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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

Nation | News | local | 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.

NW Life | Nation | 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.

Think Out Loud

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.

NW Life | Communities | Fish & Wildlife | Land | News | local | 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.

News | Think Out Loud

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 | News | local | 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.

Politics | local | Education | 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.

NW Life | Land | News | Nation | local | History | 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.

NW Life | News | local | Think Out Loud

Cape Kiwanda | Police Chief Mike Marshman | Tribes Protest Pipeline | School Bus Driver

OPB | Sept. 6, 2016 noon

We're exploring a variety of topics this hour: the collapse of a scenic Oregon  cliff; how officers are confronting gang violence  and homelessness in Portland; tribal reaction to a fossil fuel infrastructure; and school bus driving.


Wilco Pares Things Back At The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

opbmusic | Sept. 5, 2016 1:58 p.m.

The band offered a simplified approach to songs from upcoming LP "Schmilco" and classics from its past.

Nation | News | local | Think Out Loud

Rebroadcast: 41 Days, Refuge Occupation Documentary

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

We listen back to our documentary of the nearly six-week Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation in this hour-long Think Out Loud special.

News | local | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Generic Drug Pricing | Defending The Bundys

OPB | Sept. 2, 2016 noon

Our news roundtable goes over the biggest stories of the week. Rep. Kurt Schrader sponsors a bill to prevent drug price gouging. We hear a preview of OPB's occupation trial podcast.

NW Life | News | local | Think Out Loud

Ranked Choice Voting | Water Scarcity | Suicide Prevention

OPB | Sept. 1, 2016 noon

A new series in The Oregonian explores groundwater issues in eastern Oregon; a student wellness director from Blue Mountain Community College addresses the high rate of suicide in Kenya; and Benton County takes up the issue of ranked choice voting.

NW Life | Nation | News | local | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Life At Portland's Newest Homeless Shelter

OPB | Aug. 26, 2016 noon

We discuss some of the biggest news stories of the week, and we find out what life is like at Portland's newest homeless shelter.

NW Life | Nation | News | local | Think Out Loud

Fruit Tree Project | New Multnomah County Sheriff | Coastal Labor Shortage

OPB | Aug. 25, 2016 noon

There's a new sheriff in town, and a solution for all that ripe fruit on your trees. Also, we discuss the shortage of labor at the coast.

Nation | News | local | Think Out Loud

Altruism | Pidgin Languages | Testing Public Records Law

OPB | Aug. 24, 2016 noon

We'll hear about a new study trying to get get to the bottom of "true altruism," a new exhibit in Portland about pidgin English and a University of Oregon project using the state's public record law.

NW Life | News | local | Think Out Loud

Crazy Snake Worm | Tule Lake Pilgrimage

OPB | Aug. 22, 2016 noon

An entomologist tells us about an invasive species of earthworm. And we hear voices from the Tule Lake Pilgrimage, the biannual gathering remembering the experiences of the Japanese internment camp on the edge of Oregon.

Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Native American Trade Routes | Olympic Politics

OPB | Aug. 19, 2016 noon

Our news roundtable takes up the biggest stories of the week. Plus, we learn about early Native American trade routes and get an update from Rio on the behind-the-scenes politics of the Olympics.

History | News | NW Life | Think Out Loud

People Of Color In The Cannabis Industry | Eugene's Racist History | Comic City, USA

OPB | Aug. 23, 2016 noon

We discuss the challenges facing people of color who want to get involved in business opportunities in the pot industry. A University of Washington professor fills us in on Eugene's racist past. And we'll hear about the new comics exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society.