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‘What Qualities Do You Want In A World Leader?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 7th November

This Saturday 7th November 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘What qualities do you want in a world leader? Jenny Purt for the Guardian newspaper reports the opinion of Yuri Itoh, Hitachi manager, on leadership: “People tend to seek leaders who have a strong character, clear picture for the future, and talk fluently. They are often praised by the results. However, I think now people also care about the processes used to achieve the outcome. Therefore, future leaders…need to have qualities that were not required in the past. These are: enthusiasm to create a better world; strong principles whilst being flexible and realistic; patience; sincerity and fairness; collaborate and work together; take risks and give the fruits to people.” Do world leaders today need different qualities than in the past? Do you expect a world leader to hold high values in their personal life or do you see that as separate to their ability to lead? Do you feel different qualities are required to be the leader of America than other countries? Is it more important to you that your leader shares your exact beliefs or that they share your values?

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

Leslie Vanderpool Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 7th November 9-10 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing founder and executive director of the Bahamas International Film Festival, Leslie Vanderpool. The Bahamas International Film Festival or BIFF is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the local Bahamian community and international visitors with a diverse presentation of films from around the world. In addition to offering films that might not otherwise be released theatrically in the Bahamas, BIFF provides a unique cultural experience and set of educational programs and forums for exploring the past, present and future of cinema. Leslie launched the film festival in 2004 as a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a cine-literate arts community, bridging cultures, gaining knowledge, and attracting a targeted tourism sector through the film industry. The festival has showcased more than 800 films from countries around the world and has attracted such lumimaries as Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Laurence Fishburne, Daryl Hannah, Sir Sean Connery, Debra Messing, Sidney Poitier, Danny Glover and many more. Leslie received a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations before going on to pursue her passion for theater and filmmaking. She studied at the Lee Strasberg Acting Institute and studied Shakespeare at Balliol College, Oxford University in England, where Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw and many more honed her skills. In addition to spending over a decade planning and developing film festivals, Leslie has been innovative in taking filmmaking into schools where she has taught all aspects of filmmaking. She has also created unique cultural experiences such as 'Summer Films In The Square' and 'Theater In The Park.' Leslie is an entrepreneur with a strong background in marketing, branding, film production and sponsorship. She spends her time between California and The Bahamas advancing the film industry while partnering with startups and established film production companies.

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

‘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