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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

NW Life | local | Politics | Entertainment | Environment | News | 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. 

Animals | Arts | Economy | local | 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.

local | News | Think Out Loud

Black Classical Composers | Commission Form of Government

A Portland quartet performs the work of black classical composers. And the City Club of Portland says the city should change its commission form of government. 

local | News | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Arts Funding | Mental Health & Law Enforcement

Arts funding in Portland is about to look really different. Marion County is trying to keep people with mental health problems out of jail. And we talk about some of the biggest regional stories of the week.

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Foster Kids | Harbor Of Hope | Umatilla Graduation | Jail Blazers

More foster care kids are being sent out of state. The Portland Mayor talks up a new homeless shelter. Graduation rates in Umatilla have improved. What made the Jail Blazers unique?

Science | Books | News | Think Out Loud

REBROADCAST: Michael Pollan On Psychedelics

Best-selling author Michael Pollan has written a psychedelic history. He details the scientific research into psychedelics prior to the 1970s and what's driving the modern revival of interest.

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Jordan Cove | Doctor In Alaska

A proposed natural gas export pipeline project has applied for a permit from the Department of State Lands. And a retired Bend doctor tells us about his time as the sole medical provider in rural Alaska.

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Vaccine Regionalism | Psilocybin Therapy

What does the measles outbreak in Washington mean for Oregon? And why are there so many unvaccinated people in the Pacific Northwest? Also, we learn about an effort to legalize the therapeutic use of psilocybin.

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Sexism In Consumer Electronics | Neighborhood Split | 'Teenage Dick'

A Bend startup alleges sexism at the Consumer Electronics Show. One Portland neighborhood has two competing neighborhood groups. A play re-imagines Shakespeare's "Richard III" in High School.

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Salem Homeless | Indigenous Languages | Chronically Ill In College

Salem has banned the distribution of food under the Marion Street Bridge. A linguistics lab at the University of Oregon works to revitalize indigenous languages. And a student writes about her chronic illness experience.

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State of the State | Artist Residency Program | WA Opioid Approach | Daylight Saving

A residency program focuses on artists with disabilities. A new podcast explores a Washington county's approach to the opioid epidemic. Governor Brown gives her State of the State address today. And California voters approved keeping the state on Daylight Saving time year round.

News | Think Out Loud

Oregon Education Audit | News Roundtable | Kid Governors

An Oregon education audit reveals big problems. The incoming and outgoing kid governors tell us about their agendas. Also, we get opinions and analysis on some of the biggest stories of the week.