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Dave Blanchard

Dave Blanchard is a producer for Think Out Loud. He came to OPB by way of Seattle's NPR affiliate, 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 Bachelors in philosophy in 2009.

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REBROADCAST: Returning World War II Combat Souvenirs

OPB | Aug. 6, 2015 12:45 p.m.

Earlier this week OBON 2015 returned several flags taken from dead Japanese soldiers in WWII to the descendents of those soldiers.

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The Americans With Disabilities Act Turns 25

OPB | July 27, 2015 12:06 p.m.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990. We look back on what effect it has had.

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Rural Lawmakers Reflect On Legislative Session

OPB | July 20, 2015 12:06 p.m.

Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, and Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, talk about the wins and losses for rural Oregonians this legislative session.

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How Does Tuition-Free Community College Work?

OPB | July 16, 2015 12:20 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Legislature passed a bill offering nearly free community college to certain high school graduates. We'll hear how a similar program is working in Tennessee.

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Hot Weather Stresses Oregon Farmers

OPB | July 9, 2015 12:45 p.m.

Temperatures in Eastern Oregon have been over 100 degrees for the last week, and that can make life difficult for farmers.

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Hemp Farmer Celebrates Bill's Defeat

OPB | July 9, 2015 12:15 p.m.

A bill that would have put a temporary halt to industrial hemp production in Oregon failed in the final days of the legislature.

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Fighting Fires During A Heat Wave

OPB | July 7, 2015 12:25 p.m.

How have the record temperatures in the Northwest affected the spread of fires and the people fighting them?

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At Home With A Language's Last Native Speaker

OPB | July 2, 2015 12:20 p.m.

Verdena Parker lives in Winston, OR, and is the last living native speaker of the Hupa language.

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How Can Portland Become More Bike-Friendly?

OPB | July 1, 2015 12:30 p.m.

Activists and city leaders are debating the future of Portland's bike infrastructure.

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Is 'The Blob' Causing The Northwest Heatwave?

OPB | June 30, 2015 12:06 p.m.

Scientists are trying to understand whether a patch of significantly warm water off the coast is affecting the climate in the Pacific Northwest.

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Represented: Marijuana In Southern Oregon

OPB | June 17, 2015 12:06 p.m.

How will recreational marijuana legalization affect the residents of southern Oregon, where pot is a major cash crop?

Concert Review: Sufjan Stevens at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

opbmusic | June 9, 2015 3:42 p.m.

Sufjan Stevens held the audience rapt as he delved into the emotionally-wrenching songs from his new album "Carrie and Lowell."

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Lane County Opposes New Gun Background Check Law

OPB | June 9, 2015 12:40 p.m.

The Lane County Commission passed a resolution saying the county is "unable to expend any county resources for the implementation" of Oregon's new gun background check law.

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Klamath County Funds Sheriff After Levy Fails

OPB | June 4, 2015 12:35 p.m.

Commissioner Kelley Minty Morris says the county will need to take out a loan to fund the sheriff's office.

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Will Recreational Pot Delay Legal Hemp?

OPB | June 2, 2015 12:45 p.m.

Rep. Peter Buckley has introduced a bill to put the brakes on Oregon's fledgling hemp industry.

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Earthquakes Off The Oregon Coast

OPB | June 1, 2015 12:06 p.m.

Geologists say the recent activity is not usual, and no tsunamis were triggered.

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Remembering Mary Ellen Mark

OPB | May 29, 2015 12:30 p.m.

We'll hear about the life and impact of photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who passed away this week.

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New Approaches To Managing Big, Expensive Wildfires

OPB | May 27, 2015 12:06 p.m.

Many wildfire policy experts say the goal with some wildfires isn't to stop the fire, but to manage the way they burn.

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REBROADCAST: Represented: Police Relations In N/NE Portland

OPB | May 25, 2015 12:06 p.m.

We listen back to the first installment of our "Represented" series.

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Should The State Keep The Kicker?

OPB | May 22, 2015 12:45 p.m.

Rep. Tobias Read (D-Beaverton) wants "kicker" money to be redirected to education and the rainy day fund, instead of going back to tax payers.