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Dave Blanchard


Dave Blanchard is a producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting's daily talk show, Think Out Loud.

He came to OPB by way of Seattle's NPR affiliate station KUOW, where he worked for a number of shows including Weekday, The Conversation and Speakers' Forum.

Dave graduated from Whitman College in Walla, Walla with a degree in philosophy in 2009.

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Recent Articles

News | Think Out Loud

Brexit | News Roundtable | Native American Law

OPB | June 24, 2016 noon

Our panel of news watchers discuss some of the biggest stories of the week. Also, the president of the National Native American Law Students Association is a UO student.

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Mosier Derailment Update | Self Driving Car Ethics | All Day Kindergarten | Wash. Gun Measure

OPB | June 23, 2016 noon

This morning, the Federal Railroad Administration released a report saying that Union Pacific failed to maintain the track at Mosier. We'll also learn about the ethics of self driving cars, a possible ballot initiative in Washington state that would allow guns to be taken from people who might prove to be violent. Also, we'll hear about how the first year of all-day kindergarten affected some kids and teachers in the state.

local | News | 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.

Health | local | News | Think Out Loud

PPS Superintendent Didn't Ask For Results Of Lead Tests

OPB | June 10, 2016 noon

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith says even though she knew lead testing was taking place at a Portland school, she never asked to see the results of those tests.  

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PPS Superintendent Carole Smith | News Roundtable: June 10 | Aquatic Squatters Update | Mailbag

OPB | June 10, 2016 noon

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith tells us what she’s doing in the wake of lead being found in multiple Portland schools. We dig into some of the biggest stories of the week with our news roundtable. And we get an update on people living in boats on the Willamette River without permits.

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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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'Shrill' Author Lindy West | UO President Michael Schill

OPB | June 7, 2016 noon

We talk to writer Lindy West about her new memoir called "Shrill," and University of Oregon president Michael Schill fills us in on his first year on the job.

News | Think Out Loud

Lead In Schools | The Disappearing West | Marijuana Ice Cream | Comic Amy Miller

OPB | June 2, 2016 noon

We talk with a Portland Public Schools board member about lead and radon and get insights on disappearing land in the American west. We'll also hear about marijuana-infused ice cream and talk to Amy Miller, named Portland's funniest person in 2015.

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REBROADCAST: Vanport

OPB | May 26, 2016 noon

Nearly 70 years ago Vanport was destroyed in a flood. We listen back to a show we recorded in 2013, on the 65th anniversary of the flood.

Music

Review: Andrew Bird at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

opbmusic | May 23, 2016 12:06 p.m.

The violinist, whistler and songwriter puts his considerable talents on display at the Schnitz.

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Primary Election Results | Astrobiologist

OPB | May 18, 2016 noon

We dig into the results of Tuesday's primary election. Then, we hear from NASA astrobiologist Kevin Hand.

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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.

local | News | Think Out Loud

Transgender Protections | Democratic Secretary Of State Candidates

OPB | May 11, 2016 noon

We talk to a transgender high school student about new guidelines from the Oregon Department of Education and we hear from the three candidates who are running for Secretary of State in the Democratic primary.

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Trump Support In Southern Oregon | GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Face Off

OPB | May 10, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We talk with LA Times reporter Nigel Duara who visited Donald Trump supporters in Cave Junction. Allen Alley and Bud Pierce join us to put their best argument forward as to why they should get the Republican nomination.

When It Comes To Saving The Environment, Liberals And Conservatives Speak Different Languages

OPB | May 5, 2016 6:15 p.m.

A new study looks into the different ways that liberals and conservatives respond to messages about the environment.  

News | Think Out Loud

Funding US Schools | Kicking Oil To The Curb | Bundy Trial

OPB | May 5, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We find out about the deep dive NPR and member stations did into how public schools are funded across the country. Then turn to the University of Oregon debate over investing in fossil fuel companies, and get an update on the trial against the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

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Conservative Conservationism | National Vote By Mail | Drive-In Movies

OPB | May 4, 2016 noon

A new study looks into the ways environmental messaging should change if it is going to appeal to conservatives. We hear from Oregon's senior Sen. Ron Wyden about his proposal to expand Oregon’s vote-by-mail system nationwide. The 99W Drive-In Theatre in Newberg is hoping to get your vote for best drive-in movie theater in the country.

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On The Road: Highway 26 — Sandy To Mount Hood

OPB | April 26, 2016 noon

We take a drive along Highway 26 from Sandy to Mt. Hood Meadows, talking to various people along the way. We interviewed mountain bikers, restaurant owners, a ski tuner, a fly fisherman — and a group of kids who threw snowballs at us.

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Author Mohsin Hamid's Globalist Perspective

OPB | April 28, 2016 noon

Mohsin Hamid has lived in Pakistan, the U.S. and Britain. His fiction and nonfiction explores the contradictions and complexities of globalization.

NW Life | local | News | Think Out Loud

On The Road: Oregon's Highway 26

OPB | April 21, 2016 3:35 p.m.

Highway 26 is a route for adventurers. It’s the path that Portland-area hikers, bikers, skiers and snowboarders take to get their fix of the outdoors.