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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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Geri Richmond | Responding To White Nationalism | Kids Radio

This hour: a new toolkit to help educators respond to white nationalist recruitment; a new radio station aimed at children, and Linus Pauling Legacy Award winning UO professor Geri Richmond.

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Nuclear Energy History | Native Youth Mentorship | FBI Recruiting

We talk about the history of nuclear power in the Northwest. A program helps incarcerated Native youth find mentorship. And we hear about efforts to increase diversity in FBI recruiting.

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News Roundtable | Mental Health Crisis | Wyden On Taxes

If you had a family member in mental health crisis, would you call 911? Oregon Senator Ron Wyden talks about a tax bill. And we discuss some of the biggest news of the week.

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How A Prevention Approach Could Work In Oregon Child Welfare

We ask the head of Oregon's Department of Health Services and its director of Child Welfare if a different approach to child welfare could work in this state. 

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Suicide Prevention In Native Communities | News Inside Prison | Responding To Racism

Native communities try something different to prevent suicides. A new publication is aimed at informing young people in prison. And a nonprofit responds to racism in Lake Oswego.

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NCAA Tournament | Nuclear Energy | REBROADCAST: 'Shrill'

Three Oregon college basketball teams have made it to the NCAA Sweet 16. Also, where does nuclear energy fit into the country's energy plans? And we'll listen back to an interview with Lindy West, whose book "Shrill" has just been turned into a show on Hulu.

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Independent Contractors | Taylor's Law

A bill would increase penalties for those convicted of selling a controlled substance which results in the death of the person who uses it. And another bill would change the definition of "independent contractor."

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How The Youth Villages Model Could Inform Oregon Foster Care

We explore Tennessee's approach to child welfare, its Youth Villages model, and how they can inform Oregon's foster care system, which continues struggle to provide for the most vulnerable children.

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'OPB Politics Now:' Oregon’s Troubled Foster Care System

In this episode of "OPB Politics Now," we take a closer look at what’s plaguing the state’s child welfare system.

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News Roundtable | Death With Dignity Expansion

A bill would expand the people who can access Oregon's Death With Dignity law. And we get opinions and analysis on some of the week's big news.

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

Talking Business | Hazel Hall | Plastic Bag Ban

We discuss business news, the late poet Hazel Hall and a proposed statewide ban of single-use plastic bags. 

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News Roundtable | Supporting Foster Care Youth

Opinions and analysis on the news of the week. And a look at a program that helps foster care youth become successful, independent adults.

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Mayor Ted Wheeler | Doctors Who Perform Abortions

A check-in with Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. And a new documentary about the lives of doctors who provide abortions.

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Elkton | Editing Wikipedia | Pay Equity | Umatilla After School

Residents of Elkton, Oregon, are likely to be without power for nearly a month. PNCA hosts an event to get more female artists into Wikipedia. A new pay equity law is in place, but what does it mean for businesses? And high schoolers teach an after-school program in Umatilla. 

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East County Economics | Washington Schools Deficit | Oregon Youth Villages

Eastern Multnomah County faces unique economic challenges. Washington school districts are struggling to cut from their budgets. And we talk with the head of Youth Villages in Oregon about different approaches to child welfare. 

Economy | local | Arts | Animals | Think Out Loud

Wolf Deterrence | Economic Challenges At Private Colleges

We hear from a cattle rancher using inflatable, flailing tube men as a wolf deterrent. And ask why private, liberal arts colleges are facing such daunting economic challenges. 

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Japanese Newspaper | Zebrafish | Elder Care Audit

A newspaper from Oregon's Japanese community is being translated into English. A University of Oregon biologist who championed the scientific use of zebrafish gets an award. And a new audit shows progress in home care for elderly Oregonians.

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Talking Business | Black Studies | Youth Villages

A nonprofit in Tennessee has had success keeping kids in their homes and out of foster care with support. We learn more about that model. Also, we get the latest business news and hear about 50 years of Portland State University's black studies department.

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Learning From Norway | Craft Brewing Business

Oregon corrections officials recently traveled to Norway to see what they can learn about how criminal justice works there. And Oregon's oldest craft brewery recently shut down – what does it signal for the local industry?

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Non-Religious Protections | Concussions | Un-Affiliated Primaries

Portland commissioners consider adding protections for non-religious people. An investigative series looks at Oregon schools' responses to head injuries. And a legislative proposal would open the primaries to unaffiliated voters.