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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

News | Books | Think Out Loud

At Wordstock With Rob Spillman, Charles Bock And Sallie Tisdale

OPB | Jan. 16, 2017 noon

We listen to a few conversations with authors we spoke to during the last Literary Arts Wordstock book festival in downtown Portland.

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Winter Weather | Homeless In The Cold | Clowns Without Borders

OPB | Jan. 12, 2017 noon

We check in on the frightful weather in much of the state. We hear about what nonprofits and Multnomah County are doing for people without homes in this weather. And we talk to a clown who travels all over the world.

News | Nation | Think Out Loud

Final Superfund Cleanup Plan | Death Penalty: Investigator | Urban Hawks

OPB | Jan. 10, 2017 noon

The final Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup has been released. Also, we'll continue our death penalty series, and we'll learn about using hawks to get rid of urban crows.

local | News | NW Life | Think Out Loud

Kate Brown Takes Office | Death Penalty: Murder Victim's Mother | Portland's 'Funniest Person'

OPB | Jan. 9, 2017 noon

Kate Brown is inaugurated and delivers an inaugural speech, which doubles as a State of the State address. We talk to Mary Elledge, whose son was murdered 30 years ago. And we finish the hour with comedian Adam Pasi.

News | Think Out Loud

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber: Oregon's Death Penalty Needs Scrutiny

OPB | Jan. 3, 2017 noon

Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber stands by his 2011 moratorium on the state's death penalty but says what he most wants is for Oregonians to begin a civic dialogue around the costs and benefits of capital punishment in the state.

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News Roundtable Jan. 6 | Logging Under Trump Pt. 2 | What Cults Can Teach Us

OPB | Jan. 6, 2017 noon

Our news roundtable takes up some big stories of the week; we talk to a lumber company CEO about how Trump may affect his industry; and then we look at how cults can shed light on fake news and conspiracy theories.

News | Nation | Think Out Loud

TriMet Fare Evaders | Kennewick Man | Logging Under Trump | Russian Doping

OPB | Jan. 5, 2017 noon

A change in the way TriMet fare evaders are prosecuted, an overview of the history of Kennewick man, a guess on what the Trump administration might mean for logging in Oregon and a look at the doping scandal in Russian sports.

local | Books | News | Politics | Think Out Loud

John Kitzhaber On The Death Penalty | Jon Raymond's 'Freebird'

OPB | Jan. 3, 2017 noon

For the next installment in our death penalty series, we talk to former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. We also hear from Portland author and screenwriter Jon Raymond about his new book, "Freebird."

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Clatsop County DA Josh Marquis Says Death Penalty Is For The 'Unredeemable'

OPB | Dec. 14, 2016 noon

Josh Marquis is one of the most outspoken advocates of the death penalty law in Oregon, but he says a death sentence is not appropriate for every capital murder case.

Think Out Loud

Silverton Resident Whose Daughter Was Murdered Says Capital Punishment Can't Bring Closure

OPB | Dec. 19, 2016 midnight

Silverton resident Aba Gayle's daughter Catherine was murdered in 1980, and she shares how she forgave the killer 12 years after the murder and how her life was forever changed.

Environment | local | News | Election | NW Life | Arts | History | Think Out Loud

Producers' Choice: The Best 'Think Out Loud' Conversations Of 2016

OPB | Dec. 28, 2016 noon | Portland

As 2016 comes to a close, the staff of OPB's "Think Out Loud" look back on some of their favorite conversations from the past year.

News | Communities | Business | Politics | Nation | Economy | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Charlie Hales Exit Interview

OPB | Dec. 23, 2016 noon

Our news roundtable takes up some of the biggest news of the week, and Portland mayor Charlie Hales joins us for his last interview in that job.

local | News | Election | Politics | Think Out Loud

Outgoing Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy Reflects On Her 3 Terms In Office

OPB | Dec. 12, 2016 noon

Three-term mayor Kitty Piercy says she leaves office with no regrets.

Think Out Loud

Race In The Northwest | Jordan Refugee Camp | Oregon's Non-unanimous Juries

OPB | Dec. 21, 2016 noon

We explore OPB's series on racial identity, talk with a former lawmaker about his first-hand experience visiting a refugee camp in Jordan, and hear a number of perspectives on the wisdom of allowing non-unanimous jury verdicts.

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Election Bet | Death Penalty: Aba Gayle | Jimmy Mak's Closing

OPB | Dec. 19, 2016 noon

We hear about crossing political boundaries through Twitter, speak to a Silverton resident who opposes the death penalty and discuss the last days of Portland jazz club Jimmy Mak's.

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Coyotes | Death Penalty: DA Josh Marquis | Fake News Bots

OPB | Dec. 14, 2016 noon

How are urban coyotes different from rural coyotes? Also, how do automated computer programs distort online news? And we continue our death penalty series.

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Music And War | A History Of Capital Punishment In Oregon | Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy

OPB | Dec. 12, 2016 noon

Live from KLCC in Eugene. We learn about the listening habits of American troops, dig in to the history of the death penalty in Oregon, and talk to three-term Eugene mayor Kitty Piercy about her long public service career.   

News | Entertainment | Education | Nation | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Climate Lawsuit | Genomics

OPB | Dec. 9, 2016 noon

Our news roundtable takes up some of the big stories of the week. We take up another view of a federal climate change lawsuit. And we learn what we don't know after 25 years of genome sequencing.

News | Communities | Nation | Think Out Loud

Populism v Nationalism | ABLE Savings Accounts | Death Penalty Series

OPB | Dec. 6, 2016 noon

We'll get a definition of a term that we've heard a lot lately: populism. We'll also hear about new savings accounts for people with disabilities. And we begin a series of interviews about the state's death penalty with a District Attorney who says it's his duty to push for a death sentence, even though he personally disagrees with it.

News | Think Out Loud

Junction City Hospital | Climate Change Lawsuit | Bilingual Education

OPB | Dec. 5, 2016 noon

We learn about bilingual education, the possible fate of the Junction City psychiatric facility and a climate-change lawsuit brought against the Obama administration.