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Producer, Think Out Loud

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

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On The Road: Highway 26 — Sandy To Mount Hood

OPB | April 26, 2016 noon

We take a drive along Highway 26 from Sandy to Mt. Hood Meadows, talking to various people along the way. We interviewed mountain bikers, restaurant owners, a ski tuner, a fly fisherman — and a group of kids who threw snowballs at us.

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Author Mohsin Hamid's Globalist Perspective

OPB | April 28, 2016 noon

Mohsin Hamid has lived in Pakistan, the U.S. and Britain. His fiction and nonfiction explores the contradictions and complexities of globalization.

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On The Road: Oregon's Highway 26

OPB | April 21, 2016 3:35 p.m.

Highway 26 is a route for adventurers. It’s the path that Portland-area hikers, bikers, skiers and snowboarders take to get their fix of the outdoors.

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GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Bud Pierce | Author Shawn Vestal

OPB | April 20, 2016 noon

We talk to Bud Pierce, a Salem oncologist who was the first to jump into the GOP primary race for Oregon governor. And we talk to Shawn Vestal about his debut novel, "Daredevils."

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Seismic Upgrades At School | UO Report On Sexual Violence | Jewish-Muslim Dialogue

OPB | April 19, 2016 noon

We find out about state money for seismic upgrades at public schools. Then we explore a new report on sexual violence and blackout drinking at fraternities and sororities at the University of Oregon. And the University of Oregon’s Jewish community is hosting an open campus conversation with Muslim students.

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Rent Control | Rural Organizing Project Threats | Soul'd Out | Regional Roundup

OPB | April 13, 2016 noon

We ask whether rent control would actually help keep rents down. We learn about the recent threats and intimidation against a group facilitating conversations about race in rural areas of Oregon. We continue our Regional Roundup series, checking in with the Central Oregonian in Prineville. And we learn about the best bets for this week’s Soul’d Out music festival in Portland.

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News Roundtable April 1, 2016 | Wolf Kills | OSU Beavers at Final Four | Accounting Memoir

OPB | April 1, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We talk with our news roundtable about some of the biggest stories in the week's news. Then we we take up the state wildlife agency's decision to kill four wolves, the OSU Beavers women's basketball team making it to the final four, and the wild tale of a "bad boy" accountant.

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Trump's Twitter Activity | Poet Laureate Elizabeth Woody | Living With Microcephaly

OPB | March 31, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We talk to an analyst who took up Donald Trump's Twitter activity to see what it revealed. Oregon poet Elizabeth Woody joins us. And we hear from the mother of a child with microcephaly.

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Emergency Alert | WA Legislature Ends Session | Neglected Fishing Villages | Women In The Military

OPB | March 30, 2016 noon

We learn about a new safety alert system in Portland. OPB’s Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins fills us in on the eventful last few weeks of the Washington legislative session. We hear about tribal fishing villages along the Columbia that the federal government has neglected. And we listen back to a conversation with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon about a group of female combat troops who saw combat long before the military opened such roles to women formally.

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Regional Roundup | Animal Lives | Corporate Sustainability

OPB | March 28, 2016 noon

In our second installment of Regional Roundup, we'll check in with the East Oregonian, to hear what's afoot in Pendleton. Then we talk to an Ashland-based about how we know or don’t know what animals are feeling. And we’ll hear about how some corporations are trying to fight climate change by collaborating with each other — and why that might put them in legally dubious territory. 

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News Roundtable March 24 2016 | Jackson County Pot Rules | Saffron Colonial

OPB | March 24, 2016 noon

We go over some of the biggest stories of the week with our News Roundtable. We'll look at differing interpretations of a state law that may limit pot grows in Jackson County. And we dive into the debate around a new restaurant on N. Williams called ‘Saffron Colonial.

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Public Safety | Klamath Drug Task Force | Special Districts | Restaurant Tipping

OPB | March 23, 2016 noon

We hear about Josephine County’s decision to declare a public safety fiscal emergency and we'll learn about a drug task force that’s being resurrected to combat meth- and heroin-related crime in Klamath County. We'll also learn about Oregon’s special districts, and hear why Le Pigeon decided to eliminate tipping.

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WA State Politics | Robert Siegel | Regional Roundup

OPB | March 21, 2016 noon

We talk to legendary NPR host Robert Siegel and launch a new series checking in with regional papers across the state. We also hear about Bernie Sanders’ visit to WA state, the complicated Washington caucus/primary system, and the gridlock in Washington’s legislature.

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Rep. Greg Walden | The NW View From D.C.

OPB | March 17, 2016 12:06 p.m.

This week, Think Out Loud is coming to you live from the NPR studios in Washington, D.C. On today's show, we talk with the Oregon Congressional delegation's sole Republican member, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River). And we hear from former D.C. correspondents of northwest newspapers about covering the west from the nation's capital.

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News Roundtable: March 18 | Explaining "Coal-Free" Power | Oregonians In D.C.

OPB | March 18, 2016 12:06 p.m. | Portland

We analyze some of the top stories this week with our news roundtable, explore how Oregon's "coal-free power" law will unfold, and hear the voices of some Oregonians who have relocated to Washington D.C.

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Primary Election Results | Supreme Court Nominee | Sen. Jeff Merkley

OPB | March 16, 2016 noon

This week, Think Out Loud is coming to you live from the NPR studios in Washington, D.C. On today's show, we analyze primary election results, delve into the President's Supreme Court nominee, and talk to U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley.

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Washington Lobbyist | Sen. Ron Wyden | Oregon's Pot Problems

OPB | March 15, 2016 noon

This week, Think Out Loud is coming to you live from the NPR studios in Washington, D.C. Today we hear from a long-time lobbyist about what it's like to navigate Washington's power structures, sit down with Sen. Ron Wyden to talk about his work with the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and learn how advocates for Oregon's pot industry are trying to resolve discrepancies in state and federal law.

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Portland Mayoral Candidate Ted Wheeler Wants To Stop Gentrification

OPB | March 3, 2016 3 p.m. | Portland

Portland mayoral candidate Ted Wheeler discussed his plans to fix Portland's gentrification of minority communities on Think Out Loud.

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Portland Mayoral Candidate Ted Wheeler | Washington Legislative Check In | Umatilla Indian Reservation News

OPB | March 2, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We'll hear from Portland mayoral candidate Ted wheeler, and speak with Chuck Sams about recent news affecting the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

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'Free' Community College Update | Effect Of Hatcheries On Fish | Naloxone In Pharmacies

OPB | March 1, 2016 noon

We'll hear about a bill that would allow pharmacists to prescribe a drug that helps reduce the effects of opioid overdoses. Then we'll get an update on Oregon's $50 a term community college program. Plus, a new study looks at the dramatic impact hatcheries have on the genes of steelhead trout.