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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

local | News | 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."

Politics | News | Environment | 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 | NW Life | local | 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.

Think Out Loud

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.

Health | News | 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.

local | News | 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 | local | News | 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.

Nation | News | 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.

local | News | 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.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

Migrant College Program | Bridging The Budget Gap | Sandy Hook Parents

OPB | April 11, 2017 noon

Alissa and Robbie Parker, whose daughter Emilie was killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, share their story. Also, a college program for migrant farm workers in Eastern Oregon, and a new report suggesting ways to bridge the state's budget gap.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

Life In A Town For Sale | Education Goals In The Oregon Legislature | Prison Lockdown | Oregon Dept. Of Energy

OPB | April 10, 2017 noon

A small town in Southern Oregon is for sale. What are the legislature's statewide education goals? How does the Oregon Dept. of Corrections handle riots? An overhaul of the state Department of Energy is being proposed.

Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | State Employee Healthcare Costs | OPB's Eric Cain

OPB | April 7, 2017 noon

Lawmakers are looking at government employee health care as a way of cutting costs. Eric Cain joins us to discuss his 30-year career with OPB. And we discuss other big news of the week.

Think Out Loud

Housing Recovery | Cities And Self-Driving Cars | Paige McKenzie Sunshine Girl

OPB | April 5, 2017 noon

New homes are getting built, but is it enough? What will our cities look like when self-driving cars really become a reality? And the young Oregonian behind the Sunshine Girl YouTube phenomenon joins us to talk about her latest book.

NW Life | local | News | Think Out Loud

A Man, A Plan, A Palindrome: Oregonian Mark Saltveit

OPB | March 22, 2017 12:45 p.m. | Portland

Oregonian Mark Saltveit is defending  his title as the reigning world champion palindromist this weekend.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

Portland Youth Tackle Political Polarization With National Dialogue Project

OPB | March 23, 2017 noon

Students from Catlin Gabel, Wilson and De La Salle North high schools in Portland launched a youth dialogue project designed to get young people from all over the country to talk — and listen — to each other.

Think Out Loud

Oil Train Bills | Legal Sudafed Again? | Death With Dignity

OPB | March 20, 2017 noon | Portland

Should Sudafed be available without a prescription again? What can states do to limit oil spills from trains? Also, we talk to Matt Witt about his parents' end of life experiences, Oregon's Death With Dignity law, and Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | On The Ragged Edge Of Medicine

OPB | March 17, 2017 noon

Our news roundtable guests discuss the biggest news of the week, and we talk to Portland doctor Patricia Kullberg about her new memoir.