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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 | local | Think Out Loud

RNC Wrap Up | News Roundtable | Portland Biennial

OPB | July 22, 2016 noon

Our team in Cleveland wrap up the RNC and our news roundtable discusses some of the biggest stories of the week. Then we hear about the 2016 Portland Biennial art show.

News | local | Politics | Think Out Loud

Ginsberg Remarks | Community Policing In Portland | Deschutes River Dam

OPB | July 14, 2016 noon

A Supreme Court expert explains Justice Ginsberg's controversial comments. Then we turn to community policing in Portland, and learn about the significance of a first-of-its kind mixing tower on the Deschutes river.

News | local | Politics | Think Out Loud

African-Americans & Health Care | Raising A Black Son | DNC Preview

OPB | July 12, 2016 noon

We get a preview of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and we learn about a Harvard study exploring African-Americans' relationships with their health care providers. We also talk to a local African American mother about the anxiety of raising a black son.

News | local | NW Life | Think Out Loud

Keeping Young People In Klamath Falls | Women Firefighters | Foster Care Shortage

OPB | July 7, 2016 noon

A group of young Klamath Falls residents want to make their community more attractive to their generation. Then we discuss the challenges that face women firefighters. Last, we'll take up the shortages in Oregon's foster care system.

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Olympic Trials In TrackTown USA | Mayor Kitty Piercy | Portland Police Oversight

OPB | July 5, 2016 noon

We're broadcasting live from KLCC in Eugene and welcoming TrackTown USA president Vin Lananna and longtime Eugene mayor Kitty Piercy. We also sit down with Kathleen Saadat, who just retired as the chair of the Portland police oversight board.

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REBROADCAST: WWII Vet James Yamazaki

OPB | July 4, 2016 noon

On this Fourth of July, we listen back to an interview with WWII vet James Yamazaki.

News | NW Life | Think Out Loud

Firefighters Under Fire | Your Brain On Music | Harney County Election | Immigration Lawsuit

OPB | June 29, 2016 noon

Harney County Judge Steve Grasty survived a recall election, a class action lawsuit on behalf of unaccompanied immigrant minors moves forward, firefighters in Southern Oregon are under attack for enforcing laws, and OHSU neuroscientist explains the connections between the brain and music.

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An Affordable Electric Car | More Gun Control In Oregon? | Darcelle XV

OPB | June 20, 2016 noon

We'll talk to the man who wants to bring a new, cheaper electric vehicle. Two Oregon lawmakers join us to discuss possible legislative action in response to the massacre in Orlando and other mass shootings. And we end the hour with a conversation with the oldest living performing drag queen in the country. 

News | Politics | local | NW Life | Think Out Loud

After Orlando Shooting, Christian Activist Urges Religious Compassion

OPB | June 14, 2016 12:25 p.m.

The activist and author of "God and the Gay Christian" spoke to Think Out Loud host Dave Miller ahead of his Portland event promoting an inclusive Christian view of sexual minorities.

News | local | Environment | Think Out Loud

Willamette River Cleanup Plan | On The Road: US Route 395

OPB | June 15, 2016 noon | Portland

We learn about the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft clean-up plan for the Willamette River Superfund site. And we take you on a radio road trip down route 395 from Pendleton to John Day.

News | local | Think Out Loud

Denser Portland? | Gay Christians | Native Language Teacher

OPB | June 14, 2016 noon

In the wake of the Orlando shooting, we talk to a gay Christian reform activist about religion and sexuality. We also learn about new plans that might allow for denser residential development in close-in Portland. And we hear from one of the last speakers of the native language Ichishkiin.

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Oil Trains In Washington | Earthquakes In Indian Country | Imaginary Friends | Soviet Diaspora: Family

OPB | June 9, 2016 noon

We explore oil train traffic on the Washington side of the gorge, how Native American tribes are preparing for a Cascadia earthquake, the psychology of imaginary friends, and how post-Soviet immigrant families navigate generational and cultural divides.

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Mosier Oil Derailment Update | Oregon's Soviet Diaspora

OPB | June 6, 2016 noon

The mayor of Mosier fills us in on recovery efforts there, and we learn more about oil train safety issues. Also, we launch a new series of interviews about Oregon's Soviet diaspora.

News | Health | Nation | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Lead Paint At Portland School | 'The Jungle'

OPB | June 3, 2016 noon

Our news roundtable kicks around some of the big stories of the week. A former Alameda parent says Portland Public Schools was slow to respond to lead paint contamination at her son's school. We talk to a Seattle reporter about an enormous homeless camp there.

Education | Teachers | Environment | Science | 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 | Politics | Election | 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.