The Rick Smith Show for 1-20-2017

January 20, 2017

Today begins what many believe is the official end of the America we grew up believing in.  Are we heading toward American style Fascist rule where corporate America is pulling all the strings and reaping all the reward while workers toil and struggle?  Are we heading toward an even more militaristic state of affairs as the President-elect wants military parades marching through our streets to show our power?  SO many uncertainties! SO many concerns!  Join us as we begin #TheResistance as we #FearNothing

Propane Jane, Seeker of Truth, Purveyor of Light, and now Rick Smith Show guest joins Rick to talk about the many and varied mental health problems she sees as a doctor in soon to be President Donald Trump, what these problems could mean for the country, if they can be helped, and what we need to be doing either way.

Matthew Chapman, Political Commentator and Activist joins Rick to share his thoughts on the inauguration of Donald J. Trump and lays out his action plan calling on citizens to organize and stand up in the face of what’s to come.

Sarah Kendzior, Writer on politics, economy, and media, Author of “The View From Flyover Country: Essays by Sarah Kendzior” joins Rick to talk Inauguration day realities of a President Trump and what citizens need to do in the post 1-20 world to fight against what many anticipate as the rise of American style fascist rule.

David Yankovich, Veteran, Writer, Activist, and Founder of #FearNothing joins Rick to talk about the upcoming Trump Horror Show and to share his thoughts on what Patriotic Americans need to be doing from this day forward to standup against the numerous attacks on our Constitution and our rights as Americans.  #FearNothing #TheResistance

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Propane Jane Sounds the Alarm of Possible Presidential Mental Illness

January 20, 2017

Propane Jane, Seeker of Truth, Purveyor of Light, and now Rick Smith Show guest joins Rick to talk about the many and varied mental health problems she sees as a doctor in soon to be President Donald Trump, what these problems could mean for the country, if they can be helped, and what we need to be doing either way.

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David Yankovich talks Standing Up & #FearNothing

January 20, 2017

David Yankovich, Veteran, Writer, Activist, and Founder of #FearNothing joins Rick to talk about the upcoming Trump Horror Show and to share his thoughts on what Patriotic Americans need to be doing from this day forward to standup against the numerous attacks on our Constitution and our rights as Americans.  #FearNothing #TheResistance

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Sarah Kendzior talks Inauguration Day Realities

January 20, 2017

Sarah Kendzior, Writer on politics, economy, and media, Author of “The View From Flyover Country: Essays by Sarah Kendzior” joins Rick to talk Inauguration day realities of a President Trump and what citizens need to do in the post 1-20 world to fight against what many anticipate as the rise of American style fascist rule.

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Matthew Chapman talks Post Inauguration Organizing

January 20, 2017

Matthew Chapman, Political Commentator and Activist joins Rick to share his thoughts on the inauguration of Donald J. Trump and lays out his action plan calling on citizens to organize and stand up in the face of what’s to come.  

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The Rick Smith Show for 1-19-2017

January 20, 2017

As a nation we are one day away from the end of one of the most gracious, kind, and decent administrations in our nation’s history.  An administration free of scandal.  That will not continue.  Prepare for four years of distraction and deflection as our coffer drain and our rights diminish.  Time to Join #TheResistance

Helaine Olen, columnist for Slate and co-author of The Index Card joins Rick to discuss the economic realities of a President Donald J. Trump and an incoming administration that will be hostile to workers and explain why all of the gains workers saw during the Obama years is in jeopardy of going away.

Sara Holbrook, Author, Poet, Educator, and Badass Teacher Association member joins Rick to share her story of shock and amazement as she found out one of her poems had been used on a standardized test for 7th and 8th graders and even more surprisingly she couldn’t answer the questions kids where being asked on the test about the poem she wrote.

Reverend Charles Foster Johnson, leader of Pastors for Texas Children, an organization against school vouchers and supporting public schools joins Rick to explain why as a religious leader he and other faith leaders are standing against vouchers in Texas and to share his thoughts on how faith leaders, parents, community activists, and educators can stand together to fight back against the privatization machine.

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Helaine Olen talks Attack on Obama’s Overtime Rule

January 20, 2017

Helaine Olen, columnist for Slate and co-author of The Index Card joins Rick to discuss the economic realities of a President Donald J. Trump and an incoming administration that will be hostile to workers and explain why all of the gains workers saw during the Obama years is in jeopardy of going away.

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Sara Holbrook talks Failing the Standardized Test on Her Own Work

January 20, 2017

Sara Holbrook, Author, Poet, Educator, and Badass Teacher Association member joins Rick to share her story of shock and amazement as she found out one of her poems had been used on a standardized test for 7th and 8th graders and even more surprisingly she couldn’t answer the questions kids where being asked on the test about the poem she wrote.

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Reverend Charles Johnson talks Stopping School Privatization

January 20, 2017

Reverend Charles Foster Johnson, leader of Pastors for Texas Children, an organization against school vouchers and supporting public schools joins Rick to explain why as a religious leader he and other faith leaders are standing against vouchers in Texas and to share his thoughts on how faith leaders, parents, community activists, and educators can stand together to fight back against the privatization machine.

