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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

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Portland Housing Project | Holocaust Survivor

To address Portland's growing population the city plans to allow more duplexes and triplexes in close-in neighborhoods. Also, we hear from author and Holocaust survivor Ruth Lindemann.

Music | local | Arts | Think Out Loud

Feel The Music (And See It) At The Northwest Deaf Arts Festival

The first Northwest Deaf Arts Festival will highlight inclusion with the help of deaf musician Myles de Bastion. He has incorporated visual and tactile ways to experience music into the event. 

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Water Toxin Update | Paraplegic Mountaineer | Deaf Arts Film Festival

We talk to the first paraplegic woman to summit Mount Hood. And a Portland deaf musician has organized the Northwest's first Deaf Arts Festival. 

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McCleary Case | Father's Day Bailouts | Student Magazine

We sit down with political reporter Austin Jenkins to discuss the new ruling of the McCleary case. Also, a woman raises money to bailout fathers from jail, and students publish an outdoor magazine. 

Parents | News | local | Think Out Loud

Two Takes On Foster Care Politics And Policy

Adoptive parent Ben West criticizes Oregon's child welfare system and shares what's driving Oregon Foster Families First. And state Senator Sara Gelser gives her take on changes to the system.

News | Think Out Loud

Toxic Algae | Tribal Museum | Daycare Closing | Madras Graduation Rates

This hour we take up: algae blooms, an exhibition of artifacts at the Grand Ronde reservation, a childcare facility closed after abuse allegations and rising high school graduation rates in Madras. 

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Newspaper Closures | Racism And Public Health | Library Naloxone

Research shows newspaper closures result in higher government spending. We look at the intersection of race, poverty and public health. And, libraries will begin to carry Naloxone.

Communities | Sports | local | Think Out Loud

Colorado Baker | Portland Pickles | Public Records | Implicit Bias

We talk with law professor Jim Oleske; the Portland Pickles' co-owner; the new state public records advocate; and a deputy chief at the Portland Police Bureau involved in implicit bias training.

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Gorge Recovery | Wave Energy | Foster Care

How is business in the Columbia River Gorge after last summer's fire? Also, we check in on plans for a wave energy testing site off the Oregon coast. And we talk about reforming child welfare with an advocacy group and a lawmaker.

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Plovers | Ransomware | Dire Wolves | First Amendment

A woman in Southern Oregon is trying to breed dogs that look like dire wolves. The Roseburg School District paid a ransom to hackers. And Snowy Plovers were seen at Fort Stevens for the first time in 30 years. 

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Vanport's Native Americans | Surgical Mesh | North Bend HS

We learn about Vanport's native population, listen to two perspectives on surgical mesh, and hear about a recent case of discrimination at North Bend High School.

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Michael Pollan On 'How To Change Your Mind' With Psychedelics

Best-selling author Michael Pollan has written a psychedelic history. And that's no metaphor. He details the scientific research into psychedelics prior to the 1970s and what's driving the modern revival of interest.

local | Environment | News | Think Out Loud

3 Things You Should Never Put Out For Curbside Recycling

Five months after China stopped accepting contaminated recycling, regulators and the industry are hard at work trying to clean up the stream and find markets for whatever clean material they can. 

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Politics | Recyling | Diversity Outdoors

Will the threat of fines stop people from throwing trash into the recycling? Also, a retiring ranger pushes to get more kids of color outdoors. And we preview the upcoming legislative special session.

News | local | Think Out Loud

Improving Legal Representation And Outcomes For Oregon Foster Kids

We learn about the lax rules for lawyers who represent foster kids, and the pilot program that seems to be making a difference.

News | local | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Lawyers Who Represent Foster Kids

News watchers weigh in on some of the week's big stories. And we learn about the lax rules for lawyers who represent foster kids, and the pilot program that seems to be making a difference.

History | Communities | News | local | NW Life | Think Out Loud

10 Years Covering Guns & Gun Violence On 'Think Out Loud'

As part of marking our first 10 years on the air in 2018, we're listening back to excerpts from conversations we've had over the last decade about guns and gun violence.

Sports | News | local | Think Out Loud

What Would You Name Portland's Hypothetical MLB Team?

Listeners suggest all kinds of names for a Portland Major League Baseball team.

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News Roundtable | Washington County DA Race

We discuss some of this week's headlines with our news roundtable. And, the two candidates for district attorney of Washington County join us. 

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Multnomah County Commission Race | School Discipline Survey | Horse Breeder

We hear about each of the candidates for Multnomah County Commissioner, District 2. Also, Cleveland High School students found their black and Latino classmates were more likely to be stopped in the halls. And, an Oregon horse breeder hopes to create future Kentucky Derby winners.