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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.
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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.
Want more #RickShow? Go to https://www.thericksmithshow.com
The Rick Smith Show streams live every weeknight from 9p-11p EST on YouTube & Twitch TV, and the show runs every night in prime time on Free Speech TV.
Be sure to add the FSTV channel on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, on the FSTV iOS app, or find us in the regular channel lineup on DirecTV or Dish.
Radio listeners – You can find us in most major markets, including New York City on WBAI 99.5 FM, Los Angeles on KPFK 90.7 FM, Chicago on WCPT AM 820, Columbus on 98.3/92.7 FM, Minneapolis on AM950, and many others. Check your local listings.
Call-in at 1-866-416-RICK (7425) to join the show.
Questions or comments? Email Rick@thericksmithshow.com

    Saturday Night WBAI 99.5 fm NYC Call In Show

    Saturday Night WBAI 99.5 fm NYC Call In Show

    Every Saturday night from 6-8pm ET Rick does a call in show in New York City. This episode is edited to remove the copyrighted music and breaks.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    January 22 | Tragedy and Corruption in the Mines

    January 22 | Tragedy and Corruption in the Mines

    On this day in labor history, the year was 1959.

    That was the day the Susquehanna River flooded several mines throughout the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania.

    It marked the virtual end to coal mining in the Northern Anthracite Region, whose coalmines provided some 11,000 jobs.

    Knox Coal Company, owned by reputed mobster, John Sciandra, ordered workers to illegally excavate underneath the river to get at new coal seams, near Port Griffith.

    The company hit the jackpot, and mined rich new veins.

    Even though state regulations mandated a rock cover of 35 feet when tunneling underneath a waterway, theirs was only about six feet thick.

    The roof of Knox Coal’s River Slope Mine soon collapsed and a reported 10 billion gallons of water, ice and debris from the river came smashing through.

    The collapse created a whirlpool and dams were built to divert the river.

    81 miners were trapped and many desperately searched for hours for an escape.

    Some were able to get out through an abandoned airshaft.

    The bodies of another 12 miners were never recovered.

    Audrey Baloga Calvey recalled in an interview that her father, a miner who died in the flooding, predicted trouble at the mine before his death.

    Saying "When the water would get high, he'd say, 'God, if that river ever breaks in, we'll be drowned like rats,.

    Ten were indicted, including the mine’s president, Louis Fabrizio, Knox’s superintendent, and incredibly, UMWA District 1 president AND secret partner in the mine, August Lippi. 

    Several would serve prison time.

    Four owners were convicted of tax evasion and four local union 8005 officials were convicted of taking bribes in sweetheart deal contracts, including Lippi.

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    • 2 min
    Telling Workers' Stories with More Perfect Union

    Telling Workers' Stories with More Perfect Union

    Jordan Zakarin of More Perfect Union joins us to talk about the King Soopers strike, and other labor related stories from around the country.

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    • 17 min
    Sarah Burris of RawStory

    Sarah Burris of RawStory

    Journalist Sarah Burris of RawStory breaks down a massive news week, and even bigger news that just dropped today.

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    • 18 min
    Fighting for Better Conditions at Kroger

    Fighting for Better Conditions at Kroger

    Kim Cordova of UFCW Local 7 in Denver, Colorado joins us to talk about the strike at King Soopers stores and what needs to happen to create a sustainable work environment for hard working families.

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    • 18 min
    The Rick Smith Show | 1-21-22 (1st Hour)

    The Rick Smith Show | 1-21-22 (1st Hour)

    One small step for the Senate, one giant leap toward autocracy for America. We’ll discuss voting rights and workers’ rights and what we need to do now that the Biden agenda is fully off the rails. That and more on tonight’s #RickShow. 

    Our guests tonight are:

    Jordan Zakarin of More Perfect Union

    Everett Kelly of The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

    Kim Cordova – President, UFCW Local 7

    Journalist Sarah Burris of RawStory

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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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76 Ratings

76 Ratings

Medicine Woman 13 ,

Home School

I was raised with public schools. My parents moved often. Every school has its own criteria.What I found really devastating. I love school I love doing all the work. That’s why I went on to college. When my children were in school are used to volunteer a lot. They went to one of the highest rating public schools.Our school went above and beyond. They had after school classes that people from the community taught like silk screening and art and computer classes.The report cards do not reflect the teachers work. They reflect how sociable the teacher was.In the fifth grade she had a teacher that said she was failing math because she couldn’t multiply as fast as they were supposed to. I told him to start her out small and when she reached a mile stone give her a sticker she loves stickers. He said well that’s not what we do in class and I said well if you want my daughter to learn that’s what you do. So I gave him stickers to give to everybody I gave him like 1000 stickers and he could do it with everyone and he said his class passed at a much faster rate.
When I got custody of my granddaughter in the fourth grade. I sent her back to the same school which was rated very poor. There were no afterschool classes. And the bully right there was very high. The sameKids transferred to sixth and seventh. By the seventh grade she was having a lot of problems so I pulled her out of school. I could not get into homeschooling through theOnline learning. Except at semester breaks which this was it was Easter. So I toddler at home I have the credentials so I thought nothing of it she really liked it. The next year I signed her up for homeschooling and we did that a year before thePandemic started. So in 2019 she started public school then had to go back to online learning in March. I believe the public school systems need to do a combination.On the online learning class for her civics they had these games where you had to answer if something was constitutionally correct. I couldn’t get her off the game and she was good and she passed civics with no problems.For math they had games of all kinds and they could just go up the list. I believe a lot of the homework could be done online and some of the classes like learning their alphabet and what not they can do a lot of that at home.I believe for PE and some of the other classes they need to be in a building or on grounds so so they have the social activities. I think as they get into high school they should be on grounds for a lot of it. But the classes could be smaller if they did certainBlocks of it at home. I sent her to the community club center after school so that she could get a lot of the socialization when she was in homeschooling. But they don’t help the children with their schoolwork which is what I sent herThere for because she was feeling in some of her classes. What she did was socialize which was good. But then we had to do more homework at home. When I was working and had children in school.The problem was I had to have daycare for an hour before school started and for two hours after school started but I had to pay for the whole day and the bus drop them off at the daycare. Daycare is very very expensive.My rent was half by check daycare with another quarter we lived on the rest. I was a nurse so my pay wasn’t all that great so what was left was not much. There needs to be changes in the school I voted for year-round schooling but to make the class a smaller you could do it in different types of blocks and it should be more like the MontessoriStyle learning. When they say peers they say their second graders there this age those are always there peers.The school did not have a way to deal with the bullies. They need training in that and the schools need to be on the same page of different schools for the same grade or do it Montessori style.I was in the San Jose area when I graduated from high school my senior year I transferred three different school the last was in April when I got to the final school they said I didn’t have anything that I needed to learn in so I only went half day with elective classes. When I got to eighth grade the teacher looked at me and said you have two weeks left of school how am I supposed to test you so for government I had to recite the preamble and for every word that I got wrong I dropped my grade, starting with A+. Teachers are not rewarded for that type of stuff. It’s just my opinion thank you for your podcast

lenny1490 ,

Legendary man

Rick always has good news and his show never bores.

memapeiffer ,

Wrong idea

Rick is under the impression that it’s Chinas fault that American manufacturing floor was stolen. Capitalism sent those factories there. And the US government gave those companies tax breaks to do so.

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