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Senior Producer, Think Out Loud

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

Literary Arts: The Archive Project

End Of The Oregon Standoff In Harney County

OPB | Feb. 11, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We bring you the latest about the last day of the occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

News | Think Out Loud

Affordable Housing Plans | Defending Pete Santilli | Preserving Yemen's History

OPB | Feb. 10, 2016 noon

We hear about legislative attempts to increase access to affordable housing in Oregon. The ACLU of Oregon explains its defense of one of the people arrested in connection with the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Then we talk to a University of Oregon professor who is trying to preserve Yemen's cultural history as the country descends further into war.

local | News | Think Out Loud

Coal By Wire | Motor Voter | Valhalla

OPB | Feb. 4, 2016 noon

We talk to legislative representatives on both sides of a bill that would eliminate the use of coal energy by Oregon's two biggest utilities by 2035. The Oregon Secretary of State discusses how the implementation of the state’s automatic voter registration law is going. And we speak with the backcountry guide who led a trip down a previously undocumented slot canyon for Oregon Field Guide.

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Klamath Dams | PPS Boundary Changes | 'Cryptomaster Behemoth' | Designing Right 2 Dream Too

OPB | Feb. 3, 2016 noon

Stakeholders have agreed to a tentative plan to remove dams along the Klamath River; OPB reporter Rob Manning brings us an update on the recommendations for Portland Public Schools' changing district boundaries; a new arachnid is discovered in Oregon; and we meet a local architect who is making it his mission to become 'the architect of choice for homeless people.'

News | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable: January 29 | History Of Public Land | Portland Arts Forum | Mailbag

OPB | Jan. 29, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We get analysis of some of the big stories of the week with the news roundtable.We also hear a history of western public lands, and get a rundown of how Portland candidates feel about the arts.

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Harney County Occupiers Speak | Burns Update | Affordable Housing | Portland Audit

OPB | Jan. 28, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We hear from two of the remaining occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife refuge, then turn to a discussion about the role of builders in affordable housing, and then hear about a new Portland audit that says millions in grants are being awarded with little oversight. 

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Latest From Harney County Standoff And Community Reactions

OPB | Jan. 27, 2016 10:06 a.m.

We bring you the latest news out of Harney County, where eight militants who were occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have been arrested and LeVoy Finicum was killed. We also get reaction from the community around Burns.

News | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable Jan. 22, 2016 | Director Todd Haynes

OPB | Jan. 22, 2016 12:06 p.m.

To analyze some of the top stories of the week, we speak with a rotating panel of journalists, editors and other news watchers. And we talk to the director of the new film 'Carol.'

Politics | Arts | Think Out Loud

The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik In Portland

OPB | Jan. 21, 2016 12:06 p.m.

Adam Gopnik and Dave Miller talk about the life of cities, the terrorist attacks in Paris, and the role of critics in our society with a live audience at Literary Arts in Portland.

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Week 3 In Harney County | Rehab | Affordable Housing | 'Moby Dick'

OPB | Jan. 20, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We're talking about: the armed occupation in Harney County, a new drug rehab facility in Sweet Home, a housing developer who donated property for a homeless shelter and the modern day resonance of "Moby Dick."

Environment | Think Out Loud

Parenting & The Law | Talking About Dying | Environmental Update

OPB | Jan. 19, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We talk to a law professor about her idea to create new legal requirements for parents. We hear about a series of conversations put on by Oregon Humanities around death and dying. Then we get an EarthFix update about coal and oil-by-rail.

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News Roundtable: Jan. 15, 2016 | 'Once They Were Hats'

OPB | Jan. 15, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We talk with our rotating panel of news watchers about some of the big stories of the week, and then with the author of "Once They Were Hats," a new natural history of the beaver.

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Police Morale | Evolution | Justice Nakamoto

OPB | Jan. 14, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We talk to Portland's police union president about a new survey that shows very low police morale, a University of Oregon researcher who made a surprising discovery about the history of evolution, and the Oregon Supreme Court's first Asian-Pacific American justice.

Economy | Environment | Land use | Nation | News | local | Land | Politics | An Armed Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Walden Says Harney County Occupation Not Legal, But Echoes Residents' Frustration

OPB | Jan. 13, 2016 2:36 p.m.

Congressman Greg Walden says the armed takeover of federal buildings in Harney County is illegal, but he also says much of the country doesn't understand the legitimate frustration many of his rural constituents feel.

News | Politics | Think Out Loud

Congressman Walden | Local Take On SOTU | Legislative Preview

OPB | Jan. 13, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We get Congressman Greg Walden's take on the armed occupation in Harney County. We hear a local analysis of last night's State of the Union address. And we'll find how the Oregon legislature is preparing for this year's session.

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USFWS On Malheur | SOTU Preview | Guns At PSU | Talking Business

OPB | Jan. 12, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We talk to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge about the occupation there. We hear from a student attending the State of the Union, talk about the appropriate role of guns on campus. And get a regular update on the most important business stories of the region.

Music | World | News | Politics | Think Out Loud

Harney County Update | WA Legislature | Sound Art | Possible English-Only Measure

OPB | Jan. 11, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We get the lawmaker perspective from Harney County, talk to Burke Jam about his sound art, and hear from journalist Brent Walth about his article looking at a possible ballot measure that would declare English as the state's official language.

local | News | Arts | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable Jan. 8, 2016 | Lily Tomlin

OPB | Jan. 8, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We look back at some of the big stories in the week's news; then we talk with Lily Tomlin, who's in Portland next week for a one-woman show at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

local | Nation | News | Politics

What Women Officers Bring To A Police Force

OPB | Jan. 7, 2016 1:27 p.m.

Female police officers make up only about 10 percent of police departments nationwide, which means they're missing out on cops who are really good at defusing violent situations and community policing.

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Malheur History | PERS Update | Growing Up In Polygamy

OPB | Jan. 6, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We look at the history of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, discuss the impact of rising pension costs on schools, and talk to Ruth Wariner about her childhood growing up in a polygamist Mormon community.