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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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The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 12/14/10

Air date: 
Tue, 12/14/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Compromise = Giving the Republicans everything they hold dear.

 Join Abe and Joe as we mourn the death of the New Deal. President Obama's  tax cut "compromise" spells out, in painful detail, the final death of the idea of liberalism as a governing philosophy. Obama was elected at the head of a populist wave and enjoyed strong majorities in both houses of Congress -- but at every turn, the prerogatives of the ruling class remained intact. The Bush tax cuts remain in place. Unemployment remains high. Obama and the Democrats kiss the ring of their corporate masters. Rest in peace, American Century. We hardly knew ye.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 11/23/10

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Tue, 11/23/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
With Joe away, Abe tackles the Pope's reversal on condom use and the state of modern sexual politics

 In a stunning reversal of decades of dogma, Pope Benedict has declared that condoms can be used to control the transmission of HIV under certain circumstances. Specifically, if you're a male prostitute. Those Catholics who are neither male nor inclined to prostitution are still out of luck.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 11/16/10

Air date: 
Tue, 11/16/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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With corporate money at the wheel, whither then for the progressive?

As the populist wave that swept President Obama into office gives way to Business as Usual, Americans are waking up to the realities of life in a plutocracy. Both Frank Rich in the New York Times and Chris Hedges on Alternet reflect on this point in grand fashion. Rich, in a column titled "Who Will Stand Up to the Superrich?" writes that the issue is "issue is whether the country can afford the systemic damage being done by the ever-growing income inequality between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else, whether poor, middle class or even rich."

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 11/09/10

Air date: 
Tue, 11/09/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Abe and Joe return with an election post-mortem and the path forward for progressives.

 The story of the 2010 midterms -- depending on your perspective -- is one of opportunity lost. President Obama and the Democrats were swept into office in 2008 on a wave of populist optimism, with all their stars aligned. The country seemed poised for a neo-Rooseveltian turnover, a new New Deal.

Reality, of course, turned out to be different. Two years later, the GOP has taken control of the House. Abe and Joe look over the wreckage of Election Day, both local and national, and try to plot a path forward for progressives.

 

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 11/02/10

Air date: 
Tue, 11/02/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
It's Election Day! Abe and Joe bring you the lowdown.

As the Republic lurches through the first Election Day of the post-Citizens United era, Abe and Joe run down the races and ballot measures in Portland and around the nation.

 

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 10/26/10

Air date: 
Tue, 10/26/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Vote, dammit! Abe and Joe run down the ballot initatives for the Nov. 2 election.

 Got ballot measures? Oh, yes you do. Abe and Joe parse the initiatives up for a yea or nay vote in the November 2 election in Portland. Also, FOX News stinks.

 

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 09/28/10

Air date: 
Tue, 09/28/2010 - 8:00am - 9:50am
Short Description: 
Ralph Prows, M.D., joins Abe and Joe to discuss the health impact of wireless communications.

Is your cell phone hazardous to your health? Is a wi-fi hub a public health menace? Ralph Prows, M.D., thinks so. Abe and Joe discuss the possible impact of Clearwire Inc.'s plan to install a wireless umbrella over Portland.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 09/21/10

Air date: 
Tue, 09/21/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Author John Perkins joins Abe and Joe to explain why the global economy tanked and how we can fix it

John Perkins, a self-confessed former "economic hit man" and author of "Hoodwinked" and "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" returns to the show to explain how the global corporatocracy contrived to wreck the world economy -- and how we can build a more humane future.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 08/31/10

Air date: 
Tue, 08/31/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Abe and Joe examine the billionaire backers of the Tea Party movement.

The Teabaggers -- noisy, bigoted and ignorant, but basically harmless, right? And if we're lucky, they'll hijack the Republican Party and nominate a bunch of un-electable loons. The best thing the Teabaggers can do is to keep making asses of themselves in public.

But what if they have friends in high places? A bombshell article by Jane Mayer in the New Yorker paints a vivid portrait of two such highly-placed friends. David and Charles Koch, the patriarch sublings of Koch Industries, are philanthropists of note -- and also deep-pocketed backers of the Tea Party and other conservative causes. Abe and Joe delve into the New Yorker piece and discuss the role of big money in today's discourse.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 08/24/10

Air date: 
Tue, 08/24/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Abe and Joe debate the merits of TriMet, Portland's much-ballyhooed public transit system.

Portland! Such a livable city! So easy to get around! Well, maybe not. With the discontinuation of decades of service to stops in a NW Portland neighborhood, Abe and Joe discuss whether Portland's public transportation system is making the grade.

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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.

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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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