The Rick Smith Show

The Rick Smith Show

By working people. For working people. Welcome to The Rick Smith Show.Working Americans are tired of listening to think tank approved corporate news and commentary. They want a direct, honest approach to the issues that matter, so this is what The Rick Smith Show provides. No puppets. No focus groups. No talking points.Want more #RickShow? Go to https://www.thericksmithshow.comThe Rick Smith Show streams live every weeknight from 9p-11p EST on YouTube & Twitch TV, and the show runs every night in prime time on Free Speech TV.Be sure to add the FSTV channel on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, on the FSTV iOS app, or find us in the regular channel lineup on DirecTV or Dish.Radio listeners – You can find us in most major markets, including New York City on WBAI 99.5 FM, Los Angeles on KPFK 90.7 FM, Chicago on WCPT AM 820, Columbus on 98.3/92.7 FM, Minneapolis on AM950, and many others. Check your local listings.Call-in at 1-866-416-RICK (7425) to join the show.Questions or comments? Email


February 20, 2024 56 mins

February 20, 2024

As the AI tidal wave continues, we are beginning to see how intrusive it is, or soon will be. Many workplaces now have AI monitoring system watching workers on the job and controlling their actions. And this is just the beginning. To discuss this new threat, we are joined by Lisa Gilbert, Executive Vice President at Public Citizen.

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February 19, 2024

For years, the right has been pushing a narrative that would have us believe that Joe Biden and his son are hardened criminals who are out to get us – all of us. However, last week the right’s primary source for this nonsense found himself in handcuffs, charged with lying to the FBI. That’s right – it was all a big lie. More on this and also a discussion on the economy with Economics Professor Matias Vernengo of Bu...

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February 16, 2024 56 mins

February 16, 2024

The Memphis Sanitation Strike – a pivotal moment in the civil rights and labor rights movements – began in February of 1968. Several weeks later, while visiting Memphis in support of this strike, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. And while history is very good at teaching us about deaths and dates, it often leaves out the details and circumstances, leaving many of us only with the where and the when, but...

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February 14, 2024 56 mins

February 14, 2024

The title may sound a bit dramatic, but we assure you that the threat is both real and immediate. Now that Trump has packed the courts with corporatist judges, the rich are bringing out the big guns and going after our most fundamental rights in the workplace. In new lawsuits filed by SpaceX and Trader Joe’s, the hard right is seeking to dismantle the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, destroy the NLRB that enfo...

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February 13, 2024 56 mins

February 13, 2024

As the country is trying to make sense of why Donald Trump would encourage Putin to attack out NATO allies, we are also being told by the right-wing hate machine that the “deep state” has rigged the Superbowl for its favorite pop star. And our mainstream media, always looking for a horse race, spent the week talking about a DOJ report written by a Republican hatchet man to make us worry about a candidate's age ...

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February 12, 2024 56 mins

February 12, 2024

The Biden economy is creating good, family sustaining jobs at a pace we haven’t seen in a very long time. But the Biden Boom also brings a number of questions, like “Who is going to do these jobs?” and “How do we create all the skilled labor we’re going to need?” Today we speak to the tradesmen and union leaders who can answer those questions, and who might just be able to connect you to your last and best job. Kei...

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February 9, 2024 56 mins

February 9, 2024

In an extraordinary day in Congress, the GOP managed to kill its own immigration bill, and they also failed to impeach Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for absolutely no reason because they somehow forgot how to count votes. It’s a colossal waste of time and tax dollars, and all of it is designed for one purpose and one purpose alone – to stoke right-wing outrage in service of a guy currently facing 91 felony charges, a...

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February 8, 2024 56 mins

February 8, 2024

These days, it’s not enough that we buy overpriced things, and in many cases, that we need overpriced things simply to survive. According to the Wall Street Journal, we need to be thankful for the price gouging; we need to thank our betters for their benevolence, that they allow us to overpay. Tune in to hear more about the ways corporate America is reaching into our pockets for much more than they should be owed. O...

