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How Can We Unite? On It's A Question of Balance

Would you like to see the USA more united? Unity ‘is the state of different areas or groups being joined together to form a single country or organization.’ We have the United States. The dictionary also says ‘When there is unity, people are in agreement and act together for a particular purpose.’ Is there a shared goal big enough the American people can unite behind to make us overlook our differences? Listen here How Can We Unite? | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 25 Feb).

Ruth Copland goes Out and About to get opinions on the street. Are we all in this together to solve our problems, is the answer in working collaboratively - or do you think it’s more a case of the ones who have it ‘right’ finally convincing the ones who don’t? Is part of why we are not united because we don’t see our interdependence? Or that we’ve stopped giving respect to our idealogical adversaries? What do you think? Listen to the conversations and decide!

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Interview with Betsy Franco and Student Film-Makers from film 'Metamorphosis Junior Year'

On It's A Question of Balance, Ruth Copland interviews artists involved with the making of the film Metamorphosis Junior Year, which is having its world premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose on March 4th. The full-length feature film has been produced entirely by high school students with mentors from the film industry including main mentor and creator of the project James Franco. Listen to the interview here It's A Question of Balance - Betsy Franco and Film-Makers (broadcast Feb 18).

The film follows Ovid, an angsty teenage boy trying to make sense of life, love, sexuality, and friends, as he analyzes the world around him. A coming-of-age film, its themes are relevant to all adults. The film is based on the young adult novel by Betsy Franco whom Ruth is pleased to have on the show along with five of the student film-makers. The film is part of Elysium Bandini Studios and is the first philanthropic studio event created. Elysium Bandini brings together the Art Of Elysium charity with James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini production company. 

Betsy Franco, who majored in Studio Art at Stanford, is an award-winning author with over eighty books, including picture books, and poetry collections, some beautifully illustrated by previous guest of this show Michael Wertz. Betsy also writes screenplays, plays, and sketch comedies, and compiles anthologies of teen writing. Metamorphosis Junior Year the novel is illustrated by Betsy’s son Tom Franco and read on audio book by her actor sons James Franco and Dave Franco. It is also the basis for a successful play. Betsy is an actor on TV and in film, and is a member of a sketch-comedy troupe called Suburban Squirrel. She is currently polishing the sequel to Metamorphosis—The Art of Love. For more info on the show and to listen to previous shows visit It's A Question Of Balance


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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.

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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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