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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

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Volcano Summit | Eclipse: Suttle Lodge

OPB | Aug. 18, 2017 noon

We talk about some of the big stories in this week's news, get an earful about volcanology, and check in with OPB arts show "State of Wonder" on the eclipse road trip they're wrapping up soon.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

Eclipse: Symbiosis Fest | Port of Portland | Murals | PSU President

OPB | Aug. 17, 2017 noon

On this show we hear from our eclipse chasing 'State of Wonder' team, the new executive director of the Port of Portland, the new president of Portland State University, and we hear about a controversial residential mural.

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'State Of Wonder' Newport | Drawing And Journalism | Diamonds

OPB | Aug. 14, 2017 noon

OPB's "State of Wonder" kicks off its pre-eclipse Oregon road trip. An artist and former journalist tells us about teaching other journalists how to draw. Also, we learn about lab-grown diamonds.

News | Environment | Think Out Loud

Rural Economy | Sage Grouse Plans | Steelhead

OPB | Aug. 10, 2017 noon

The federal government has announced changes to a carefully negotiated sage grouse conservation plan. Also, steelhead may face extinction because of sea lions, and the economy in rural Oregon is not picking up the way it is in urban areas.

Health | local | News | Arts | Think Out Loud

'Care' Documentary: In-Home Workers Valued But Not Compensated

OPB | Aug. 2, 2017 12:30 p.m. | Portland

A new documentary on the in-home care industry, produced by native Oregonian Tony Heriza, shows the growing need for these workers and their general lack of a livable wage and benefits.

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REBROADCAST: The Names Of Our Stars | In-Home Care

OPB | Aug. 2, 2017 noon

Author Peter Fromm spent months alone in the wilderness babysitting growing salmon eggs. We also discuss what life is like for in-home care giving, just ahead of a local screening of a new documentary.

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Portland Mayor | Cooling Shelter | Talking Business | Earhart Archeologist

OPB | Aug. 1, 2017 noon

We discuss Portland policing, responses to the heat wave, the latest business news, and the northwest connection to the search for Amelia Earhart.

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Klamath Basin Wildlife Refuge | Vineyard Mobile Healthcare | 'Exceptional' Longevity

OPB | July 31, 2017 noon

EarthFix's Jes Burns fills us in on wildlife competing for water and resources in the Klamath basin. Then we learn about an effort to get health care to migrant workers. And an OSU researcher talks "exceptional" longevity.

News | NW Life | Politics | Nation | Energy | Transportation | Think Out Loud

Dennis Richardson | Albina Ministerial Alliance | Water Treatment | Transit Security

OPB | July 27, 2017 noon

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson discusses voter fraud and election reform. We also talk about police oversight, treating Portland's water, and hear from TriMet. 

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Tacoma Detention Center | Election Reform | Transit Security

OPB | July 26, 2017 noon | Portland

We hear about conditions for women in a Tacoma immigration detention facility, a conference on election reform, and why bus riders want fewer armed transit police officers.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

Eclipse Preparedness | Covering Mass Shootings | Nicole Georges

OPB | July 25, 2017 noon

We learn about a recent survey on how mass shootings are covered in the news, hear about how emergency managers are planning for the eclipse, and then sit down with artist and writer Nicole Georges.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

Moda | History Of The Piano | Romeo And Juliet Redux

OPB | July 20, 2017 noon

Local insurer Moda tells us what federal health care repeal efforts mean for business. Also, the history of the piano (plus some music!), and a different origin story for Romeo and Juliet.

Nation | Recreation | News | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Psychologists & Prescriptions | PPS Superintendent

OPB | July 14, 2017 noon

We discuss whether psychologists should be allowed to prescribe drugs, and hear from Portland Public Schools' board chair about their ongoing superintendent search. Also, our news roundtable takes up the week's big headlines.

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Talking Business | Salmon, Dams And Climate Change | Drug Bill | Security Cameras

OPB | July 11, 2017 noon | Portland

A home security camera at a rental property stirs up legal issues. A reporter looks into climate change, dams and salmon. A Oregon bill reduces the penalties for drug possession. Also, we talk regional business news with Suzanne Stevens.

local | News | Think Out Loud

Oil Trains | Minimum Wage | Willamette River Greenways

OPB | June 29, 2017 noon

Oil train oversight continues to elude Oregon legislators. With minimum wage set to increase in Oregon, we consider the impact of Seattle's wage hike. Also, the Willamette River Greenways program turns 50. 

local | News | Think Out Loud

Hanford Cleanup | Social Studies Bill | Finicum Shooting | Opioid Crisis

OPB | June 28, 2017 noon

We hear about what it will take to clean up the Hanford nuclear reservation, new statewide social studies standards, a possible indictment in the 2016 shooting of LaVoy Finicum, and the opioid crisis in Oregon.

Politics | local | News | Think Out Loud

Covering Terrorism Cases | Elder Abuse | Grand Jury Recordings

OPB | June 26, 2017 noon

We hear about disparities in domestic terrorism prosecutions, the latest on Oregon's "elder abuse epidemic," and a bill that would require grand juries proceedings be recorded.

Books | Politics | News | Think Out Loud

Al Franken: 'Giant Of The Senate'

OPB | June 23, 2017 noon

Comedian turned U.S. Senator Al Franken spoke to a packed audience in Portland about his new memoir, "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate."

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | REAL ID | Good In The Hood

OPB | June 22, 2017 noon

Oregon's working on making state IDs compliant with federal regulations. Portland's Good in the Hood Festival continues despite racist threats. Also, our news roundtable discusses the latest headlines.

local | News | Think Out Loud

Talking Business | Kitzhaber Investigation | Slants' Trademark Case | Good Samaritan Bill

OPB | June 20, 2017 noon

We get updates on business news, The Slants' Supreme Court case, the investigation into former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, and a bill to protect people who break into hot cars to save kids and pets.