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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

Think Out Loud

Pre-Paid Mail-In Ballots | Palindromes | Tides

OPB | March 22, 2017 noon | Portland, Oregon.

A Man, A Plan, A Canal: What's a Palindrome? Also today, we learn about the science and mystery of ocean tides. And we hear about a bill that would include pre-paid postage for Oregon's mail-in ballots.

News | Think Out Loud

Climate Change Bills | Music Of Grief | Sports Marketing | World Championship Irish Dancing

OPB | March 16, 2017 noon

We hear what climate change bills lawmakers are thinking about. We discuss the music of grief. Then we turn to the business of university sports marketing. We end the hour with an in-depth look at the Irish Dancing World Championship.

Water | Environment | News | Science | local | Think Out Loud

Trump Administration Considers Cutting Oregon Sea Grant

OPB | March 14, 2017 midnight | Portland

Sea Grant is a program that builds connections between university researchers and the people who make their living on the water.

Think Out Loud

New I-5 Bridge? | Sea Grant Funding At Risk | Airbnb Lawsuit

OPB | March 14, 2017 noon | Portland

Two Portland law firms have filed a class action lawsuit against Airbnb alleging discrimination. A leaked federal budget memo proposes cutting funding for Sea Grant. And some Washington legislators want to replace the I-5 bridge over the Columbia River.

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Trump's Travel Ban And The Mohamud Case | Tacoma's ICE Detention Facility | Gerrymandering In Oregon | Paid Family Leave

OPB | March 13, 2017 noon

What does the Mohamad Mohamud case tell us about the Trump administration's travel ban? Also, we discuss Tacoma's ICE detention facility, redistricting in Oregon, and two competing family leave bills in the Oregon Legislature.

Politics | News | local | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Principals Respond To Campus Hate Speech | Second Malheur Verdict

OPB | March 10, 2017 noon

We take up some of the big stories in the news this week, then we hear from Oregon high school principals about recent hate speech on campus. We also hear about the verdict in the second trial of Malheur Refuge occupiers.

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Expanding Oregon Health Plan | Teaching English | Portland City Council Protests

OPB | March 9, 2017 noon | Portland

A new bill would expand the Oregon Health Plan to cover undocumented children. We also learn about a program which organizes adult volunteers to teach other adults English. And the ACLU is negotiating with Portland over an ordinance that would keep some people out of City Council meetings.

Politics | News | local | Think Out Loud

Lumber Dispute | Inter-Generational Friendships | DACA Case

OPB | March 6, 2017 noon

We get the latest on a long-standing trade battle between the U.S. and Canada. Then we'll hear about the joy of inter-generational friendships. Plus, a man protected by DACA sues the federal government over his recent arrest.

Politics | News | Nation | local | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Sen. Jeff Merkley | Anti-Government Groups

OPB | March 3, 2017 noon

We talk over some of the biggest stories of the week with our panel of news watchers, then talk to Sen. Jeff Merkley about Russia, health care, the travel ban and more. We'll also hear about the rise of anti-government groups.

Think Out Loud

Portland Conventions | Port Of Portland | Eugene Dogs Ordinance | Women's Film Festival

OPB | March 2, 2017 noon

Can Portland host big conventions? Will downtown Eugene ban dogs? What happens next for Portland's beleaguered port? And what does it take for women to break into film directing?

News | Land use | local | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

'This Land Is Our Land' Bonus: The Jurors Talk

OPB | Feb. 22, 2017 2:52 p.m. | Portland

How did the jury from the first Malheur refuge trial arrive at a guilty verdict? The two most prominent jurors explain. 

News | local | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Bundy Lawyer Mumford Seeks Charge Dismissal, Jury Trial

OPB | Feb. 15, 2017 1:45 p.m. | Portland

Ammon Bundy’s former lawyer Marcus Mumford faces misdemeanor charges for failing to comply with and impeding federal police last fall. 

Education | News | local | Health

Oregon Students Have Until Feb. 15 To Be Vaccinated

OPB | Feb. 14, 2017 4:14 p.m. | Portland

Wednesday is the deadline for parents of Oregon students to get their children vaccinated.

News | Environment | Land use | local

Oregon Counties Sue Federal Government Over Cascade-Siskiyou Expansion

OPB | Feb. 14, 2017 3:10 p.m. | Portland

A group of counties that gets revenue from logging lands within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument boundaries is suing the federal government.

News | Nation | local | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

What Led To The Acquittal Of Ammon Bundy And 6 Others? 2 Jurors Explain

OPB | Feb. 13, 2017 4:25 p.m. | Portland

Last fall, seven of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge were found not guilty of all of the major charges in the case.

News | Nation | Think Out Loud

Portland Landlords | Profiling Bills | Malheur Refuge Trial Jurors

OPB | Feb. 13, 2017 noon

How do Portland's landlords feel about the new renter assistance ordinance? What bills is the legislature looking at to curb racial profiling? And why did the first trial of the Malheur Refuge occupiers end in a not-guilty verdict?

Timeline: The Death Penalty In Oregon

OPB | Feb. 9, 2017 11:28 a.m.
Education | News | local

OSU Students Affected By Travel Ban Are 'Scared To Death'

OPB | Feb. 8, 2017 7:15 p.m.

Oregon State University President Ed Ray said President Trump's executive order on immigration was "badly written" and "poorly implemented." It affected 165 students and scholars on the OSU campus.

News | local

As Winter Weather Continues, Floods And Landslides Hit The Northwest

OPB | Feb. 8, 2017 9:35 a.m. | Portland

More extreme weather is expected to hit an already soggy region over the coming days.

Politics | News | Nation | local

SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch Opposes Physician-Assisted Suicide Laws

OPB | Feb. 1, 2017 11:51 a.m.

In his 2006 book, “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia,” Gorsuch argued against laws like Oregon's Death With Dignity Act.