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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 Getting Hot In Here

Air date: 
Tue, 09/23/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
The reality of climate change and the doofuses (doofi?) who deny it.

An unprecedented scientific consensus exists in support of the notion of human-caused climate change. Hundreds of thousands of people turned out over the weekend to march in protest of continued inaction in the face this existential threat. Hundreds of Republican members of Congress were not among them.

KBOO Board of Directors Candidate Forum Raoul Van Hall and Sekoynia Wright

Air date: 
Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
KBOO Board of Directors Candidate Forum Raoul Van Hall and Sekoynia Wright

Get to know your candidates for the KBOO Board Directors 2014 elections!

Today Abe Proctor and Joe Uris invite KBOO board candidates 


Air date: 
Tue, 08/26/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Turmoil in the Middle East could signal a change in the balance of power.

With Syria in shambles, ISIS rampaging through Iraq, Libya in disarray, and (of course) 

Ferguson, MO

Air date: 
Tue, 08/19/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Abe and Joe dig into the unrest in Ferguson, MO, and look back at the history of police violence.
The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, MO has erupted after the shooting of a black man by white police officers. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Israel and Palestine. Oh boy.

Air date: 
Tue, 08/05/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Abe and Joe dive back into the festering mess that is Israel and the Occupied Territories.
This just in -- things are really bad in Gaza. Abe and Joe look at the latest chapter in the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian tracgedy and take your calls.

Impeachment, or something

Air date: 
Tue, 07/29/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Abe and Joe examine the sorry state of our Constitutional order, particularly the impeachment clause
There's a Democrat in the White House. If you're a Republican, this is a fundamentally unacceptable condition. Clearly, he should be impeached. The latest round of GOP anti-Obama hysteria is predictably silly, but it's helpful in illuminating just how broken our Constitutional system really is.


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

program date: 
Tue, 07/02/2013

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

  • Length: 56:28 minutes (51.69 MB)
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Joe Uris: Opposing the Fluoridation of Portland Water

program date: 
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.

program date: 
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)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Our Enviroment In Crisis & It's Impact On You

program date: 
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

program date: 
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.

program date: 
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!

program date: 
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."

program date: 
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.

program date: 
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.

program date: 
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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