The Rick Smith Show
The Labor Hour | 5-7-21 (2nd Hour)

The Labor Hour | 5-7-21 (2nd Hour)

May 7, 2021

 

Rick got his second COVID shot today, so in his honor, we’re doing a “Best of” episode today. In this hour, we’re replaying interviews with some of our favorite voice in Union Leadership. Today we’re joined by Jimmy Williams of IUPAT (4/29), Sara Nelson of AFA-CWA (4/2) and Greg Hynes of SMART (2/25).

The Comedy Hour | 5-7-21 (1st Hour)

The Comedy Hour | 5-7-21 (1st Hour)

May 7, 2021

Rick got his second COVID shot today, so in his honor, we’re doing a “Best of” episode today. In this hour, we’re replaying interviews with some of our favorite comedians. Today we’re joined by Trae Crowder (4/13), Steve Hofstetter (3/3) and Pete Dominick (4/26).

 

The AFL-CIO Report on Deaths in the Workplace

The AFL-CIO Report on Deaths in the Workplace

May 6, 2021
Mary Fletcher of the AFL-CIO joins to discuss a new report on deaths in the workplace @marykfletch @AFLCIO

 

Mary K. Fletcher is the Safety & Health Specialist at the national AFL-CIO. For more information visit www.aflcio.org

Thomas Ultican on Public School Funding

Thomas Ultican on Public School Funding

May 6, 2021
Thomas Ultican from the Badass Teachers Association stops by to talk about public schools and how we should change the way we fund them. @tultican @BadassTeachersA
Joe Gets a Taco | 5-6-21 (1st Hour)

Joe Gets a Taco | 5-6-21 (1st Hour)

May 6, 2021

Rick begins with commentary on Biden’s $28.6 billion restaurant relief program, and how Republicans all over America are claiming credit for it even though they voted against it. Then Mary Fletcher of the AFL-CIO joins to discuss a new report on deaths in the workplace and the first hour ends with commentary on gig work and all the ways workers are exploited by companies that are allowed to mislabel employees as independent contractors.

Joe Gets a Taco | 5-6-21 (2nd Hour)

Joe Gets a Taco | 5-6-21 (2nd Hour)

May 6, 2021

Thomas Ultican from the Badass Teachers Association stops by to talk about public schools and how we should change the way we fund them, and then we welcome back longtime friend of the show and former congressman Bob Ney, who will help us decipher some of the coded and uncoded language of the GOP as it spirals into cultism, Trumpism, and Q-adjacent irrelevance.

 

Scott Paul on How We Re-shore American Manufacturing Jobs

Scott Paul on How We Re-shore American Manufacturing Jobs

May 5, 2021
Scott Paul of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, who will discuss the need for a resurgence of American manufacturing, and why it not only makes economic sense, but national security sense as well. @ScottPaulAAM @KeepItMadeinUSA
Dr. Kelly Sennholz on Vaccine Hesitancy

Dr. Kelly Sennholz on Vaccine Hesitancy

May 5, 2021

Kelly Senholz, MD talks about vaccine hesitancy and how it could potentially halt our progress in the fight against COVID.

Maritza Silva Farrell on Creating Safer Workplaces

Maritza Silva Farrell on Creating Safer Workplaces

May 5, 2021
Maritza Silva-Farrell joins to discuss the New York Hero Act and how it can help our workplaces recover after Covid and prepare us for the next pandemic. @maritzasf #NYHERO
Emily de la Bruyere on China as an Adversary

Emily de la Bruyere on China as an Adversary

May 5, 2021
Emily de la Bruyere starts the second hour with a discussion on China’s continued expansion, their role as an American adversary, and what we need to do to compete with them. @edelabruyere @AdvisoryHorizon
The Valorization of Wealth | 5-5-21 (1st Hour)

The Valorization of Wealth | 5-5-21 (1st Hour)

May 5, 2021

Rick begins with commentary on an opinion piece that suggests that the “valorization of wealth” is a necessary American value. We disagree. Then Maritza Silva-Farrell joins to discuss the New York Hero Act and how it can help our workplaces recover after Covid and prepare us for the next pandemic, and the first hour ends with Scott Paul of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, who will discuss the need for a resurgence of American manufacturing, and why it not only makes economic sense, but national security sense as well.

