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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 05/15/12

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Tue, 05/15/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Gerry Pollet joins Abe and Joe to discuss the latest chapter in the Hanford cleanup saga.

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.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 05/08/12

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Tue, 05/08/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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It's KBOO's Spring Membership Drive! Give us your money!

 Abe and Joe 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!

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 04/10/12

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Tue, 04/10/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Your government wants to see you naked. Abe and Joe discuss last week's Supreme Court ruling.

Justice may be blind, but your government wants to see you naked. Last week's Supreme Court ruling in Florence v. Bd. of Chosen Freeholders lets law enforcement impose a strip search for virtually any offense. It's another nail in the coffin for the 4th Amendment, and part of the nascent security state which, rather than being pared back in the post-Bush era, is only becoming more firmly entrenched. Abe and Joe take a closer look.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 04/03/12

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Tue, 04/03/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Yes, there really is a vast conservative conspiracy. Abe and Joe look at ALEC.

 In the early 1970s, a group of conservative lawmakers and businesspeople realized that synchronicity between the governments of different states was the path to ideological supremacy. The American Legislative Exchange Council -- ALEC -- was born. The group "assists" state legislators -- many of whom constitute ALEC's membership -- to draft legislation that downsizes government, removes corporate regulations, and makes it harder to hold wealthy miscreants to account.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 03/27/12

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Tue, 03/27/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Is Big Brother watching? Oh, yes he is. Abe and Joe look at the NSA's massive new spy center.

There's a lot of information flying around these days, more so than ever before, in fact. Keeping tabs on all of it would seem to be an impossible task. Not to worry, though -- Big Brother is up to the job. Abe and Joe take a look at the National Security Agency's massive new spy center, and discuss life in the modern American surveillance state.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 03/20/12

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Tue, 03/20/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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The latest dispatches from the War on Women.

Relax, vagina-having Americans, it's for your own good. Since taking power in statehouses across the country, not to mention the U.S. House, the GOP has wasted no time in addressing the most serious problem confronting the United States -- uppity women.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 03/13/12

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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Private gains, public losses. Abe and Joe look at Portland's biogas boondoggle.

 Why not take our food waste and turn it into a source of energy? That's the idea behind biogas, and the impetus for a proposed new biogas plant in the Cully neighborhood. There's just one hitch to the plan: the company that wants to build the plant, Columbia Biogas, is asking the city of Portland to back its loan -- a scheme that could cost the city as much as $900,000 per year for 20 years. Abe and Joe take a look at this latest attempt to privatize gains and socialize losses.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 03/06/12

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Tue, 03/06/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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What if there were a Congressional hearing on women's health isssues, and women weren't invited?

What if there were a Congressional hearing on women's health issues, and women weren't invited? You'd be in 21st-century America. Abe and Joe return to the ongoing brouhaha over contraception, in which old-timey right-wing misogyny is laid increasingly bare.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 02/28/12

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Tue, 02/28/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Abe and Joe discuss PDX transit with Mary Fetch and Kerry Ayers Palanuk of TriMet.

Government agencies everywhere are struggling to do more with less, and TriMet is no exception. Abe and Joe are joined in studio by TriMet's Mary Fetch and Kerry Ayers Palanuk to discuss the transit agency's forthcoming service cuts and rate increases.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 02/14/12

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Tue, 02/14/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Anything goes for the U.S. military these days; plus more on the Great Birth Control Fracas of 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.


Scott Fernandez and the city's plan to cover its open-air reservoirs.

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Tue, 07/02/2013

Scott Fernandez joins Abe and Joe to discuss the city's plan to cover its open-air reservoirs.

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Joe Uris: Opposing the Fluoridation of Portland Water

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Tue, 04/16/2013

Host Joe Uris lays out his case against Measure 26-151, which would fluoridate Portland's water supply.

  • Length: 52:45 minutes (48.3 MB)
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Dan Sears of Beyond Coal about how to fight coal transportation and use.

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Thu, 12/13/2012

Today Joe talks with Dan Sears of Beyond Coal about how to fight coal and it polluting properties from being transported down the Columbia Gorge and to the rest of the country.

  • Length: 54:16 minutes (49.68 MB)
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Our Enviroment In Crisis & It's Impact On You

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Tue, 08/28/2012

with Special Guest Host, Linda Olson-Osterlund 

Coal Trains and Acid Oceans! Mass Species Extinction & Water Scarcity! From Pole to Pole on every continent our home is in crisis. How is it affecting you? Have you become an activist or do you try to tune it all out just to survive? Oregon is on the frontlines of important battles. Join me Linda Olson-Osterlund this Tuesday morning at 8am for The Abe & Joe Talk Radio Show. They take a break and I get to talk to you about Our Environment in Crisis & It’s Impact on You.

