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 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.
local | Politics | News | Think Out LoudOPB | 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.
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 LoudOPB | 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 LoudOPB | 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 LoudOPB | 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 LoudOPB | 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.
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.
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.
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 LoudOPB | 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 LoudOPB | 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.
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.
Oil Trains In Washington | Earthquakes In Indian Country | Imaginary Friends | Soviet Diaspora: FamilyOPB | 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.
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.
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.