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Former 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


'We Will Always Sing': Black Belt Eagle Scout Makes Space For The Marginalized

Katherine Paul, who performs under the name Black Belt Eagle Scout, uses the pow wow music of her youth to shape her songs and isn't afraid to assert who they are for.


Sinkane Harnesses Hope For Sudan In 'Dépaysé' Album

Sinkane's lead singer Ahmed Gallab talks about the band's latest album, Dépaysé, Sudan's regime change and the resilience of his people.


'They Know That I'm The Real Deal': Transgender Baritone Makes Opera History

In her U.S. debut as Don Giovanni, Lucia Lucas became the first known trans person to sing a principal role on an American opera stage.


Vampire Weekend Is Looking For The Cool Within The Uncool

Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig talks about Father of the Bride, the band's first album in six years, along with all the changes that time has brought.


Weyes Blood Meditates On Climate Change And Learns To Cope With Loss

Weyes Blood is the project of musician Natalie Mering. Her latest album, Titanic Rising, covers topics of climate change, loneliness and life in an age mediated by screens.

Nation | Health

Ending HIV In Mississippi Means Cutting Through Racism, Poverty And Homophobia

More than half the new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. are in Southern states, where the rates among gay and bisexual black men remain stubbornly high, despite the existence of medicine to stop the virus.


Texans: What Issues Are Driving You To The Polls?

NPR wants to hear what issues are motivating voters in Texas, which holds the first primary of the 2018 election season. Share your thoughts with us.

Books | Arts

Poem For Your Thoughts: Your Memories Of Love, Captured In Poetry

You shared stories of being smitten, stories of betrayal and even a love letter to a dog. Here, author Kwame Alexander selects poems that get to the heart of those experiences.

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?"


'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.


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.

NW Life | local | 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 | Business | News | 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.

News | Nation | 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.

News | Nation | 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.

News | Nation | 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.

News | Politics | Environment | 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." 

Books | NW Life | local | 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.

News | Health | 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.