The Rick Smith Show for 2-20-2017

February 20, 2017

Propane Jane™ joins Rick to discuss recent conflicting reports of President Trump simply suffering from a case “Cabin Fever” while adjusting to the newly restricted lifestyle and other outlets questioning his mental health and whether or not as presidents age if they should be tested for dementia.

LA Kauffman, Activist and Author joins Rick to discuss her new book titled, Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism and to talk about what she is seeing building around us with mass organizing around #BlackLivesMatter #TheResistance & #NotMyPresident

Kevin Mahoney, Editor Zero at the Raging Chicken Press joins Rick to talk about this past weekend’s Keystone Progress Summit as hundreds of progressive activists from across Pennsylvania converged on the state’s capital to plot and scheme on how to save the state, and the nation and take it in the right direction.

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Propane Jane Is it Cabin Fever or Mental Illness?

February 20, 2017

Propane Jane™ joins Rick to discuss recent conflicting reports of President Trump simply suffering from a case “Cabin Fever” while adjusting to the newly restricted lifestyle and other outlets questioning his mental health and whether or not as presidents age if they should be tested for dementia.

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LA Kauffman talks Taking it to the Streets

February 20, 2017

LA Kauffman, Activist and Author joins Rick to discuss her new book titled, Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism and to talk about what she is seeing building around us with mass organizing around #BlackLivesMatter #TheResistance & #NotMyPresident

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Kevin Mahoney talks Rude Awakening

February 20, 2017

Kevin Mahoney, Editor Zero at the Raging Chicken Press joins Rick to talk about this past weekend’s Keystone Progress Summit as hundreds of progressive activists from across Pennsylvania converged on the state’s capital to plot and scheme on how to save the state, and the nation and take it in the right direction.

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The Rick Smith Show for 2-15-2017

February 16, 2017

Aaron Scherb, Director of Legislative Affairs at Common Cause joins Rick to talk about the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and call for a Bipartisan Select Committee to investigate Russian involvement in US elections, Trump administration ties to Russia, and to find out what was known and when it was known.

Andrea Tsurumi, Small business owner in Pennsylvania joins Rick to share her story about how the Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare helped her as she was starting her business and explains why now is not the time to repeal the law without a suitable replacement to ensure people like her are not left out and vulnerable.

Marc Stier, ‎Director at the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center joins Rick to catch up on the latest budget talk from Harrisburg and examine some of the tax items in the bill, like the severance tax and closing corporate tax loopholes, and why these proposals are so important for Pennsylvania taxpayers.

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Aaron Scherb calls for Bipartisan Investigation of Russian Hacking

February 16, 2017

Aaron Scherb, Director of Legislative Affairs at Common Cause joins Rick to talk about the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and call for a Bipartisan Select Committee to investigate Russian involvement in US elections, Trump administration ties to Russia, and to find out what was known and when it was known.

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Andrea Tsurumi on What a Repeal of ObamaCare Would Mean to Her

February 16, 2017

Andrea Tsurumi, Small business owner in Pennsylvania joins Rick to share her story about how the Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare helped her as she was starting her business and explains why now is not the time to repeal the law without a suitable replacement to ensure people like her are not left out and vulnerable.

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Marc Stier talks Tax Realities

February 16, 2017

Marc Stier, ‎Director at the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center joins Rick to catch up on the latest budget talk from Harrisburg and examine some of the tax items in the bill, like the severance tax and closing corporate tax loopholes, and why these proposals are so important for Pennsylvania taxpayers.

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The Rick Smith Show for 2-14-2017

February 14, 2017

David Yankovich, Veteran, Writer, Activist, and Founder of #FearNothing joins Rick to discuss the recent resignation of retired United States Army Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn as National Security Adviser and what his ties Russia, and the ties of this administration mean for the nation and the world.

Dr. Henry Giroux, Professor of English and Cultural studies at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada and author of America at War with Itself joins Rick to discuss the neoliberal push to privatize public education and what commodified education means for democracy in a system the requires critical thinking skills.

Jamaal Bowman, founding principal of Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School joins Rick to discuss what the many and varied attacks on public education means on the ground and in the classroom for principals and teachers and what path politicians, parents and educator should be following to educate our youth.

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David Yankovich on Flynn Firing

February 14, 2017

David Yankovich, Veteran, Writer, Activist, and Founder of #FearNothing joins Rick to discuss the recent resignation of retired United States Army Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn as National Security Adviser and what his ties Russia, and the ties of this administration mean for the nation and the world.

