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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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Recent Articles

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Salem Update | Bus Lanes | Antarctica Solstice

A team of OSU scientists celebrates the winter solstice in Antarctica. A Portland commissioner wants dedicated bus lanes. And things are getting crazy in Salem, Oregon.

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World Cup | Wallowa Conservation | Trauma Stories

The Portland Thorns have sent players to the Women's World Cup. A nonprofit is trying to preserve land in Wallowa County. And students from Roosevelt High School in Portland are telling stories of trauma to build resilience.

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Madras Graduation Rates | Okinawa Film | TV Pioneers

We hear about rising graduation rates for Native American students at Madras High School; a student documentary about an American military base in Okinawa; and the little-known TV pioneer Peg Lynch.

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Stimson Lumber | Privacy Data | ICE Custody | Police Captain

Stimson Lumber is cutting jobs. Portland will use smartphone data to study transportation.A detainee died last fall at the ICE detention center in Tacoma. And we listen back to a conversation with the first transgender PPB captain.

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Talking Business | Public Defenders | Orca | Child Welfare

The Lummi Nation wants to bring an orca in a Florida aquarium home to Washington State. Members of the Child Welfare Oversight Board join us. Some public defenders are on strike. And we get the latest business news.

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News Roundtable | Rowing The Pacific | Wheeler County Sheriff

We get opinions and analysis of some big news stories from this past week; meet a guy who is rowing across the Pacific Ocean (yes, you read that right); and sit down with the sheriff of Wheeler County.

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Legislative Countdown | Painted Hills Beef | New Teacher

We get an update from Salem, Oregon, and our Wheeler County coverage continues with a look at a ranching collective and an interview with a new teacher in Fossil, Oregon. 

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Climate Lawsuit | Gambling And Tribes | Wheeler County Rancher

Judges of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in Portland tomorrow in the Juliana v. United States lawsuit. We explore ranching and conservation in Wheeler County and how tribes manage disputes.

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Public Defense | Timbers Signs | Walt Whitman

Poets in Oregon are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman's birth. The Timbers have banned certain political signs at games. And a bill attempts to fix Oregon's broken public defense system.

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Springfield Birth Center | Defeating Violent Extremism

Farah Pandith has theories on how governments and individuals can overcome violent extremism. Also, PeaceHealth Oregon will close the Nurse Midwifery Birth Center in Springfield.

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GMO Legislation | Youth Media Project | Blue Mountain Forest Plan

A bill would allow farmers to sue companies if their crops are contaminated by GMO seeds. The long-awaited Blue Mountain Forest plan was scrapped. And young African American filmmakers screen their films.

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REBROADCAST: Talking Race In The Classroom

We listen back to a conversation with students and teachers in the Portland area about how race and racial identity is playing out in high schools and in class discussions.

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News Roundtable | Opioid Tapering | Death Penalty

The Oregon Health Authority will no longer require certain chronic pain patients to stop using opioids. A bill would limit when the state can use the death penalty. And we discuss the biggest news of the week.

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Damascus | Oregon College Of Art And Craft | Coordination

Oregon College of Art and Craft held its final commencement last weekend. Grant County is looking into coordinating with the federal government. And the new mayor of the reformulated City of Damascus shares his plan.

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Damascus Dilemma | Kicker

The next kicker could be the biggest in state history. Also, Damascus was a city, then it wasn't, and now it is again — for now. 

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News Roundtable | Tariffs | Fashion Show

What impact is the trade war having on local companies? Also, we take up some of the biggest news of the week. And we hear about a fashion show that will highlight a variety of body types as well as people of color.

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Search And Rescue | Child Welfare Funding | Teen Animator

An Oregon bill would establish a fund to support search and rescue teams. Oregon child welfare caseworkers say that they have too many cases to provide adequate care. And a 14-year-old from Beaverton has been animating since he was 7 years old. 

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Courtenay Hameister's 'OK Fine Whatever'

We listen back to our interview with author Courtenay Hameister, who joined us last summer to discuss her new book about overcoming her fears and living with anxiety. 

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Teacher Walkout | Formerly Homeless Family | Senior Softball

Teachers across Oregon are participating in a day of action. We listen back to a conversation with a formerly homeless family and hear our interview with an octogenarian athlete. 

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Workplace Discrimination | Legislative Walkout | Overdose Sentencing

A bill would impose mandatory minimums for those who supply drugs that lead to an overdose death. Also, lawmakers consider a proposal to boost protections for workers suing their employers for discrimination.