Producer, Think Out Loud
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.
We learn about bilingual education, the possible fate of the Junction City psychiatric facility and a climate-change lawsuit brought against the Obama administration.
Communities | Nation | Economy | Environment | News | Think Out LoudOPB | 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.
Election | Politics | local | News | Think Out LoudOPB | 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.
local | Politics | Environment | NewsOPB | Nov. 29, 2016 3:15 p.m.
Conservation groups are lobbying President Obama to expand the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon.
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.
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.
Nation | News | Think Out LoudOPB | Nov. 21, 2016 noon
We meet the new president of Portland Community College, discuss what the Trump administration may mean for climate change and for marijuana laws, and find out what scientists are learning from whale poop.
Nation | Health | News | Think Out LoudOPB | Nov. 16, 2016 noon
We discuss possible changes to Oregon's Medicaid system in a Trump presidency, Garrard Conley shares his experience in gay conversion therapy, and we learn about a pair of former Russian spies now stranded in Oregon.
We talk to a leader of some of the protests this weekend and about how some African-Americans are envisioning life under President Trump. We also look at how the Portland city council is thinking of changing the city's zoning.
We hear why bestselling Portland author Chelsea Cain recently shut down her Twitter account. We'll also talk to the state's first elder abuse prosecutor and end with an interview with Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson.
Can playgrounds be designed for better play? Also, we check in on the latest business news. And we'll find out what happens to your ballot after to put it in the mail.
In this episode, we share reactions from Bundy supporters and opponents following the acquittal of seven people accused of taking over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Communities | Land | News | Nation | Think Out LoudOPB | Oct. 28, 2016 noon
The verdict is in for the trial of the Malheur Refuge occupiers. All seven defendants were found not guilty of conspiring to impede federal workers of doing their jobs. We'll talk about the verdict, reaction to it and what it might mean for federal workers and patriot movements going forward.
Ammon and Ryan Bundy have been found not guilty of conspiracy. Their five co-defendants Jeff Banta, Shawna Cox, David Fry, Kenneth Medenbach and Neil Wampler have all been found not guilty as well.
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.
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?
NW Life | local | News | Think Out LoudOPB | 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.