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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 | Books | Think Out Loud

At Wordstock With Rob Spillman, Charles Bock And Sallie Tisdale

OPB | Jan. 16, 2017 noon

We listen to a few conversations with authors we spoke to during the last Literary Arts Wordstock book festival in downtown Portland.

News | local

Amidst Portland Snowstorm, Some People Refuse Offers Of Warm Shelter

OPB | Jan. 11, 2017 10:30 a.m. | Portland

Portland Police said they conducted a number of welfare checks on people without housing during Tuesday night's blizzard in Portland.

News | Environment | local

Portland Area Hit With Historic Snowfall Tuesday Night, More On The Way

OPB | Jan. 11, 2017 6:33 a.m. | Portland

On top of historic snowfall recorded Tuesday evening, the area is expected to receive an additional 1-4 inches of snow by Wednesday afternoon.

News | Politics | local

Mayor Ted Wheeler Deals With Protesters, Divided Portland At Inauguration

OPB | Jan. 4, 2017 1:17 p.m. | Portland

Mayor Ted Wheeler held a public inauguration Wednesday morning at Jason Lee Elementary in East Portland.

News | Politics | local | Think Out Loud

Oregon DA Seeks Death Penalty Despite Personal Opposition

OPB | Dec. 6, 2016 noon

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel opposes the death penalty, but he's seeking it in a murder case he is prosecuting.

News | Books | local | Politics | Think Out Loud

John Kitzhaber On The Death Penalty | Jon Raymond's 'Freebird'

OPB | Jan. 3, 2017 noon

For the next installment in our death penalty series, we talk to former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. We also hear from Portland author and screenwriter Jon Raymond about his new book, "Freebird."

News | Election | Politics | local | Think Out Loud

Trump-Clinton Twitter Bet Leads To Cross-Country Meeting

OPB | Dec. 22, 2016 12:15 a.m.

Donald Trump supporter Steven Brewer and Hillary Clinton supporter Devin Gaffney made a bet in October that the supporter of the loser of the presidential race would fly out to meet the supporter of the winner.

News | NW Life | local | Think Out Loud

On The Road: The Places 'Think Out Loud' Went And The People We Met

OPB | Dec. 23, 2016 midnight

"On The Road" is "Think Out Loud's" radio road trip series, bringing you conversations with wanderers, tourists and residents we meet along Oregon's backroads and highways.

Arts | Election | NW Life | local | Environment | News | History | Think Out Loud

Producers' Choice: The Best 'Think Out Loud' Conversations Of 2016

OPB | Dec. 28, 2016 noon | Portland

As 2016 comes to a close, the staff of OPB's "Think Out Loud" look back on some of their favorite conversations from the past year.

Think Out Loud

Race In The Northwest | Jordan Refugee Camp | Oregon's Non-unanimous Juries

OPB | Dec. 21, 2016 noon

We explore OPB's series on racial identity, talk with a former lawmaker about his first-hand experience visiting a refugee camp in Jordan, and hear a number of perspectives on the wisdom of allowing non-unanimous jury verdicts.

Think Out Loud

Digestable Battery | Vancouver Mural | A Craft Brewing Crisis

OPB | Dec. 20, 2016 noon

Oregon's microbrewing economy faces a new hurdle; an Oregon student won a scholarship for inventing a digestible battery; and Vancouver High School students recently painted a mural on police headquarters.

Think Out Loud

What 5 Songs Can Tell Us About War

OPB | Dec. 15, 2016 midnight

Troops talked to University of Oregon researcher Lisa Gilman about the meaning behind the songs that they listened to while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

News | local | Think Out Loud

Music And War | A History Of Capital Punishment In Oregon | Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy

OPB | Dec. 12, 2016 noon

Live from KLCC in Eugene. We learn about the listening habits of American troops, dig in to the history of the death penalty in Oregon, and talk to three-term Eugene mayor Kitty Piercy about her long public service career.   

Entertainment | News | Education | Nation | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Climate Lawsuit | Genomics

OPB | Dec. 9, 2016 noon

Our news roundtable takes up some of the big stories of the week. We take up another view of a federal climate change lawsuit. And we learn what we don't know after 25 years of genome sequencing.

News | Think Out Loud

Junction City Hospital | Climate Change Lawsuit | Bilingual Education

OPB | Dec. 5, 2016 noon

We learn about bilingual education, the possible fate of the Junction City psychiatric facility and a climate-change lawsuit brought against the Obama administration.

News | Economy | Environment | Communities | Nation | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable Dec. 2 | Elliott State Forest | Solitary Confinement in Oregon

OPB | Dec. 2, 2016 noon

We discuss some big stories this week on our news roundtable, learn more about the sale of the Elliott State Forest and hear about efforts to reduce the use of solitary confinement in Oregon prisons.

News | Election | Politics | local | Think Out Loud

Funding Measure 98 | Gov. Brown's Budget | Clackamas County Turnabout | History Of East Portland

OPB | Dec. 1, 2016 noon

We explore the funding for voter-passed Measure 98, the governor's proposed budget, the winds of change in Clackamas County, and a new exhibit about the history of East Portland.

News | Environment | Politics | local

Expanded Cascade-Siskiyou Monument Could Help Tourism, Hurt Loggers

OPB | Nov. 29, 2016 3:15 p.m.

Conservation groups are lobbying President Obama to expand the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon.

News | Think Out Loud

Cascade-Siskiyou Monument Expansion | Standing Rock | Underrepresented Stories At Wolff Gallery

OPB | Nov. 29, 2016 noon

We hear about plans to expand the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, the latest news from the Standing Rock protests and a gallery that exhibits work from underrepresented artists.

Think Out Loud

Student Protest | Economic Check In | Young Voters

OPB | Nov. 22, 2016 noon

We get different perspectives on a student protest in Portland, check in on the state's unemployment rate, and hear from first-time voters about their response to the election.