Joe talks about Coal Trains through Oregon

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Tue, 08/21/2012

 Hosted by Joe Uris.  Abe Proctor is on Vacation.

Today's topic is the Coal Industry, and their plans to chop down Mountains in Appalacia and ship them through the Columbia Gorge, to China for incineration.  This is a Bad Idea for many reasons.  The trains leak significant amounts of Coal Dust, which degrades our health and environment.  Burning Coal in China increases the Air Pollution right here, in the United States, for we live on a Globe, a closed system.  Chopping down Mountains and throwing the rubble and waste into Streams is very destructive. 

The United States has degraded itself from a First World Nation of Innovation and Manufacturing, to a Third World Source of Raw Materials for the Rest of the Developing Nations.

Have you ever seen what a Coal Train looks and sounds like when rolling by?  At 2:00 into this video, you can get an idea of how much coal dust blows out of these things...

Listeners recommended the following Web Sites for related reading:

Institute for Energy and Environmental Research

Power Past Coal


Abe examines Rep. Paul Ryan, the would-be VP. We're through the looking glass now, everyone.

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Tue, 08/14/2012

Hoated by Abe Proctor.  Joe Uris is on Vacation

Rep. Paul Ryan -- arch-conservative, culture warrior, and Randite -- has joined the GOP ticket as Mitt Romney's aspiring VP. Most people know Ryan as the author of the budget package -- passed by the House -- which, among other things, voucherizes Medicare, takes a hatchet to the social safety net, and explodes the deficit by giving more money to the rich. President Obama and the Democrats will doubtless twist themselves in knots trying to offer a "reasonable" compromise, and the scope of our discourse will continue its inevitable rightward slide.

Congratulations, America, the 2012 election will now be a deficit-cutting contest, and any hope we have of a second New Deal recedes further into the distance.



Hey sports fans! The Olympics, and other sports, are good things!

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Tue, 08/07/2012

 Hosted by Abe Proctor.  Joe Uris is on Vacation.

As longtime listeners know, Abe sometimes waxes poetic about soccer. And when he does, he gets a generous helping of grief from listeners. But in the midst of theOlympic Games -- and after one of the greatest soccer matches of all time -- Abe weighs in on why sports are necessary and even good.

After all, if you can't be an athlete, be an athletic supporter.


A court ruled against the birth control mandate in the health care law. Why? "Religious freedom."

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Tue, 07/31/2012

 Last week, a federal court ruled against the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act -- the first court to do so. The reason? The mandate, said the court, violates an employer's religious liberty. For a nation that famously erected a wall between church and state, we spend an inordinate amount of time dealing with the consequences of religious belief in public life. The Constitution says that there shall be noreligious test for public office, but try running for President as an atheist and see how long you last.

With Joe away, Abe looks at the long religious tug-of-war in our secular nation.



Another day, another gun massacre in America.

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Tue, 07/24/2012

Hosted by Abe Proctor.  Joe Uris is on Vacation.

Twelve people are dead in suburban Colorado, shot while at the movies. What has followed has been an almost rote recitation of the now-standard script for such affairs: Shock, horror, fear, anger, sadness, expressions of sympathy and solidarity with victims and their families, public calls for us to come together as a nation and not bring "politics" into this upwelling of communal grief.Speculation as to how many lives might have been saved if everyone in the theater had been packing.

How many more gun massacres before we do something about it? Probably many, because the 2ndAmendment is as close to an absolute as you can find in the U.S. Constitution -- and nobody running for president seems interested in talking about it. With Joe away, Abe looks at the latest bloody harvest of guns in America.



It's the empire, stupid. Abe looks at the U.S. military's global array of new bases.

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Tue, 07/17/2012

Hosted by Abe Proctor.  Joe Uris is on Vacation.

The Global War on Terror (TM) pretty much buried the hope that, after the end of the Cold War, the U.S. might begin to beat its swords into plowshares. Two wars and occupations later, we are struggling with the moral and economic legacy of Bush-era excesses.

Lost in the post-9/11 haze, however, is a radical reshaping of the U.S.' global military presence. Sprawling Cold War-era bases are making way for a wide scattering of small, Spartan "lily pads" from which America can project its armed might. With Joe away, Abe looks at the new face of American empire.

 A Listener recommends the book, War is a Racket, by USMC General Smedley T. Butler




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