The Rick Smith Show for 5-22-2017

May 22, 2017

Propane Jane joins Rick to talk about the Weekend that was and to discuss whether or not mental illness is contagious in light of all the insanity surrounding the Trump administration.

Jennifer Clymer, Producer/Director of the transportation documentary Be Prepared To Stop joins Rick to talk about why she chose infrastructure and trucking as a topic and what failure to act will mean for the future of the nation. 

Edward F. Mooney, Vice President CWA District 2-13 joins Rick to talk about the weekend strike by some 40,000 AT&T workers and the need to defend good paying family sustaining American jobs from being shipped overseas.

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Propane Jane on Potential Political Insanity Epidemic

May 22, 2017

Propane Jane joins Rick to talk about the Weekend that was and to discuss whether or not mental illness is contagious in light of all the insanity surrounding the Trump administration.

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Jennifer Clymer talks Transportation Crisis & Potential Chaos

May 22, 2017

Jennifer Clymer, Producer/Director of the transportation documentary Be Prepared To Stop joins Rick to talk about why she chose infrastructure and trucking as a topic and what failure to act will mean for the future of the nation. 

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Ed Mooney on AT&T Workers Taking to the Picket Line

May 22, 2017

Edward F. Mooney, Vice President CWA District 2-13 joins Rick to talk about the weekend strike by some 40,000 AT&T workers and the need to defend good paying family sustaining American jobs from being shipped overseas.

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The Rick Smith Show for 5-19-2017

May 19, 2017

Sarah Kendzior, Political Writer and commentator joins Rick to share her thoughts on the rollercoaster news week that has felt like a year and what all of the Russia, Trump, Flynn, Comey mess means going forward.

Pennsylvania Congressman Brendan Boyle, Co-Chair Blue Collar Caucus joins Rick to discuss the testimony of Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein on his involvement in President Trump’s firing FBI Director Comey and to explain how even with all of the distractions Republicans are moving their anti-worker policies.

Matías Vernengo, Professor of Economics at Bucknell University joins Rick to explain how Donald Trump did not discover “Priming the Pump” and why most of the Trump policies are actually antithetical to the Keynesian philosophy designed to jump start the economy.

Isaiah J. Poole, Communications Director with People’s Action and the People’s Action Institute joins Rick to review the week that was and to talk about the upcoming People’s Summit in Chicago on June 9-11, 2017 to get people active and engage with a clear agenda to fight for an economy and government that works for all.

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Sarah Kendzior talks Toddler Trump Goes Abroad

May 19, 2017

Sarah Kendzior, Political Writer and commentator joins Rick to share her thoughts on the rollercoaster news week that has felt like a year and what all of the Russia, Trump, Flynn, Commey mess means going forward.  

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Congressman Boyle answers Where He is on the I word

May 19, 2017

Pennsylvania Congressman Brendan Boyle, Co-Chair Blue Collar Caucus joins Rick to discuss the testimony of Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein on his involvement in President Trump’s firing FBI Director Comey and to explain how even with all of the distractions Republicans are moving their anti-worker policies.

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Matias Vernengo talks Priming the Pump

May 19, 2017

Matías Vernengo, Professor of Economics at Bucknell University joins Rick to explain how Donald Trump did not discover “Priming the Pump” and why most of the Trump policies are actually antithetical to the Keynesian philosophy designed to jump start the economy.

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Isaiah Poole talks People’s Summit

May 19, 2017

Isaiah J. Poole, Communications Director with People’s Action and the People’s Action Institute joins Rick to review the week that was and to talk about the upcoming People’s Summit in Chicago on June 9-11, 2017 to get people active and engage with a clear agenda to fight for an economy and government that works for all.

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The Rick Smith Show for 5-18-2017

May 18, 2017

Jordan Uhl, Organizer of the March for Truth joins Rick to discuss why the upcoming June 3rd march happening in cities across the globe is so important to the state of the United States and what he hopes people will do to defend the constitution and future of our republic.

Abe Amoros, LIUNA’s Pennsylvania Legislative Director joins Rick to talk Infrastructure Week and discuss what it has become such a heavy lift for politicians to find the courage to invest in the health and security of the nation’s vital infrastructure.

Tom Jawetz, Vice President of Immigration Policy at Center for American Progress joins Rick to talk about recent reports of Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke Jr. leaving the local sheriff’s office for the Department of Homeland Security and what message that sends to undocumented workers, foreign governments, and average everyday Americans.

