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'What Happened in Vegas?' Shocking and heart-breaking. It's A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland

Ruth Copland has been out and about covering the 2017 Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley. This week she is featuring guests from What Happened In Vegas, a shocking and heartbreaking documentary about three murder cases where all the victims were shot by the police. The film had its world premiere at Cinequest and reveals a police department seemingly willing to go to any lengths to protect its image and hide its crimes. The film also features good cops trying to act with integrity within a broken system, and considers what has gone wrong and how it might be fixed. Listen here What Happened in Vegas? | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 11 March).

Ramsey Denison, the director, producer and editor of the film decided to make the film after he witnessed police brutality, called 911 to report it and then was beaten up by police and arrested himself for doing so. He covers this story in the film as well as several cases including the police killing of West Point graduate Erik Scott. Ruth Copland interviews the father of this young man Bill Scott, the director Ramsey Denison, and editor Doug Blush, renowned for his work on Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated documentaries, including The Invisible War and The Hunting Ground.

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How Can We Prevent Fake News? Award-Winning Broadcast Media Expert Stewart Purvis on It's A Question of Balance

There are different aspects to fake news, the corrosive phenomenon that is pervading American life right now. These include wilful dissemination of untruths, amateurish reporting, lack of fact verification, and social media news delivery. Ruth Copland explores with her special guest Stewart Purvis how we can prevent fake news in all its forms.

Ruth Copland's guest is highly regarded UK media professional, Stewart Purvis, who has over four decades experience in broadcast media including TV and radio reporting, production, editing national news services, running a media business, and broadcast regulation. Stewart has won awards for documentaries and news from the Royal Television Society and BAFTA, and for his services to broadcast journalism was awarded by the Queen a CBE, one of the highest British civilian honours. In addition Stewart was a visiting professor at Oxford University, Professor of Journalism at City University, and has co-authored two books, one about the Cambridge super spy Guy Burgess, and one about when journalists cross the line. Listen by clicking here How Can We Prevent Fake News? (broadcast 8 April).

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Jett Williams, Country Singer and Daughter of Hank Williams Senior, on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Hear how Jett Williams finally found out about and fought for her birthright, became a singer/songwriter, Grand Ole Opry regular, motivational speaker and caretaker of her father’s music. Jett was born five days after her father died in 1953. Relinquished by her natural mother, Bobbie Jett of Nashville, with whom Hank had been having a relationship after his marriage ended, Jett was adopted by Hank’s mother. Sadly she too soon died and the Williams family, not wanting her, gave her up for adoption. During her youth, Jett had no idea who her natural parents were, let alone that her daddy was Hank Williams, but from a very young age she demonstrated an unusual and natural talent for music, singing, and her guitar. In the early 1980's, at the urging of her adoptive father and armed with a few facts and a little rumor, Jett set out to learn what she could about who she was. 

Ruth Copland interviews Jett Williams about the remarkable story of how, after years of effort, Jett got proof that Hank Williams Sr. was her father and wanted her, and how it was proved in court that Hank's family had denied her parentage in order to claim his considerable fortune. Ruth also plays songs from Jett's album Honk (broadcast 13 May).

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Superstar Fantasy Writer Tad Williams Special Guest on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

To listen to Ruth Copland's conversation with Tad Click Here Tad Williams | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast July 1st)

Tad has sold tens of millions of books worldwide and is a legend in the world of fantasy. Known as the 'American Tolkien', his work has inspired a generation of both readers and authors, including A Song of Ice and Fire/ Game of Thrones writer George RR Martin and Eragon writer Christopher Paolini. His considerable output of epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, comics, and more have influenced a generation. Before he became an incredibly successful writer, Tad worked professionally in the theatre; wrote and played with the band Idiot; hosted a syndicated radio show for over 10 years; and co-created the first completely interactive television programme, amongst many other things! Born in Palo Alto, Tad and his family now live in the Santa Cruz mountains in a suitably strange and beautiful house. 

After the publication of his first hugely popular book Tailchaser’s Song in 1985, Tad took the fantasy genre by storm in 1988 with the first novel in the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy, The Dragonbone Chair. This first installment and the subsequent books—Stone of Farewell and To Green Angel Tower—sold millions of copies worldwide and have been translated into twenty-five languages. Tad’s extensive body of genre-creating and genre-busting work comprises stand-alone novels such as The War of The Flowers and Caliban’s Hour; multi-volume series: Otherland; and Shadowmarch; the noir fantasy Bobby Dollar books; as well as comics published by DC Comics, a series of young-adult books written with his wife, Deborah Beale, The Ordinary Farm Adventures, and also short fiction, essays, and screenplays.

Now, after decades of fan anticipation Tad returns to the world and characters beloved by millions of fantasy readers worldwide with a brand-new sequel series set thirty years after the events in Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. The first novel in the The Last King of Osten Ard new series is The Witchwood Crown and has just come out.

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