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Four Artists From the Inspiring Show Fire In The Heart Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 6th February 8-9 PM

This week as her special guests from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Deborah Allen, Brittney Buffo, Tom North, and Gina Rene from the inspiring show Fire In The Heart. Created and produced by director, producer, actress, writer, and screenwriter Deborah Allen, Fire In The Heart is a celebration of how the performing arts can be used to address trauma and recovery, including substance abuse, violence and major health issues. Cabrillo College is presenting Fire In The Heart, as Cabrillo Theatre Arts’ Evening of World Theatre, 2016, on the evening of March 5th. Fire In The Heart features multiple artists showing how the arts can help us process, heal, and transcend traumatic events, whether they be in our own lives or the lives of others, while entertaining and enriching us at the same time. The performance of Fire In The Heart at Cabrillo College, California, features 20 performers from many music genres including hip-hop, gospel, classical, and opera, as well as film-makers, actors and poets. Ruth Copland talks to four of these performers - creator and producer of Fire In The Heart, Deborah Allen; film-maker Brittney Buffo; best-selling author Tom North; and hip-hop artist, singer-songwriter, and story-teller Gina Rene.

Tune in Saturday 8-9 PM to find out more about these four wonderful artists and the show Fire In The Heart. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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‘What happens if we characterise ourselves by our political party?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 30th January

This Saturday 30th January 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance we are featuring Out And About - thought-provoking conversations on the street. We consider ‘What happens if we characterise ourselves by our political party?’

If you are talking politics, are you likely to say ‘ I am a Democrat/ Republican/ Libertarian etc?’ In America it is common for people to characterises themselves politically this way. By contrast, in the UK, for example, people will say ‘I support the Conservative party’ or ‘I vote for Labour’ or ‘the Liberals represent my views’. This may seem a small linguistic difference of expression but one mode of expression embodies our views, we are what we believe - ‘I am a Republican/Democrat’; the other maintains a distance between who we are and what we believe - ‘I support the Republicans/Democrats’. Could embodying our political beliefs be part of the reason the USA seems so divided? Does it make us feel more different from each other than we actually are? If we are what we believe then any dissent from our position feels very personal, which may affect how we receive and react to information. We may hold a range of views but if we need to self-identify in one political camp or another we may focus on and defend only the views that allow us to stay in that camp. What about Independents and ‘undecideds’? Are they as wishy-washy as they are sometimes portrayed or are they actually more accurately representing the complexity of political views on different topics by not identifying with one party?

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

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.

COMING SOON: Ruth Copland in conversation with four artists from the exciting show Fire In The Heart which celebrates how the arts can help us process, heal, and transcend traumatic events. Listen live on 6th February 8-9 PM on KSCO AM 1080, FM 104.1, KOMY AM 1340 and KSCO.com live stream.

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Kathleen Powell Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 23rd January 8-9 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Cinequest President and Co-Founder Kathleen Powell. Named by Metro Newspapers as one of the 25 people who has dramatically changed the Silicon Valley over the past 25 years Kathleen continues to serve artists, innovators and youth with passion and love. Cinequest Inc incorporates Cinequest Picture The Possibilities - which empowers youth through the creation of transformative films, connecting with leaders and global audiences to improve worlds; Cinequest Mavericks Studio - which creates innovative and transformative motion pictures and distribution paradigms; and the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose California which has been named one of the top 10 film festivals in the world and best festival in America 2016 in USA Today. Kathleen founded Cinequest in 1990 with Halfdan Hussey and together they have grown the festival from a one theatre event to a multi-screen, 13-day event attracting over 100,000 attendees. Many films shown at the festival have gone on to receive distribution by a major movie studio and several short films have won Academy Awards.
The prestigious Maverick Spirit Award is given by the festival to influential individuals who embody the independent and innovative mindset and recipients include Harrison Ford, Minnie Driver, Ben Kingsley, Salman Rushdie, Danny Glover, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Arnold Schwarzenegger to name but a few. The Maverick Innovator Awards, and the Media Legacy Awards highlight notable individuals in film and technology and Cinequest itself has been a leader in showcasing and applying the technologies that have revolutionised the film business.
Kathleen has an eclectic background in engineering and art, with a passion to bring the transformative vision of youth and artists to the world. She found her true calling whilst gaining her Masters in Computer Science when she joined a summer feature film project to produce the film He’s Still There, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Inspired by this experience, she shortly afterwards co-founded Cinequest with Halfdan Hussey. Kathleen recently co-directed and co-produced the feature film Life is Love about inspirational women, and also mentors burgeoning business women around the world through the Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative Fellowship.

