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The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show

Call-in talk radio covering politics, history, and the state of the zeitgeist, with a liberal dose of listener comments.

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Episode Archive

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 02/22/11

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Tue, 02/22/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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With Abe away, Joe is joined by Greg Kafoury to discuss "fun and games with cops."

 Greg Kafoury joins Joe to recall the bloody details from his recent lawsuit against the Portland Police. Among other things, Joe and Greg will discuss the lawsuit's implications for the future of law enforcement in the Rose City, as well as implications for the city's prospective membership in the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 02/15/11

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Tue, 02/15/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Economist Justin Elardo joins Abe and Joe to talk about demand-side economics.

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt conceived of and executed the New Deal -- his grand plan to lift the country out of the Great Depression -- his work was guided by demand-side economics. The government would spend money to put people to work building roads, schools, bridges, dams, community centers and a whole array of infrastructure projects, many of which are still in use today. In turn, these gainfully-employed Americans would circulate their wages through the economy, creating demand for goods and services of all kinds. The money needed to hire these workers was raised through a combination of deficit spending and taxation of the wealthy, at rates that would be considered scandalous today.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 02/08/11

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Tue, 02/08/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Get out your tinfoil hats -- it's time for some Pledge Drive 9/11 talk.

 It's been a great Winter Membership Drive. So much so that Abe and Joe are prepared to go where few people dare to tread -- Sept. 11. What really happened? What do we know? What don't we know? More importantly, what do you think you know?

Abe and Joe -- who, for the record, believe that the U.S. gov't did not contrive to bring the Sept. 11 attacks about -- take listener calls on this endlessly controversial topic. 

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 02/01/11

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Tue, 02/01/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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As the dominoes continue to fall in the Middle East, Abe and Joe look at the unrest in Egypt.

 In the wake of an historic transition in Tunisia, a week of protests have raged through the streets of Egypt. As pressure mounts from both the Egyptian public and the international community -- and with the army throwing its support behind the protesters -- President Hosni Mubarak's grip on power grows more shaky by the day. And just this morning, the King of Jordan dissolved his government.

What to make of these Middle Eastern paroxysms? Abe and Joe take a look at the complex history of this troubled part of the world.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 01/25/11

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Tue, 01/25/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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America's oil habit is draining the Alberta Tar Sands.

 The oil contained in the Alberta Tar Sands is the dirtiest on Earth. Open pit mines bloom in the Canadian north, swallowing forest and tundra. It takes roughly five barrels of water and one of natural gas to extract one barrel of crude from the sticky sands. So naturally, it's a great idea to build a pipeline to pump it to Texas.

Abe and Joe examine this latest folly in the endless quest for petroleum, as well as ways we can begin to wean ourselves from our petroleum habit.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 01/18/11

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Tue, 01/18/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Abe and Joe tour the checkered history of the FBI and its future in Portland.

 The City of Portland and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have had a tumultuous relationship in recent years. First, Portland opted out of the Bush-era Joint Terrorism Task Force, citing concerns over civil liberties. Then, late last year, the FBI foiled its own plot to blow up the Christmas-tree lighting ceremony in Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Now, the Bureau wants to splash $65 million on a new headquarters building near the airport, and the City is thinking about getting back together again. Abe and Joe take a look at the FBI's past, and weigh in on the question of re-joining the JTTF.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 01/11/11

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Tue, 01/11/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Are conservatives responsible for the Tuscon shootings? No. But their rhetoric set the tone.

 For months, Abe and Joe have spotlighted the surge of violent, nationalist and eliminationist rhetoric emanating from the right. We have seen such things as guns at political rallies, questions about the president's citizenship, an anti-socialist revival and a dramatic increase in death threats against elected officials. We have seen a rash of domestic terrorism.

And now a man has opened fire on a crowd gathered to see a Democratic Congresswoman. Is there a connection? Today, Abe and Joe examine the reactionary forces at work in the United States -- and their consequences.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 01/04/11

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Tue, 01/04/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Abe and Joe discuss the not inconsiderable accomplishments of the Obama administration.

 It's no secret that for progressives, the Obama administration has been a mixed bag. A number of landmark accomplishments seem diminished in light of what they might have been, had the President and his Congressional majority had the backbone to challenge the prerogatives of the wealthy.

Joe, back from vacation, joins Abe to discuss the accomplishments of the Obama administration thus far -- and suggest how the President might chart a bolder tack in the future.


The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 12/28/10

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Tue, 12/28/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Out with the old, in with the new.

With Joe on vacation, Abe reflects on the wreckage of another year gone by, and looks forward to the year to come. But it's not all about the host, oh no! Listeners will have the chance to comment about which events from 2010 they thought were the most significant, and what they hope to see come to pass in 2011.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 12/21/10

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Tue, 12/21/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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What should the government be able to keep secret? Were the WikiLeaks a good thing?

 The release of secret U.S. State Department diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks has prompted a draconian response, ranging from calls for founder Julian Assange's assassination to repeated attempts to shut down WikiLeaks and its satellite Web sites. Attacks from leading American political and media figures -- not to mention Assange's arrest -- suggest that it's a far graver sin to expose secrets than to govern under their aegis.

