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Bob Fitch Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 21 March 9-10 PM

Photo by: David Bacon

Photo by: David Bacon

This week as my special guest from the arts I’m pleased to be interviewing iconic photographer and photo-journalist Bob Fitch. Bob’s photo archives are a principal source for the iconic images of the peace, social justice and cultural movements of the last 60 years including intimate photo documentary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Civil Rights Movement; Cesar Chavez and the United Farmworkers; Dorothy Day and the Catholic Workers; Joan Baez and David Harris and the Draft Resistance; Fathers Phillip and Daniel Berrigan; Congressman Ronald V. Dellums and other participants in this vibrant period of history. Such is the quality and significance of Bob’s work that in October 2013 Bob's images were acquired by Stanford University to establish the Bob Fitch Photographic Archive at the Stanford University Libraries. Bob’s photographs have also been featured in two Smithsonian traveling exhibits. Bob moved to Watsonville, CA in 2008 where he manages his photo archives and, although affected by Parkinson’s disease, remains active in community empowerment programs.

Join me Saturday 9-10 PM to find out more about the life and art of Bob Fitch. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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‘Do we still need physical community?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday March 21st

 

This Saturday 21st March 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Do we still need physical community?’ With the rise of technology we are increasingly becoming more individualized and physically isolated. Do we still need physical community or can internet community suffice? Community can be defined as a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. One participant in a survey described community as 'about belonging. It is a place that supports me in many ways - friends, neighbors, jobs, resources, play time. It is home’. Can virtual community provide these things? Our online friendships can be relatively shallow with quantity trumping quality. How real/genuine is virtual support? When it is so easy to ‘like’ something or enter a quick comment is the support’s worth diluted? Are virtual and physical community just different but equally valuable? What does community mean to you and where do you look for it?

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

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‘Who is responsible for our health?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday March 7th

This Saturday March 7th 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Who is responsible for our health?’ In the past few decades we have seen more and more moves towards regulation aimed at helping us to be healthier. The Mayor of New York’s attempt to limit the size of sugary drinks was finally shot down but was he right to try to stem the tide of obesity by helping people when they don’t seem able to help themselves? Or was he interfering with people’s rights to choose what is best for them? Legislation banning smoking in public areas has successfully reduced second-hand smoke linked to many health problems. A triumph for health or another nail in the coffin of personal choice? Should the government’s role in health be limited to education rather than also encompassing regulation? Or is health not the government’s business at all? And what about producers of unhealthy products? Should they be regulated or is it up to us to just say No? What do you think? Who is responsible for our health? 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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Reif Larsen Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 7th March 9-10 PM

 

This week as my special guest from the arts I’m pleased to be interviewing best-selling author and film-maker Reif Larsen. Reif’s first novel, The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet, was a New York Times bestseller, is currently translated into 27 languages, and was adapted into a movie by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (of Amélie fame). Vanity Fair commented ‘The Selected Works of T S Spivet about a 12-year-old genius cartographer from Montana, is like nothing you’ve ever picked up…it is steeped in poignancy, humour and wisdom.” Reif’s writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Tin House, one story, The Millions, Asymptote Journal, and The Believer. He studied at Brown University and has taught at Columbia University, where he received an MFA in fiction. Reif is currently serving as the writer-in-residence at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Reif is also a film-maker and has made documentaries in the USA, UK, and Sub Saharan Africa.

Reif’s new book I Am Radar has just come out and is as highly original as Reif’s first book taking in quantum physics, forgotten history, a secretive group of puppeteers and scientists, who stage experimental art for people suffering under war-time sieges, and encompassing environments around the globe. Join me Saturday 9-10 PM to find out more about the life and art of Reif Larsen.

If you enjoy the interview, you can meet Reif in person at Bookshop Santa Cruz on March 11th at 7 PM for a talk, Q&A and book signing.

For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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‘Why Are We So Busy?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 28th February

‘Why Are We So Busy?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 28th February

This Saturday 28th February 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Why Are We So Busy?’

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

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Tribute to Sam Andrew of Big Brother and The Holding Company on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 28th February 9-10 PM

This week I am featuring a tribute to Sam Andrew of Big Brother and the Holding Company who sadly passed away in the arms of his wife, Elise, on Thursday, February 12th in San Francisco. Sam was a friend and previous guest on It’s A Question of Balance and was a phenomenal human being. Big Brother and The Holding Company, was originally composed of Janis Joplin, Peter Albin, Sam Andrew, James Gurley and Dave Getz. As a singer, songwriter, composer, and guitarist and founding member of Big Brother and The Holding Company Sam Andrew had multiple hits and three platinum albums to his name. Of his early compositions, "Call on Me" and "Combination of the Two" have been two of Big Brother’s most enduring classic tracks and are still concert favorites today. Sam Andrew and Janis Joplin also recorded an album together as the Kozmic Blues Band called ‘I Got Dem Old Kozmic Blues Again Mama’.

Sam and original band mate James Gurley produced some of the greatest psychedelic guitar solos of all time. In February of 1997, Guitar Player magazine listed the work of Sam and James on "Summertime" as one of the top ten Psychedelic solos in music history. After Big Brother stopped performing in 1972, Sam moved to New York where he studied harmony, counterpoint and composition. During this period he also scored several films in the US and Canada as well as writing two string quartets and a symphony. When Big Brother reunited in 1987, Sam provided a wonderful variety of fresh new songs to the band. A sensitive and thoughtful man, his personality is reflected in the lyrics of his beautiful ballads. When Big Brother was not not on the road, Sam pursued his solo project, The Sam Andrew Band.

In tribute to Sam I am featuring excerpts from my interviews with him.

Join me Saturday 9-10 PM to honor the life and art of Sam Andrew. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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