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February 7, 2024 56 mins

February 7, 2024

While the right-wing rage machine is feeding anger to the masses, the puppet masters behind the curtain are lying, cheating, and flat-out stealing all of your hard-earned money, and their favorite way to steal is to not pay the taxes the rest of us pay. We are joined by Will Rice of American for Tax Fairness, who just released a new report that shows us just how this thieving is done, and how the people we vote for ...

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February 6, 2024 56 mins

February 6, 2024

One year after corporate power destroyed a small Ohio town, too little has been done to fix what is broken, and nothing has been done to keep it from happening again. People are still sick, the problems are still there, and the company responsible is spending its money on lobbying and public relations so they can declare a victory that simply isn’t real.  In this episode, we speak to John Russell – local journalist ...

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February 5, 2024 56 mins

February 5, 2024

It’s Identity Theft Prevention Week, and a recent study just said that 73% of us have been victims in one way or another. To discuss these issues, and what we can do about them, we are joined by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. There are ways we can protect ourselves, and there are certainly ways that our government can help. 

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February 2, 2024 56 mins

February 2, 2024

In the follow up to Teamsters President Sean O’Brien’s trip to Mar-a-Lago, in which he took the now famous thumbs-up hostage photo, Donald Trump has now traveled to Teamsters HQ in DC to bully them into an endorsement that he will never deserve. Also, we sit down with Newsguild President Jon Schleuss to discuss a number of strikes and layoffs in print media, and what they say about the future of the industry.

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February 1, 2024 56 mins

February 1, 2024

Today we begin the show with a discussion of one of the crazier ideas to come out of the right-wing echo chamber in quite some time – the “Taylor Swift is secretly working for the Democrats” conspiracy. Join us as we laugh at the snowflakiest thing that ever snowflaked, and then we’ll move on to some serious policy talk with Scott Paul of The Alliance for American Manufacturing.

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January 31, 2024 60 mins

January 31, 2024

The silly season is here again, and it appears that, from now until November, we are going to be fed a steady diet of horse race journalism, as story after story will be spun into an election story, whether the story in question is one or not. We speak with journalist and State politics expert Carolyn Fiddler about the mind-numbing state of legacy journalism, how it sold itself out for ratings, and what that means f...

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January 30, 2024 56 mins

January 30, 2024

Over the course of the last several decades, the wealth class has spent billions to separate us from our institutions – to turn “our” government into “the” government, so it can be demonized and used to divide us. And it worked. To bridge this divide, we’re going to have to start talking to each other again … and these days, that has become difficult, if not impossible. Do we have it in us to remake America, or will...

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January 29, 2024 56 mins

January 29, 2024

While the right has always been in opposition to public education, or really any kind of education for the working class, the attacks have gained a lot of momentum (and a lot of money) in recent years. In this episode, we discuss these trends, and the forces behind them, with one of America’s leading voices in education, Randi Weingarten, President of The American Federation of Teachers.

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January 26, 2024 56 mins

January 25, 2024

UAW President Shawn Fain made the choice clear when he announced his union’s endorsement of President Biden. Both candidates have a labor record to run on, but Trump’s record is terrible, and Joe supports working families. Don’t miss our breakdown of the day’s events, including analysis of Trump’s weak finish in New Hampshire with our guest Colin Seeburger, Senior Advisor for Communications at The Center for America...

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January 25, 2024 56 mins

January 24, 2024

The results are in, and Donald Trump has won the New Hampshire Republican Primary. But what does this mean? Is it over? Is Trump the inevitable nominee, or is there still a chance for some other Republican to defeat him? And if he is going to be the nominee, can he actually win in November?

We discuss this and more with today’s guest, comedian and podcast host Pete Dominick.

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January 24, 2024 56 mins

January 24, 2024

Education has become a subject of many divisions in recent years, and most if not all of those divisions are being fueled and stoked by right wing interests that want to turn our schools into corporate profit centers. Our guest today is Mary Cathryn Ricker, Executive Director of the Albert Shanker institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to three themes: excellence in public education, unions...

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January 23, 2024 56 mins

January 23, 2024

Join us for a discussion about our differences, how they are used to separate us from our neighbors, and who profits from those divisions. We also discuss recent events in the GOP primary, including Ron DeSantis dropping out of the race and then jumping back on the Trump Train.

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