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What Does Love Mean To You? on It's A Question of Balance February 11th 8-9 PM

This week with Valentine’s Day upcoming I’m thinking about what love is and how we think about it today. In the USA, Valentine's Day is not just associated with romantic love as it is in Britain, but also with familial love and friends. In the English language we only have one word for love whereas the Greeks had 30! so for Out and About I ask people on the street whether they feel it would be a good idea to have more words for love. Love has become such an commonly used and overly used word, it’s meaning has definitely changed over recent decades if not actually been degraded by its use to say ‘we love’ the latest TV show or new ice cream flavour. So I am interested to hear people’s thoughts on whether more words for love would be useful. Join me Saturday 11th February 8-9 PM to hear my conversations and decide what you think!

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. For more info on the show visit It's A Question of Balance




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Interview with Ziek McCarter Frontman of 'best new live band in America' Con Brio on It's A Question of Balance

Ruth Copland interviews Ziek McCarter, bandleader and vocalist of the funk-soul band Con Brio. Con Brio has a reputation as being a phenomenal live band due in part to Ziek McCarter’s charismatic performance, which has been compared with a young James Brown or Michael Jackson. KQED Arts describes band leader and frontman Ziek as channelling “the pained emotion of Otis Redding, the suave edge of Sam Cooke and the solid dance moves, splits and all, of James Brown.” Listen to the interview here It's A Question of Balance - Ziek McCarter (broadcast on February 4). Formed in 2013, Con Brio comprises seven musicians with diverse backgrounds but a shared love of the vibrant Bay Area funk and psychedelic-soul sound pioneered by groups like Sly & the Family Stone. By 2015 the San Francisco band was a West Coast institution due to their captivating live show and, after spending 2015 touring the US and Europe, the international online magazine PopMatters declared Con Brio “the best new live band in America”. In 2016 Con Brio recorded their first full-length studio album Paradise, teaming up with legendary producer Mario Caldato Jr known for his work with the Beastie Boys and Beck amongst others.

For more info and to hear previous shows visit It's A Question of Balance

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MZ Hosts "The Undertaker"

MZ was joined by Andrew Danielsen from Pacific Gardens Chapel in Santa Cruz, an actual, real life undertaker for Jan 28th's Saturday Special!

What better way to perk up your day than a frank contemplation of what happens to your remains when you die.

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What Now USA? on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

After the President's inauguration, we ask ‘What now USA?’ For the show's Out and About feature Ruth Copland interviews people at the Santa Cruz Women’s March to find out what participants would like from the new President and Administration, and why. She speaks to both men and women, and people aged 18 to 80. Listen to the show here It's A Question of Balance - What Now USA? (broadcast 28 Jan). For more info on the show visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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Renowned Marine Photographer Jodi Frediani on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Ruth Copland interviews Jodi Frediani, whose incredible photographs of whales, dolphins, and marine life have featured in national newspapers and permanent collections around the world. Listen to the interview here It's A Question Of Balance - Jodi Frediani (broadcast Jan 21st). We talk about her journey through the flower power of the 60s, travelling all over Africa and Europe, giving Yoko Ono relationship advice, and how (having received her first camera at the age of 12) she became such an incredible marine-life photographer.

With a bachelor’s degree and graduate certificate in Art/ Photography, Jodi’s graduate photo project ‘Our Other Homeless’ highlighted the plight of abandoned cats and dogs, euthanised in the thousands by shelters when homes can’t be found. Her photographs were incorporated in books and magazines and exhibited from coast to coast. Jodi has photographically recorded adventures, people, places, and animals across Africa capturing on film an array of incredible animals including elephants and cheetahs. For the past 7 years, she has focused on marine species of the Monterey Bay in California, and for the last 15 seasons Jodi has been swimming with and photographing the North Atlantic humpback whales in the warm waters of the Silver Bank Marine Mammal Sanctuary, Dominican Republic, where she also helps gather fluke ID photos for research. This non-invasive data collection helps scientists to discover where whales spend their time. Jodi has also spent time swimming with and photographing humpback whales in Tonga. 

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

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