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The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 02/09/10

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Tue, 02/09/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Our Republic is broken. What's to be done? With Joe on vacation, Abe tosses out a possible answer: a

Our Republic is broken. A lockstep minority, cloaked in arcane rules, can bring business to a complete halt. The influence of monied interests is rampant. The social contract has been shredded, and cherished liberties erode. A yawning chasm opens between rich and poor. A bloated foreign empire bleeds the Treasury. The public discourse is controlled by a profit-driven Fourth Estate that is loath to criticize its owners. The promise of a populist president seems impotent against the entrenched forces arrayed against him.

Our Republic is broken. What is to be done? Let's call a Constitutional Convention and fix it.

Voices from the Edge on 02/04/10

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Thu, 02/04/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Haiti, race and international adoption

 

 

Haiti, Race and International Adoption

The arrest of 10 American Baptists for attempting to take children out of Haiti without permission has rekindled the debate over international adoption. Many Americans believe the plight of Haitian children more than justifies removal of orphans to new homes abroad. Critics fear incorrect identification of Haitian children as orphans and the potential for human trafficking.

Supreme Stunner: Unlimited Campaign Spending Permitted for Corporate "Persons"

 An old friend of mine, Lynne Likens of Talent, Oregon, let me know that she was stunned by the recent Supreme Court decision to allow unlimited corporate spending in our elections, reversing decades of campaign finance laws and cementing the myth that corporations are "persons."

She sent me this copy of a letter she sent to our Senator, Jeff Merkley:

Today's topic is Abortion, and Female Callers take Precedence

program date: 
Tue, 02/02/2010

 With Joe on vacation, Abe takes on the warm, fuzzy, not-at-all divisive issue of Abortion.

 It's clear that the issue of abortion elicits a visceral reaction from certain members of the political right, in a way that few other issues do. The reason why is perhaps less clear than it might appear. On the surface, it is framed by abortion opponents as a question of the right of a human to not be murdered. Dig a little deeper though, and you find a fear of sexuality and sex -- particularly female sexualty, and the choice of young women to have sex on their own terms.

58:42 minutes (26.87 MB)

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 02/02/10

Air date: 
Tue, 02/02/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
With Joe on vacation, Abe takes on the warm, fuzzy, not-at-all divisive issue of abortion.

 It's clear that the issue of abortion elicits a visceral reaction from certain members of the political right, in a way that few other issues do. The reason why is perhaps less clear than it might appear. On the surface, it is framed by abortion opponents as a question of the right of a human to not be murdered. Dig a little deeper though, and you find a fear of sexuality and sex -- particularly female sexualty, and the choice of young women to have sex on their own terms.

Two events, one in the recent past and one in the near future -- the  conviction of Scott Roeder, murderer of Dr. George Tiller, and the airing of a controversial ad during this weekend's Super Bowl -- prompt Abe to take a closer look at the debate around this most contentious of issues.

Voices from the Edge on 01/28/10

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Thu, 01/28/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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What's the state of your Union? A look at the president's address.

What's the State of Your Union?
Wednesday, President Obama will address the nation about the state of the Union. Among those listening to the president's speech will be nearly 210,000 unemployed Oregonians who are part of the 15 million Americans (official figures that don't include those who have just quit looking for work) out of work during this economic crisis. Will the president provide eloquent but empy rhetoric or will he step up and provide long overdue bold leadership to bring relief to those Americans most in need?
 

This week, host Dave Mazza is joined by KBOO talk radio hosts Abe Proctor and Joe Uris for a post-speech analysis that will look at what the president got right, what he got wrong and where he needs to go to bring the change he promised in 2008. Dave, Abe and Joe will also be following up on last week's Supreme Court decision that elimnated decades-old restrictions on corporate political expenditures and what that augers for moving real reform forward in the coming months. Join us in the conversation and let us know the state of your Union.

OPEN LINES discussion on Supreme Court ruling regarding campaign finance limits and...

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Thu, 01/21/2010

OPEN LINES discussion on Supreme Court ruling regarding campaign finance limits and other current issues on the top KBOO Listeners' minds....

Join co-hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza every Thursday morning as they bring you informative guests and lively discussions about the issues that are important to you and your community. Every week, Voices from the Edge provides KBOO listeners a place to engage in meaningful talk about racial disparity, government accountability, environmental justice, local and national politics, and other crucial issues of the day. Jo Ann and Dave bring you guests you won’t hear on other talk radio programs and conversation about making Oregon and the nation a better place.

56:18 minutes (25.77 MB)

What to Do About Unemployment?

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Mon, 01/18/2010

 What is the unemployment situation today, and what can and should be done about it?  Dedrick Muhammad, researcher and writer at the Institute for Policy Studies talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about jobs and the performance of the Obama adminstration  in creating them.  

15:37 minutes (8.94 MB)

The History of Haiti and its subordination by Colonial Powers, like the good ol' US of A

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Tue, 01/19/2010

 Abe and Joe take a brief tour through the bloody history of Haiti, and discuss the obligations that the developed world has -- or should have -- toward the undeveloped world.

The calamity in Haiti has made one thing abundantly clear -- when a nation has been at the business end of colonialism for centuries, it's that much more difficult to react when disaster strikes. And when, like Haiti, a nation has the temerity to aspire to self-government by people of African descent, the disparity is even more striking.

57:25 minutes (26.29 MB)
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