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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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Tenants & Landlords | Book Recommendations | Sallie Tisdale

State and local leaders are working to protect renters. Bookstore owners share reading recommendations. Portland writer Sallie Tisdale shares her strategies for surviving the pandemic. And Portland has one of the longest standing female football teams in the country.

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Remote Learning | Animal-Human Disease Transfer | Machine Learning

Schools across the state are trying to figure out distance learning. How can diseases jump from bats to humans? And scientists at OSU are working on a project to help machines learn the same way babies do.

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Child Welfare | 1918 Flu | Delivery Driver | John Simpkins

The state's child welfare system is struggling under the pandemic. What lessons can the influenza pandemic teach us? And painter John Simpkins is used to a solitary quarantine lifestyle: he lives in a ghost town.

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Transcript Of Interview With Mobility International USA's Susan Sygall

A transcript of "Think Out Loud" host Dave Miller's conversation with Susan Sygall, co-founder and CEO of Mobility International USA.

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News Roundtable | Grant County | Supply Chain

We get opinions and analysis on the news of the week. A new program in Grant County helps neighbors check in on each other. And will our grocery store shelves stay empty?

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Asian American Harassment | Climate Change Order | Census

Asian Americans in Portland are experiencing harassment amid the pandemic. We hear how the census is being affected by the the coronavirus. We also hear what exactly is in Oregon Gov. Brown's climate change executive order.

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Tribal Health | Coronavirus Fraud | RACC | Eugene Mural

This hour we hear about how coronavirus is affecting the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and schemes aimed at exploiting COVID-19 anxiety. We also talk to RACC and Mobility International USA.

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News Roundtable | Recovery | Diesel Emissions

We get opinions and analysis on the big news this week. Also, people who are in addiction recovery often rely on in-person meetings to stay sober. And environmental advocates are calling on state regulators to restrict diesel emissions.

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Economic Impact | Coastal Towns | Queer Fiction

The long term economic impacts of coronavirus could be severe in Oregon. Coastal towns face some particular challenges right now. Also, a new collection of short stories focuses on queer life in Portland.

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Homeless Organizing | Kids At Home | Mental Health | Airport Workers

How are homeless folks responding to coronavirus? What are you doing to keep your kids entertained and busy? How will social distancing affect people facing mental health challenges? Airport workers are asking for better sick leave policies.

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Communicating About COVID-19 | Flood Damage In Eastern Oregon | New Deal Art

We get the latest updates on coronavirus in Oregon. Also, how could scientists communicating about science — and specifically the risks from the COVID-19 virus — be improved? And we find out how Umatilla county is recovering from extensive flood damage last month.

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COVID-19 Critique | Crow Behavior | Sand Labyrinths

A public health expert critiques the U.S. response to the COVID-19 virus. We meet sand artists, and hear about the fascinating world of crow behavior.

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News Roundtable | Snake River Dams | Immigrant Children

Snake River Dams likely won't be removed. What does that mean for Northwest salmon and orca? A Willamette University professor gives us an update on conditions for immigrant children in the U.S. and south of the border. And we get opinions and analysis on some big stories from our news roundtable.

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Oregon Lottery | Coal Lawsuit | Police Discipline

How is Oregon's new online betting program going? Also, inland states are challenging Washington state's decision to impede a terminal that would export their coal. And a new Oregon law would change the way police discipline works.

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Coronavirus | Teaching Against Hate | Klamath Falls Cemetery

What can workers and employers do in the face of the new coronavirus? How is Portland State University responding? Also, a Portland rabbi is educating people about hate speech. And the community of Klamath Falls wants to save its cemetery.

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COVID-19 Health Update | Copyright Protections

What precautions are being taken locally to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus and what are the current recommendations? Also, creators and librarians are at odds over copyright law.

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News Roundtable | Coronavirus Business Impacts | Non-alcoholic Bar

We get opinions and analysis on the news of the week. Also, we find out how Oregon businesses are being affected by coronavirus. And learn about a possible new non-alcoholic bar.

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Stalled Legislature | Japanese American Play | Problematic Murals

What Oregon state legislation, besides cap and trade, is being affected by the Republican walkout? There's a debate over what to do with 90-year-old murals at Grant High School. And the Oregon Children's Theatre is presenting a play about a Japanese American family that is relocated from their home and imprisoned in detention camps during World War II.

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Oregon Legislative Update | Mount St. Helens Art | Opera For Everyone

Oregon's short legislative session is nearly halfway over. A new exhibit at the Portland Art Museum focuses on Mount St. Helens. And a bill in Washington would ban discrimination based on hairstyles.

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Public Charge Rule | Concordia Closure | Eastern Oregon Flooding

A controversial rule affecting immigrants seeking green cards will go into effect later this month. A student is suing Concordia University after it suddenly announced its closure. And we hear how Eastern Oregon is dealing with flooding.