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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.



Free-For-All in the kabuki theater that passes for American political discourse

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Tue, 05/17/2011

 Hosted by Joe Uris and Abe Proctor


It might seem hard to believe, but the kabuki theater that passes for the American political discourse has been even stranger of late than it usually is. Abe and Joe survey the absurd state of the empire, while Joe shares a laundry list of important upcoming events.

Plus, a rare moment of homegrown political pride: Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden sticks it to the oil executives.



A Common Sense Alternative to the Columbia River Crossing

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Tue, 05/10/2011

Hosted by Joe Uris, with Abe Proctor in absentia.

It's the spring membership drive! Joe discusses the latest iteration in the long-running debate on a new bridge over the Columbia River. But really, it's all about the ducats. C'mon, now. If you're not yet a member of KBOO, now is the time. Do you want to give your money to the shows you love, or to the advertisers you hear everywhere else? You know what to do.


Pro and Con for the two educational bond measures on the May 2011 ballot.

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Tue, 05/03/2011

 Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris

Portland Public Schools has two bond measures on the May ballot. One would provide funds to update and renovate Portland's aging public school facilities, while the other would provide funds to prevent teacher layoffs and preserve vulnerable programs. Abe and Joe dig into the two measures, and discuss the long chain of events and priorities that have led us to the point where the schools must go begging to taxpayers in order to keep paying teachers.


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  • Length: 58:36 minutes (26.82 MB)
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The latest WikiLeaks dump exposes the gulag at Guantanamo Bay.

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Tue, 04/26/2011

 Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris

The prison at Guantanamo Bay is a lingering blight of Bush's -- and now Obama's -- War on Terror. The latest WikiLeaks dump exposes the flimsy evidence on which some people are still being held, and the apparent indifference with which others were released. And once again, the documents confirm that torture is an accepted instrument of U.S. foreign policy. Abe and Joe sift through the leaks and ponder whether the Bill of Rights will ever again be in vogue.

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  • Length: 54:25 minutes (24.91 MB)
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Abe & Joe discuss the Federal Budget

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Tue, 04/19/2011

 Hosted by Joe Uris and Abe Proctor.

Today, we'll discuss the Federal Budget...

The Assault on Labor and ALL of America's Working Class

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Tue, 04/12/2011

Hosted by Joe Uris and Abe Proctor

What if the labor movement never happened? What if we never gained weekends or sick leave? Or lunch hours, paid vacation, health insurance? The 40-hour work week? With hundreds of union-busting bills pending across the nation, Abe and Joe return to the ongoing assault on workers.

  • Title: Abe and Joe 20110412
  • Length: 52:17 minutes (23.93 MB)
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Recent GOP Attacks on Women's Rights

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Tue, 04/05/2011

 Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris


They're as predictable as the tides. Back in control of the U.S. House and statehouses across the land, the Republicans have returned to their age-old crusade -- smacking down uppity women everywhere. Abe and Joe look at the landslide of new laws andpending legislation  that is chipping away at women's equality and reproductive rights.

In the end, though, it all down to the same old patriarchal song -- fear of sexuality andfear of women.



Political Upheavals in the Middle East, Our Economy, and the situation for working people

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Tue, 03/29/2011

 Hosted by Joe Uris.  Abe is Sick, sick, sick...  Or, maybe just playing Hooky.

Joe goes solo today with a look at the political upheavals in the Middle East, the economy of the U.S. and the situation of working people across the country.

It's a Brand New War (TM). Join Abe and Joe for Libya!, the US' latest imperial adventure.

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Tue, 03/22/2011

 Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris


A U.S.-led international coalition has imposed a no-fly zone (read: bombed) on Libya, claiming support for the Libyan rebels who are fighting Colonel Muammar Qaddafi. Onward democracy, and all that. One wonders, though -- will we intervene on behalf of our freedom-loving brethren in Yemen? In Bahrain? In Saudi Arabia? In Ivory Coast? In China?

Why Libya? Abe and Joe look at the oily truth, and discuss the implications of yet another imperial American adventure in the Middle East...



Will Seaman joins Abe and Joe to discuss the upcoming March 19 Peace March and Rally.

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Tue, 03/15/2011

Hosted by Joe Uris and Abe Proctor

Sometimes lost amid the background noise of the American political and social landscape is the fact that we're still at war. Nearly 10 years on, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have reaped a grim harvest of blood and treasure. Is there a way out? How long will U.S forces remain? Does the violence and unrest spreading through North Africa and the Middle East threaten to draw us in elsewhere? Is it still worth our time to resist? In advance of Saturday's big anti-war rally and march, activist Will Seaman visits the show to tackle these compelling questions and more.




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