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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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ITT Students Graduate | Opioids Study | REBROADCAST: Jon Palfreman

A new study from OHSU finds that chronic pain sufferers experience the same amount of pain when they switch from using opioids. And students from the failed for-profit college ITT were able to graduate from PCC last week.

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'Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters, And Their Journey Into The Syrian Jihad'

Norwegian journalist Asne Seierstad joins us in front of an audience at Powell's to talk about her riveting account of a family torn apart when the two daughters choose to flee to Syria to join ISIS.

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News Roundtable | Redmond Economy | Lord Birthday

We talk to OSU professor Chad Murphy about his comics alter-ego, Lord Birthday. Also, we look at the growing firearms cluster in Redmond, Oregon. And, our news roundtable takes up the week's headlines.

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Facebook In Congress | Police Shooting | Washington County DA Race | Accessible Rides

We talk to Oregon Congressman Greg Walden about Facebook. We also discuss a fatal police shooting in Portland, the city's plan to improve ride service for wheelchair users, and Washington County's district attorney race.

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News Roundtable | Discrimination in Southern Oregon | Laurelhurst Theater

We discuss the big news stories of the week. Also, we learn about the history of housing discrimination in southern Oregon. And, Laurelhurst Theater is shifting from second-run to first-run films. 

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High School Investigation | Le Guin Music | Plasma Business

An album composed for a 1985 Ursula Le Guin book has just been re-released. Also, Lincoln High School students report on how their school handles sexual misconduct complaints. And we learn about the business of plasma.

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Cougars In Oregon | Murals In Portland | ACCESS Academy

We hear about Oregon's cougar problem and then turn to how murals and street art are becoming more mainstream in Portland. We also explore the ACCESS Academy, as the school's fate remains up in the air.

News | local | Think Out Loud

Burgerville Union | Warrenton Elk | Oregon Foster Parents

Two foster parents share their experience with Oregon Department of Human Services. Also, we'll hear about Warrenton's elk problem. And workers at Burgerville are trying to gain recognition for their union.

News | local | Think Out Loud

Social Media & Privacy | Gang Enforcement Audit

How much privacy do you expect online? Also, we'll learn more about a new audit of the Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team.

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Bridge Safety | Fingerprint Evidence | Photo Contest | Search And Rescue

Can the Burnside bridge survive an earthquake? How reliable is fingerprint evidence? Also, we'll hear about a photo project which aims to highlight the stories of immigrants and refugees. And we'll hear what it's like to work in search and rescue.

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Money In Youth Sports | Happiness Day | Earthquake Prep

We look at the influence of shoe companies in youth sports. Also, we mark International Day of Happiness with a sociologist and happiness expert. Finally, we talk earthquake preparedness with a California seismologist.

News | local | Think Out Loud

How A Landmark Audit Could Change Oregon's Child Welfare Department

Auditor Jaime Ralls outlines the findings of the year-long audit. Long-time foster care critic Richard Wexler says the problem is too many kids in the system. DHS says it's working to fix the agency.

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News Roundtable | REBROADCAST: Foster Care Youth

We'll get opinions and analysis on some of the week's biggest news. And we'll listen back to two stories of people who went through Oregon's foster care system.

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Gun Sales | School Safety And Walkouts | Columbia River Tribes

One month after the Parkland, Florida shooting, we'll speak with Oregon students and a school resource officer about student walkouts and school safety. Also, are age limits for gun sales discrimination? And, we'll hear about the significance of the Columbia River to tribal communities.

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Former Oregon Child Welfare Director: DHS Must Reprioritize Prevention

Lena Alhusseini served as Oregon's Child Welfare Director from November 2016 to May 2016. She sat down with Dave Miller to discuss the barriers she found when she tried to implement her vision.

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Talking Race In The Classroom

We talk to students and teachers in the Portland area about how race and racial identity is playing out in high schools and in class discussions.

local | News | Politics | Health | Family | Think Out Loud

Oregon Child Welfare Workers Say They Can't Keep Up, Can't Do Prevention Work

In the wake of a damning, year-long audit into Oregon’s Child Welfare system, longtime caseworkers Rosanne Scott and Kelly Paluso talk about how the findings of that audit play out day-to-day.

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News Roundtable | Child Welfare System | Girl Scouts

We get opinions and analysis of some of the big stories in the week's news, then sit down with the former director of Oregon's Child Welfare system and two representatives of the Girl Scouts of America.

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Rural Broadband | Tree Wells | Commercial Renters | 'A Gentleman Bank Robber'

We discuss: a plan to expand rural broadband in Oregon; the dangers of tree wells; stronger renters protections for business owners; and a new film that tells the story of Rita "Bo" Brown.

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Talking Business | Legislative Wrap Up | WA Governor Inslee

We'll broadcast today from Olympia, where we'll talk to Washington Governor Jay Inslee. We'll also get an update on the latest business news, and on the end of Oregon's legislative session.