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“If You Are For Something Must You Be Against Something?” It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 16th July

This week we consider ‘If You Are For Something Must You Be Against Something?’ There is a well-known quote from the Bible “Whoever is not with me is against me”. But in everyday life if you are for something must you automatically be against something else? It would seem in the US with the current political climate and also the issues with the recent shootings by police and of police that this is how many of us feel. We feel if we are pro-black then we must be anti-police and vice versa or if we support one political candidate then we are against the others. If you feel strongly for something does it make you take up a position against something else?

Leon Festinger’s theory of cognitive dissonance focuses on how humans strive for internal consistency. According to work by Eddie Harmon Jones and Kracht and Woodard, when new conflicting information is presented mental stress is created. If this is not alleviated by changing our view then other ways to reduce stress include misperception; rejection or refutation of the new information; seeking support from those with similar views; and trying to convert others to our way of thinking. When you feel strongly about something do you feel a tendency to want to reject information that conflicts with your views? Or convert others to your way of thinking? If more of us were able to to hold conflicting views in mind - for example that we can support the police and be critical of them - what effect do you think that might have on finding solutions to social problems?

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.

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It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

It’s A Question of Balance is on a two week summer hiatus. The show will return on Saturday July 9th 8-9 PM. In the interim, catch up on shows you may have missed! Visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com The show has an arts hour and a topic hour where Ruth Copland explores whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations.

Previous guests include Pulitzer-prize-winning authors, Oscar-winning directors and actors, multi-platinum musicians, award-winning artists, and many more local, national, and international inspiring guests from all areas of the arts.
Explore podcasts featuring guests from the arts here
http://www.itsaquestionofbalance.com/guests/

Previous topic discussions include: Are some lives worth more than others? How much does your privacy matter? Should children be paid to learn? What happens if we characterise ourselves by our political party? Can sex be sacred? Should we edit humanity genetically? Can you be pro-life and pro-war? Who controls the end of life? Are we born good? Is money the best motivator? Should we limit the world population? What is a fair profit?
Explore thought-provoking topic discussions in the show’s Out and About feature here

http://www.itsaquestionofbalance.com/topics/

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‘What Qualities Do You Want in A World Leader?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 18th June

This Saturday 18th June 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 Qualities Do You Want in A World Leader?’

Dwight D. Eisenhower said “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.” John F. Kennedy stated that “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” Jack Welch from GE advised “Keep learning; don't be arrogant by assuming that you know it all, that you have a monopoly on the truth; always assume that you can learn something from someone else.” What qualities do you want in a world leader? Do world leaders today need different qualities than they did in the past? Are different qualities needed to be the leader of the USA than other countries?

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.

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Camilla d’Errico Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland

 
This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Italian-Canadian Camilla d’Errico, urban contemporary painter, illustrator, character creator and comic book artist. Listen to the show here It's A Question Of Balance - Camilla d'Errico (broadcast 11 June). Camilla has distinguished herself as one of the breakthrough artists in Pop Surrealism’s New Figurative movement through her ability to seamlessly weave manga and western styles with surrealist elements, combined with an extensive emotional palette. Based in Vancouver, Camilla is a prolific artist who has released eight books, including the best-selling Femina and Fauna and Pop Manga, and multiple comics, as well as showing her work in art galleries across North America. Widely recognized for her captivating yet playful style, Camilla d’Errico is a regular fixture on the comic convention circuit, making appearances at around 10 conventions each year. Her books comprise graphic novels, collections of her artwork, and also instructional books on how to draw and paint.
Camilla’s work has a large fan-base which includes Stan Lee, Emma Roberts, Felicia Day, Neil Gaiman, Ronda Rousey, Avril Lavigne and Britney Spears. In 2016 Camilla has a solo exhibition at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles entitled ‘Dances With Dreams’ where she is debuting a new and exclusive collection of original oil paintings and framed ink drawings for exhibition and sale. An entrepreneurial artist, Camilla’s work can also be seen on toys, clothes and accessories through creative partners Hasbro, Disney and Mattel, and she recently expanded her art style into fashion eyewear with Coastal.

For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com
 

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Rose Sellery and Tina Brown Special Guests on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 4th June 8-9 PM

This week as her special guests from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing the co-founders of PiVot: The Art of Fashion - award-winning artist Rose Sellery and personal clothing stylist and blogger Tina Brown. Pivot: The Art of Fashion brings art and fashion together, producing incredibly unusual fashion events showcasing the work of cutting-edge fashion designers and artists’ one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces. This philanthropic endeavor actively seeks to promote and aid in the professional development of its participants. Artist’s creations transcend the imagination and designer’s collections awe the crowd and blur the lines between fashion and art. Pivot works with artists and designers to help them express their vision, collaborate, build community and move forward with runway performances, workshops, exhibitions and the Pivot Designer's Market.

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

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Jen Heck and Lina Qadri Special Guests on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 28th May 8-9 PM

This week as her special guests from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Jen Heck and Lina Qadri from the award-winning film, The Promised Band. The film is a nontraditional documentary about an unlikely group of women from opposite sides of the Israeli/Palestinian border who are set on an unexpected path when an American friend, the award-winning film-maker Jen Heck, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to meet. But in a region where sides are separated not by just a 26-foot physical separation wall but a social one, meeting is nearly impossible: most Palestinian citizens are barred from entering Israel, and Israeli citizens fear meeting violence upon entering the West Bank. The women decide that, despite their dubious musical talent, a music group is the best cover story to meet and interact with each other. The unlikely musicians have to cross the border, repeatedly and often illegally. They have to get their instruments through checkpoints, secure permits to travel when possible, and find safe spaces to meet. Despite their initial distrust, the women connect. As each learns more about the other, they come to understand the stakes between their countries in a whole new way. Together, they realize that while they have nothing to fear from each other, peace may be impossible in a place where their friendship is criminalized, and women's voices can be easily drowned out. Ruth talks to the award-winning director of the film, Jen Heck, and one of the lead protagonists from Palestine, Lina Qadri. The Promised Band won Best Documentary and the Canon-Atomos Documentary Filmmaker Award at Cinequest 2016.

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

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