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Jamaal Bowman talks Defending Neighborhood Schools

February 14, 2017

Jamaal Bowman, founding principal of Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School joins Rick to discuss what the many and varied attacks on public education means on the ground and in the classroom for principals and teachers and what path politicians, parents and educator should be following to educate our youth.

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Dr. Henry Giroux explains Neoliberal Attacks on Education

February 14, 2017

Dr. Henry Giroux, Professor of English and Cultural studies at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada and author of America at War with Itself joins Rick to discuss the neoliberal push to privatize public education and what commodified education means for democracy in a system the requires critical thinking skills.

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The Rick Smith Show for 2-13-2017

February 13, 2017

Greg Palast, a Puffin Foundation fellow in investigative reporting, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, now a major motion picture joins Rick to expose who really hacked the 2016 elections and how they will continue to get away with stealing election after election.

Kevin Mahoney, Editor Zero at the Raging Chicken Press joins Rick to discuss the numerous distractions coming out of the Trump administration and what to be watching for in the coming weeks and months as the latest episode of As the White House Turns provides Bread and Circus.

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Greg Palast On Who Really Stole the 2016 Election

February 13, 2017

Greg Palast, a Puffin Foundation fellow in investigative reporting, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, now a major motion picture joins Rick to expose who really hacked the 2016 elections and how they will continue to get away with stealing election after election.

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Kevin Mahoney talks Bread and Circus Realities

February 13, 2017

Kevin Mahoney, Editor Zero at the Raging Chicken Press joins Rick to discuss the numerous distractions coming out of the Trump administration and what to be watching for in the coming weeks and months as the latest episode of As the White House Turns provides Bread and Circus.

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The Rick Smith Show for 2-10-2017

February 10, 2017

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America joins Rick to discuss the latest non news and distractions being force fed to the American public as we see a daily stream of #AlternativeFacts, distortions, and flat out lies being deployed by Trump administration spokespeople.  How do Americans wade through the distractions and stay informed as to what is really going on behind the curtain?

Matías Vernengo, Professor of Economics Bucknell University and Naked Keynesianism blogger joins Rick to answer the question is full employment still viewed through the frame of an unemployment rate of less than 5% being optimal and if so have we been at full employment since 2015?  Are we seeing the new normal of lower worker participation, especially working age males being left out?  

Isaiah J. Poole, Communications Director at People’s Action joins Rick to discuss the recent news and information coming out of Washington DC and explain how working people can fight back and win against the onslaught of attacks coming from the Trump administration.

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Eric Boehlert on Calling Out Trump Administration Lies, Lies, Lies

February 10, 2017

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America joins Rick to discuss the latest non news and distractions being force fed to the American public as we see a daily stream of #AlternativeFacts, distortions, and flat out lies being deployed by Trump administration spokespeople.  How do Americans wade through the distractions and stay informed as to what is really going on behind the curtain?

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Matias Vernengo explains Full Employment Realities

February 10, 2017

Matías Vernengo, Professor of Economics Bucknell University and Naked Keynesianism blogger joins Rick to answer the question is full employment still viewed through the frame of an unemployment rate of less than 5% being optimal and if so have we been at full employment since 2015?  Are we seeing the new normal of lower worker participation, especially working age males being left out?  

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Isaiah Poole talks Taking on Trump Madness

February 10, 2017

Isaiah J. Poole, Communications Director at People’s Action joins Rick to discuss the recent news and information coming out of Washington DC and explain how working people can fight back and win against the onslaught of attacks coming from the Trump administration.

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The Rick Smith Show for 2-9-2017

February 9, 2017

Irwin Aronson, labor attorney joins Rick to discuss the latest battles in the ongoing War on Workers as the Pennsylvania State Senate passed its version of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s model “Paycheck Protection” bill to make it illegal for the state and its employees to negotiate a dues checkoff agreement and to discuss the right wing push toward fulfilling its No Rights at Work agenda.

Dave Jamieson, labor reporter at Huffington Post joins Rick to discuss his latest article on the confirmation hearing of President Trump’s choice of CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder for Labor Secretary, explain what has held up his confirmation thus far, and where things are heading in the coming days now that Mr. Puzder has completed his ethics paperwork.

Will Bunch, Philadelphia Daily News Columnist & Author joins Rick to explain why America should be outraged over Republicans silencing Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren over her reading of the letter and offered testimony of Coretta Scott King during the failed 1986 confirmation hearing of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions to a federal judgeship and the plethora of other lies, distortions, and abuses of power.

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