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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

Business | Nation | Economy | News | Think Out Loud

Represented: Oregon-Idaho Border

OPB | June 14, 2017 noon

We travel to far Eastern Oregon, where for many businesses, it's hard not to think the grass is greener on the other side of the border ... in Idaho.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Mental Health And Terrorism | Julius Achon

OPB | June 2, 2017 noon

We talk to former Portlander, Olympic runner Julius Achon, who is now a parliament member in his native Uganda. Also, how do we talk about mental health and acts of public violence? And our news roundtable takes up some of the biggest news of the week.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

Education On The Ballot | Airplane Living

OPB | May 10, 2017 noon

We visit Bruce Campbell, who has made a home inside an airplane outside of Hillsboro. And we'll learn about the education issues on the Portland ballot for next week's election.

local | Think Out Loud

Hanford Emergency | Talking Business | Egyptian-American Playwright | New Oregon Tax Plan

OPB | May 9, 2017 noon | Portland

A new play about an immigrant couple premiers from an Egyptian-American playwright, a response to yesterday's interview about the Oregon Democrats' tax plan, and an update on regional business news.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

Engineering Licenses | Portland's Japantown | James Beard Documentary

OPB | May 3, 2017 noon

An Oregon man who has an engineering degree from Sweden has been fined for practicing engineering without a license. We learn about Portland's Japantown before WWII, and about a new documentary on Oregon-born food writer James Beard.

Politics | Environment | News | Think Out Loud

Oregon Budget Negotiations | Environmental Justice And Carbon Pricing | 'Good Hair'

OPB | April 26, 2017 noon

We hear about budget negotiations heating up in Salem, how carbon pricing could affect communities of color, and the politics of "good hair." 

NW Life | local | Books | Think Out Loud

Portland Homeless Shelters | Flintstones Comic Book

OPB | April 24, 2017 noon | Portland

A new temporary homeless shelter has opened in SE Portland. And Oregonian Mark Russell tells us about the Flinstones, which he has re-written in comic form as biting social satire.

Health | News | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Guns And Public Health

OPB | April 20, 2017 noon | Portland

Is it helpful to frame the gun debate as a public health problem? Also, our news roundtable takes up some of the biggest news topics of the week.

local | News | Think Out Loud

Portland's Emergency Response | Left Lane Law | Dahlak Brathwaite

OPB | April 19, 2017 noon

How can Portland's emergency response improve? Should the left lane on the highway be restricted to passing only? Then, we talk with hip-hop artist Dahlak Brathwaite.

News | Think Out Loud

Geek Love Exhibit | Distracted Driving | Syrian Photographer

OPB | April 13, 2017 noon | Portland

We explore a new exhibit dedicated to the celebrated book “Geek Love," a proposal in the Oregon Legislature to tighten distracted driving laws, and a new photography show featuring Syrian refugee children.

Health | Politics | local | News | Think Out Loud

Oregon's Death With Dignity Law More Widely Used But Some Physicians Still Skeptical

OPB | April 6, 2017 1 p.m.

A new study finds use of Oregon's Death with Dignity law has spiked in recent years.

Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | State Employee Healthcare Costs | OPB's Eric Cain

OPB | April 7, 2017 noon

Lawmakers are looking at government employee health care as a way of cutting costs. Eric Cain joins us to discuss his 30-year career with OPB. And we discuss other big news of the week.

Think Out Loud

Death With Dignity Report | Elliott Smith Reissue | Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize Winner

OPB | April 6, 2017 noon

A new report on Death With Dignity, the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and a concert to celebrate the remastered edition of Elliott Smith's classic album "Either/Or."

News | Think Out Loud

Child Welfare Report | Steve Novick's Recommendations For Portland | Klamath Falls Organ

OPB | April 4, 2017 noon

A new report offers a grim look at Oregon's child welfare system. A former Portland commissioner offers a vision for how to fix city hall. A church in Klamath Falls gets an organ it has been waiting for for nearly 100 years.

Think Out Loud

Music Inspired By The Forest | Cycling In The Forest | Playing Music In The Forest

OPB | April 3, 2017 noon | Portland

Musician DJ Spooky was inspired by time he spent in the Western Cascades. Portland has a new plan for off-road cycling throughout the city. And jazz musician Darrell Grant performed music in Elliot State Forest. 

Nation | Politics | News | Think Out Loud

'You Don't Want To Know How Crazy I Am': Meet Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney

OPB | March 29, 2017 noon

Senate President Peter Courtney reflects on the role he played in former Governor John Kitzhaber's resignation, as well as other highlights and lowlights from his long career. "You don't want to know how crazy I am," he says. But you really do.

News | Think Out Loud

Private Prison Study | Clark County Farmland | AG On Sanctuary | Japanese Garden Opening

OPB | March 30, 2017 noon

A study on private prisons, a look at farmland in Clark County, an attempt to understand how the federal government will respond to sanctuary states and a preview of the new Japanese garden.

NW Life | History | local | Think Out Loud

'This Is All Wrong': Stories Of Internment And Racism During WWII

OPB | March 27, 2017 noon

During and after World War II, Japanese-Americans living in Oregon faced racist laws and prejudicial neighbors. We hear how some of them responded.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

SCOTUS Ruling On Special Education | Right 2 Dream Too | Japanese Internment & Resistance

OPB | March 27, 2017 noon

We learn what a recent SCOTUS ruling means for students with disabilities, what's next for a Portland homeless camp, and how Oregonians fought against discrimination during WWII.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

Sen. Wyden On Comey's Testimony | News Roundtable | Autism Study

OPB | March 24, 2017 noon

Sen. Ron Wyden joins us to reflect on the House intelligence committee hearing earlier this week. A professor at PSU will study how people on the autism spectrum succeed in the workplace. And our news roundtable takes up the biggest news of the week.