 

The Valorization of Wealth | 5-5-21 (2nd Hour)

The Valorization of Wealth | 5-5-21 (2nd Hour)

May 5, 2021

Foreign Policy expert Emily de la Bruyere starts the second hour with a discussion on China’s continued expansion and what we need to do to compete with them, and then Kelly Senholz, MD talks about vaccine hesitancy and how it could potentially halt our progress in the fight against COVID.

Jeff Hauser on How Good Policy Gets Labeled “Radical”

Jeff Hauser on How Good Policy Gets Labeled “Radical”

May 4, 2021
Jeff Hauser of The Revolving Door Project explains a bit about how Biden’s policies are a needed reset, are not remotely radical by historical standards.
 
@jeffhauser @revolvingdoorDC @CEPRDC
Bill Scher on the Consequences of Ending the Filibuster

Bill Scher on the Consequences of Ending the Filibuster

May 4, 2021

Bill Scher, Contributing Editor at Politico closes the first hour with his thoughts on the filibuster and why it still exists, and why that should worry us.

@billscher @POLITICOMag

JJ Abbott on Local Issues with National Implications

JJ Abbott on Local Issues with National Implications

May 4, 2021
J.J. Abbott of Commonwealth Communications joins us to discuss a number of local policy issues that look very much like the policies being proposed all over the country at the same time.

 

@jjabbott @Comms2PA

Cereal Box Historians | 5-4-21 (1st Hour)

Cereal Box Historians | 5-4-21 (1st Hour)

May 4, 2021

Rick starts the night answering some listener mail and contemplating the ridiculousness of the term “vaccine hesitancy.” Then Jeff Hauser of The Revolving Door Project explains a bit about how Biden’s policies are a needed reset, are not remotely radical by historical standards. Bill Scher, Contributing Editor at Politico closes the first hour with his thoughts on the filibuster and why it still exists, and why that should worry us.

Cereal Box Historians | 5-4-21 (2nd Hour)

Cereal Box Historians | 5-4-21 (2nd Hour)

May 4, 2021

J.J. Abbott of Commonwealth Communications joins us to discuss a number of local policy issues that look very much like the policies being proposed all over the country at the same time and then we close the show with Political Analyst and former Ohio congressman Bob Ney, who will help us understand the inner workings of Washington DC and just how broken our system has become.

HuffPost Reporter Travis Waldron Talks Labor and Sports

HuffPost Reporter Travis Waldron Talks Labor and Sports

May 3, 2021

Travis Waldron of The Huffington Post stops by to talk labor, organizing, and the impact of a strike taking place at this year’s Kentucky Derby.

www.huffpost.com

 

 

“The Path to Free College” with Dr. Miller-Adams

“The Path to Free College” with Dr. Miller-Adams

May 3, 2021
Dr. Michelle Miller-Adams discusses her new book “The Path to Free College: In Pursuit of Access, Equity, and Prosperity.”
 
Miller-Adams offers a comprehensive analysis of the College Promise movement—its history, impacts, and unintended consequences—and its relationship to access, affordability, and workforce readiness.
The Panel on the Week that Was | 5-3-21

The Panel on the Week that Was | 5-3-21

May 3, 2021

This week’s panel covers the spiraling descent of the Republican Party, including all the impending indictments, raids, warrants, and the general grossness of Matt Gaetz. This week’s panel includes Scott Dworkin from the Democratic Coalition, Teacher and Activist Kristin Mink, and Rich Ojeda, National Spokesman for No Dem Left Behind.

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