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 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.
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."
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.
Music | News | Politics | Think Out LoudOPB | 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.
local | News | Think Out LoudOPB | 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
local | News | Politics | Think Out LoudOPB | 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.
Portland Mayoral Candidate Ted Wheeler | Washington Legislative Check In | Umatilla Indian Reservation NewsOPB | 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.
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.