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Tarquin Gotch Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 23rd May 9-10 PM

Left: Tarquin Gotch | Right: Brian Johnson of AC/DC

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing entertainment industry veteran Tarquin Gotch. Starting out as a tour manager, Tarquin became a music publisher before joining Arista Records as an A&R executive where he oversaw and/or signed acts like Simple Minds, The Thompson Twins, The Stray Cats, The English Beat, Elaine Paige, and Rowan Atkinson. Progressing to WEA he helped bring success in the UK to Prince, Madonna, Shalamar, and many other American acts. Moving into music management he oversaw the careers of many bands and also managed Jon Lord, founding member of Deep Purple, until his death in 2012, and currently manages Brian Johnson of AC/DC. Tarquin acted as music supervisor for most of the director John Hughes’ films over a seven year period including Some Kind of Wonderful, She’s Having A Baby, Uncle Buck, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Running John Hughes film company in the 90s Tarquin executive produced Curly Sue, Dutch, Only The Lonely, and Home Alone. He then worked for Fox running their movie division Fox Circle Productions where he oversaw the production of nine TV films including FBC's highest-rating movie of the week The OJ Simpson Story. He has since produced both film and TV and currently is executive producing the documentary series Cars That Rock with Brian Johnson, for Quest in the UK and Discovery in the rest of the world.

Tune in Saturday 9-10 PM to find out more about the life and art of Tarquin Gotch. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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MURS Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 16th May 9-10 PM PST Listen via www.KSCO.com

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing MURS, creator of ‘educated street music for the educated street movement’. Hailing from Los Angeles and creating great music since the early 90s, MURS is an indie-rap icon who has recorded multiple albums and has performed all over the world. You don’t need to be a fan of hip-hop or rap to enjoy hearing the thoughts of this conscious, deep-thinking and highly creative man. His consistently intelligent, thoughtful and charismatic work has engendered a dedicated following of fans. iTunes comments that MURS’s “low-key intelligence and self-deprecatory indignation make him a curiously modest figure on a Hip-Hop scene filled with inflated egos”. A prolific artist MURS has created both quality solo albums and collaboration projects with many artists including Mayday, 9th Wonder, and Fashawn. His many album releases include a 10-track concept album called Yumiko: Curse of The Merch Girl, a collaboration with artists and writers which is accompanied by a 100-page graphic novel. MURS recently moved record companies to Strange Music and his new album Have A Nice Life is coming out on the 18th of May.

Tune in Saturday 16th May 9-10 PM to find out more about the life and life-affirming art of MURS. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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‘What role do you think the police should have in society?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 9th May

This Saturday 9th May 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘What role do you think the police should have in society?’ All industrial societies use police to control crime and help maintain public order. But obviously this can be done in different ways. Often it is thought that it is only the police that stand between citizens and social chaos. In reality there can be many aspects to social order such as design of the environment, compliance with community norms, self-defence, and individual morals and values. Do you see the police as the primary way to prevent social chaos or as part of a range of resources that create social order? Policing is managed in different ways in different countries. Is there a danger that having a more militarised police creates the mindset that they are a force controlling citizens rather than serving them? Would you like to see more community involvement from the police?

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

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Michelle Boley Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday May 9th 9-10 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing film director, writer and producer Michelle Boley. Based in LA, Michelle founded Rogue Kite Productions in 2008 with a view to creating professional low-budget films with high production value. Rogue Kite Productions have played at festivals across the country including Atlanta Underground, LA Comedy Fest, Cucalorus, Passadena, Tall Grass, and Heartland. They have taken prizes, including the LA Comedy Shorts Audience Choice Award and the Orlando Film Festival’s raunchiest film award. Michelle loves dark comedy and was a semi-finalist this year in the NBC Playground, which searches for the best new comedy. You can find Michelle’s comedy on The Young Turks, Funny or Die, and Youtube. Her sketch videos S.A.D., Please Don’t Vote, and (Stuffed) An- imals are extremely popular with Please Don’t Vote having been viewed over 6 million times. Michelle also works as a freelance writer, director and producer for other reputable production companies. Her clients include the Nerdist, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, and The Young Turks and recent highlights Executive Producing the Cricket Wireless “Half is More” Campaign and Producing/ADing a Jim Beam Web Series. She has also worked on the staff of the 49th Chicago International Film Festival. Her latest film, Madeline Makes A Man, which she wrote, directed and produced was screened at the NewFilmMakers LA special BritWeek screening and will be playing at The Women's Eye Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, The Women's International Film and Arts Festival, and in the Arts and Algorithms film festival.

Tune in Saturday 9-10 PM to find out more about the life and art of Michelle Boley. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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Rama Chakaki Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 2nd May 9-10 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Rama Chakaki, founder of Baraka Bits, the only media venture delivering EXCLUSIVELY good news from the Middle East. BarakaBits started with content from the region, changing the narrative in the media to an intelligent, optimistic and empowering one. The interview will focus on the creative art of the Middle East and how art can both reflect and shape conflict, as well as give a more holistic voice to people living in countries that are often represented simply as areas of conflict in Western media. Rama is also the co-founder of Baraka Ventures, which aims to nurture innovative social enterprises, and Baraka Advisors, which is a digital communications agency rooted in the region’s culture and values. The agency supports NGOs engage donors and volunteers and supports mainstream private sector companies transform to social enterprise rooted in community service.

Tune in Saturday 9-10 PM to find out more about the life of Rama Chakaki and her work supporting the arts. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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‘Has social media changed how much we live versus perform our lives?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 2nd May

This Saturday 2nd May 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Has social media changed how much we live versus perform our lives?’ Shakespeare said “All the world's a stage,/ And all the men and women merely players”. The analogy of life as a performance is not a new thing; it has been considered for centuries by such people as Pythagoras and Petronius amongst others. In the past, however, musings focused more on who might be controlling the ‘play’ rather than on people acting out their lives. With social media, though, there is a sense of increasing self-consciousness as we consider what effect our posts are creating. Are we documenting our lives through social media or are we manufacturing our lives to fit an image that we want to project? Are we simply sharing our experiences or are we creating them with an audience in mind? Are we authentic online or are we playing a part? Even if we are not trying to control our image necessarily, are we able to live life in the moment without considering whether it’s a good photo opportunity or something to post about?

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

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