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‘What Does It Take To Be An Active Bystander?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 21st November

This Saturday 21st November 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘What Does It Take To Be An Active Bystander?’ Virginia Tech states the following: “Bystanders, the largest group involved in violence, who greatly outnumber both perpetrators and victims have the power to stop abuse and to get help for people who have been victimized. Active bystanders are people who are aware of an abusive situation, and choose to speak up and say or do something without putting their own safety at risk.” Would you consider being an active bystander and what that would look like for you? What holds people back from intervening do you think? My guest this week in the arts hour of my show is award-winning music supervisor Bonnie Greenberg. She worked on the film The Hunting Ground (it airs on CNN 11/22 8 PM EST), which is about sexual assault on college campuses. This is a real problem, not least because colleges minimise it and try to sweep it under the carpet whenever possible. Research shows that only 8% of men on campus commit nearly all the sexual assaults so what do you think the majority can do to try to combat this problem? Many victims of sexual assault are met with a victim-blaming attitude. Is this something you can relate to? Have you ever found yourself blaming a victim when you have read about an event in the media? Or have you been blamed yourself or know anyone who has? Why do you think that people most often do not intervene when they see a situation that could escalate into a sexual assault? What does it take to be an active bystander?

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

Bonnie Greenberg Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 21st November 9-10 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Bonnie Greenberg award-winning music supervisor, executive music producer, and college professor. Bonnie, referred to by Michael Rogers as one of the elite superstar music supervisors, has been at the forefront of entertainment integrating music and motion pictures for over two decades. Bonnie has been integrally involved with over 80 films spanning all budgets and genres — from documentaries such as Marilyn, independent films such as Spanking The Monkey, Hairspray, Menace II Society, and Lars And The Real Girl, mid-budget independent and studio films such as Dead Presidents, The Best Man, The Mask, Rat Race, The Truth About Cats And Dogs, and Pleasantville, to major studio blockbusters including My Best Friend’s Wedding, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, What Women Want, The Santa Clause, Something’s Gotta Give, and It’s Complicated, to the hit TV series Desperate Housewives. She has worked repeatedly with established directors such as Jerry Zucker, Ron Howard, Malcolm Lee, P.J. Hogan, Nancy Meyers and The Hughes Brothers and consulted for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, overseeing the music in all their original productions. Most recently she was one of the producers of the made for TV original musical film, Dear Dumb Diary, the independent film Halfway and the controversial documentary, The Hunting Ground about sexual assault on US college campuses. Bonnie also just completed post-production on another original feature film musical entitled Basmati Blues, starring Brie Larson, Donald Sutherland, and Scott Bakula. Bonnie features in the book How I Broke into Hollywood: Tales from the Trenches and also appears in many music documentaries including for CNN and VH1. She has produced or executive produced numerous gold and platinum soundtrack albums and received an NAACP award for album of the year for her work on The Best Man. Bonnie is a firm believer that music should enhance and support the visual images of film and is a frequent lecturer on the use of music in films as an adjunct professor at UCLA Graduate Film School teaching music supervision. Having started her career in the entertainment industry working as an attorney and then business affairs executive at MCA Records, Inc. and Paramount Pictures, she is on the advisory board of the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute at Southwestern University School of Law. She is a 30-year member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and is one of the founding members of the Guild of Music Supervisors. In addition to her entertainment career, Bonnie is a jewellery designer producing unconventional one-off pieces.

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

‘What does it take to be a Gentleman or a Lady?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 14th November

 

This Saturday 14th November 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘What does it take to be a gentleman or a lady?’ Country Life magazine in Britain, which is aimed largely at the landed gentry but more broadly at country rather than city folk, recently published two lists of what is required to be a gentleman or lady. Some of the attributes are serious, some tongue-in-cheek and some very British. Is the concept of being a gentleman or a lady something you relate to? Do you associate these terms with a general chivalry and politeness that could still be useful in the modern age or do you think of them as promoting a certain kind of sexism? When you think of someone being a gentleman or a lady do you think about good manners and an honourable way of behaving or more about social conventions? What would be on your list of attributes of a true gentleman or lady today?

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 

Wallace Baine and Shmuel Thaler Special Guests on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 14th November 9-10 PM

This week as her special guests from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Wallace Baine, award-winning journalist and writer, and Shmuel Thaler, award-winning photographer and author. Wallace and Shmuel have collaborated to produce a book The Creatives Among Us which celebrates the incredibly rich array of artists concentrated in Santa Cruz county in California. If you enjoy the interview, Wallace and Shmuel will be appearing at Bookshop Santa Cruz on November 23rd at 7 PM to discuss The Creatives Among Us.
Wallace Baine has been an arts writer, film critic, columnist and editor for the Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper since 1991. He is a two-time winner of the National American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors ‘Excellence in Writing’ competition for his well-known Sunday column “Baine Street,” and has won several awards for his arts coverage from the California Newspaper Publishers Association. In addition, he was the winner of the City of Santa Cruz’s ArtWORKS Award for leadership in the arts in 2010. He has been host and director of the annual Gail Rich Awards, which started in 1997 honouring artists and arts supporters in the community in the Santa Cruz area. Wallace’s work has been syndicated in newspapers nationwide and his fiction has appeared in the Catamaran Literary Reader and the Chicago Quarterly Review. He is the author of the book Rhymes with Vain: Belabored Humor and Attempted Profundity and The Last Temptation of Lincoln, a collection of new short stories.” Wallace’s play, Oscar’s Wallpaper which premiered on stage in Santa Cruz in 2015 is adapted from one of the stories in this book.
Shmuel Thaler is an award-winning photographer who graduated from the film school at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His photographs have been published in every leading newspaper in the United States as well as in numerous magazines including Time, Forbes and Business Week and viewed on CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News. He has been honored three times with awards in the prestigious National Press Photographers Association ‘Best of Photojournalism’ category, most recently in 2015, as well as receiving regional and state awards. Shmuel is the co-author of five children’s books, his photographs illustrating numerous books including his collaboration with George Levenson on ‘Bread Comes to Life’ and the classic ‘Pumpkin Circle’, which has more than 120,000 copies in print and is held by every major library system in the country. Shmuel’s photographic work has been exhibited in one-person shows and group shows. Shmuel has been a staff photographer at the Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper since 1987.

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

‘What Qualities Do You Want In A World Leader?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 7th November

This Saturday 7th November 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘What qualities do you want in a world leader? Jenny Purt for the Guardian newspaper reports the opinion of Yuri Itoh, Hitachi manager, on leadership: “People tend to seek leaders who have a strong character, clear picture for the future, and talk fluently. They are often praised by the results. However, I think now people also care about the processes used to achieve the outcome. Therefore, future leaders…need to have qualities that were not required in the past. These are: enthusiasm to create a better world; strong principles whilst being flexible and realistic; patience; sincerity and fairness; collaborate and work together; take risks and give the fruits to people.” Do world leaders today need different qualities than in the past? Do you expect a world leader to hold high values in their personal life or do you see that as separate to their ability to lead? Do you feel different qualities are required to be the leader of America than other countries? Is it more important to you that your leader shares your exact beliefs or that they share your values?

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