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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.

Ukraine

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.

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Gerry Pollet of Heart of America NW joins Abe to discuss the latest on the Hanford nuclear site

program date: 
Tue, 07/26/2011

 Hosted by Abe Proctor.  Joe Uris is on vacation.

 

Since its birth during the Manhattan Project, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has left a toxic legacy in its wake, from displaced populations to groundwater contamination to radiation in the Columbia River. Now, the U.S Department of Energy has proposed a "cleanup plan" that abandons large amounts of plutonium and other toxins at the site, and is even proposing using Hanford as a nationwide toxics disposal site.

Gerry Pollet of Heart of America Northwest joins Abe to discuss the latest on the Hanford situation, as well as how you can push back against the poisoning of our region at two upcoming meetings.

More Information at www.hoanw.org

 

 

Conservatism: the gnawing fear that someone, somewhere, might be having a good time.

program date: 
Tue, 07/19/2011

 Hosted by Abe Proctor.  Joe Uris is still on vacation.

 

In the 2010 elections, the GOP snatched up statehouses and state legislatures across the country. Predictably, an onslaught of regressive legislation has ensued -- againstwomenagainst minorities, against the environment, against voting rights. Even against efficient lightbulbs.

What's up here? What's behind this need to make sure everyone knows his -- or more to the point, her -- place? It's that sad old chorus, the scared white dudes. With Joe on vacation, Abe looks listens to the plaintive distress call of the endangered patriarch.

 

 

As the Republic is delivered into the hands of the plutocrats, Abe surveys the wreckage.

program date: 
Tue, 07/12/2011

 Hosted by Abe Proctor.  Joe Uris is off for the summer.

 

We truly have passed through the looking glass. With unemployment near 10 percentfor the third straight year, the patricians in Washington haggle over whether corporate jets deserve special tax consideration. In the name of fiscal discipline, after eight years of reckless borrowing and warmongering under G.W. Bush, congressional Republicans have seen fit to hold hostage the creditworthiness of the United States.

Does it matter that teachers, soldiers, police officers, librarians and firefighters won't get paid? Does it matter that, when the U.S. defaults on its debts, interest rates will jump and the world's most reliable investment will dissolve? Does it matter that the first chinks will appear in the armor ofMedicare and Social Security? Does it matter that a cornerstone of world economic confidence will evaporate? Apparently not.

 

 

A Recap on the State of the Union after 235 Years... Wherefore Art Thou, Liberty?

program date: 
Tue, 07/05/2011

 Hosted by Abe Proctor; Joe Uris is *still* on vacation...

Today, Abe looks at Liberty, or what's left of it, in light of the Independence Day celebrations.

 

 

  • Title: Abe and Joe 20110705
  • Length: 58:13 minutes (26.65 MB)
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Sometimes, we get one right! Way to go, New York! Gay Marriage is now Legal.

program date: 
Tue, 06/28/2011

 Hosted by Abe Proctor.  Joe Uris is off for the Summer

Way to go, New York! Sometimes the good guys win. Despite America's many sins down through the years, true equality inches closer all the time.

But that's not to say we should rest on our laurels. For every New York, there's anOklahoma. In fact, since the GOP's electoral tide of 2008, there's been an explosion inanti-woman and anti-immigrant legislation across the land. With Joe on vacation, Abe celebrates a rare win in the culture wars.

 

  • Title: Abe and Joe 20110628
  • Length: 57:20 minutes (26.24 MB)
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Mr. President: Let's look at the 7-decade growth of executive power in the U.S.

program date: 
Tue, 06/21/2011

 Hosted by Abe Proctor.  Joe Uris is off for the summer.

 

Mr. President: Let's look at the 7-decade growth of executive power in the U.S.

It's been nearly 70 years since the U.S. Congress has declared war. The current administration has enshrined and deepened the surveillance state first ushered in under the auspices of the Cold War and the War on Drugs, and then imposed under G.W. Bush's War on Terror. Once-inviolable rights to counsel, swift trial, due process, security from search and seizure, and habeas corpus have been rendered insubstantial.

Without doubt, the scope of executive power in the U.S. has expanded drastically. It's time to view this expansion not only in terms of the abuses of the Bush Years, but in terms of the gradual growth of presidential warmaking and surveillance powers since the Second World War. We are not the same republic we once were.

 

Fear not, citizen, the President has your interests at heart. That's why he's wooing Wall Street.

program date: 
Tue, 06/14/2011

 Hosted by Abe Proctor.  (Joe Uris is off for the Summer...)

 

It's been estimated that the winner of the 2012 presidential election will need to spend $1 billion to do it. In 2008, the financial sector, realizing it had been the catalyst for the economic meltdown, realized Barack Obama was a winner and decided to back him. This time around, he's making sure they back him again.

Of course, none of those responsible for the financial meltdown have gone to jail. Now that the president is courting them, will they ever?

 

 

Welcome to the Machine. The USA PATRIOT Act has been renewed for another four years.

program date: 
Tue, 06/07/2011

 Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris.

The surveillance state ushered in under the reign of Bush the Younger was given a bipartisan imprimatur in late May when the USA PATRIOT Act was renewed for another four years. Warrantless wiretaps? You bet. Illegal searches of personal and business records? That's just how it is these days, because, you know, terrorism.  But not to worry, for You, Too, can Spy on your Neighbor with the new FBI Public - Private Cooperative Intelligence Apparatus, InfraGard.

It appears that any hopes progressives may have had that President Obama would undo the Bush-era security state are unfounded. Whither from here? Abe and Joe survey the damage.

Today's show is the last time we'll hear Joe's voice for the summer.  He's teaching History during his vacation, and will be back in the Fall.  In the mean time, Abe will Go Solo on our Tuesday Morning Talk Radio Show.

 

  • Title: Abe and Joe 20110607
  • Length: 54:41 minutes (25.03 MB)
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What you don't know can't hurt the Oregonian; We'll look at the paper's new online partnership

program date: 
Tue, 05/31/2011

Like newspapers everywhere, the Oregonian is struggling to find a place in the new world of digital media. Its new online Oregon News Network pairs it with a set of independent partners to generate locally-based reporting -- including the Cascade Policy Institute, a libertarian think tank. The CPI has championed, among other things, privatizing public education and Social Security, as well as abolishing the minimum wage in favor of a new (and lower) "training wage."

Abe and Joe discuss the relative merits of the Oregonian's new online model, and whether it's a good idea for it to use radical "news" outlets like CPI.

Also...  DO get uspet about Oregon Senate Bill 2700, which will allow Energy Companies to clear-cut our Forests and steal our Farms & Wineries to install Gas Pipelines that will ship Gas to California.  The Trees are in Oregon, but the Gas goes to California...

 

The 11th annual Village Building Convergence!

program date: 
Tue, 05/24/2011

 Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris

The City Repair Projects's Mark Lakeman joins Abe and Joe to discuss the upcoming 11th annual Village Building Convergence, set for May 27-June 5 at more than 40 sites throughout the city. Portlanders will come together to create benches, community kiosks, gardens, street paintings, tile mosaics and much more.

The theme for the 2011 Convergence is "Urban Alchemy," described as "the exploration of positive change in communities." To learn more about the Convergence and City Repair Project , visit http://vbc.cityrepair.org/.

  • Title: Joe and Abe 20110524
  • Length: 57:07 minutes (26.15 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 11kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

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