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Saturday Special September 24th

What does it mean to be to be intelligent? Or, is that the wrong question?!?

My Name is Jonty McCollyer, Director of Digital Media for KSCO.

A friend recently forwarded me a provocative video presentation called "Changing Paradigms" by Sir Ken Robinson.

Watch it below.. You won't regret it.

In the presentation, besides providing a scathing critique of the medicalization of school children and standardized testing, Ken said something that struck me as an extremely important concept. He said that "most great learning happens in groups". That comment turned on a lightbulb in my mind.

Later that week MZ told me that he'll be out of town for the Saturday Special and asked me if I had any ideas. Well here it is:

What does it mean to be smart, to be intelligent, or have a high IQ? More over, is that the wrong question?!? Rather than ask, how smart any individual is, shouldn't we ask how smart the group is? Couldn't a low IQ scoring individual with the right attitude raise the intelligence of a group? How is a groups intelligence effected by a highly intelligent individual who simply wants to hear them self talk?

Since KSCO enjoys the participation and support of the most intelligent audience in radio, let's figure it out together on the Saturday Special. 10AM - Noon this Saturday September 24th.

KSCO Newsletter

Tess Morris Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 17th September 8-9 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Tess Morris, screenwriter and BAFTA 2015 Breakthrough Brit. of the wonderful 2015 romantic comedy film MAN UP, starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell. Tess has been writing since she could walk (not 100% true) and her first words were ‘Elvis is the King!’ (100% true). Her latest screenplay, the romantic comedy MAN UP, made the 2011 Brit List, was picked up by Big Talk Pictures, co-produced by Studio Canal and BBC Films and released in 2015 directed by Ben Palmer and starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell. Tess is currently writing original screenplay SECRET SANTA for Big Talk/Studio Canal and TEXTBOOK BEHAVIOUR for Big Talk/BBC Films. She is also doing a rewrite on a feature for Sony in the US.
In 1997, she won the Lloyds Bank/Channel Four Film Challenge for her short film BEER GOGGLES, and in 2008 she was chosen for the BFI/Skillset Think Shoot Distribute Scheme for emerging talent in the British Film Industry, which further proves the theory that there is no such thing as an overnight success. She has has also worked extensively as a script editor with ‘Seinfield’ writer Tom Leopold, and also lectures on comedy and screenwriting for the Arvon Foundation and Royal Holloway University.

Tune in Saturday 8-9 PM to find out more about the life and art of the funny and talented Tess Morris. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

‘Women in Power: What Do We Fear?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 10th September


There have been only 46 women senators in the whole history of US government since 1789. Women have been running for president for close to 150 years and we still haven’t had a female president. Do you think about the lack of women in positions of power - in government and throughout society? Is it something that concerns you?
Not all men fear women in positions of power but patently the fear is out there and has held women back. It seems worth exploring what this fear could be about. Paul B Farrell writing for Marketwatch states “Gender research in behavioral economics, neuroscience and brain psychology confirm that women do think, feel, see differently, they value the economy and the world differently, it’s a huge difference. Psychologically, women naturally think long term, see into the future. The male brain is programmed to think short-term.” Men and women are different. Is it possible men fear that women in power will only represent the needs of women? (Maybe because that is largely what men have done all the centuries they’ve been in power?)
Elie Mystal writing for Above The Law has come up (somewhat tongue in cheek) with the three most obvious reasons why men should fear women in charge.1. Performance Review Would Take 15 Hours And Peer Into Your Soul, 2. You Won’t Even Know Where To Look, and 3. Staffing Decisions Based On Cooperation Instead Of Conflict. Is increased emotional engagement something men fear if women are in charge? Do men feel more comfortable when they control the sexual dynamics and can eliminate them in certain situations where they deem them distracting by excluding women or keeping them subordinate? Do men feel more comfortable competing in the work place and therefore fear the possibly more collaborative style of a woman leader?

What do you think? Ruth Copland gets the views of people on the street for our Out and About feature. Join us on Saturday 8-9 PM! For more info on the show and to hear past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

In Out And About we consider topics with local relevance and global significance. The idea is to get us thinking about the questions that affect us all - to stimulate new thinking, or clarify what we already feel. To hear how other people’s opinions may differ from or be similar to our own.

 

Chris Scheuerman and Andrew Jenkins Special Guests on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 3rd September 8-9 PM

Left to Right: Chris Scheuerman, Director and Writer; Andrew Jenkins, actor and producer.

