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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

It's Not OK to Be a Religious Bigot, Sorry

Air date: 
Tue, 03/04/2014 - 8:00am
Short Description: 
Gov. Jan Brewer's veto of an Arizona bill is the death knell for legal religious discrimination.
Last week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would essentially have given business owners the right to, among other things, discriminate against LGBTQ people by refusing them service on religious grounds. Similar bills in Ohio and Mississippi were scrapped in the wake of the Arizona veto.


Air date: 
Tue, 02/25/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Abe and Joe run down the explosive developments in Ukraine and look back at its troubled history.

A dramatic weekend in Ukraine has led to the impeachment and ouster of the sitting prime minister, and an interim government has been installed in advance of a special election on May 25. Abe and Joe look at both Ukraine's troubled recent past and at its history of being squeezed between East and West. 

Monopoly Capitalism and the Winter Membership Drive

Air date: 
Tue, 02/18/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Abe and Joe talk Comcast's expansion and the history of monopoly capitalism. Also: Membership Drive!

Gigantic cable TV and Internet company Comcast is poised to become even more gigantic after setting up a deal to take over Time-Warner Cable. The result? Even less competition and less choice for consumers. Once upon a time, though, we used to take steps to prevent this sort of thing.

Winter Membership Drive 204

Air date: 
Tue, 02/11/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Climate change and the Winter Membership Drive

On the heels of the Great Freeze-Out of 2014, Abe and Joe talk climate change. And it's KBOO's Winter Membership Drive! Give us your money and no one gets hurt.

Keystone XL: Still a bad idea

Air date: 
Tue, 02/04/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
The Keystone XL pipeline project wins approval from the State Dept.
The State Department just signed off on the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for President Obama to grant -- or refuse -- final approval for the massive project.  Abe and Joe review the many reasons why the project is a bad, bad idea, and what you can do to help convince the president to do the right thing.

Portland Teachers' Contract Talks

Air date: 
Tue, 01/28/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Contract negotiations continue between PPS and Portland teachers while a possible strike looms.

Contract negotiations continue between Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers. Abe and Joe take a look at the latest proposals from each side, and discuss what a strike might mean for Portland.

Disaster Capitalism Redux

Air date: 
Tue, 01/21/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
N.J. Gov. Christie's administration allegedly shook down a mayor in exchange for Hurricane Sandy aid

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's administration, allegedly, shook down the mayor of Hoboken in exchange for Hurricane Sandy relief funds. It's the scandal du jour, to be sure, but it's also the latest iteration of the "shock doctrine" -- disaster capitalism.

Abe and Joe look back on the history of this unfortunate practice, and take your calls.

Take the Oil Train

Air date: 
Tue, 01/14/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Abe and Joe weigh in with another round of discussion about the proposed rail shipments of oil in OR

There's oil in them thar Grear Plains, see, and the oilmen want to get it to port. They want to ship it by rail -- through Oregon to the Pacific. Problem is -- shipping oil by rail is fraught with accidents and, oddly, subject to very little oversight. Abe and Joe return to this thorny (oily?) NW environmental question.

Legalized Marijuana and the War on Drugs

Air date: 
Tue, 01/07/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Abe and Joe tackle legalized marijuana and the increasingly silly War on Drugs.

So -- Washington, Colorado, and Uruguay have legalized it. What next? Join Abe and Joe for a discussion of the War on Drugs in 2014.


Joe talks about The Economy and Religion In Our Politics.

program date: 
Tue, 02/21/2012

 Host Joe Uris talks about our Economic Situation in the first part of our show, then changes gears to the recent upsurge in Staunchly Religious Candidates in the Republican Primary race.

Tonight, at 6:00 PM, Historian and Journalist, Joe Uris is speaking at the Main Downtown Multnomah County Library, 801 SW Tenth.  His talk is entitled "Why No Revolution?  A Short History of American Left Movements Part 1: the 1800s to 1945."

