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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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On The Road: From La Grande To Imnaha On Route 82

OPB | Oct. 25, 2016 noon

Oregon Route 82 arcs from La Grande to Joseph, around the north side of the Wallowa Mountains. We took a road trip along the highway and talked to ranchers, small business owners, life-long residents and visitors.

News | Think Out Loud

Office of Emergency Management | Infrastructure Resiliency | Psychology of Earthquake Preparedness

OPB | Oct. 20, 2016 noon

Why don't we prepare for earthquakes, even though we know they are coming? And just what might happen along the Oregon coast when the massive earthquake and tsunami hit?

local | NW Life | News | Think Out Loud

$500M For UO | Wildfires And Climate Change | American Dream: Naturalized Citizen | Measure 97

OPB | Oct. 18, 2016 noon

Phil and Penny Knight donate $500 million to the University of Oregon. Climate change is directly tied to wildfires in the West. A naturalized citizen tells us about the American Dream. And we dive deep into Measure 97.

local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

'This Land Is Our Land': The Heart Of The Issue — Public Lands

OPB | Oct. 14, 2016 8:30 p.m.

The occupiers argue the federal government can’t manage public lands as well as state, counties or private entities. But that’s a pretty big political fight and a move environmental and conservation groups oppose.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Women In Prison | Lung Cancer And Depression

OPB | Oct. 14, 2016 noon

We discuss some of the biggest stories of the week. Then, we hear about overcrowding at Oregon's only women's prison, and we hear about how depression affects the mortality rate of lung cancer patients.

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PDX Police Contract Protests | American Dream: Working Mom | Haiti Update | Drug Crimes Prosecution

OPB | Oct. 13, 2016 noon

Protests about the city council vote on the new Portland Police contract resulted in 10 arrests. Also, we get an update on humanitarian efforts in Haiti, hear the latest in our American Dream series, and learn about a possible change in how to prosecute drug crimes.

local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

'This Land Is Our Land' Update: Online Radicalization, Mental Illness And David Fry

OPB | Oct. 11, 2016 8:18 p.m. | Portland

On the newest episode of “This Land Is Our Land,” we look into David Fry’s troubled youth, his mental health issues and what radicalized him.

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Talking Business | Grant High Students Go To Washington | All About Lichen

OPB | Oct. 11, 2016 noon

This hour on TOL: An update of regional business news; a conversation with the four Portland teens whose film was featured at the White House Student Film Festival; and lichen and why it matters.

local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

'This Land Is Our Land' Ep. 8: Guns And Gun Culture In Court

OPB | Oct. 7, 2016 5 p.m.

We look back at the week in court and discuss the role of guns at the Malheur occupation and in the courtroom.

News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

'This Land Is Our Land' Update: Ammon Bundy Finishes Testimony

OPB | Oct. 6, 2016 7:45 p.m.

After three days on the stand, Ammon Bundy finished his testimony in the trial of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Nation | Arts | News | Think Out Loud

PNCA President | M97 Debate

OPB | Oct. 4, 2016 noon

We talk to Don Tuski, the new president of Pacific Northwest College of Art and hear arguments for and against the corporate tax measure.

Nation | local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

'This Land Is Our Land': The Movement Bigger Than The Bundys

OPB | Sept. 23, 2016 5:29 p.m.

OPB's Conrad Wilson and the Oregonian/OregonLive's Maxine Bernstein update us on the week in court. Then we learn about the so-called Patriot Movement that goes far beyond the Bundy family.

News | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Report On Women In Oregon | American Dream: Portland Retiree

OPB | Sept. 23, 2016 noon

Our news roundtable takes up some of the biggest stories of the week. Also, we continue our American Dream series, and we hear about a new report about the state of women in Oregon.

Nation | NW Life | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

'This Land Is Our Land' Ep. 5: Going Back To Harney County

OPB | Sept. 16, 2016 4:22 p.m.

We return to Harney County to hear how closely residents are following the trial of the refuge occupiers, and to find out how the community is healing seven months after the last occupier was arrested.

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Health Care Budget Hole | Foster Care Update | Oregon Sports Hall Of Fame

OPB | Sept. 19, 2016 noon

We find out more about a massive budget shortfall in the Oregon Health Authority, the status of the state's foster care system according to a recent report, and a new addition to the Sports Hall of Fame.

local | News | NW Life | Fish & Wildlife | Communities | Land | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

'This Land Is Our Land' Update: First Witnesses

OPB | Sept. 14, 2016 7:24 p.m.

OPB's Conrad Wilson reports on the first witnesses to take the stand in the Malheur refuge trial: Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward and a man who was at the refuge on the day the armed protestors began their occupation.

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Oregon Hiking Triple Crown | Satanism Clubs | American Dream: Young Environmentalist

OPB | Sept. 14, 2016 noon

Two brothers want to create a "triple crown" of Oregon hiking trails. A Portland man wants to start a Satanist club in a Portland elementary school. And we continue our American Dream series by talking to a young environmentalist.

Nation | local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

'This Land Is Our Land': The Trial Begins

OPB | Sept. 9, 2016 10:07 a.m.

OPB reporter Conrad Wilson explains who will be on the jury for the refuge occupation trial, and we hear how the government might make its case against the militants.

local | Education | Politics | Environment | News | Think Out Loud

School Bond Vote | Homelessness In Eugene | Measuring Glacial Melt

OPB | Sept. 8, 2016 noon

Portland high school students walked out of class yesterday over a bond measure vote. Also, we learn more about homelessness in Eugene and the ways that glaciers melt.

local | News | NW Life | Nation | History | Land | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

'This Land Is Our Land': Pete Santilli Charges Dropped And Jury Selection

OPB | Sept. 6, 2016 8 p.m.

On the eve of the beginning of the Malheur trial, charges against one defendant were dropped. In this episode of "This Land Is Our Land," OPB looks at what happened and previews the jury selection process.