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Allison Frost


Allison Frost is the senior producer and occasional host of Think Out Loud on OPB Radio. 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, tutored English and sold books. She holds a B.A. in Speech Communication from California State University-Fresno and a Master of Science degree 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's Buckman neighborhood where she and her husband make their home.

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Represented: Minimum Wage

OPB | April 28, 2015 12:06 p.m.

In this installment of our series "Represented," we're in outer SE Portland to examine what raising the minimum wage to $15/hour would mean for workers, employers and the larger economy.

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Independent Party Opens Its Primary

OPB | April 20, 2015 12:06 p.m.

The Independent Party of Oregon, which has recently gone from minor to major party status, announced it will open its primary to unaffiliated voters.

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Gov. Brown Delivers State Of The State Address

OPB | April 17, 2015 12:06 p.m.

We broadcast Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's State of the State speech and get analysis from OPB reporter Chris Lehman and this week's news roundtable.

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Tom Spanbauer Honored With Literary Arts Award

OPB | April 14, 2015 12:50 p.m.

The Portland author and creator of Dangerous Writing won The Oregon Book Award for lifetime achievement.

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George Papagiannis On ISIS And "Conflict-Sensitive" Reporting

OPB | April 10, 2015 12:35 p.m.

George Papagiannis, head of external relations for UNESCO, talked to us about the destruction of antiquities in the middle east and described about a relatively new journalistic approach to conflicts.

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News Roundtable: April 10, 2015

OPB | April 10, 2015 12:06 p.m.

We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

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School Districts And State To Report Bullying Under Proposed Bill

OPB | April 9, 2015 12:20 p.m.

A bill in the Oregon legislature would require school districts and the state Department of Education to report confirmed acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying, including cyberbullying.

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Former US Forest Service Official Advocates Policy Shift

OPB | April 6, 2015 12:06 p.m.

Jim Furnish tells his personal story of nearly four decades with the US Forest Service in his new book, Toward a Natural Forest.

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Oregon Lawmakers Consider Background Checks And More

OPB | April 2, 2015 12:06 p.m.

OPB Salem correspondent Chris Lehman joins us to fill us in on this week's activities in the capitol.

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PBS Cancer Documentary Highlights Oregon Medical Breakthrough

OPB | April 1, 2015 12:06 p.m.

The three-part PBS film "The Emperor of All Maladies" includes discussion of the cancer breakthrough drug Gleevec, developed by OHSU's Brian Druker.

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How Oregon Kids Are Learning Math

OPB | March 31, 2015 12:35 p.m.

TUESDAY: Rob Manning checked in with the class of 2025 to see how the second-graders — and their teachers and parents — are learning math under the new standards known as Common Core.

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Documentary Focuses On Vaccines

OPB | March 23, 2015 12:45 p.m.

MONDAY: Producer Jon Palfreman's documentary "The Vaccine War" dives into the controversial discussion around vaccinating children.

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Jane Hirshfield On The Uncertainty Of Poetry

OPB | March 20, 2015 12:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Poet Jane Hirshfield discusses her new books: "The Beauty," and "Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World."

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New Oregon Secretary Of State Outlines Priorities

OPB | March 18, 2015 12:06 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Implementing the state's new 'motor voter' bill is at the top of her list.

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New Washington Casino Expected To Impact Oregon's Bottom Line

OPB | March 17, 2015 12:45 p.m.

TUESDAY: The new Cowlitz mega-casino is expect to have a big impact on Oregon gaming revenue.

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Should Oregon Adopt "Right To Try"?

OPB | March 16, 2015 12:40 p.m.

MONDAY: A proposed bill in the Oregon legislature would allow terminally ill patients in Oregon to try drugs that are not yet FDA-approved.

Combating Child Sex Trafficking In Oregon

OPB | March 13, 2015 4:26 p.m.

Lawmakers in Salem are considering a package of bills aimed at curbing sex trafficking of women and girls in the state.

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Represented: Addressing Child Sex Trafficking In Oregon

OPB | March 12, 2015 12:06 p.m.

In this second installment of our new series "Represented," we'll examine bills to curb child sex trafficking in the state. We're in the The Dalles, the home of the bills' sponsor, Republican representative John Huffman.

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'Daughters Of Hanford' Explores Little Told Stories

OPB | March 5, 2015 12:06 p.m.

THURSDAY: Richland-based reporter Anna King tells us about her new collaborative series profiling women connected with the history of the Hanford nuclear reservation in southeast Washington.

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Washington Lawmakers At The Halfway Point

OPB | March 3, 2015 12:30 p.m.

TUESDAY: We'll talk with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the machinations inside the Washington capitol.