Tune in Saturday 8-9 PM to find out more about the life and art of Kathleen Powell. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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‘What Are We Grateful For?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 16th January

This Saturday 16th January 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘What Are We Grateful For?’

This week on It’s A Question Of Balance we are featuring Out And About - thought-provoking conversations on the street. 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.

As the year begins and we are looking ahead perhaps to challenges and goals we are trying to achieve, I thought it might be nice to take a moment to think about what we are grateful for. To start the year with a sense of what we already have, as we move forward to attain new things, to give us a sense of our base. So this week we are considering ‘What have we got to be grateful for?’

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

It’s A Question of Balance tries to explore whether we have more in common than divides us, balancing the intellectual with the creative. We do this by featuring thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts.

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Ruth Copland, ItsAQuestionOfBalance, 2015, Holidays, Out and About feature, Pepperdine University

Season’s Greetings From It’s A Question Of Balance and A Happy New Year!

Ruth Copland and It’s A Question Of Balance thank you for listening in 2015 and we look forward to bringing you more great arts’ guests and stimulating discussion topics in the new year. Thanks also to all the interviewees who took part in the Out and About feature. If you have any comments or suggestions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At this time of giving, the words of George Pepperdine (1886- 1962), founder of Pepperdine University, seem apt “…A great gift has been made to each and every one of us—the privilege of living in the world for a short span of years and the opportunity of doing our part to help the less fortunate; to improve civilization; to advance knowledge, both the scientific knowledge of men and the wisdom which is from above. The gift of human life and the opportunity which is ours to serve others…should be regarded as a sacred trust.” It’s A Question of Balance returns in the new year. In the meantime, why not check out podcasts of past shows at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com where you can also see guest photos and info. Revisit favorite shows or listen to ones you may have missed.

Ruth Copland and It’s A Question Of Balance send you season’s greetings and wish you all the very best for 2016!

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Niko Von Glasow Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 19th December 9-10 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing internationally renowned, award-winning filmmaker Niko von Glasow. Born in Cologne, Niko studied film at New York University and The Film Academy in Lodz, Poland where he made his first feature film Wedding Guests. Written and directed by Niko, the film won numerous awards, including the German Critics’ Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. Niko’s next projects, including Marie’s Song, Wintersleepers, and Edelweiss Pirates, were shown at festivals around the world and won multiple awards. For his next film, Nobody’s Perfect, Niko convinced 11 fellow victims of Thalidomide to pose for a nude calendar and documented the whole process. The film’s worldwide success gave Niko an opportunity to meet with politicians and journalists; this campaign resulted in the German government increasing compensation to surviving victims of Thalidomide in Germany. Niko’s other films include Lazy Lama about a Tibetan Buddhist teacher who teaches all around the world, My Way to Olympia about the 2012 London Paralympics, the award-winning Everything Will Be Alright which documents the making of a unique live theatre production which includes mentally and physically disabled actors, and Shoot Me, Kiss me, Cut! Niko is member of BAFTA as well as the European and German Film Academy. He founded the Tibetan Film School and holds talks and workshops in Script Writing and Directing internationally. He is also a highly regarded motivational speaker.
Niko’s film career is complemented by his artistic photographic work. Niko is currently working on several photographic projects including with blind, deaf-dumb children, prostitutes and juvenile prisoners in the Philippines. He is also developing several film projects through the international production company he founded, Palladio Film.

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

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