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 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

The second hour begins with commentary on Joe Manchin’s role in the writing of climate policy, and what this means for the energy companies that bankroll his campaigns. Then we close the show with former Ohio Congressman Bob Ney, who will help us try to understand the newest manufactured crisis in Washington DC – the upcoming debt ceiling debate.

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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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Morris Pearl of Patriotic Millionaires and a discussion about Biden’s recent plan to make the wealthy “pay their fair share.”

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September 17, 2021 17 min

Author and podcaster Jared Yates Sexton joins us to discuss the news of the week and the latest bits of creeping authoritarianism contained within.

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September 17, 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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Rick opens the show with commentary on how we have become an unserious country that has surrendered itself to an increasingly unserious media. Then we are joined by author and podcaster Jared Yates Sexton to discuss the news of the week and the latest bits of creeping authoritarianism contained within. We close the first hour with Morris Pearl of Patriotic Millionaires and a discussion about Biden’s recent plan to make the wealthy ...

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September 16, 2021 17 min

Dr. Keith Pochick joins us for a discussion about the frontlines struggle against COVID, and about the incredible strain we’re putting on our health care system and the people who make it work.

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September 16, 2021 17 min

Eve Levenson of Grassroots Democrats HQ joins us to talk about the California recall election, and what the massive GOP defeat there says about what’s to come in 2022. 

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September 16, 2021 17 min

Healthcare Advocate Laura Packard joins us for a discussion about the Dems’ infrastructure plan, and how it might face some significant challenges, believe it or not, from Democrats.

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September 16, 2021 59 min

  Rick opens the show with commentary on worker intimidation how our divisions are being cultivated and used to keep us from joining together to create better lives for our families. Then we are joined by Eve Levenson of Grassroots Democrats HQ to talk about the California recall election, and what the massive GOP defeat there says about what’s to come in 2022. We close the first hour with Healthcare Advocate Laura Packard and a d...

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September 16, 2021 59 min

  The second hour begins with Dr. Keith Pochick and a discussion about the frontlines of the struggle against COVID, and about the incredible strain we’re putting on our health care system and the people who make it work. Then we close the show with former congressman turned political analyst Bob Ney, who will discuss, among other things, the recent opposition by his former GOP colleagues to the new voting right legislation introd...

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California Labor Federation Communications Director Steve Smith to discuss the California recall election and what it could mean for working people.

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