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‘How Should We Teach Children About Sex?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 31st October

This Saturday 31st October 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘How Should We Teach Children About Sex?’

ThinkProgress.org comments “in the U.S….researchers have warned that kids aren’t receiving accurate sexual health instruction at an early enough age. According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most American teens don’t receive formal sexual health instruction until after they’ve already become sexually active. That’s largely because the United States hasn’t implemented any national standards for comprehensive sex ed classes in public schools. For instance, just 18 states and the District of Columbia require sexual health courses to cover information about birth control”. Do you think children should be taught about sex and if so how? In school? At home? At what age? What do you think should be covered? Just the biological mechanics? The emotional/relationship side of sex and what that means? Contraception? Consent? Respect for our bodies and for our own individual wishes and experience? Abstinence? How did you find about sex? How do you feel your sex education could have been improved?

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

 

Maira Kalman Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 31st October 9-10 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing one of America’s most celebrated illustrators, Maira Kalman. If you enjoy the interview you can meet Maira in person at Bookshop Santa Cruz on November 14th at 7 PM. An illustrator, writer and product designer Maira has written and illustrated over 18 children’s books as well as producing award-winning books for adults and designing all kinds of objects such as fabric, bags, and clocks. Born in Tel Aviv, she moved to America at the age of four and was raised in the Bronx. She now lives in Manhattan. Maira is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker Magazine, and is well known for her collaboration with Rick Meyerowitz on the “New Yorkistan” cover in 2001 and “The New York City Sub-Culinary Map.” Maira has an amazing body of creative work which includes projects such as illustrating Strunk and White’s classic The Elements of Style; a small opera based on text composed by Nico Muhly; collaborations with designers like Isaac Mizrahi and Kate Spade; and two hugely popular monthly online columns she created for the New York Times, the first of which, The Principles of Uncertainty, was a narrative journal of her life; and the second, And The Pursuit of Happiness a year long exploration of American History and democracy. Both columns are now collected in book form. Maira has had eight exhibitions at the Julie Saul Gallery since 2003, and in 2010, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia organized a retrospective of Maira’s work entitled Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World). She has collaborated with Michael Pollan to illustrate his acclaimed Food Rules, and published Girls on Lawns, with text by Daniel Handler, which is the first of five books she will be doing with the photography department of the Museum of Modern Art. Her most recent book is Beloved Dog, a book of wise words and whimsical pictures which celebrates the sage lessons animals teach us.

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

‘Can We Be National and Global Citizens?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 24th October

This Saturday 24th October 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Can We Be National and Global Citizens?’ The first use of the term world citizen is ascribed to Diogenes of Sinope living two and half thousand years ago. When he was asked where he came from he responded ‘I am a citizen of the world.’ This was a radical claim at a time when a man’s identity and often security was tied to his citizenship of a particular city state. Today even though we have the ability to travel virtually anywhere in the world we are still very conscious of our national roots. In addition, with the amount of conflict and poverty in the world the number of refugees and would-be immigrants seeking a safe haven is increasing which is challenging people to consider what national identity means and how it should be protected or expanded. Bearing this in mind, I’m wondering do you think of yourself as a national citizen and a global citizen? What does being a global citizen mean to you? Do you think of global citizenship as requiring one world system or as being more about one planet where there are diverse cultures and ways of doing things but we are interconnected? What responsibility do you think we have to be part of a global solution to help the challenges facing people in other areas of the world? Are we all in this together or is it each country for itself?

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

Omar Offendum Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 24th October 9-10 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing hip-hop artist, poet and peace activist, Omar Offendum. A Syrian-American, Omar was born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington DC and currently lives in Los Angeles. Graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in Architecture, Omar worked in that field for a decade whilst moonlighting as a rapper, building his craft. Listening to American rap and hip-hop, Omar became aware of the parallels between this politically conscious art form and the Arabic tradition of oral story-telling. Known for taking audiences on a lyrical journey from the jasmine-tree-lined courtyards of Nizar Qabbani's Damascene homes, to the flooded riverbanks of Langston Hughes' Harlem Renaissance poems, Omar continues to be inspired by the experiences of black people in the US in terms of identity, immigration and displacement. His first ground-breaking album SyrianamericanA was released before the Arab Spring and ponders amongst other subjects, the destiny of immigrants and the parallels and differences between East and West. Subsequent critically acclaimed songs focus on the the unrest and then disaster in Syria and elsewhere. The video of a popular single released in 2012 called #Syria has received almost 250,000 views.
Omar has been featured on several major news outlets including the BBC, Yahoo, ABC News, Aljazeera, and PBS; has toured the world to promote his ground-breaking music; has helped raise thousands of dollars for various humanitarian relief organizations; and has lectured at a number of prestigious academic institutions including Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Columbia, American University of Beirut, NYU-AbuDhabi, and Qatar Education City. Omar’s current work and art revolves around raising awareness about the issues of Syria and supporting humanitarian organisations as well as collaborating with museums and cultural organisations that seek to build common ground between Muslims and Arabs and the ‘East’ and ‘West’. He most recently collaborated with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on their "Damascus Room" project, which is a meticulous and intensely beautiful recreation of an interior from the period of the Ottoman Empire. Omar helped curate some of the language / poetry that is featured in the exhibit video, is the main narrator and also wrote a special poetic verse about the space, which is included in the video. He has a busy tour schedule which includes participating in lectures and discussion panels as well as performing concerts around the world and in the US. Having just returned from performing at an international festival in Helsinki, Omar will participate next in Malaysia’s MOCAfest, a Muslim artists festival that coincides with the world Islamic Economic Forum.

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

 

‘Should we have a day of rest each week?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 17th October

This Saturday 17th October 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Should we have a day of rest each week?’ In an interview with Ben Tinker on CNN.com former ER physician Dr Matthew Sleeth states that “For almost 2,000 years, Western culture stopped - primarily on Sunday - for about 24 hours. And so society just had a day where they put it in park. [But] we go 24/7 now, and there's a consensus that it leads to depression and anxiety.” Dr Sleeth thinks that “the lack of rest is reflected in our saying ‘We don't have enough time’. [That] it's pretty much generally felt that we don't have enough time to really get to the things we want to do in life”. Is this something you experience at all? Would you like a day a week which is a true day of rest from your labours each week? Do you think of a day of rest as only associated with religious practice? The spiritual teacher Yogananda states that we need two days off a week. One day to relax and recreate and one day for spiritual practice, to contemplate perhaps the meaning of our life, our purpose, how we can positively interact with the world and maybe with a deeper part of ourselves and a higher power. Does having a day for deeper reflection seem valuable to you, as well as resting? What would a day of rest look like for you?

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