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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

Babies And Baseball: A Dad Plants The Seeds For A Shared Love Of The Game

Pete Van Vleet is a devoted Houston Astros fan. His daughter loves the Detroit Tigers. To help his infant son pick a team, he's asked all of them, "Why should my son choose you to be a fan?"

Arts

'General Hospital' Was 'The Dope' In Prison — And Kept Him Out Of Trouble

Christopher Scott served over a decade in prison, and there he developed a passion for soap operas. Now free, he still keeps his appointment with General Hospital.

Arts

A Lifetime Of Finding Peace, Purpose And Voice In The Pages Of Comics

Stephanie Williams discovered comics young, drawn early to X-Men, which she saw as an allegory for the persecution of black Americans. An adult now, she co-hosts a podcast about black superheroines.

Nation | Technology | Election | Business

Musk's Warning Sparks Call For Regulating Artificial Intelligence

Elon Musk is warning that artificial intelligence is a "fundamental existential risk for human civilization." Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is looking into how states can respond.

local | NW Life | Think Out Loud

On The Road: 'As Western As It Gets' In Southeast Oregon

A radio road trip from Fruitland, Idaho, to McDermitt, Nevada, through the sparsely populated and beautiful corner of Southeast Oregon.

Nation | News | Business | Economy | Think Out Loud

Represented: Oregon-Idaho Border

We travel to far Eastern Oregon, where for many businesses, it's hard not to think the grass is greener on the other side of the border ... in Idaho.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Mental Health And Terrorism | Julius Achon

We talk to former Portlander, Olympic runner Julius Achon, who is now a parliament member in his native Uganda. Also, how do we talk about mental health and acts of public violence? And our news roundtable takes up some of the biggest news of the week.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

Education On The Ballot | Airplane Living

We visit Bruce Campbell, who has made a home inside an airplane outside of Hillsboro. And we'll learn about the education issues on the Portland ballot for next week's election.

local | Think Out Loud

Hanford Emergency | Talking Business | Egyptian-American Playwright | New Oregon Tax Plan

A new play about an immigrant couple premiers from an Egyptian-American playwright, a response to yesterday's interview about the Oregon Democrats' tax plan, and an update on regional business news.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

Engineering Licenses | Portland's Japantown | James Beard Documentary

An Oregon man who has an engineering degree from Sweden has been fined for practicing engineering without a license. We learn about Portland's Japantown before WWII, and about a new documentary on Oregon-born food writer James Beard.

Politics | Environment | News | Think Out Loud

Oregon Budget Negotiations | Environmental Justice And Carbon Pricing | 'Good Hair'

We hear about budget negotiations heating up in Salem, how carbon pricing could affect communities of color, and the politics of "good hair." 

local | Books | NW Life | Think Out Loud

Portland Homeless Shelters | Flintstones Comic Book

A new temporary homeless shelter has opened in SE Portland. And Oregonian Mark Russell tells us about the Flinstones, which he has re-written in comic form as biting social satire.

Health | News | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Guns And Public Health

Is it helpful to frame the gun debate as a public health problem? Also, our news roundtable takes up some of the biggest news topics of the week.

local | News | Think Out Loud

Portland's Emergency Response | Left Lane Law | Dahlak Brathwaite

How can Portland's emergency response improve? Should the left lane on the highway be restricted to passing only? Then, we talk with hip-hop artist Dahlak Brathwaite.

News | Think Out Loud

Geek Love Exhibit | Distracted Driving | Syrian Photographer

We explore a new exhibit dedicated to the celebrated book “Geek Love," a proposal in the Oregon Legislature to tighten distracted driving laws, and a new photography show featuring Syrian refugee children.

local | Politics | Health | News | Think Out Loud

Oregon's Death With Dignity Law More Widely Used But Some Physicians Still Skeptical

A new study finds use of Oregon's Death with Dignity law has spiked in recent years.

Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | State Employee Healthcare Costs | OPB's Eric Cain

Lawmakers are looking at government employee health care as a way of cutting costs. Eric Cain joins us to discuss his 30-year career with OPB. And we discuss other big news of the week.

Think Out Loud

Death With Dignity Report | Elliott Smith Reissue | Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize Winner

A new report on Death With Dignity, the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and a concert to celebrate the remastered edition of Elliott Smith's classic album "Either/Or."

News | Think Out Loud

Child Welfare Report | Steve Novick's Recommendations For Portland | Klamath Falls Organ

A new report offers a grim look at Oregon's child welfare system. A former Portland commissioner offers a vision for how to fix city hall. A church in Klamath Falls gets an organ it has been waiting for for nearly 100 years.

Think Out Loud

Music Inspired By The Forest | Cycling In The Forest | Playing Music In The Forest

Musician DJ Spooky was inspired by time he spent in the Western Cascades. Portland has a new plan for off-road cycling throughout the city. And jazz musician Darrell Grant performed music in Elliot State Forest.