Is piercing the veil of government secrecy a good thing? Is WikiLeaks endangering national security, or providing a public service? Is an independent Web-based entity fulfilling the role that the American press has largely abdicated? With Joe on vacation, Abe looks at the fallout.



The Great July 4 Blow-up of 2012. Abe discusses some listener feedback.

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Tue, 07/10/2012

Hosted by Abe Proctor.

Last week's discussion, as can happen at KBOO, veered into unexpectedly heated and fertile territory. Who knew that July 4 fireworks could be the source of such controversy?

The resulting discourse begged several questions: What is the nature of progressivism? What does it mean to be a liberal in the early 21st Century? What is our struggle about, and how ought we to struggle? Why should we struggle in the first place? And just how pretentious is talk radio, anyway?

Abe looks at the resurgence of nullification.

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Tue, 07/03/2012

 Hosted by Abe Proctor.  Joe Uris is on vacation.


In the decades before the Civil War, the southern states resisted federal authority by way of the doctrine of nullification, which holds that an individual state has the right to invalidate any federal law which it has deemed to be unconsitutional.

With last week's Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, agrowing number of states are refusing to implement the law. Is the doctrine of nullification making a comeback? And like before, is the epicenter of this states' rights movement in the Old Confederacy?



Jerry Flanagan of Consumer Watchdog on the Supreme Court's healthcare decision

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Tue, 06/26/2012

Hosted by Abe Proctor. Joe Uris is on vacation.

It's a big week for the Supreme Court. Monday's decisions on Arizona's "Papers, Please" law and mandatory minimum sentences for juveniles are a prelude to the big one -- a decision on the Affordable Care Act, expected later this week.

Jerry Flanagan of Consumer Watchdog joins Abe to discuss the coming decision on President Obama's signature health care legislation.

The president just welcomed thousands who came here illegally as children. What does it mean?

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Tue, 06/19/2012

 Hosted by Abe Proctor.  Joe is on Vacation.


The history of the United States is a saga of immigration, whether you're a descendant of immigrants, a descendant of those displaced by immigrants, or an immigrant yourself. In a place such as this -- where being a American is more about an idea than where your ancestors came from -- the question of immigration still resonates.

Last week, President Obama welcomed hundreds of thousands of people who came here illegally when they were children. The howls of protest were predictable. It's an interesting decision, though, given that the president has deported undocumented immigrants at an astounding rate. With Joe on vacation, Abe looks at this thorny issue.



A deeply unpopular governor buys himself a recall election. Welcome to the age of Citizens United.

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Tue, 06/12/2012

Hosted by Abe Proctor.  Joe Uris is off for the summer. Last week, at long last, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker went before the electorate to face the consequences of his anti-labor, anti-woman jihad. And he won.

How do you win a recall election as a deeply unpopular chief executive? By outspending your opponent 7 to 1. The Wisconsin race establishes the electoral paradigm in the post-Citzens Unitedera: democracy is for sale. With Joe on vacation, Abe looks at the brave new world of American politics.

As Joe prepares for his annual hiatus, he and Abe survey the State of the Union.

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Tue, 06/05/2012

 Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris

The State of the Union is screwed. Four years into the New Depression, the economy still lags and working people suffer while the ruling class rolls in profligate wealth. Inequality grows more extreme. The wars drag on. The modern surveillance state is a reality. The planet grows warmer.

What's to be done? Do we play by the rules, and rely on our democratic institutions? If so, whom do we support? Does it matter? Is it time for a more creative solution?

In Joe's last show before his annual summer break, he and Abe survey the State of the Union.

Abe and Joe ponder the recent preponderance of religious misbehavior.

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Tue, 05/29/2012

 Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris


Some three centuries into the Age of Reason, there still seem to be an inordinate number of public clashes between the secular and the sacred. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is using the two-week runup to the 4th of July to stage something called the "Fortnight for Freedom," a nationwide campaign aimed at ensuring that the Catholic Church (and other institutions) can continue to exercise their religious liberty by denying their employees access to contraception and abortion.

Abe and Joe examine this and other incidents in a recent string of reactionary patriarchal freakouts.



NATO rolls in to Chicago to fine-tune the machine. Thousands turn out to greet them.

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Tue, 05/22/2012

 Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris


Flowers in bloom, sunshine on the lake, NATO summits, bloody clashesbetween police and demonstrators. Ah, springtime in Chicago.

Abe and Joe look at the latest outburst against globalization and militarism, and ponder a question: If a massive protest falls in the woods and no one is there to cover it, does it make a sound?



Gerry Pollet talks about the latest chapter in the Hanford cleanup saga.

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Tue, 05/15/2012

Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris.

 For decades, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation on the Columbia River has been a festering stew of radioactive waste. A long-term effort is under way to clean it up -- but if the federal government has its way, Hanford will be the new home of some 30,000 truckloads of fresh atomic goo.

Gerry Pollet of Heart of America Northwest joins Abe and Joe to discuss the latest round in the ongoing Hanford drama.



It's KBOO's Spring Membership Drive! Give us your money!

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Tue, 05/08/2012

  Abe Proctor and Joe Uris pontificate on a range of issues, all while imagining themselves to possess intellectual heft and moral authority. Meanwhile, it's Spring Membership Drive! Give us all your money or else!






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