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.

Episodes

September 25, 2021 17 min

Pennsylvania State Senator Vince Hughes joins Rick to discuss the voter information theft scheme being attempted by the PA GOP, and how it relates to the “Fraudit” in Arizona and future attacks on our elections. 

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Rick opens the show with commentary on fake audits and vigilante medicine, and how each has a stupid and certain outcome. Then we are joined by Pennsylvania State Senator Vince Hughes to discuss the voter information theft scheme being attempted by the PA GOP, and how it relates to the “Fraudit” in Arizona and future attacks on our elections. We close the first hour with David Dayen of The American Prospect to discuss his new artic...

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September 24, 2021 32 min

Sarah Burris of RawStory is on for our weekly breakdown of news and events in and around Washington DC and beyond.

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Registered Nurse Marlena Pellegrino joins us for a continued discussion about the St. Vincent nurses who have been on strike for 200 days, the patriarchy of the doctors latest public letter, and an administration trying to replace them permanently, plus a number of current workplace concerns and what we can and should do about them. 

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September 24, 2021 59 min

The second hour begins with Sarah Burris of RawStory for our weekly breakdown of news and events in and around Washington DC and beyond. Then we close the show with former Ohio Congressman Bob Ney, who will help us try to understand what happened to the party he once represented in the Capitol. 

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September 24, 2021 59 min

Rick opens the show with commentary on the need for significant labor law reform and he also gives a few recent examples to prove his point. Then we are joined by Registered Nurse Marlena Pellegrino for a continued discussion on a number of current workplace concerns and what we can and should do about them. We close the first hour with further discussion on our broken healthcare system, how it got that way, and those responsible f...

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September 23, 2021 17 min

Rick is joined by former Illinois Congressman and Presidential Candidate Joe Walsh to talk about Trump’s six-point-plan to overturn the 2020 election, and why it didn’t work.

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September 23, 2021 17 min

Rick is joined by author and education expert Jason Stanford for a look at some recent challenges in our classrooms, using his book “Forget the Alamo” to help us examine some of the manufactured controversies currently hindering the education process in America.

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Pennsylvania State Representative Chris Rabb joins us for a discussion about our energy future and new legislation designed to make the state to 100% renewable energy by 2050.

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The second hour begins with Pennsylvania State Representative Chris Rabb and a discussion about our energy future and new legislation designed to make the state to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Then we close the show with former GOP Congressman turned political analyst Bob Ney for a discussion on everything from infrastructure to the debt ceiling, and what we can expect out of Washington DC in the coming weeks and months.

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Rick opens the show with commentary on America’s love affair with conspiracy theories and just how long this nonsense has been among us. Then we are joined by former Illinois Congressman and Presidential Candidate Joe Walsh to talk about Trump’s six-point-plan to overturn the 2020 election, and why it didn’t work. We close the first hour with author and education expert Jason Stanford for a look at some recent challenges in our cla...

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September 22, 2021 14 min

Professor John Shelton of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a discussion about the return of the company town, and what this means for working Americans.

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Bill Scher of Politico and a discussion of his most recent work on the infrastructure negotiations and the bad faith tactics being employed not by Republicans, but by centrist Democrats. 

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Scott Paul of the Alliance for American Manufacturing and a discussion on the disturbing state of the US supply chain.

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Mike Williams, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress joins us for a discussion on infrastructure and how it is a critical part of the fight to solve the climate crisis.

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September 22, 2021 59 min

 

The second hour begins with Bill Scher of Politico and a discussion of his most recent work on the infrastructure negotiations and the bad faith tactics being employed not by Republicans, but by centrist Democrats. Then we close the show with Professor John Shelton of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a discussion about the return of the company town, and what this means for working Americans.

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September 22, 2021 59 min

Rick opens the show with commentary on Covid numbers and the difference between the states that try to stop the virus, and those that don’t. Then we are joined by Mike Williams of The Center for American Progress for a discussion on infrastructure and how it is a critical part of the fight to solve the climate crisis. We close the first hour with Scott Paul of the Alliance for American Manufacturing and a discussion on the disturbi...

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September 21, 2021 17 min

Seth Hanlon, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress joins us to explain more about President Biden’s plan to empower the IRS to go after wealthy tax cheats.

 

Check out Seth's most recent article.

Bank Tax Reporting Is a Critical Component of Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda

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Sara Seltzer of Lilith Magazine joins us to discuss her recent article on the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Occupy movement.

Check out her recent article.

Sexism and Racism on the Left: What Has and Hasn’t Changed Since Occupy Wall Street

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September 21, 2021 59 min

Rick opens the show with commentary on the new insurrection that wasn’t, and what that tells us about the right-wing hate machine. Then we are joined by Sara Seltzer of Lilith Magazine to discuss her recent article on the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Occupy movement. We close the first hour with Seth Hanlon of the Center for American Progress to learn more about Biden’s plan to empower the IRS to go after wealthy tax ch...

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