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The Rick Smith Show for 1-18-2017

January 18, 2017

With the election of Donald J. Trump it is a whole new year of opportunity for the wealth class to impose its will on the working class in America and roll back a century worth of progress.  Today on the program we talk about several issues that will certainly push the working class further back into the stone age. One being the possible return of Yellow Dog employment contracts and an end to collective action on the job.  Another attack comes in the form of a choice for Labor Secretary who believes workers are “overprotected” and the minimum wage is already too high.  Lots to get to, lots to talk about. Tune in Daily 10am-Noon at TheRickSmithShow.com

Paul Secunda, Professor of Law and Director of the Labor and Employment Law Program at Marquette University joins Rick to talk about three cases being taken up by the US Supreme Court that could take us back to the good old days of Yellow Dog Contracts and the Lochner Era and what that means for organized labor and workers across the spectrum.

Ross Eisenbrey, Vice President at the Economic Policy Institute and former commissioner of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission joins Rick to examine President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Labor Secretary and discuss why Andy Puzder is most certainly the wrong choice for the position.

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Paul Secunda talks SCOTUS Cases to Make Workers Even More Powerless

January 18, 2017

Paul Secunda, Professor of Law and Director of the Labor and Employment Law Program at Marquette University joins Rick to talk about three cases being taken up by the US Supreme Court that could take us back to the good old days of Yellow Dog Contracts and the Lochner Era and what that means for organized labor and workers across the spectrum.

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Ross Eisenbrey talks Anti-Labor Secretary of Labor

January 18, 2017

Ross Eisenbrey, Vice President at the Economic Policy Institute and former commissioner of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission joins Rick to examine President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Labor Secretary and discuss why Andy Puzder is most certainly the wrong choice for the position.

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John Fetterman talks Post 1-20 Realities for Poor and Working Class

January 17, 2017

Braddock Mayor John Fetterman join Rick to talk about what he is doing to prepare his community for the post 1-20 realities of a hostile federal government took poor and working class citizens and what he sees as opportunities for mobilizing to stop horrible policies from harming communities like Braddock, PA.

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Eric Robertson talks President-elect Thin-Skin’s Attack on Civil Rights Icon

January 17, 2017

Eric Robertson, Business Agent and Political Director for Teamster’s Local 728 in Atlanta joins Rick to defend his friend and personal hero Representative John Lewis from ridiculous attacks by conservatives over Lewis’s statement that Trump is an illegitimate president and to talk about how this situation is another example highlighting the President-Elects ill-tempered responses escalating situations to defcon4.

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Sarah Edelman talks #ResistMnuchin

January 17, 2017

Sarah Edelman, Director of Housing Policy at American Progress joins Rick to preview the upcoming confirmation hearing of Wall Street insider Steve Mnuchin, nominee for secretary of the treasury and why Mnuchin get a 4 out of 5 on the Swamp-O-Meter.

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The Rick Smith Show for 1-17-2017

January 17, 2017

With Friday just around the corner America braces itself for 4 long years of heated rhetoric and nonsensical Twitter related distractions, I mean news from President-Elect Trump.  It’s time to gear up for #TheResistance

Braddock Mayor John Fetterman join Rick to talk about what he is doing to prepare his community for the post 1-20 realities of a hostile federal government took poor and working class citizens and what he sees as opportunities for mobilizing to stop horrible policies from harming communities like Braddock, PA.

Eric Robertson, Business Agent and Political Director for Teamster’s Local 728 in Atlanta joins Rick to defend his friend and personal hero Representative John Lewis from ridiculous attacks by conservatives over Lewis’s statement that Trump is an illegitimate president and to talk about how this situation is another example highlighting the President-Elects ill-tempered responses escalating situations to defcon4.

Sarah Edelman, Director of Housing Policy at American Progress joins Rick to preview the upcoming confirmation hearing of Wall Street insider Steve Mnuchin, nominee for secretary of the treasury and why Mnuchin get a 4 out of 5 on the Swamp-O-Meter.

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The Rick Smith Show for 1-16-2017

January 16, 2017

It's MLK Day.  And today we're talking activism and engagment.  We looking back at the lessons learned from our 2015 Civil Rights #PeoplsTour and replay three interviews that ripped at our hearts and moved us to action.  Tell us what you think. Rick@thericksmithshow.com

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The Rick Smith Show for 1-13-2017

January 13, 2017

It’s Friday the 13th and anyone who needs health insurance should be scared to death because it’s not Freddy Kruger coming for you. It’s people much more deadly. it’s Paul Ryan and the Republicans led by Donald Trump.

Pete Dominick, Comedian and Host of Stand Up with Pete Dominick on Sirius/XM Insight joins Rick to talk about the upcoming inauguration, the week of insanity that was, and discuss whether or not he feels any fear of retribution going forward as the rhetoric heats up around journalists and thought leaders.

Matías Vernengo, Professor of Economics at Bucknell University joins Rick fresh off the American Economic Association meeting in Chicago to discuss on the economist community sees the coming year and what policies of President-Elect Trump they favor and fear.

Bill Scher, Communications Director with the Campaign for America’s Future joins Rick to discuss what to do on Inauguration Day and to share his thoughts on how the Republicans can untie themselves from mess they’ve created around health insurance.

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Pete Dominick on Potential of Trump Ending Death

January 13, 2017

Pete Dominick, Comedian and Host of Stand Up with Pete Dominick on Sirius/XM Insight joins Rick to talk about the upcoming inauguration, the week of insanity that was, and discuss whether or not he feels any fear of retribution going forward as the rhetoric heats up around journalists and thought leaders.

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Matias Vernengo talks Economic Realities of Trump Presidency

January 13, 2017

Matías Vernengo, Professor of Economics at Bucknell University joins Rick fresh off the American Economic Association meeting in Chicago to discuss on the economist community sees the coming year and what policies of President-Elect Trump they favor and fear.

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