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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.


Abe and Joe Talk Radio

program date: 
Mon, 03/24/2008

Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris. Today is a special fun-filled Membership Drive version of the show.

Rex Burkholder on the I-5 Bridge

program date: 
Mon, 03/17/2008

Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris. Today their guest is Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder. ( He'll talk about his support for a new multi-billion dollar interstate bridge with light rail, extending the MAX Yellow Line from the Expo Center to an area about 40 blocks north of the Columbia River.

Talk Radio - Prepare for the March 15 Peace Rally!!!

program date: 
Mon, 03/10/2008

Today Joe Uris and Abe Proctor interview Adam Sanchez, (ILWU Local 5), from Portland Labor Against War about the March 15th peace mobilization and more.

Helpful links:

PDX Peace Rally (

US Labor Against War (

National War Tax Resistance Coordination Committee (

War Tax Boycott (

Funk The War!!! (

International Longshore and Warehouse Union (

The I-5 Bridge - Proposals and Problems

program date: 
Mon, 03/03/2008

Today Joe Uris interviews Ron Buell, founding editor of the Willamette Week, about the growth of car culture, urban sprawl, and a critique of proposals for replacing versus repairing the Interstate-5 Freeway Bridge between Oregon and Washington.

Pharmacists on Healthcare, Drugs and More

program date: 
Mon, 02/25/2008

Abe Proctor and Joe Uris interview Don West and Mark Ruska, pharmacists from the Lloyd Center Pharmacy about  compounding prescriptions, the FDA, "big Pharma," the Board of Pharmacy and pharmaceuticals in our society.

Dan Handelman and Portland CopWatch

program date: 
Mon, 02/18/2008

Abe Proctor and Joe Uris interview local activist Dan Handelman from Portland Copwatch ( They discuss Portland's Independent Police Review Division ( and it's "Wolf Guarding the Hen House" structure. You can watch the Portland CopWatch Video on YouTube: Peace and Justice Works.

Activists!!! Mark Your Calendars!!!

"Your Rights and the Police"
Thursday, February 21 at 7 PM at CityBikes Annex, 734 SE Ankeny
The seminar reviews basic rights to know for being stopped by, harmed by, or when observing the police. A lawyer will be present to help answer legal questions best not answered by the volunteers at PCW.

Independent Police Review Assessment Report to Portland City Council
Thursday, February 28th at 2:00 PM in the Portland City Council Chambers at 1221 SW 4th Ave (Agenda here)

More on LNG Terminals in Oregon

program date: 
Tue, 02/05/2008

Joe and Abe Talk Radio covered, in part, the Liquid Natural Gas Fiasco in Oregon. Several very knowlegable callers give some little-publicized facts about the LNG Terminals themselves and the LNG Pipelines the terminals will feed. Hear what some of the people that may be displaced by the pipeline have to say about it.

Dennis Kucinich LIVE on KBOO Talk Radio

program date: 
Mon, 01/28/2008

Joe Uris and Abe Proctor talk with (now former) presidential candidate, Dennis Kucinich. ( & Find out why he recently quit the race for President, his views on various hot topics, and his plans for congressional re-election.

Also, don't forget the Sandy Peace Vigil: First Anniversary, this Friday & Saturday, (Feb 1 & 2) across from Fred Meyer's on US 26 in Sandy. Read More HERE.



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