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 17, 2021 17 min

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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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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Saru Jayaraman of One Fair Wage joins us for a discussion about the state of the job market and the criminally low wages being paid to today’s working people. 

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West Virginia IUOE Political Director Justin Williams to talk about Joe Manchin’s recent obstructive behavior, and what it’s going to take to get him to invest in America and especially in the state he represents. 

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Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing joins us for a discussion about America’s clean energy future, Biden's Electric Vehicle policies and what we must do to make it a reality.  

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September 15, 2021 59 min

The second hour begins with Saru Jayaraman of One Fair Wage and a discussion about the state of the job market and the criminally low wages being paid to today’s working people. Then we close the show with 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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September 15, 2021 59 min

Rick opens the show with commentary on the consequences of bringing back the old "Liberty of Contract" days from our union busting past. Then we are joined by West Virginia IUOE Political Director Justin Williams to talk about Joe Manchin’s recent obstructive behavior, and what it’s going to take to get him to invest in America and especially in the state he represents. We close the first hour with Scott Paul of the Allianc...

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September 14, 2021 17 min

Journalist Alex Press of Jacobin joins us to discuss an upcoming union vote at the University of Pittsburgh that could potentially be the largest new union in the United States this year and looks ahead to other potential large strikes on the horizon. 

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September 14, 2021 59 min

Rick opens the show with a story about the gathering anger in America, and what it looks like when the anti-everything crowd starts shouting in public. Then journalist Alex Press of Jacobin joins us to discuss an upcoming union vote at the University of Pittsburgh that could potentially be the largest new union in the United States this year.

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September 14, 2021 59 min

The second hour begins with a breakdown of recent news stories and a discussion about the simple fact that elections have consequences. 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, and what they are doing instead of helping their constituents survive the pandemic.

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Public Policy UMass-Boston Professor Christian Weller joins us to discuss the wealth gap, and how union jobs can and should be the solution to it.

 

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September 11, 2021 59 min

Rick opens the show with a collection of memories, events past and present, and future predictions related to 9/11 and the anniversary of that day. Then professor Christian Weller joins us to discuss the wealth gap, and how union jobs can and should be the solution to it. Then Rick ends the show with a rundown of various recent news stories and his reaction to each.

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