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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

News | Think Out Loud

Junction City Hospital | Climate Change Lawsuit | Bilingual Education

OPB | Dec. 2, 2016 noon

We learn about bilingual education, the possible fate of the Junction City psychiatric facility and a climate-change lawsuit brought against the Obama administration.

Communities | Nation | Economy | Environment | News | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Elliott State Forest | Solitary Confinement in Oregon

OPB | Dec. 2, 2016 noon

We discuss some big stories this week on our news roundtable, learn more about the sale of the Elliott State Forest and hear about efforts to reduce the use of solitary confinement in Oregon prisons.

Election | Politics | local | News | Think Out Loud

Funding Measure 98 | Gov. Brown's Budget | Clackamas County Turnabout | History Of East Portland

OPB | Dec. 1, 2016 noon

We explore the funding for voter-passed Measure 98, the governor's proposed budget, the winds of change in Clackamas County, and a new exhibit about the history of East Portland.

local | Politics | Environment | News

Expanded Cascade-Siskiyou Monument Could Help Tourism, Hurt Loggers

OPB | Nov. 29, 2016 3:15 p.m.

Conservation groups are lobbying President Obama to expand the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon.

News | Think Out Loud

Cascade-Siskiyou Monument Expansion | Standing Rock | Underrepresented Stories At Wolff Gallery

OPB | Nov. 29, 2016 noon

We hear about plans to expand the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, the latest news from the Standing Rock protests and a gallery that exhibits work from underrepresented artists.

Think Out Loud

Student Protest | Economic Check In | Young Voters

OPB | Nov. 22, 2016 noon

We get different perspectives on a student protest in Portland, check in on the state's unemployment rate, and hear from first-time voters about their response to the election.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

PCC President | Climate Change And Marijuana Under Trump | Whale Poop

OPB | Nov. 21, 2016 noon

We meet the new president of Portland Community College, discuss what the Trump administration may mean for climate change and for marijuana laws, and find out what scientists are learning from whale poop.

Nation | Health | News | Think Out Loud

Heath Care Under Trump | Gay Conversion Therapy | Stranded Russian Spies

OPB | Nov. 16, 2016 noon

We discuss possible changes to Oregon's Medicaid system in a Trump presidency, Garrard Conley shares his experience in gay conversion therapy, and we learn about a pair of former Russian spies now stranded in Oregon.

NW Life | News | Think Out Loud

Portland Protests | Imagining A President Trump | Portland Zoning Changes

OPB | Nov. 14, 2016 noon

We talk to a leader of some of the protests this weekend and about how some African-Americans are envisioning life under President Trump. We also look at how the Portland city council is thinking of changing the city's zoning.

Election | Economy | Politics | News | Nation | Think Out Loud

Reaction To The Election

OPB | Nov. 10, 2016 noon

We hear from Oregonians about how the election of Donald Trump as President may affect their lives.

local | NW Life | News | Arts | Books | Think Out Loud

Portland Author Chelsea Cain Speaks About Twitter Outrage And Misogyny

OPB | Nov. 3, 2016 noon

Portland author Chelsea Cain recently quit Twitter after receiving misogynist comments about her recent comic book series Mockingbird. We hear about her experience.

News | Think Out Loud

Elder Abuse Prosecutor | Cubs Win | Misogyny On Twitter | Gary Johnson

OPB | Nov. 3, 2016 noon

We hear why bestselling Portland author Chelsea Cain recently shut down her Twitter account. We'll also talk to the state's first elder abuse prosecutor and end with an interview with Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson.

Nation | NW Life | local | Politics | News | Think Out Loud

Talking Business | Playground Design | Stealing Our Election

OPB | Nov. 1, 2016 noon

Can playgrounds be designed for better play? Also, we check in on the latest business news. And we'll find out what happens to your ballot after to put it in the mail.

Nation | local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

'This Land Is Our Land' Update: Harney County, Tribes, Federal Employees React

OPB | Oct. 29, 2016 3:47 p.m. | Portland

In this episode, we share reactions from Bundy supporters and opponents following the acquittal of seven people accused of taking over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Communities | Land | News | Nation | Think Out Loud

Oregon Standoff Verdict: Not Guilty

OPB | Oct. 28, 2016 noon

The verdict is in for the trial of the Malheur Refuge occupiers. All seven defendants were found not guilty of conspiring to impede federal workers of doing their jobs. We'll talk about the verdict, reaction to it and what it might mean for federal workers and patriot movements going forward.

Nation | local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

'This Land Is Our Land' Ep. 11: Verdict

OPB | Oct. 27, 2016 9:04 p.m. | Portland

The end of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge trial came down to two stunning words: not guilty.

Nation | News | local | Land use | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

All 7 Defendants Found Not Guilty In Refuge Occupation Trial

OPB | Oct. 27, 2016 4 p.m. | Portland

Ammon and Ryan Bundy have been found not guilty of conspiracy. Their five co-defendants Jeff Banta, Shawna Cox, David Fry, Kenneth Medenbach and Neil Wampler have all been found not guilty as well. 

NW Life | local | Think Out Loud

On The Road: From La Grande To Imnaha On Route 82

OPB | Oct. 25, 2016 noon

Oregon Route 82 arcs from La Grande to Joseph, around the north side of the Wallowa Mountains. We took a road trip along the highway and talked to ranchers, small business owners, life-long residents and visitors.

News | Think Out Loud

Office of Emergency Management | Infrastructure Resiliency | Psychology of Earthquake Preparedness

OPB | Oct. 20, 2016 noon

Why don't we prepare for earthquakes, even though we know they are coming? And just what might happen along the Oregon coast when the massive earthquake and tsunami hit?

NW Life | local | News | Think Out Loud

$500M For UO | Wildfires And Climate Change | American Dream: Naturalized Citizen | Measure 97

OPB | Oct. 18, 2016 noon

Phil and Penny Knight donate $500 million to the University of Oregon. Climate change is directly tied to wildfires in the West. A naturalized citizen tells us about the American Dream. And we dive deep into Measure 97.