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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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    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.

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  • Stuart Stevens of The Lincoln Project on the Decline & Fall of the GOP

    Jan 24 2022

    Stuart Stevens of The Lincoln Project joins us to discuss the irreparable harm Trump has done to the Republican Party, and why there may be no way to recover any portion of it in the future.

    Call-in at 1-866-416-RICK (7425) to join the show.

    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 starting in January 2022. 

    Be sure to add the FSTV channel on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, on the FSTV iOS app, or find it 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.

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    18 mins
  • January 23 | Briggs Manufacturing Strike - 1933

    Jan 23 2022

    On this day in labor history, the year was 1933.

    That was the day 6,000 workers at Briggs Manufacturing in Detroit walked off the job and sparked a strike wave of 15,000 auto body workers.

    Briggs made auto bodies for Ford, Chrysler and Hudson in four Detroit-area plants.

    Their pay and working conditions were considered among the worst in the nation, inspiring the adage, “if poison doesn’t work, try Briggs.” 

    Earlier in the month, workers at the Waterloo plant, under the leadership of the short-lived Automobile Workers Union, struck against company-wide wage cuts and won.

    Their victory encouraged workers at the Highland Park and Mack Avenue Briggs plants to walk out over additional demands, which they joined in solidarity.

    Workers demanded the recognition of shop committees and pushed back against starvation wages.

    They also protested the hated “dead-time” policy, which required workers to stay on the job, unpaid, waiting for material or production lines.

    They wanted an end to pay deductions for tools and a worthless health insurance policy that left some with bi-weekly pay as low as 49 cents!

    Briggs quickly conceded to a wage increase and the end of “dead-time.”

    But they would not budge on recognizing the union.

    As the strike dragged on, strikebreaking under police escort increased, as did the redbaiting of union organizers.

    Workers gained nothing more and ended their walkout in early May. 

    According to historian Joyce Shaw Peterson, the walkout had been the most significant auto strike up to that point.

    Worker militancy and public support were impressive.

    As one worker recalled, after the Ford Hunger March the year before, workers took to the picket lines, facing down fears of physical injury or even death to fight for a better life.

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    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 starting in January 2022. 

    Be sure to add the FSTV channel on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, on the FSTV iOS app, or find it 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.

    Questions or comments? Email Rick@thericksmithshow.com

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    2 mins
  • Saturday Night WBAI 99.5 fm NYC Call In Show

    Jan 23 2022

    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.

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    1 hr and 31 mins

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