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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

local | Think Out Loud

Oregon GOP Chair | Young Republican | Malheur Pretrial | Clark County Board

OPB | July 20, 2016 noon

We talk to the chair of the Oregon GOP and a young Republican at the RNC. Then, it's pretrial hearings for the Malheur refuge occupiers and the latest on political drama in Clark County.

Music

Review: M. Ward At Revolution Hall

opbmusic | July 18, 2016 5 p.m.

M. Ward played Revolution Hall Sunday night.

Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Politics And The Olympics

OPB | July 15, 2016 noon

We review some of the biggest stories of the week. Then, ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio, Jules Boykoff tells us how the city is preparing and how these games compare to past Olympics.

local | Politics | News | Think Out Loud

Ginsberg Remarks | Community Policing In Portland | Deschutes River Dam

OPB | July 14, 2016 noon

A Supreme Court expert explains Justice Ginsberg's controversial comments. Then we turn to community policing in Portland, and learn about the significance of a first-of-its kind mixing tower on the Deschutes river.

Think Out Loud

Hispanic Engagement In Hermiston | Stoned Driving | Olympic Runner Alexi Pappas

OPB | July 13, 2016 noon

We talk to Eddie De La Cruz from Hermiston’s Hispanic Advisory Committee. We'll hear about law enforcement efforts to monitor the effects of marijuana on Oregon drivers. Finally, Olympic track star Alexi Pappas stops by.

local | Politics | News | Think Out Loud

African-Americans & Health Care | Raising A Black Son | DNC Preview

OPB | July 12, 2016 noon

We get a preview of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and we learn about a Harvard study exploring African-Americans' relationships with their health care providers. We also talk to a local African American mother about the anxiety of raising a black son.

local | News | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Police Shootings | Virtual Reality Art

OPB | July 8, 2016 noon

We get reactions to the news out of Dallas from Daryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association, and Teressa Raiford, organizer with Don't Shoot Portland. Also, our panel of news watchers discuss some of the biggest stories of the week. And, a local artist leaves the walls in Hap Gallery blank, instead making his art inside visitors' virtual reality headsets.

local | NW Life | News | Think Out Loud

Keeping Young People In Klamath Falls | Women Firefighters | Foster Care Shortage

OPB | July 7, 2016 noon

A group of young Klamath Falls residents want to make their community more attractive to their generation. Then we discuss the challenges that face women firefighters. Last, we'll take up the shortages in Oregon's foster care system.

local | NW Life | News | Think Out Loud

On The Road: Elk, Butterflies And (Carved) Bears In Southwest Oregon

OPB | June 30, 2016 noon | Oregon Highway 38

We take a drive along Oregon Route 38 and meet longtime residents, a few new arrivals and some folks who were just passing through.

News | Think Out Loud

New Police Chief | Student Debt | Mobile Home Life | New Gun Owner

OPB | June 28, 2016 noon

Portland's new police chief joins us. We also discuss suffocating student debt loads, and hear from a resident of one of Portland's last mobile home parks. And we hear from a woman who just bought a gun for self protection.

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Minimum Wage | Police Chief Retires | Talking Business | Editorial Changes

OPB | June 27, 2016 noon

The Portland police chief retires, minimum wage goes up, and the editor of the Oregonian's opinion page goes East. Also, we catch up on the latest business news.

News | Think Out Loud

Brexit | News Roundtable | Native American Law

OPB | June 24, 2016 noon

Our panel of news watchers discuss some of the biggest stories of the week. Also, the president of the National Native American Law Students Association is a UO student.

Think Out Loud

Mosier Derailment Update | Self Driving Car Ethics | All Day Kindergarten | Wash. Gun Measure

OPB | June 23, 2016 noon

This morning, the Federal Railroad Administration released a report saying that Union Pacific failed to maintain the track at Mosier. We'll also learn about the ethics of self driving cars, a possible ballot initiative in Washington state that would allow guns to be taken from people who might prove to be violent. Also, we'll hear about how the first year of all-day kindergarten affected some kids and teachers in the state.

local | News | Think Out Loud

Denser Portland? | Gay Christians | Native Language Teacher

OPB | June 14, 2016 noon

In the wake of the Orlando shooting, we talk to a gay Christian reform activist about religion and sexuality. We also learn about new plans that might allow for denser residential development in close-in Portland. And we hear from one of the last speakers of the native language Ichishkiin.

Health | local | News | Think Out Loud

PPS Superintendent Didn't Ask For Results Of Lead Tests

OPB | June 10, 2016 noon

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith says even though she knew lead testing was taking place at a Portland school, she never asked to see the results of those tests.  

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PPS Superintendent Carole Smith | News Roundtable: June 10 | Aquatic Squatters Update | Mailbag

OPB | June 10, 2016 noon

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith tells us what she’s doing in the wake of lead being found in multiple Portland schools. We dig into some of the biggest stories of the week with our news roundtable. And we get an update on people living in boats on the Willamette River without permits.

Think Out Loud

Oil Trains In Washington | Earthquakes In Indian Country | Imaginary Friends | Soviet Diaspora: Family

OPB | June 9, 2016 noon

We explore oil train traffic on the Washington side of the gorge, how Native American tribes are preparing for a Cascadia earthquake, the psychology of imaginary friends, and how post-Soviet immigrant families navigate generational and cultural divides.

Think Out Loud

'Shrill' Author Lindy West | UO President Michael Schill

OPB | June 7, 2016 noon

We talk to writer Lindy West about her new memoir called "Shrill," and University of Oregon president Michael Schill fills us in on his first year on the job.

News | Think Out Loud

Lead In Schools | The Disappearing West | Marijuana Ice Cream | Comic Amy Miller

OPB | June 2, 2016 noon

We talk with a Portland Public Schools board member about lead and radon and get insights on disappearing land in the American west. We'll also hear about marijuana-infused ice cream and talk to Amy Miller, named Portland's funniest person in 2015.

Think Out Loud

REBROADCAST: Vanport

OPB | May 26, 2016 noon

Nearly 70 years ago Vanport was destroyed in a flood. We listen back to a show we recorded in 2013, on the 65th anniversary of the flood.