It’s A Question of Balance is on a two week summer hiatus. The show will return on Saturday July 9th 8-9 PM. In the interim, catch up on shows you may have missed! Visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com The show has an arts hour and a topic hour where Ruth Copland explores whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations.
Previous guests include Pulitzer-prize-winning authors, Oscar-winning directors and actors, multi-platinum musicians, award-winning artists, and many more local, national, and international inspiring guests from all areas of the arts.
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Previous topic discussions include: Are some lives worth more than others? How much does your privacy matter? Should children be paid to learn? What happens if we characterise ourselves by our political party? Can sex be sacred? Should we edit humanity genetically? Can you be pro-life and pro-war? Who controls the end of life? Are we born good? Is money the best motivator? Should we limit the world population? What is a fair profit?
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This Saturday 18th June 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 Qualities Do You Want in A World Leader?’
Dwight D. Eisenhower said “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.” John F. Kennedy stated that “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” Jack Welch from GE advised “Keep learning; don't be arrogant by assuming that you know it all, that you have a monopoly on the truth; always assume that you can learn something from someone else.” What qualities do you want in a world leader? Do world leaders today need different qualities than they did in the past? Are different qualities needed to be the leader of the USA than other countries?
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.
This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Italian-Canadian Camilla d’Errico, urban contemporary painter, illustrator, character creator and comic book artist. Camilla has distinguished herself as one of the breakthrough artists in Pop Surrealism’s New Figurative movement through her ability to seamlessly weave manga and western styles with surrealist elements, combined with an extensive emotional palette. Based in Vancouver, Camilla is a prolific artist who has released eight books, including the best-selling Femina and Fauna
and Pop Manga
, and multiple comics, as well as showing her work in art galleries across North America. Widely recognized for her captivating yet playful style, Camilla d’Errico is a regular fixture on the comic convention circuit, making appearances at around 10 conventions each year. Her books comprise graphic novels, collections of her artwork, and also instructional books on how to draw and paint.
Camilla’s work has a large fan-base which includes Stan Lee, Emma Roberts, Felicia Day, Neil Gaiman, Ronda Rousey, Avril Lavigne and Britney Spears. In 2016 Camilla has a solo exhibition at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles entitled ‘Dances With Dreams’ where she is debuting a new and exclusive collection of original oil paintings and framed ink drawings for exhibition and sale. An entrepreneurial artist, Camilla’s work can also be seen on toys, clothes and accessories through creative partners Hasbro, Disney and Mattel, and she recently expanded her art style into fashion eyewear with Coastal.
Tune in Saturday 8-9 PM to find out more about the life and art of Camilla d’Errico. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com
This week as her special guests from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing the co-founders of PiVot: The Art of Fashion - award-winning artist Rose Sellery and personal clothing stylist and blogger Tina Brown. Pivot: The Art of Fashion brings art and fashion together, producing incredibly unusual fashion events showcasing the work of cutting-edge fashion designers and artists’ one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces. This philanthropic endeavor actively seeks to promote and aid in the professional development of its participants. Artist’s creations transcend the imagination and designer’s collections awe the crowd and blur the lines between fashion and art. Pivot works with artists and designers to help them express their vision, collaborate, build community and move forward with runway performances, workshops, exhibitions and the Pivot Designer's Market.
Tune in Saturday 8-9 PM to find out more about the life and art of Rose Sellery and Tina Brown. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com
This week as her special guests from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Jen Heck and Lina Qadri from the award-winning film, The Promised Band. The film is a nontraditional documentary about an unlikely group of women from opposite sides of the Israeli/Palestinian border who are set on an unexpected path when an American friend, the award-winning film-maker Jen Heck, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to meet. But in a region where sides are separated not by just a 26-foot physical separation wall but a social one, meeting is nearly impossible: most Palestinian citizens are barred from entering Israel, and Israeli citizens fear meeting violence upon entering the West Bank. The women decide that, despite their dubious musical talent, a music group is the best cover story to meet and interact with each other. The unlikely musicians have to cross the border, repeatedly and often illegally. They have to get their instruments through checkpoints, secure permits to travel when possible, and find safe spaces to meet. Despite their initial distrust, the women connect. As each learns more about the other, they come to understand the stakes between their countries in a whole new way. Together, they realize that while they have nothing to fear from each other, peace may be impossible in a place where their friendship is criminalized, and women's voices can be easily drowned out. Ruth talks to the award-winning director of the film, Jen Heck, and one of the lead protagonists from Palestine, Lina Qadri. The Promised Band won Best Documentary and the Canon-Atomos Documentary Filmmaker Award at Cinequest 2016.
Tune in Saturday 8-9 PM to find out more about the life and art of Jen Heck and Lina Qadri. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com
This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing best-selling British writer Jo Baker. If you enjoy the interview, you can meet Jo in person on May 26th at 7 PM at Bookshop Santa Cruz where she is appearing as part of her American book tour.
Born in Lancashire in Britain, Jo Baker studied English Literature at Oxford University, then went on to study writing at Queen’s University, Belfast, eventually achieving a PhD on the work of the Anglo-Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen. Jo’s first book Offcomer was published in 2002 and she has gone on to publish five other novels - The Undertow, The Telling, The Mermaid’s Child, Longbourn and her latest book A Country Road, A Tree. Jo has also written for BBC Radio 4, and her short stories have been included in a number of anthologies.
Jo Baker’s book Longbourn, a reimagining of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice from the servants’ perspective, was hailed by critics as brilliant, absorbing, moving and ingenious and is a national best-seller, A New York Times Book Review Notable Book, a Seattle Times Best Title, a Christian Science Monitor Best Fiction Book, a Miami Herald Favorite Book, and a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. Longbourn is also in development as a feature film. Jo Baker’s considerable flare for historical detail and nuance showcased so effectively in Longbourn are evident again in her new book, A Country Road, A Tree, where she reimagines the Nobel Prize-winning Irish writer Samuel Beckett’s involvement with the French Resistance during WWII, and his struggle to find meaning in the seeming futility of life, and value in the written word. In A Country Road, A Tree, (the title of which references a stage direction from Beckett’s play Waiting For Godot) Jo Baker explores the military experiences that ultimately contributed to giving Beckett one of the most powerful voices in the 20th century.
Tune in Saturday 8-9 PM to find out more about the life and art of Jo Baker. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com