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‘Do we still need public libraries?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 25th October

 

This Saturday October 25th 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Do we still need public libraries? In this age of the internet and e-books what is the role of the public library in society today? Thomas Jefferson in 1809 wrote “I have often thought that nothing would do more extensive good at small expense than the establishment of a small circulating library in every county”. Funding of libraries is constantly under attack in budget cuts and has seriously declined in recent years even though 90% of Americans say the closing of their local public library would impact their community*. Publishers are ambivalent or even hostile about libraries fearing reduced book sales. With their core mission of promoting reading, however, do libraries create new readers (and thus new purchasers)? 82% of Americans believe libraries should provide free literacy programs to young children*, which may include traditional reading, writing and comprehension as well as technology and new media literacies. Is this a good use of public money or should parents be responsible for providing these skills? Many people have home access to the internet for research and e-books but does this replace the cultural and intellectual experience of the library and its role as a vibrant community center? Is the library more than a repository of books? Libraries now provide free access to the internet and computers – is this as fundamental a right to information as the original intent of libraries providing access to books (and thus knowledge) for all people regardless of socio-economic standing? What do you think? I get the views of people in the local area 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 

*Pew Research Center.

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Azar Nafisi Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday October 25th 9-10 PM

This week as my special guest from the arts I’m pleased to be interviewing Azar Nafisi, New York Times best-selling author, essayist and academic. Azar is perhaps best known for her book Reading Lolita in Tehran, which tells the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, Azar taught American literature to her students in Iran. It is an exploration of the transformative powers of fiction in a world of tyranny. Reading Lolita in Tehran has sold over a million copies, spent over 117 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, has been translated into 32 languages, and has won diverse literary awards. In 2006 Azar won a Persian Golden Lioness Award for literature, presented by the World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media. She is the author of Anti-Terra: A Critical Study of Vladimir Nabokov’s Novels, a children’s book (with illustrator Sophie Benini Pietromarchi) BiBi and the Green Voice and Things I Have Been Silent About: Memories, a memoir about her mother. In addition, Azar has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, The New Republic and The Wall Street Journal. Azar Nafisi is a Visiting Professor and the executive director of Cultural Conversations at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, where she is a professor of aesthetics, culture, and literature, and teaches courses on the relation between culture and politics. Her new book The Republic of Imagination has just been published. Join me Saturday 9-10 PM to find out more about the life and art of this inspirational woman! For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com 

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Danny De Lillo Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday October 18th 9-10 PM

 

This week as my special guest from the arts I’m pleased to be interviewing, Danny De Lillo, British actor, television host, and writer. Born in London and growing up in the sprawling Oxfordshire countryside Danny now resides in Los Angeles. Danny studied acting in London at the prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts of which Dame Judi Dench is the President, and then went on to train further at the American Academy of Performing Arts in New York, where stars such as Grace Kelly and Danny DeVito launched their careers. He has starred in theatre in London and UK national tours and has two films coming out in which he has the leading role – in ‘Smile’ he stars as a serial killer, and in ‘Red Heart’, a romantic comedy, he plays a lovable but slightly inept young man trying to get his girlfriend back against the backdrop of the Royal Wedding. With a strong interest in giving back, Danny is on the boards of NewFilmmakers LA and  the Britweek Film Committee; he is also Vice Chairman of Youth, Education & Outreach at The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). Join me Saturday 9-10 PM to find out more about the life and art of this up-and-coming young actor! For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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Is technology our servant or our master?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday

This Saturday October 11th 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Is technology our servant or our master?’ Increasingly everything in our lives is being changed by technology. The internet of things will soon ensure that our refrigerator will tell us when we need more milk, our cars will drive themselves, facial recognition software linked with social media will mean we need never be attracted to a stranger again without being able to find out nearly everything about them instantly from an app on our phone. Some of these advances beg the question “just because you CAN do something does that mean that you SHOULD?” What are the consequences of losing the need to think in so many different circumstances? Will it free us up to use our minds for even more amazing purposes? Or will we simply end up with more time to consume endless media entertainment as in Farenheit 451? How much discernment do we use when deciding to use technology? Are we controlling it or are we letting it control us? I get the views of people in the local area 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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Garth Stein Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday October 11th 9-10 PM

This week as my special guest from the arts I’m pleased to be interviewing, Garth Stein, New York Times best-selling author, playwright, and Academy-Award-winning film-maker. Garth is the author of four novels, including his recently released new novel A Sudden Light. His book The Art of Racing in the Rain has sold more than four million copies in 35 languages, and spent more than three years on the New York Times bestseller list.  It has inspired a Young Reader edition as well as a children’s picture book adaptation (2014), a stage adaptation by Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle, and is currently in development with Universal Studios for a major motion picture. Garth is also the author of a full-length play Brother Jones. Before turning to writing full-time, Garth was a documentary filmmaker, directing, editing, and/or producing several award-winning films, including The Lunch Date, winner of the Academy award for live action short in 1990, and The Last Party, starring Robert Downey, Jr. Garth is co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a non-profit organization dedicated to energizing readers and writers and their communities by providing funding, programming, donations of free books to those in need, and generally inspiring enthusiasm for reading. Join me Saturday 9-10 PM to find out more about the life and art of this inspiring man! For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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