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Producer, Think Out Loud

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

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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.


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.

News | local | 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.

News | local | NW Life | 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.

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GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Bud Pierce | Author Shawn Vestal

OPB | April 20, 2016 noon

We talk to Bud Pierce, a Salem oncologist who was the first to jump into the GOP primary race for Oregon governor. And we talk to Shawn Vestal about his debut novel, "Daredevils."

News | Think Out Loud

Seismic Upgrades At School | UO Report On Sexual Violence | Jewish-Muslim Dialogue

OPB | April 19, 2016 noon

We find out about state money for seismic upgrades at public schools. Then we explore a new report on sexual violence and blackout drinking at fraternities and sororities at the University of Oregon. And the University of Oregon’s Jewish community is hosting an open campus conversation with Muslim students.

News | Politics | Music | Think Out Loud

Rent Control | Rural Organizing Project Threats | Soul'd Out | Regional Roundup

OPB | April 13, 2016 noon

We ask whether rent control would actually help keep rents down. We learn about the recent threats and intimidation against a group facilitating conversations about race in rural areas of Oregon. We continue our Regional Roundup series, checking in with the Central Oregonian in Prineville. And we learn about the best bets for this week’s Soul’d Out music festival in Portland.

News | local | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable April 1, 2016 | Wolf Kills | OSU Beavers at Final Four | Accounting Memoir

OPB | April 1, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We talk with our news roundtable about some of the biggest stories in the week's news. Then we we take up the state wildlife agency's decision to kill four wolves, the OSU Beavers women's basketball team making it to the final four, and the wild tale of a "bad boy" accountant.

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Trump's Twitter Activity | Poet Laureate Elizabeth Woody | Living With Microcephaly

OPB | March 31, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We talk to an analyst who took up Donald Trump's Twitter activity to see what it revealed. Oregon poet Elizabeth Woody joins us. And we hear from the mother of a child with microcephaly.

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Emergency Alert | WA Legislature Ends Session | Neglected Fishing Villages | Women In The Military

OPB | March 30, 2016 noon

We learn about a new safety alert system in Portland. OPB’s Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins fills us in on the eventful last few weeks of the Washington legislative session. We hear about tribal fishing villages along the Columbia that the federal government has neglected. And we listen back to a conversation with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon about a group of female combat troops who saw combat long before the military opened such roles to women formally.

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Regional Roundup | Animal Lives | Corporate Sustainability

OPB | March 28, 2016 noon

In our second installment of Regional Roundup, we'll check in with the East Oregonian, to hear what's afoot in Pendleton. Then we talk to an Ashland-based about how we know or don’t know what animals are feeling. And we’ll hear about how some corporations are trying to fight climate change by collaborating with each other — and why that might put them in legally dubious territory. 

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News Roundtable March 24 2016 | Jackson County Pot Rules | Saffron Colonial

OPB | March 24, 2016 noon

We go over some of the biggest stories of the week with our News Roundtable. We'll look at differing interpretations of a state law that may limit pot grows in Jackson County. And we dive into the debate around a new restaurant on N. Williams called ‘Saffron Colonial.