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Alan White of YES Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 13 December 9-10 PM PST

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth is pleased to be interviewing Alan White of the progressive rock band Yes, who have sold nearly 40 million albums and are famous for pioneering the use of rock instruments to create extended classical-style compositions. Considered by many to be one of the greatest rock drummers of all time, Alan has over 40 years of experience and appearances on over 50 albums, with artists including John Lennon, George Harrison, Joe Cocker, Ginger Baker and The Ventures as well as with Yes. As an important contributing songwriter, Alan has helped take Yes to great heights with radio hits such as Owner of a Lonely Heart, Changes, Love Will Find a Way, Rhythm of Love, Wondrous Stories, Tempus Fugit, Leave It, The Calling, and In the Presence Of. Known for his accomplished professionalism, musical innovation, and easy-going nature, Alan continues to inspire musicians as well as a world-wide following of fans. Despite the hectic touring and recording schedule of Yes, Alan also finds time for other projects - composing music for the entertainment industry with longtime friend and technical guru, Reek N. Havok, and performing with a variety of artists, including a collaboration with MerKaBa, a Seattle, Washington-based band with music rooted partly in native cultures, spirituality and love for the earth, and a new band project called White. In addition, Alan conducts numerous drum clinics around the world, to encourage and teach other drummers. Born in England, Alan now lives in Washington state with his wife Gigi.

Ruth’s in-depth interviews with compelling guests from all areas of the arts focus on the way artists challenge preconceptions, explore feelings and thoughts, stir emotions and take their audience on a journey through the consciousness, hoping variously to entertain, elucidate and inspire. Ruth says “Art gives us a way of entering into another’s experience of the world. This can be by turns exciting, unsettling, pleasurable and healing. In my interviews I try to go beneath the surface and find out what motivates the guest to make their art; to explore how their life experiences have shaped and inspired their work; and what place they see for art in the modern world.”

Join Ruth Saturday 13 December 9-10 PM PST as she explores these areas with the iconic musician Alan White. Listen on KSCO.com or AM 1080. For more information on the show (and to listen to podcasts) visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

"It's A Question of Balance, so rare among radio talk shows, lets its subjects breathe. With her discursive style and pleasingly eccentric range of curiosity, host Ruth Copland each week treats her listeners to two hours of Whole Brain Radio."
Hampton Sides - Internationally best-selling author of narrative history, award-winning journalist, and historian.

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‘Is money the best motivator?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday November 29th

This Saturday November 29th 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Is money the best motivator?’ There is a common belief that the best way to motivate ourselves and others is through external rewards like money. However, an overview of 120 years of research to synthesize the findings from 92 quantitative studies involving 15,000 people reveals that the correlation between job satisfaction and pay is extremely weak, less than 2%. Does this surprise you? Would you expect people’s happiness with their job to be largely about how much they are paid? There is research to show that money can actually demotivate because it crowds out other intrinsic goals such as enjoyment, sheer curiosity, learning or personal challenge. Daniel H Pink who has written on this subject states that the three true motivators in life are the need to direct our own life, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and the world. What do you think? Is money the best motivator? What motivates you?

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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Nidhi Chanani Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday November 29th 9-10 PM

This week as my special guest from the arts I’m pleased to have in the studio Nidhi Chanani - artist, illustrator, writer and owner of Everyday Love Art. Known for creating art that captures the everyday romantic and whimsical moments in life, her work reminds people to stop and recognize those moments. Born in Calcutta and raised in suburban southern California, Nidhi actively creates work that represents diverse communities, projecting a strong female Asian voice within the arts. She has appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and BBC Radio and her work has been featured on Fab, Daily Candy, and Scoutmob. Nidhi has worked with Hasbro, Paramount Pictures, ABC, Microsoft, Disney, Boom Studios, and a variety of other clients. Her art takes many forms - wood burnings, one-off images, and a whole range of graphic representations. Everyday Love Art products are sold in retail shops across the country, including the American Museum of Natural History, San Francisco International Airport, Books Inc., Papyrus, and Therapy stores. Nidhi has produced two books featuring her art, Everyday Love Art Volumes 1 and 2, and has illustrated Misty, the Proud Cloud written by Hugh Howery. She is currently working on her debut graphic novel, Pashmina, to be published by First Second Books in 2016. In April 2012, Nidhi was honoured at the White House as a Champion of Change, an award that focuses on those bringing about positive change in their community. 

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

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Ray Brown Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday November 22nd 9-10 PM

This week as my special guest from the arts I’m pleased to be interviewing Ray Brown - composer, arranger, flugelhornist, jazz educator, and band leader. Ray started writing for big bands at the age of twelve in New York after hearing the creative and witty arrangements of Willie Maiden and Slide Hampton. After graduating from Ithaca College in 1968 Ray spent spent 18 months on the road with the Stan Kenton Band in the early seventies, playing the Jazz trumpet chair. In 1975 he moved to the San Francisco area and played with numerous groups, including Bill Berry’s LA Band, Nat Pierce and Frankie Capp’s Juggernaut, and the Full Faith and Credit Big Band, for which he wrote and conducted three albums. A Fulbright Guest Professorship to Germany in 1990 led to work with the Frankfurt Rundfunk Big Band and other groups in Europe. Once back in the US, Ray started the Great Big Band, which made its recording debut on Impressions of Point Lobos in 1994. The band’s book, creatively written by Ray, gives all the players ample time to solo. Standing room only audiences from the Monterey Jazz Festival to the Stanford Jazz Festival to the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz to the Lake Tahoe Music Festival are evidence of the band’s popularity. The band’s latest CD, “Kayak,” has enjoyed airplay throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe. Ray has also spent many years as a jazz educator, recently retiring from Cabrillo College where he taught Jazz improvisation, arranging, and Jazz ensembles for nearly 40 years. Ray's Great Big Band plays at Cabrillo on 24 November.

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

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‘What have we got to be grateful for?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday November 22nd

This Saturday November 22nd 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘What have we got to be grateful for?’ The news is full of conflict, both political and physical, the fear of death from disease and terrorism, and doleful analyses of the economy and employment figures. So is having a positive outlook to life simply ignoring reality? Is seeing the glass half full instead of half empty just being a naive Polly Anna? Or is there something to the notion that we create our own reality? That we can’t control everything that happens but we can control our perception of events and our reaction to them? What effect does it have if we count our blessings and genuinely appreciate them compared with bemoaning our lack of health, money, love or success? Some people advocate gratitude as an attitude of life, making it a conscious practice, but is this really feasible in our busy lives? What comes to mind if you ask yourself ‘What have we got to be grateful for?’ 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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‘Are religion and violence inextricably linked?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday November 15th

This Saturday November 8th 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Are religion and violence inextricably linked?’ Religious scholar Karen Armstrong states that many people “believe instinctively that there is a violent essence inherent in religion, which inevitably radicalises any conflict - because once combatants are convinced that God is on their side, compromise becomes impossible and cruelty knows no bounds.” But is violence in the name of, or in defence of, religion a cover for other agendas?  Does religious violence actually have more to do with politics and social order? Or is some level of violence inevitable in the defence of faith? 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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