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Dave Blanchard

Dave Blanchard is a producer for Think Out Loud. He came to OPB by way of Seattle's NPR affiliate, 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 Bachelors in philosophy in 2009.

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Recent Articles

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At Home With A Language's Last Native Speaker

OPB | July 2, 2015 12:20 p.m.

Verdena Parker lives in Winston, OR, and is the last living native speaker of the Hupa language.

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How Can Portland Become More Bike-Friendly?

OPB | July 1, 2015 12:30 p.m.

Activists and city leaders are debating the future of Portland's bike infrastructure.

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7 Facts About 'The Blob' Forming Off The Pacific Coast

OPB | June 30, 2015 12:06 p.m.

Scientists are trying to understand whether a patch of significantly warm water off the coast is affecting the climate in the Pacific Northwest.

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Represented: Marijuana In Southern Oregon

OPB | June 17, 2015 12:06 p.m.

How will recreational marijuana legalization affect the residents of southern Oregon, where pot is a major cash crop?

Concert Review: Sufjan Stevens at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

opbmusic | June 9, 2015 3:42 p.m.

Sufjan Stevens held the audience rapt as he delved into the emotionally-wrenching songs from his new album "Carrie and Lowell."

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Lane County Opposes New Gun Background Check Law

OPB | June 9, 2015 12:40 p.m.

The Lane County Commission passed a resolution saying the county is "unable to expend any county resources for the implementation" of Oregon's new gun background check law.

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Klamath County Funds Sheriff After Levy Fails

OPB | June 4, 2015 12:35 p.m.

Commissioner Kelley Minty Morris says the county will need to take out a loan to fund the sheriff's office.

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Will Recreational Pot Delay Legal Hemp?

OPB | June 2, 2015 12:45 p.m.

Rep. Peter Buckley has introduced a bill to put the brakes on Oregon's fledgling hemp industry.

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Earthquakes Off The Oregon Coast

OPB | June 1, 2015 12:06 p.m.

Geologists say the recent activity is not usual, and no tsunamis were triggered.

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Remembering Mary Ellen Mark

OPB | May 29, 2015 12:30 p.m.

We'll hear about the life and impact of photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who passed away this week.

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New Approaches To Managing Big, Expensive Wildfires

OPB | May 27, 2015 12:06 p.m.

Many wildfire policy experts say the goal with some wildfires isn't to stop the fire, but to manage the way they burn.

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REBROADCAST: Represented: Police Relations In N/NE Portland

OPB | May 25, 2015 12:06 p.m.

We listen back to the first installment of our "Represented" series.

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Should The State Keep The Kicker?

OPB | May 22, 2015 12:45 p.m.

Rep. Tobias Read (D-Beaverton) wants "kicker" money to be redirected to education and the rainy day fund, instead of going back to tax payers.

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Should Oregon Ban Powdered Alcohol?

OPB | May 22, 2015 12:30 p.m.

A bill in the legislature would ban the sale of "just add water" powdered alcohols.

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Josephine County Rejects Safety Levy

OPB | May 20, 2015 12:06 p.m.

For the fourth time since 2012, Josephine County voters turned down a measure to increase funding to their sheriff's department.

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Represented: Limited Law Enforcement In SW Oregon

OPB | May 15, 2015 12:06 p.m.

We travel to financially-troubled Josephine County — where sheriff's deputies patrol only 10 hours a day — to hear about life in a region with limited law enforcement.

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The Internet Of Things: Game Changer Or Hype?

OPB | May 12, 2015 12:30 p.m.

Tens of billions of devices will be connected to the internet in the coming years. What's the use of that connectivity?

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Nature Recovers Quickly After Dam Removals

OPB | May 4, 2015 12:06 p.m.

A new study looks at the effects of dam removals on rivers around the world.

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The West Coast's Role In Pushing 20th Century Music Forward

OPB | May 1, 2015 12:30 p.m.

Alex Ross, music critic for "The New Yorker," tells us about the West Coast avant-garde.

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State Supreme Court Partially Overturns PERS Reform

OPB | April 30, 2015 12:06 p.m.

The ruling could blow an enormous hole in city and state budgets in coming years.