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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

‘What Does America Being Great Mean To You?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 30th July

This Saturday 30th July 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance we are featuring Out And About - thought-provoking conversations on the street. We consider ‘What Does America Being Great Mean To You?’

According to Inquisitr, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has said that the 1980s was the best decade as America was great then because the economy was so strong it exploded and America’s enemies feared it. Do you think about America in terms of being ‘great’? When people think of America being great are they thinking primarily in terms of the economy and military power? What qualities would America embody to be great in your opinion? Is being great based on how America is viewed from the outside - how it dominates the world or how it is viewed as a world power economically and militarily? Or is it more about how it treats its own people and is viewed by them? Great is a superlative. It’s common for Americans to say that America is the greatest country in the world. How important is it to you that America is the best country in the world? If you allow yourself to be nostalgic - are there things that you remember fondly that don’t exist today that you wish did? Do you think America's greatest years are behind it or could still be ahead of it? What does America being great mean to you?

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.

Steven Friedman Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 23rd July 8-9 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing scientist, philosopher, artist and performer Steven Friedman. Excelling in academics from an early age, Steven’s contributions to molecular biology and medicine range from developing methods to work out the structure of viruses to conceiving smart chemotherapeutics against cancer. Steven Friedman’s writings include philosophy, poetry, and plays; his art, ranging from representational pastels to acrylic under acrylic poles, has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions and has entered major private collections around the world. A prominent contemporary intellectual, Richard T. Murphy, has written that Steven Friedman is “the only person I have ever known who I am sure is a genius, someone whom one could pair with Einstein and not sound silly.”

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

“If You Are For Something Must You Be Against Something?” It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 16th July

This week we consider ‘If You Are For Something Must You Be Against Something?’ There is a well-known quote from the Bible “Whoever is not with me is against me”. But in everyday life if you are for something must you automatically be against something else? It would seem in the US with the current political climate and also the issues with the recent shootings by police and of police that this is how many of us feel. We feel if we are pro-black then we must be anti-police and vice versa or if we support one political candidate then we are against the others. If you feel strongly for something does it make you take up a position against something else?

Leon Festinger’s theory of cognitive dissonance focuses on how humans strive for internal consistency. According to work by Eddie Harmon Jones and Kracht and Woodard, when new conflicting information is presented mental stress is created. If this is not alleviated by changing our view then other ways to reduce stress include misperception; rejection or refutation of the new information; seeking support from those with similar views; and trying to convert others to our way of thinking. When you feel strongly about something do you feel a tendency to want to reject information that conflicts with your views? Or convert others to your way of thinking? If more of us were able to to hold conflicting views in mind - for example that we can support the police and be critical of them - what effect do you think that might have on finding solutions to social problems?

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.