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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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International Students | Jo Ann Hardesty | Films From Inside

A new federal mandate says international students must leave the country if they're not taking in-person classes. Jo Ann Hardesty continues to push for police reforms. And a series of short films were created by incarcerated youth.

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Young Scientist | Ontario Food Drive | Native Language

A local high school freshman is a finalist in a national science challenge. Malheur County has included food drives in their emergency planning. And a new smartphone keyboard allows users to type in a Native language.

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Equitable Giving | University Research | Pacific Islander Community

A group works with Black and Indigenous farms to provide food for families in need. The pandemic has halted most university-based research projects. Pacific Islanders have the highest COVID-19 infection rates per capita. 

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Mask Requirement | Mask Exemption | Gun Locker | Congo Peace Project

Masks are now required indoors throughout the state. Lincoln County faced backlash for their mask rule. Deschutes County now has a safe gun storage program. And a Portland teen is working for Black liberation globally.

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Gresham Fracas | Miss Gay Oregon | "Vanishing" Short Stories

Gresham's government is in turmoil after accusations of racism. Miss Gay Oregon explains what its like to be a Black, queer entertainer. And writer Cai Emmons talks about her book of short stories, "Vanishing."

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Black Male Achievement | LGBTQ In The Workplace | Seattle Protest Zone

The Black Male Achievement program has been pushing for changes in Portland's police. The 2014 Oregon Teacher of the Year reflects on last week's Supreme Court decision protecting LGBTQ people in the workplace. And we hear from a journalist who lives near the Seattle autonomous zone.

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News Roundtable | Emergency Preparedness | Juneteenth

We look ahead to the Juneteenth celebrations in Oregon, ask what the state's Office of Emergency Management has learned from the pandemic so far and hear analysis and opinions on some big news stories from the week.

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Union County Outbreak | Migrant Students | District Attorneys

Union County has Oregon's largest outbreak of COVID-19 to date. Distanced learning creates new challenges for a summer program serving migrant students. And two district attorneys discuss criminal justice reform.

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Rural Protests | West Linn Case | Restaurants

Protests against police violence are going on all over rural Oregon. A wrongful arrest fueled by racism is still playing out in West Linn. And restaurants say they need more government money to stay afloat. 

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News Roundtable | Multnomah County | Commencement Advice

Multnomah County will not reopen yet. Notable Oregonians offer commencement advice to the class of 2020. And we get opinions and analysis on the week's news.

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Street Medicine | Underlying Conditions | Re-Imagining Cities

A team of doctors serves people who are homeless. People with underlying medical conditions worry about reopening. And scholars wonder how coronavirus will change cities.

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Police Union | Employment Department | Homelessness

The president of Portland's police union joins us. Also, the Oregon Employment Department has a new director. And, will Portland change it's approach to homeless shelters after re-opening?

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Kids And Protests | Police Reform | Health Questions

It's important to talk to children about the protests and what's behind them. Also, what does community oversight of police look like in Portland? And what are your questions about coronavirus and safety?

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Weekend Protests | Struggling Parents

Protests rocked Portland for a third night on Sunday as civic leaders struggled to respond. Also, parents are juggling both work and teaching now, and many are finding it difficult.

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News Roundtable | Prison & COVID-19 | Running While Black

We discuss some of the biggest news of the week. We talk about what coronavirus has meant for people in Oregon's prisons. Also, two African Americans who enjoy running discuss how they think about the sport after the death of Amaud Arbery.

Business | News | local | Health

Oregon Is Hiring Dozens Of Contact Tracers, But Skill Set Is Hard To Find

Contact tracers keep outbreaks from growing by finding out who an infected person has been near and helping those who have been exposed get tested. The job requires an unusual combination of skills.

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Technology | Geneva's | Contact Tracing

We learn how technology is changing the way people relate to each other in the pandemic. We talk with Paul Knauls Jr. about the closing of Geneva’s Shear Perfection Barber and Beauty Salon. And we break down contact tracing. 

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News Roundtable | Fruit Packers Strike | Homelessness Solutions

We get opinions and analysis on some of the week's big stories, hear from the front lines about the fruit packing strikes in Yakima, and meet the head of a Portland neighborhood association pushing for homelessness solutions.

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Election | OSF And Tourism | White Supremacy And Resistance

We get election results from the May primary, hear how the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Ashland are trying to move forward, and listen back to a conversation about white supremacy and resistance in Oregon.

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Reopening Counties | Summer Programs

Some counties in Oregon have received permission to start reopening. And Portland Parks and Recreation has closed most summer programs.