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.
NW Life | Books | local | Think Out LoudOPB | April 24, 2017 noon | Portland
A new temporary homeless shelter has opened in SE Portland. And Oregonian Mark Russell tells us about the Flinstones, which he has re-written in comic form as biting social satire.
News | local | Think Out LoudOPB | April 19, 2017 noon
How can Portland's emergency response improve? Should the left lane on the highway be restricted to passing only? Then, we talk with hip-hop artist Dahlak Brathwaite.
We explore a new exhibit dedicated to the celebrated book “Geek Love," a proposal in the Oregon Legislature to tighten distracted driving laws, and a new photography show featuring Syrian refugee children.
Lawmakers are looking at government employee health care as a way of cutting costs. Eric Cain joins us to discuss his 30-year career with OPB. And we discuss other big news of the week.
A new report on Death With Dignity, the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and a concert to celebrate the remastered edition of Elliott Smith's classic album "Either/Or."
A new report offers a grim look at Oregon's child welfare system. A former Portland commissioner offers a vision for how to fix city hall. A church in Klamath Falls gets an organ it has been waiting for for nearly 100 years.
Musician DJ Spooky was inspired by time he spent in the Western Cascades. Portland has a new plan for off-road cycling throughout the city. And jazz musician Darrell Grant performed music in Elliot State Forest.
Politics | Nation | News | Think Out LoudOPB | March 29, 2017 noon
Senate President Peter Courtney reflects on the role he played in former Governor John Kitzhaber's resignation, as well as other highlights and lowlights from his long career. "You don't want to know how crazy I am," he says. But you really do.
A study on private prisons, a look at farmland in Clark County, an attempt to understand how the federal government will respond to sanctuary states and a preview of the new Japanese garden.
History | NW Life | local | Think Out LoudOPB | March 27, 2017 noon
During and after World War II, Japanese-Americans living in Oregon faced racist laws and prejudicial neighbors. We hear how some of them responded.
Nation | News | Think Out LoudOPB | March 27, 2017 noon
We learn what a recent SCOTUS ruling means for students with disabilities, what's next for a Portland homeless camp, and how Oregonians fought against discrimination during WWII.
Nation | News | Think Out LoudOPB | March 24, 2017 noon
Sen. Ron Wyden joins us to reflect on the House intelligence committee hearing earlier this week. A professor at PSU will study how people on the autism spectrum succeed in the workplace. And our news roundtable takes up the biggest news of the week.
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.
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.
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.
Trump's Travel Ban And The Mohamud Case | Tacoma's ICE Detention Facility | Gerrymandering In Oregon | Paid Family LeaveOPB | 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 LoudOPB | 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.