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Are We Medicalising Normal? Thought-provoking Conversations on It's A Question of Balance

Ruth Copland features her conversations on the street Out and About asking 'Are we medicalising normal?" Obviously there is a need to help people with serious mental issues that are impeding their life and/or causing harm to others. But excluding these cases, there are a whole range of “disorders” that have sprung up that represent behaviour that used to be absorbed into normal life. In The Book of Woe: The DSM and the unmaking of Psychiatry, psychotherapist of 30 years Gary Greenberg states “When the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual or DSM was [first] published there were 14 mental disorders and now there are 250 – it needs to scale back.” The number of people diagnosed with disorders has increased accordingly. Does this mean more people are getting the help they need or are we medicalising human experience? What do you think? 

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Do you love a good thriller? Mystery Writer Laurie R King on It's A Question of Balance

With over 3 million books in print, Laurie R King is a hugely popular author. Ruth Copland features her interview with Laurie R King and talks about Laurie's latest mystery 'Lockdown'. Listen by clicking here Laurie R King | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast June 10). Laurie R King is an award-winning, internationally best-selling author of over 25 books including the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, Kate Martinelli books, and stand-alone novels including The Bones Of Paris and her latest Lockdown, 'the harrowing, all-too real tale of a classroom held hostage by someone with a thirst for revenge in this stunningly intricate, ripped-from-the-headlines novel of rich psychological suspense' (Bookshop Santa Cruz). Bookshop Santa Cruz has signed copies of Lockdown available!

Since her first book in 1993, A Grave Talent, which won the MWA Edgar Award for best first novel, and the CWA Creasey Award, Laurie has averaged a book a year, gathering multiple nominations for and winning many prestigious writing awards including The Beekeeper’s Apprentice being chosen as one of the top 100 Favourite Mysteries of the 20th century. A third generation Northern Californian who has lived most of her life in the San Francisco Bay area, Laurie R King has also spent a considerable amount of time in Britain, and now lives in Santa Cruz. 

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Photos: Ruth Copland with Laurie R King; Cover of Laurie's latest thriller 'Lockdown

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What is a Fair Profit? On It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Business is geared up to make as much money as possible but is there such a thing as too much profit? What effect does squeezing the last penny out of any transaction have on best practice decisions, and on how much pay and what kind of benefits to offer workers? Some CEOs of successful companies have made a choice to have a healthy bottom line that also supports the environment, good working conditions, and good pay for all employees. This may mean that the overall profit is decreased but employee engagement and retention are high and everybody in the company is benefiting from the company’s success. This model is easier for private companies than publicly traded ones as shareholders may not be happy with less profit. Should a business balance profit goals with altruistic considerations - such as protecting the environment? Or should a business be trying to make as big a profit as possible? What do you think is a fair profit? Local people share their views with Ruth on the show’s Out and About feature (broadcast 20 May).

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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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