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing film director, producer, and writer Chris Scheuerman and award-winning actor and producer Andrew Jenkins. Their latest project together is the feature film Lost Solace, a psychological thriller, which Chris wrote and directed, and which was an Official Selection at the 2016 Cinequest film festival and Frightfest London. Lost Solace is the story of a young sociopath who after taking a new brand of ecstasy, goes on a mind bending trip that causes him to feel and question his morality for the first time in his life. Chris’s screenplay details his love of character and his desire to explore our fragile human condition through unique and accessible stories. Andrew Jenkins is an award-winning actor and native of Alberta, Canada, who has appeared on stage, as well as in numerous film and television roles including the lead in the series Stormworld; a recurring guest spot on Wayward Pines, working alongside Oscar nominee Matt Dillon; as the love interest of Mireille Enos in the hit show Supernatural; and as Sir Percival in the award-winning TV show Once Upon A Time. Andrew plays the lead role in the feature film Lost Solace, the story of which he helped develop.

Tune in Saturday 8-9 PM to find out more about the life and art of Chris Scheuerman and Andrew Jenkins. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Anne Sconberg and Mark Henderson Special Guests on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 20th August 8-9 PM

This week as her special guests from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Anne Sconberg and Mark Henderson, founders of the largest, most diverse art event in the Bay Area, Anne and Mark’s Art Party. With 34,000 square feet of gallery space, music, dance, art cars, food trucks, Fire, Fashion and Film, it is described as "Burning Man in a Tux”. This year's theme is "Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass" When you attend you are more than just a viewer...you become a participant, and the event benefits Silicon Valley Creates. Listen in to hear how Anne and Mark started the event in their own home and grew it to where it is one of the most anticipated arts events in Northern California.

Tune in Saturday 8-9 PM to find out more about the life and art of Anne Sconberg and Mark Henderson. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

‘Where Do We Draw The Privacy Line in a Public Space?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 13th August

This Saturday 13th August 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance we are featuring Out And About - thought-provoking conversations on the street. We consider ‘Where Do We Draw The Privacy Line in a Public Space?’

From a legal perspective there is only an expectation of privacy in public in very limited circumstances. Nevertheless, there has always been an informal code of conduct governing our respect for others’ personal space and privacy in public. Nowadays with the advent of social media and nearly every phone being a camera has this code of conduct changed? What level of privacy do we expect in a public space? How much privacy do we accord others? Is this dependent on how we were brought up? Or what our friends do? When posting content acquired in a public space do people even think about when it’s appropriate to do so? Is there a difference between taking video or photos to share just with friends in person, and posting that photo or video on social media?

There’s been a lot of discussion of surveillance by the state via CCTV cameras, particularly prevalent in the UK, with the whole fear of ‘Big Brother is watching you’. Is it possible though that we the people are in danger of actually becoming Big Brother by voluntarily posting so much information about ourselves and other people so that there is no real privacy? Due to the possibility to search information online and the ease with which law enforcement agencies and technology companies can aggregate data, a lot of information about people that once would have been considered personal is now readily available. Do you feel we have changed our perception of what personal or private information constitutes?

What do you think? Ruth Copland gets the views of people on the street for our Out and About feature. Join us on Saturday 8-9 PM! For more info on the show and to hear past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

In Out And About we consider topics with local relevance and global significance. The idea is to get us thinking about the questions that affect us all - to stimulate new thinking, or clarify what we already feel. To hear how other people’s opinions may differ from or be similar to our own.

Juliet Sargeant Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 6th August 8-9 PM

 

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing award-winning British garden designer Juliet Sargeant. This year, Juliet designed the Modern Slavery Garden for the Royal Horticultural Society’s world-famous Chelsea Flower Show. The garden was a thought-provoking conceptual evocation of modern slavery and was the first social campaign garden in the flower show’s 104-year history. It was awarded a Gold Medal and the coveted People’s Choice Prize. Juliet has been winning awards for 20 years for her imaginative solutions to complex garden problems. Having previously worked as a medical doctor and with a degree in psychology, Juliet sees gardens and landscapes as central to the health and well-being of individuals and society as a whole. Juliet sees garden design as an art form, and looks forward to the day when gardens will be fully valued for their contribution to society.

Tune in Saturday 8-9 PM to find out more about the life and art of Juliet Sargeant. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com