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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

2013 In Review

Air date: 
Tue, 12/31/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Abe and Joe recount the highs and lows of 2013.
It's the last day of 2013! Join Abe and Joe as they recall the best and worst of the year gone by. Quite original, no?

Penny Allen

Air date: 
Tue, 12/10/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Penny Allen joins Abe and Joe to talk European/African politics, and discusses her latest film.

The Abe and Joe Show's Paris Bureau Chief, Penny Allen, returns to the show to discuss her latest film, "Late to My Mother's Funeral," as well as dig into European and North African politics.

Labor Relations

Air date: 
Tue, 12/03/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Joe is joined in studio by Ron Narode and Leanne Serbulo of PSU to discuss the tense labor situation

Ron Narode  and Leanna Serbulo of Portland State University join Joe to discuss the tense labor relations at Oregon's largest university. Also -- your phone calls and a conversation about the current state of the American labor movement.

The Story of a Navy Veteran Who Fought for Justice and Compensation for the Sexual Abuse He Suffered

Air date: 
Tue, 11/26/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
A Navy veteran talks about being sexually abused while serving in the Navy
Host Joe Uris speaks with a Navy veteran who experienced sexual abuse at the hands of an officer and who fought long and hard to get compensation and justice.

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Air date: 
Tue, 11/19/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Here comes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, ready or not.
Are you ready for the next great assault on the middle class innovation in global capitalism? Then you'll love the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- or rather, you'd love it if it weren't being negotiated in secret.

Abe and Joe dig in to WikiLeaks' recent revelations on the next great "free trade" agreement.

Voter ID

Air date: 
Tue, 11/05/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Voter ID laws are ensuring that only the "right" people get to vote.
This past summer, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act -- and shortly thereafter, new discriminatory "voter ID" laws began to spring up, mostly in the Old South. Now in Texas, a new voter ID law has disenfranchised thousands of women for the crime of having taken a married name. Voter ID, it seems, is the latest in a long line of efforts to ensure that only the "right" people get to vote.

Abe and Joe take your calls and examine the new Jim Crow.

I Spy

Air date: 
Tue, 10/29/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Abe and Joe take your calls and examine life in the modern surveillance state.
So, uh, it seems we've been tapping the German Chancellor's phone. For 10 years. And millions of people in other countries, too.


We marvel at the outbreak of democracy in the American Midwest.

program date: 
Tue, 03/01/2011

 It's kinda nice when we remember we're strong. The extraordinary pro-worker demonstrations that started in Wisconsin two weeks ago -- and have since spread -- give lie to the conventional wisdom that the labor movement is dead. Wisconsin's new governor, Scott Walker, made busting the state public employees' union his first order of business. The union, along with sympathetic Wisconsinites of all stripes, busted him right back -- hard. And they show no sign of backing down.

And and Joe tackle the movement afoot among American workers, and look back at the history of organized labor in the United States, the (not-coincidental) rise of the middle class -- and at the decades-long campaign by the ruling class to cut them back down to size.



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Greg Kafoury on Portland Police Accountability, Practices, and Law Suits

program date: 
Tue, 02/22/2011

 Hosted by Joe Uris.

Greg Kafoury joins Joe to recall the bloody details from his recent lawsuit against the Portland Police. (But Wait!!!  Was it This One, instead?)  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.


Economist Justin Elardo talks about Demand-Side Economics versus Domestic Economic Policy.

program date: 
Tue, 02/15/2011

 Hosted by Joe Uris and Abe Proctor

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.

And it proved to be fantastically succcessful. Even before America mobilized for World War II, the New Deal was breathing life into the moribund economy. The landmarks of the post-war era -- the Marshall Plan, the GI Bill, the public university system, the interstate highway project, the Great Society, the unprecendented growth of the middle class -- were all born of this same tax-the-rich, invest-in-the-worker mindset.

So what went wrong? Here's a hint: the rich didn't like being taxed. Economis Justin Elardo joins Abe and Joe to discuss the end of demand-side economics as a basis for domestic policy.

Get out your tinfoil hats -- it's time for some 9/11 Conspiracy Theory talk.

program date: 
Tue, 02/08/2011
Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris

 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. 

As the dominoes continue to fall in the Middle East, We look at the unrest in Egypt

program date: 
Tue, 02/01/2011

Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris

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.

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America's oil habit is draining the Alberta Tar Sands.

program date: 
Tue, 01/25/2011

Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris

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.

This video might help you understand how long our Oil Supply is likely to last.

Abe and Joe tour the checkered history of the FBI and its future in Portland.

program date: 
Tue, 01/18/2011

 Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris.

 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.

Are conservatives responsible for the Tuscon shootings? No. But their rhetoric set the tone.

program date: 
Tue, 01/11/2011

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.

Abe and Joe discuss the not inconsiderable accomplishments of the Obama administration.

program date: 
Tue, 01/04/2011

Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris

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.



Out with the old, in with the new: 2011 In Review

program date: 
Tue, 12/28/2010

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.



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