Joe asks that y'all come, and to bring your Laptops.  He wants some Fact Checkers in the Audience to make sure he gets it straight, and to bring Fresh Information to the Lecture.  Hey, it's FREE!!!


Anything goes for the U.S. military these days; plus more on the Great Birth Control Fracas of 2012.

program date: 
Tue, 02/14/2012

  It's the Winter Membership Drive! Abe and Joe take your contributions, your phone calls, and hold forth on the newly-unaccountable U.S. military. Plus, the latest in the Great Birth Control Fracas of 2012.





Let's look back on a good couple of weeks for women.

program date: 
Tue, 02/07/2012

Hosted by Abe Proctor.

It's been a good couple of weeks for women. First, there was the ruling that nonprofitsmust cover contraception in their employees' health plans, even if doing so runs counter to church doctrine. Then there was the stunning betrayal -- and equally stunning reversal -- by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Both were victories for the notion of women as full human beings, and, crucially, both were won in the court of public opinion.

Also, it's fund-raising time. Open yer wallets in the name of our fair sisters, y'all.



The slipshod cleanup effort at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state.

program date: 
Tue, 01/31/2012

  Right here in the Columbia Basin, we have our very own atomic wasteland. The Hanford nuclear site in Washington state is a festering Cold War sore, and the multibillion-dollar cleanup effort is underfunded and poorly run. Abe and Joe discuss a blockbuster article on the dubious attempt to remedy the sins of our fathers.

Interestingly, we have a Nuclear Power Plant Builder down in Corvallis.  Thier Marketing Literature says it's totally safe, but it doesn't address the issue of Nuclear Waste, or what to do with Spent Fuel.

There will be an Anti-Hanford Protest in Ridgeland, WA on April 15, 2012.  
For more information, call 503.453.9005






Abe and Joe discuss SOPA and the future of online censorship.

program date: 
Tue, 01/24/2012

 Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris

For now, it seems, the Internet will remain the radical experiment in free information exchange that we have come to know and love. Abe and Joe dissect the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and discuss the future of online censorship.

Plus -- an update on the time-honored practice of racist "dog whistles" in conservative circles.



Abe and Joe marvel at "Beyond Vietnam," one of MLK's greatest speeches.

program date: 
Tue, 01/17/2012

 Great oratory speaks to universal and self-evident human truths, and thus remains timeless. Nearly 45 years on, Abe and Joe revisit "Beyond Vietnam," one of Dr. Martin Luther King's most powerful and prescient speeches. In it, he expresses the concept that the movements against poverty, racism and militarism are all facets of humanity's inexorable struggle toward justice and enlightenment.



Another Listener suggested we visit the Peace and Justice Works web site and support the Resolution to Bring The War $$ Home.

Do we really have a choice? Abe sizes up the 2012 presidential election.

program date: 
Tue, 01/10/2012

 Hosted by Abe Proctor


It's the mating call of the Naderites: there's no difference between the Democrats and Republicans. They're both corporate parties; the only difference lies in how far right-of-center they lie.

But there is a difference. It's not as stark as most progressives might like, but it's there, and it makes itself felt over time. That's why, as frustrated and as impatient as we might be, we've got to pay attention. With Joe away, Abe looks at the quadrennial liberal presidential dilemma.




It's silly season! Abe and Joe look at the upcoming GOP caucuses.

program date: 
Tue, 01/03/2012

 In with the old, in with the ... Newt? With the official start of the presidential campaign looming, Abe and Joe survey the cavalcade of Republican candidates.




Our year-end wrap-up show. Plus: predictions for 2012

program date: 
Tue, 12/27/2011

 Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris

 It's a grab bag of topics on Abe and Joe's end-of-the-year show. Plus: predictions for 2012.


Kevin Card talks about the crisis facing the U.S. Postal Service.

program date: 
Tue, 12/20/2011

 Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris

Kevin Card, president of the Oregon State Association of Letter Carriers, joins Abe and Joe to discuss the crisis facing the U.S. Postal Service. Also, Joe fills us in on the history of labor in the United States and the state of organized labor today.




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