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.
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.
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?
local | NW Life | News | Think Out LoudOPB | 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.
The occupiers argue the federal government can’t manage public lands as well as state, counties or private entities. But that’s a pretty big political fight and a move environmental and conservation groups oppose.
Nation | News | Think Out LoudOPB | Oct. 14, 2016 noon
We discuss some of the biggest stories of the week. Then, we hear about overcrowding at Oregon's only women's prison, and we hear about how depression affects the mortality rate of lung cancer patients.
Protests about the city council vote on the new Portland Police contract resulted in 10 arrests. Also, we get an update on humanitarian efforts in Haiti, hear the latest in our American Dream series, and learn about a possible change in how to prosecute drug crimes.
On the newest episode of “This Land Is Our Land,” we look into David Fry’s troubled youth, his mental health issues and what radicalized him.
This hour on TOL: An update of regional business news; a conversation with the four Portland teens whose film was featured at the White House Student Film Festival; and lichen and why it matters.
We look back at the week in court and discuss the role of guns at the Malheur occupation and in the courtroom.
After three days on the stand, Ammon Bundy finished his testimony in the trial of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
OPB's Conrad Wilson and the Oregonian/OregonLive's Maxine Bernstein update us on the week in court. Then we learn about the so-called Patriot Movement that goes far beyond the Bundy family.
Our news roundtable takes up some of the biggest stories of the week. Also, we continue our American Dream series, and we hear about a new report about the state of women in Oregon.
We return to Harney County to hear how closely residents are following the trial of the refuge occupiers, and to find out how the community is healing seven months after the last occupier was arrested.
We find out more about a massive budget shortfall in the Oregon Health Authority, the status of the state's foster care system according to a recent report, and a new addition to the Sports Hall of Fame.
OPB's Conrad Wilson reports on the first witnesses to take the stand in the Malheur refuge trial: Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward and a man who was at the refuge on the day the armed protestors began their occupation.
Two brothers want to create a "triple crown" of Oregon hiking trails. A Portland man wants to start a Satanist club in a Portland elementary school. And we continue our American Dream series by talking to a young environmentalist.
local | Education | Politics | Environment | News | Think Out LoudOPB | Sept. 8, 2016 noon
Portland high school students walked out of class yesterday over a bond measure vote. Also, we learn more about homelessness in Eugene and the ways that glaciers melt.
On the eve of the beginning of the Malheur trial, charges against one defendant were dropped. In this episode of "This Land Is Our Land," OPB looks at what happened and previews the jury selection process.