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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

Environment | Science | Education | Teachers | Think Out Loud

Outdoor School At Camp Tadmor: Educators, Volunteers And Kids On Why They Keep Coming Back

OPB | May 30, 2016 noon

To the teachers and kids at Harrison Elementary in Cottage Grove taking a four-day outdoor school each spring means a year of fundraising, preparation and excited expectation. We went to Camp Tadmor in Lebanon and asked why they keep coming back every year.

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News Roundtable | Vietnam Veterans' Stories

OPB | May 27, 2016 noon

Our news roundtable guests dig into some of the biggest stories of the week. And we hear about one veteran's work to bring other Vietnam veterans' stories to light.

News | NW Life | Think Out Loud

Portland Development Commission Director | Science Writer Steven Johnson | Ground Squirrel Hunting

OPB | May 25, 2016 noon

The retiring head of the Portland Development Commission joins us. Also, science writer Steven Johnson tells us where new ideas come from. And we learn about the springtime sport of ground squirrel hunting.

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Forty-Eight Hour Rule | Death Penalty In Oregon | Bonsai

OPB | May 24, 2016 noon

We discuss Portland Police Bureau's requirement that officers must be given at least 48 hours notice before being interviewed for an internal investigation into an incident that could lead to disciplinary action. Then we get an update on the status of the death penalty in Oregon, and later we travel to the Portland Japanese Garden's new bonsai exhibit.

News | Election | Politics | Election 2016

Why The Presidential Primary Poll Was Off

OPB | May 18, 2016 1:05 p.m.

Last week, a poll commissioned by OPB and Fox 12 suggested very different results in the Oregon presidential primary than what actually happened. What went wrong?

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African American Exodus | Portland Web Comedy | Talking Business

OPB | May 17, 2016 noon

According to a new article, Portland lost 11% of its African American population over a recent four-year period. We discuss why that might be. We also talk with the Portland creators of “The Benefits of Gusbandry,” a web series that’s been gaining notoriety. And we catch up on the latest regional business news.

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The Occupation Effect | Endorsement Roundtable | Voter Vox

OPB | May 16, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We check in on how Harney County elections are being affected by the armed occupation there earlier this year. Then we talk with regional newspaper editors who defend their endorsements in Oregon’s May 17 primary election.  We round out the hour by hearing directly from voters about who they're voting for.

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News Roundtable: May 13 | Republican Secretary Of State Candidates | Remembering Katherine Dunn

OPB | May 13, 2016 noon

Sarah Mirk and Rob Kremer are on the news roundtable talking about some of the biggest stories of the week. We talk with the two candidates for the Republican nomination for Secretary of State. And we remember author Katherine Dunn, who died this week.

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Trump Support In Southern Oregon | GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Face Off

OPB | May 10, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We talk with LA Times reporter Nigel Duara who visited Donald Trump supporters in Cave Junction. Allen Alley and Bud Pierce join us to put their best argument forward as to why they should get the Republican nomination.

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Feminism Commodified | Tiny Desk's Bob Boilen

OPB | May 9, 2016 noon

We talk about the commodification of feminism, and the power of music.

News | Think Out Loud

Funding US Schools | Kicking Oil To The Curb | Bundy Trial

OPB | May 5, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We find out about the deep dive NPR and member stations did into how public schools are funded across the country. Then turn to the University of Oregon debate over investing in fossil fuel companies, and get an update on the trial against the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

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Gun Culture | American Isolationism

OPB | May 3, 2016 noon

Two conversations about the history of gun culture, and about isolationist foreign policy in this country.

News | Think Out Loud

Gas Tax Debate | Native American History

OPB | May 2, 2016 noon

We'll debate the pros and cons of a ballot measure that would hike the gas tax in Portland. And we'll talk to two Native American artists who have brought their artistic exploration of genocide to Clark County.

News | Politics | Think Out Loud

Political Cartoonist Jack Ohman On Why It's No Fun To Draw Donald Trump

OPB | April 26, 2016 noon

Pulitzer Prize–winning political cartoonist Jack Ohman sits down with Think Out Loud host Dave Miller.

News | local | Election | Politics | Think Out Loud

GOP Candidates For Oregon Governor Think 2016 Could Be Their Year

OPB | April 27, 2016 6:45 a.m.

Oregon voters haven't elected a Republican as governor for 34 years. Allen Alley and Bud Pierce believe this is the year that will change.

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Jack Roberts Is Fired | Tiny Houses For Homeless | Sex Trafficking Prevention | Restaurant Tipping

OPB | April 27, 2016 noon

We talk to Oregon Lottery director Jack Roberts about his sudden termination. Then the author of a guide for cities wanting to build tiny house communities joins us, and we talk to a formerly trafficked sex worker about what she’s now doing to help other girls and women get out of the industry.

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Pulitzer Prize Winner Jack Ohman | Sendak's 'Magic Flute' | Talking Business

OPB | April 25, 2016 noon

Former Oregonian Jack Ohman talks about the 2016 election cycle, the Portland Opera stages a production designed by Maurice Sendak, and we get an update on some of the big stories in Portland business news.

Can You Vote In The Oregon Primary? And Other FAQs

OPB | April 22, 2016 noon

You may have some questions about voting in Oregon's primary. We have some answers!

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Oregon GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Bud Pierce Makes Case For Outsider In Salem

OPB | April 20, 2016 3:13 p.m.

Salem oncologist Bud Pierce was the first to enter the GOP race for governor last September.

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GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Bud Pierce | Author Shawn Vestal

OPB | April 20, 2016 noon

We talk to Bud Pierce, a Salem oncologist who was the first to jump into the GOP primary race for Oregon governor. And we talk to Shawn Vestal about his debut novel, "Daredevils."