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.

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July 23, 2021 25 min

The second hour begins with Sarah Burris of RawStory for our weekly roundup of news and spin from DC and beyond. @SarahBurris @RawStory

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Democratic Strategist David Yankovich tells us a bit about how Democrats plan to get their infrastructure bills passed, and how they intend to deal with all the obstruction the GOP will certainly attempt. @DavidYankovich

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Former Congressman Joe Walsh joins us to discuss the GOP acting as a support group for insurrectionists. @WalshFreedom

Joe Walsh is a Former IL Congressman and 2020 Republican Candidate for President  For more information on what Joe Walsh is doing visit: joewalsh.org

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Rick kicks things off with commentary on the sudden and odd flip-flop by the GOP on vaccines, and what probably generated the reversal, and then former Congressman Joe Walsh joins us to discuss the GOP acting as a support group for insurrectionists, and then Democratic Strategist David Yankovich tells us a bit about how Democrats plan to get their infrastructure bills passed, and how they intend to deal with all the obstruction the...

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The second hour begins with Sarah Burris of Rawstory for our weekly roundup of news and spin from DC and beyond, and then we close the night with former GOP Congressman Bob Ney, who will offer us his no-nonsense brand of political analysis and help us separate the real from the spin.

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July 22, 2021 18 min
Max Burns?of The Daily Beast joins to discuss his new column on the infrastructure negotiations, and the cost of reaching too far right looking for cooperation that will never come.?@themaxburns @thedailybeast
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Timothy Noah of The New Republic closes the first hour with his new article about the massive challenges at this year’s Olympic Games. @timothynoah1

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The second hour begins with?Maria Freese?of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. @NCPSSM #NCPSSM

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Rick?starts off the program with commentary on the GOP’s performative anger over their 1/6 commission clowns being rejected by Speaker Pelosi. Then?Max Burns?of The Daily Beast joins to discuss his new column on the infrastructure negotiations, and the cost of reaching too far right looking for cooperation that will never come. Then?Timothy Noah?of The New Republic closes the first hour with his new article about the massive challe...

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The second hour begins with?Maria Freese?of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and then we close the night with former GOP Congressman turned political analyst Bob Ney, who will help us understand today’s right-wing tantrum over their 1/6 committee choices being rejected, and how that might affect other negotiation in DC.

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July 21, 2021 19 min
The second hour begins with?Max Moran?of the Revolving Door Project for a discussion about the climate crisis and our collective unwillingness to properly deal with it. @revolvingdoorDC @MaxMoranHi ?​
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Scott Paul, President of The Alliance for American Manufacturing joins us to talk about Chinese espionage and the US stand against criminal hacking bought and paid for in Beijing.

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July 21, 2021 17 min
Tim Schlittner?of the AFL-CIO stops by to discuss The PRO Act and its inclusion in the infrastructure package being negotiated in DC. @timschlittner @AFLCIO #PROAct ?​
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July 21, 2021 59 min

Rick?starts off the program with commentary on the Bezos vanity space ride, and how billions are wasted on billionaires. Then?Tim Schlittner?of the AFL-CIO stops by to discuss The PRO Act and its inclusion in the infrastructure package being negotiated in DC. Then?Scott Paul,?President of The Alliance for American Manufacturing joins us to talk about Chinese espionage and the US stand against criminal hacking bought and paid for in...

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July 21, 2021 59 min

The second hour begins with?Max Moran?of the Revolving Door Project for a discussion about the climate crisis and our collective unwillingness to properly deal with it, and then we end the night with union organizer?Rand Wilson?and a conversation about worker rights in Massachusetts, and what the staff at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester are doing to fight for better hours, wages, and conditions.

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July 20, 2021 18 min
Arohi Pathak of The Center for American Progress join us to talk about the Child Tax Credit, and why we need to make it permanent. @ArohiPathak74 @amprog @CAPPoverty @CAPAction
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July 20, 2021 22 min

The second hour begins with Dr. Kelly Senholz and a discussion about Covid variants, the resurgence we’re seeing in unvaccinated areas, and what we can do about it. @MtnMD #CoronavirusPandemic #CoronaVirusUpdate

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July 20, 2021 18 min
Jamie Martin of The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) stops by to discuss a recent scheme to deprive young people in the state of their access to university education. @jmartin_iup @APSCUF
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Rick starts off the program with a conversation inspired by Peter, a caller from the weekend show on WBAI in New York, and his story about the dignity of work, and the dignity we should all keep in retirement. Then Jamie Martin of The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) stops by to discuss a recent scheme to deprive young people in the state of their access to university education. Then Arohi...

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