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‘Is Time Speeding Up?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 12th December

This Saturday 12th December 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Is Time Speeding Up?’ Many people, across all age groups, have a sense that time is passing by more quickly, that they can’t get as much done in the same amount of time any more. Why is this? The reasons given for time speeding up are usually perceptual. In an article for Quartz, Tony Crabbe comments “We haven’t always been obsessed with time. In fact, as the historian E.P. Thompson highlighted half a century ago, before the Industrial Revolution clocks were largely irrelevant. Instead of a time orientation, people had a task orientation. They had jobs to do, and so they did them in the natural order, at the natural time.” Factories needed to co-ordinate people more accurately, however, and so clock time was imposed on the workforce with leaders such as Benjamin Franklin reinforcing the new inextricable linking of time and money. Do we feel that time is speeding up because the link between time and money has become more pressured? Time is broken into tiny increments these days - research from Google observes that people visit websites less often if they are more than 250 milliseconds slower than a competitor. Could it be that the way we measure and monitor time makes it seem more fleeting? The digital age is putting more and more information our way. Could it feel as if time is speeding up because it is a finite resource with a seemingly infinite number of tasks trying to fit into it? Or is time actually speeding up? This has been speculated on by various alternative thinkers and also a few scientists open to considering that the speed of light may not be fixed. Clearly if we look at the history of science things that were once considered impossible later have been shown to be true. Is time speeding up?

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

‘Should We Edit Humanity Genetically?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 5th December

 
 
This Saturday 5th December 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Should We Edit Humanity Genetically?’
 
The Economist states “Being able to read, study, and compare DNA sequence for humans…has become routine”. However, many scientists want a moratorium on editing germ-line cells which give rise to subsequent generations - in other words the manipulation of DNA to manufacture a modified human being. This involves using the DNA of more than two people as is traditionally the case when a baby is conceived. It requires the addition of DNA from one or two additional people. With the motivation of allowing people with genetic diseases to have healthy offspring, this kind of research is already under way in America according to Professor Stuart Newman. Is this kind of science a positive advance to help people who couldn’t otherwise have healthy offspring? Or should genetic editing of humans be avoided? One of the concerns about allowing genetic editing of humans is that it is a slippery slope to eugenics and the impetus to improve society by eliminating undesirable elements or traits, whatever these might be. In the early 20th century America had a eugenics movement which “resulted in the forced sterilization of over 64,000 people in the United States (Lombardo n.d.)….In particular, California’s program was so robust that the Nazis turned to California for advice in perfecting their own efforts” according to Dr Laura Rivard of San Diego University. Are you concerned where genetic modification of humans might lead in terms of who might become considered undesirable? In addition, many scientists consider these genetic modification techniques as radical and untested with the risk of creating embryos that may not be able to survive or if they did survive, human beings who are effectively uncontrolled laboratory experiments. Do the benefits outweigh the risks if we can prevent people being born with severe illnesses?
 
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
 

Bobby Roth Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 5th December 9-10 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing award-winning film director Bobby Roth. Over his long career Bobby has directed more than 80 episodes of television, 25 TV movies, and 13 feature films. For his entire career he has alternated between commercial television and independent filmmaking. Bobby’s independent films have been exhibited in over 100 film festivals worldwide, and five of his films have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where he has also been a judge. In the early eighties Bobby had an overall deal to write, produce and direct for Universal, where he created the series 'The Insiders' for ABC. His work in commercial TV also includes directing episodes for such TV favourites as Hawaii Five-O, Agents of Shield, Grey’s Anatomy, The Mentalist, Lost, Prison Break, Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, and Beverly Hills 90210 to mention just a few. Bobby was born and raised in Los Angeles. He studied philosophy and creative writing at UC Berkeley before graduating with a BA in Cinema from USC in 1972. He went on to film school at UCLA, where he received his MFA in Motion Picture Production in 1975. Bobby was a founding member of the Independent Feature Project, which champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources and during its 35-year history has supported over 8,000 projects and offered resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers. Bobby was also the first Co-Chairman of the Directors Guild of America’s Independent Feature Committee. Using his decades of directing experience, Bobby has recently created A Director Prepares: Bobby Roth’s Master Class, which is an essential teaching and research tool for students in Film and Television Production, Drama, Acting, and Performance Studies, and Film Theory and Media Studies. This 10-part DVD series, which takes viewers on a journey through every stage of film production, is also a fascinating documentary for anyone interested in film and entertainment generally, or collaborative creative practice

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

Michael Wertz Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 28th November 9-10 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Michael Wertz author, illustrator and printer. Based in Oakland, California, Michael creates images for books, products, designers, ad agencies, musicians, publishers, and movie trailers. His images start with the pencil, and finish as digital collages, monoprints, letterpress prints, and screen prints. His clients include The San Francisco Chronicle, The Bark, Bill Graham Presents, Camper Van Beethoven, Camelbak, Chronicle Books, The DeYoung Museum, The Elsewhere Philatelic Society, The Exploratorium, Farrar Strauss Giroux, Gingko Press, Hostelling International, McCann Erickson, Oaklandish, Random House, Rickshaw Bagworks, The New York Times, Nike, The Oakland Museum, Scholastic, The SFMOMA, United Way, and Wired. Michael’s work has been recognised by Communication Arts, American Illustration, and the Society of Illustrators (LA). With a BA in French Language from UCSC and a BFA in Illustration from California College of the Arts (CCA), Michael is currently back at CCA teaching for the Illustration department. Michael is the author of the delightful illustrated book Dog Days and co-author with poet Betty Franco of A Curious Collection of Cats, A Dazzling Display of Dogs, and the recently released A Spectacular Selection Of Sea Critters.

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

‘Can Gratitude Be An Attitude of Life? (2015)’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 28th November

This Saturday 28th November 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland, with Thanksgiving just behind us, we consider ‘Can Gratitude Be an Attitude of Life?’ Social psychologist Erich Seligmann Fromm said “Who will tell whether one happy moment of love, or the joy of breathing, or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.” Have you ever been going through hard times but made yourself focus on the good things? How hard is it to change our perspective and see our cup as half full rather than half empty - particularly when we are faced with a challenging situation in our lives? If we manage to do it on a regular basis does it make a difference to how we feel? Part of the criticism of a positive, grateful approach is that it stops people dealing with life as it really is. But who determines how life ‘really is’ do you think? Perhaps the whole point of the gratitude philosophy is that in the end life is about perspective and thus the same experience can be received completely differently depending on how we view it?

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

‘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