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Jordan Uhl on Taking to the Streets for Truth

May 18, 2017

Jordan Uhl, Organizer of the March for Truth joins Rick to discuss why the upcoming June 3rd march happening in cities across the globe is so important to the state of the United States and what he hopes people will do to defend the constitution and future of our republic.

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Abe Amoros talks Cowardice in the Legislature on Infrastructure

May 18, 2017

Abe Amoros, LIUNA’s Pennsylvania Legislative Director joins Rick to talk Infrastructure Week and discuss what it has become such a heavy lift for politicians to find the courage to invest in the health and security of the nation’s vital infrastructure.

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Tom Jawetz talks Possibility of Crazy Sheriff Goes to Washington

May 18, 2017

Tom Jawetz, Vice President of Immigration Policy at Center for American Progress joins Rick to talk about recent reports of Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke Jr. leaving the local sheriff’s office for the Department of Homeland Security and what message that sends to undocumented workers, foreign governments, and average everyday Americans.

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The Rick Smith Show for 5-17-2017

May 17, 2017

Mark Price, Labor Economist at the Keystone Research Center joins Rick to discuss the recent report on Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) schools being a key factor in educating and giving working class students an opportunity at upward mobility.

Christopher Stroop, Writer, Ph.D. in Russian history and #YouDontKnowEvangelicals founder joins Rick to explain the many and varied ties between Russia, the GOP, and Christian evangelical extremists and what those connections mean for our government and the nation. 

Dave Johnson, Fellow at the Center for Media and Democracy joins Rick to talk #InfrastructureWeek , why it’s #TimetoBuild with #SkilledCraftworkers and what a robust infrastructure plan could do for the nation’s workers and economy.  

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Mark Price talks Working Class Student’s Social Mobility

May 17, 2017

Mark Price, Labor Economist at the Keystone Research Center joins Rick to discuss the recent report on Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) schools being a key factor in educating and giving working class students an opportunity at upward mobility.

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Christopher Stroop talks The Ties that Bind GOP Extremism, Russia, Religious Right, & Donald Trump

May 17, 2017

Christopher Stroop, Writer, Ph.D. in Russian history and #YouDontKnowEvangelicals founder joins Rick to explain the many and varied ties between Russia, the GOP, and Christian evangelical extremists and what those connections mean for our government and the nation. 

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Dave Johnson talks #InfrastructureWeek Realities

May 17, 2017

Dave Johnson, Fellow at the Center for Media and Democracy joins Rick to talk #InfrastructureWeek , why it’s #TimetoBuild with #SkilledCraftworkers and what a robust infrastructure plan could do for the nation’s workers and economy.  

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The Rick Smith Show for 5-16-2017

May 16, 2017

Drew Gibson, founder and managing editor of Virally Supressed joins Rick to discuss how the constant Trump scandal has overshadowed real needs in society and to highlight how the opioid crisis is being made worse by the Trump administration’s Department of Justice as Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pushing to revive the War on Drugs and for-profit private prisons.

Andrea Chalupa, Journalist & Author, Orwell and The Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm joins Rick to talk about the most recent insanity emanating from the White House and what American’s need to be doing to defend democracy, the constitution, and the future of the American Dream.  It’s time to get in the streets and June 3, 2017 people are doing just that, and you can too but joining the #MarchforTruth

Tom Trotter, legislative affairs representative for the AFL-CIO joins Rick to discuss #infrastructureweek and the #TimeToBuild with #SkilledCraftworkers and get the economy moving.  Infrastructure jobs are good, family sustaining wage jobs that can move the nation forward and leave our children with a future that is not crumbling around them.

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Drew Gibson talks Making the War on Drugs Great Again, Killing People in the Process

May 16, 2017

Drew Gibson, founder and managing editor of Virally Supressed joins Rick to discuss how the constant Trump scandal has overshadowed real needs in society and to highlight how the opioid crisis is being made worse by the Trump administration’s Department of Justice as Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pushing to revive the War on Drugs and for-profit private prisons.

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Andrea Chalupa on the #MarchforTruth through #AlternativeFacts

May 16, 2017

Andrea Chalupa, Journalist & Author, Orwell and The Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm joins Rick to talk about the most recent insanity emanating from the White House and what American’s need to be doing to defend democracy, the constitution, and the future of the American Dream.  It’s time to get in the streets and June 3, 2017 people are doing just that, and you can too but joining the #MarchforTruth

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