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Senior Producer, Think Out Loud

Allison Frost

Allison Frost is the senior producer and occasional host of Oregon Public Broadcasting's daily talk show, "Think Out Loud."

She's worn a variety of hats at OPB, including announcer, web producer, host, managing editor and senior producer. Before OPB, she led a local community radio station in Fresno, California, tutored English and sold books.

Allison holds a degree in speech communication from California State University, Fresno, and a masters in journalism and communication from the University of Oregon.

She likes to play with and blog about her two young children in and around Portland where she and her husband make their home.

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Recent Articles

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Climate Change | Sex Trafficking | KKK

A new book looks at the history of the Ku Klux Klan. Also, we'll learn about a new report on the effect of sex trafficking laws. And a letter signed by thousands of scientists warns about climate change.

News | Politics | Health | local | Think Out Loud

Oregon Health Authority | News Roundtable | Sexual Assault Reporting

Approximately 80,000 kids will lose health coverage if Congress doesn’t reauthorize the CHIP program. Also, our news roundtable takes up some big stories from the week. And a sexual assault reporting program that began in Ashland has received nationwide praise. 

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'The Horse Latitudes' | 'Thank You For Your Service'

We'll discuss a novel about soldiers in the Iraq War. And we'll discuss how soldiers feel about the phrase "Thank you for your service."

News | Education | Teachers | local | Think Out Loud

Portland Police Report | Sheriff ICE Investigation | Mandatory Reporting In Salem-Keizer

On today's show: an independent report into former police chief Larry O'Dea, an investigation into Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies helping ICE agents, and a school policy requiring teachers to report students' sexual activity. 

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DC Politics And The NW | Photographing Rohingya Muslims | 'Alt-America'

A new book chronicles the rise of the radical right in America. Also, a local photographer just returned from Myanmar. And OPB's senior political reporter just returned from Washington, D.C.

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Underwater Hockey | UO President Schill | Carlos Kalmar

Music director Carlos Kalmar shares the Oregon Symphony's new series, "Sounds of Home." Also, University of Oregon President Michael Schill talks to us about protests on campus and we learn about the sport of underwater hockey.

News | local | Think Out Loud

Homeless Data | Lane County Strike | Recycling

It may soon become a lot more difficult to recycle some items. Also, new data on Multnomah County's homeless population and striking union workers reach a contract agreement with Lane County.

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Harassment In Salem | Planting Sagebrush | Vancouver Port Race | Homeless Privacy

An Oregon state senator has been stripped of his powers. A new program trains prisoners to grow sagebrush. Also, we hear about the Port of Vancouver commissioner race and about how privacy laws apply to the homeless.

News | local | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Bringing Down 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

We speak with Maj. Margaret Witt, whose lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force led to the fall of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," about her new book. Also, our news roundtable takes up the week's big headlines.

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Eastern Oregon Film Fest | Home Rule Charter | Art Restoration

The Eastern Oregon Film Festival kicks off this weekend. Douglas County is considering dramatic changes to its county government. And a PSU chemistry professor is innovating art restoration.

Environment | Think Out Loud

Green Cannabis | 'Viewpoint Diversity' | Reedies Against Racism

We talk about the environmental impact of cultivating cannabis, conservative perspectives on college campuses, and why some Reed students are protesting a humanities class. 

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Amazon In Oregon | Portland Thorns | Erious Johnson | Jim Pepper

We hear about Erious Johnson's recent settlement with the Oregon Department of Justice, tax breaks for Amazon, the Portland Thorns' 2017 NWSL championship and the life of Native American jazzman Jim Pepper.

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Landscapes Of Violence | Prison Population | Gun Owners | Senior Softball

A local painter depicts locations of violence in America. The prison population may be going down because of a new law. A hunter in Bend says gun owners need to advocate for gun control. And a Portlander is headed to the World Senior Games for softball.

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Pop-Up Campuses | New Oregon Laws | Polybius Podcast

We hear about the idea of "pop-up campuses" for international students, some new laws that just took effect in Oregon, and a podcast all about a 1980s video arcade game.

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News Roundtable | From Foster Care To College

Our news roundtable takes up the week's big regional and national headlines. Also, we speak with two former foster youth about their transition into college.

News | Politics | local

'OPB Politics Now': Guns, Health Care And The Oregon Ballot

This time, we dig into the ballot referendum process in Oregon and how it could affect two of the most divisive issues of our time: gun control and health care.

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Talking Business | Historic Eugene House | Supreme Court Analysis

A boarding house in Eugene was one of the only places African American travelers could stay in the mid-20th century. Also, we'll learn what's on the docket for the Supreme Court that might affect Oregon. And the latest business news.

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Mass Shootings | ZoomCare | Housing Emergency | Grand Juries

We discuss mass shootings and gun control, Multnomah County's move to phase out the use of grand juries, a possible extension of Portland's housing state of emergency, and financial troubles at ZoomCare.

News | local | History | Think Out Loud

Community Newspapers | REBROADCAST: Nez Perce War

Two online community newspapers serving parts of rural Washington county will soon be going to print. And we listen back to an interview from April about the Nez Perce War.

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Mount St. Helens Mining | PCC DACA Center | Teens And Sexting

We hear about a controversial mining plan near Mount St. Helens and a new DACA Resource Center at Portland Community College. Also, how are laws around teenagers and sexting evolving?