Allison  Frost
Allison  Frost

Allison Frost

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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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Firefighters with Portland Fire and Rescue demonstrate how they would apply fire retardant foam to contain and extinguish an oil train fire.

Fire bureaus trying to mitigate occupational hazards for firefighters

The Portland Fire and Rescue Bureau honored one of its firefighters last week. Lt. Jerry Richardson died of lung cancer after retiring from the bureau where he served 22 years. Firefighters are often exposed to toxic chemicals from smoke, which drives up their cancer risk.


How youth are coping with anxiety and stress

The COVID-19 pandemic is having dramatic impacts on the well-being of our youth in many ways. School districts are struggling to maintain safe learning environments for their students, staff and teachers. For many young people, the most significant impacts are on their mental health. And even if we’ve turned some corners in the pandemic, the emotional effects linger. We held a live Zoom conversation recently, where we heard directly from students, from mental health professionals, and from participants in a youth support circle.


Scientists say: eat more green crabs

Invasive green crab populations have been growing steadily on the Oregon coast. Green crabs are threatening Dungeness crabs, other sea life and impacting coastal habitats all along the west coast. Scientists say is people want to help, they should eat the invasive crabs!



A man sitting alone at a table looks out a window.

Call to Mind Live: How youth are coping with anxiety and stress

As educators struggle to maintain safe learning environments, many of the emotional effects of the pandemic are still ongoing. For some, the stress of uncertainty is compounded by the return to in-person learning and the weight of academic expectations. Add in the larger concerns about climate change and the politically divisive atmosphere, and you get what could be called an anxious generation.



People who've been through foster care systems, like the Oregon Department of Human Services, are more likely to suffer from chronic health conditions later in life, according to a new study.

Series of articles highlights successful foster care solutions

Children and youth in foster care suffer from a variety of different trauma, aside from being taken out of their families of origin. One factor that contributes to mental health issues and negative outcomes is how many placements they have while in the system. Freelance journalist Libby Dowsett wrote a series of articles for "Street Roots" focused on successful responses.



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