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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

Think Out Loud

Small Earthquakes | Portland's Resistance On Police Chief Search | Living With Cancer

OPB | May 24, 2017 noon

Oregon and Washington is at risk for earthquakes smaller than "the Big One." Also, we continue our series on what Portland should look for in a new police chief. And author Teva Harrison tells us what it's like to live with cancer.

News | Arts | Nation | Think Out Loud

Portland Water | Medicaid Eligibility | Race And Casting | Architect John Yeon

OPB | May 23, 2017 noon

Oregon may be spending millions on people who are not eligible for Medicaid benefits. A Portland producer was denied the rights to a play, in a dispute over casting and race. And a new exhibit features Oregon architect John Yeon.

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Josephine County Public Safety | Portland Police Search | Author Blake Nelson

OPB | May 22, 2017 noon

Voters in Josephine County finally passed a public safety levy. Also, we continue our series of conversations about Portland's next police chief. And we talk to local author Blake Nelson.

News | local | Politics | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Chronic Disease | Resistance GIS

OPB | May 19, 2017 noon

Our news roundtable takes up some of the biggest stories of the week. We also find out what Oregon is doing to address high rates of chronic disease, and we hear how activists are using geographic data.

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Oregon Budget | Douglas County Homelessness | Lidia Yuknavitch

OPB | May 16, 2017 noon

On the show today: The latest Oregon economic forecast, a new novel by Lidia Yuknavitch, and an overview of the homeless situation in Douglas County.

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'American Patriot' Documentary | Rural Medicine | Portland Mayor

OPB | May 15, 2017 noon

We hear about a new documentary on the Bundy family, how lawmakers are trying to incentivize medical professionals to practice in rural areas, and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's approaches to homelessness and the search for a new police chief.

local | Think Out Loud

Hanford Emergency | Talking Business | Egyptian-American Playwright | New Oregon Tax Plan

OPB | May 9, 2017 noon | Portland

A new play about an immigrant couple premiers from an Egyptian-American playwright, a response to yesterday's interview about the Oregon Democrats' tax plan, and an update on regional business news.

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Independence For The Portland City Auditor | Radiotopia | Democratic Tax Plan

OPB | May 8, 2017 noon

We learn about the proposal to strengthen the office of the Portland City Auditor, welcome podcaster Roman Mars & Radiotopia to town, and wrap the hour with a look at a proposal to change the way businesses are taxed in Oregon.

News | local | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | 'Kubo And The Two Strings'

OPB | April 28, 2017 noon

We talk about some of the big stories of the week with our news roundtable, and listen back to a conversation with two of the people behind the incredible animation of "Kubo and the Two Strings."

News | Environment | Politics | Think Out Loud

Oregon Budget Negotiations | Environmental Justice And Carbon Pricing | 'Good Hair'

OPB | April 26, 2017 noon

We hear about budget negotiations heating up in Salem, how carbon pricing could affect communities of color, and the politics of "good hair." 

News | Think Out Loud

Blazers Season Recap | Cybersecurity | Raising The Smoking Age

OPB | April 25, 2017 noon

We learn about cybersecurity "honeypots" and a bill to raise the age for tobacco use in Oregon.

Books | local | NW Life | Think Out Loud

Portland Homeless Shelters | Flintstones Comic Book

OPB | April 24, 2017 noon | Portland

A new temporary homeless shelter has opened in SE Portland. And Oregonian Mark Russell tells us about the Flinstones, which he has re-written in comic form as biting social satire.

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Innovating Emergency Medical Response: The View From Reno And Portland

OPB | April 19, 2017 noon

Portland Fire Chief Mike Myers and Brad Lee, who directs the Reno area's medical emergency response, tell us about innovations in 911 service.

News | Health | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Guns And Public Health

OPB | April 20, 2017 noon | Portland

Is it helpful to frame the gun debate as a public health problem? Also, our news roundtable takes up some of the biggest news topics of the week.

News | local | Think Out Loud

Portland's Emergency Response | Left Lane Law | Dahlak Brathwaite

OPB | April 19, 2017 noon

How can Portland's emergency response improve? Should the left lane on the highway be restricted to passing only? Then, we talk with hip-hop artist Dahlak Brathwaite.

News | Think Out Loud

Talking Business | Disability Rights Lawsuit | Soul'd Out 2017

OPB | April 18, 2017 noon

We get business news from the editor of the "Portland Business Journal," then turn to a new lawsuit brought by disability rights advocates. We end the hour with a preview of the Soul'd Out music festival.

Land use | News | local | Think Out Loud

5 Ways Cars May Radically Change Cities In The Future

OPB | April 5, 2017 12:15 p.m.

University of Oregon associate professor Nico Larco is studying the effect that self-driving cars are likely to have on cities and the people who live in them.

News | Nation | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Suicides In Prison | Train Whistles In La Grande

OPB | April 14, 2017 noon

We discuss some of the biggest stories of the week. Then, we look into a spike in inmate suicides in Washington. We'll also hear about an effort to silence train whistles in La Grande.

News | Think Out Loud

Geek Love Exhibit | Distracted Driving | Syrian Photographer

OPB | April 13, 2017 noon | Portland

We explore a new exhibit dedicated to the celebrated book “Geek Love," a proposal in the Oregon Legislature to tighten distracted driving laws, and a new photography show featuring Syrian refugee children.

News | local | Think Out Loud

Legislative Update | The Nez Perce War

OPB | April 12, 2017 noon | Portland

The Nez Perce were driven out of Oregon's Wallowa Valley by a man who had dedicated his life to equality for America's former slaves. Also, we get an update on what bills are still alive in the Legislature.