student action in the Allentown School District and what he sees as the potential outcome. Anthony Cody spent 24 years working in Oakland schools, 18 of them as a science teacher at a high-needs middle school. A National Board- certified teacher, he now leads workshops with teachers on Project Based Learning. He is the co-founder of the Network for Public Education. Mercedes Schneider is a Louisiana public school teacher and education activist who holds a Ph.D. in applied statistics and research methods.||9/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSeptember 18, 2015 Show||PA State Senator Jay Costa joins Rick to discuss the latest developments in the ongoing budget saga that has gripped Harrisburg. Matías Vernengo, Professor of Economics at Bucknell University NakedKeynesianism Blogger joins Rick to talk about the recent decision by the Federal Reserve not to raise interest and what that decision means across the economy. Isaiah J. Poole, On-line Editor at the Campaign for America’s Future joins Rick to look back the GOP’s reality show America’s Got No Political Talent and look ahead to how our elected leaders should be acting to get America Moving. Shakeda Gaines Finletter, Parent and education activist joins Rick to talk about yesterday’s National Parent’s Strike and discuss why she is supports the Opt Out Philly movement and standardized testing has done to her kids and their education.||9/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSeptember 17, 2015 Show||Irwin Aronson, Labor Attorney and show regular is back to talk about the latest legislative attempt in Pennsylvania to destroy worker’s unions and make it much more difficult for workers to bargain for better, wages, hours, and conditions. “Taxpayer” Tonya Bah, parent and education activist joins Rick on National Parent’s Strike day to talk about the wave of parents choosing to Opt their children out of the high stakes testing that is destroying education and what parents want for their children. Joshua Hollland, fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute joins Rick to dissect the GOP Debacle and answer the burning question of which foreign leader he would put on the US $10 bill, if any. Thalia Cardona, Member of the United Youth Party in Allentown joins Rick to discuss the movement of students in Allentown stepping forward to demand a voice in their education and to preview the upcoming Walkout and Teach In that will be taking place at the end of September. Caryn Hunt, President, Pennsylvania NOW (National Organization for Women) joins Rick to talk about their upcoming convention and address issues facing her organization and women across the commonwealth.||9/17/2015||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%.