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Molly Prentiss Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 2nd April 8-9 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing author Molly Prentiss. Molly was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, but can now be found living and writing in Brooklyn, New York. If you enjoy the interview Molly will be appearing at Bookshop Santa Cruz on 14th April at 7PM if you’d like to meet her in person.

Molly Prentiss has written fiction, poems and essays, her work appearing in Hobart, Fourteen Hills, HTMLGiant, Mud Luscious, and La Petite Zine among others. Molly Prentiss was a Writer in Residence at Workspace at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and at the Blue Mountain Center, and was chosen as an Emerging Writer Fellow by the Aspen Writers Foundation. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Molly Prentiss’s first novel Tuesday Nights in 1980 is just coming out and is published by the Simon and Schuster Imprint, Scout Press, which is a new literary imprint dedicated to publishing modern, conversation-starting novelists whose books will stand the test of time. Shelf Awareness states of Molly Prentiss’s first novel "Tuesday Nights in 1980 is a sweepingly large and profound story about art, love and actualization, cleanly and beautifully composed... A poetic novel of ambitiously profound considerations, a large-scale drama in a series of small, perfectly rendered moments."

Tune in Saturday 2nd April 8-9 PM to find out more about the life and art of Molly Prentiss. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

‘Do We Need More Than One Word For Love?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 26th March

This Saturday 26th March 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance we are featuring Out And About - thought-provoking conversations on the street. We consider ‘Do We Need More Than One Word For Love?’

Human relationships are complex and come in many forms. We have feelings for others which differ depending on the unique circumstances. However, in the English language there is only one word to describe this: love. The Greeks had more than one word for love. They had a different word for each kind of love, about 30 in total to describe love in all its complexity. The main ones being agape - love of humanity; storge - family love; pragma - love which endures; philautia - the love we give ourselves, self-respect; philia - shared experience; ludus -playful affection; and eros - romantic and erotic love. In our society, by making love such an elevated grand concept that has to meet so many criteria to actually be called love, are we denying the expression or validation of the other kinds of love we feel? Would we love and connect more if we had more kinds of love on the table to choose from and feel comfortable expressing? Could we then talk about love in the context of politics or business, for example, without a cynical response? Would it help us form healthier and happier relationships in all areas of our life? What does it say about us and our culture that we have so many different words say for rain in the UK - or for different kinds of coffee - but only one word for love? Finally, Aristotle believed the basis of all love was that we first love ourselves. How important is self-love?

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

Rita Moreno Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland

Celebrated actress Rita Moreno will be a featured guest on It’s A Question of Balance in the near future, along with the director of her new film. One of only 12 people who have received an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy award, Rita got the Oscar for West Side Story and is still going strong at 84, starring in a new comedy Remember Me. Keep an eye out for the upcoming radio interview announcement! Watch the filmed interview Ruth Copland did with Rita Moreno at the Maverick Spirit Award ceremony at Cinequest here http://www.itsaquestionofbalance.com/rita-moreno-filmed-interview-cinequest-maverick-spirit-award/ The conversation is insightful, moving, and often hilarious - especially when there is a wardrobe malfunction!

Jim Parrack Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 19th March 8-9 PM

 

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be featuring an interview at the Cinequest Film Festival 2016 with actor Jim Parrack. Known for his starring roles in the series True Blood and in the military science fiction war film Battle: Los Angeles, Jim’s screen debut was in the 2008 drama film Annapolis. He made multiple guest appearances on TV shows such as Monk, Grey’s Anatomy, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Criminal Minds before his role as Hoyt Fortenberry in the HBO series True Blood, in which he was one of the main starring cast for six seasons. In 2013, Jim starred in the drama film Child of God and the Spanish-American drama A Night In Old Mexico. He co-stars in the film Fury (2014); The Adderall Diaries (2016) with James Franco, Ed Harris, Amber Heard, and Christian Slater; and the soon-to-be released Suicide Squad. In 2014, Jim joined the Broadway cast of Of Mice and Men, playing the role of Slim. After studying at Playhouse West Los Angeles for 10 years and teaching there for four years, Jim moved to new York in 2014 to start the acting school Playhouse West Brooklyn Lab, of which he is the director. Playhouse West Brooklyn Lab is built on simple principles of hard work, respect, passion and service, and offers a 2-year program of study for the serious actor.

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

‘Should We Have a Ratings System For Films?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 12th March

This Saturday 12th March 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance we are featuring Out And About - thought-provoking conversations on the street. We consider ‘Should We Have a Ratings System For Films?’ According to the US Classification and Rating Administration “Movie ratings provide parents with advance information about the content of movies to help them determine what movies are appropriate for their children at any age.” Are movie ratings necessary? And if so, do they achieve what they set out to accomplish? Other countries have more categories of ratings; the UK for example has U (universal, suitable for children 4 or older), PG (should not unsettle a child 8 or older), 12, 12A (must be accompanied by an adult), 15 (no one under 15), 18 (no one under 18), R18 (basically pornography, can only be shown at special cinemas or sold in sex shops). There is a big developmental difference between 13 and 18. With no rating between PG13 and R in America, are younger teens possibly seeing content they shouldn’t? Or conversely are older teens being shielded from content that could be appropriate for them? Would it be useful to have more ratings categories in America or are broad categories good enough? In the US, young children can see PG-13 and R-rated films if accompanied by their parents, unlike in other countries where the age ratings are strictly enforced. Should we aim to protect children from irresponsible adults by having enforced age ratings or is this interfering too much? Sex is censored much more strictly than violence in US cinema. What does this say about our society? With extreme sexual and violent content readily available on the internet are film ratings obsolete or do they still have a place to guide and inform?

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 

Mary Kiio and Liz Miller Special Guests on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 5th March 8-9 PM

This week as her special guests from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing two of the directors of the documentary Hands On - award-winning film-maker Liz Miller in Montreal and first-time director Mary Kiio in Kenya. A collaborative project of the International Association of Women In Radio and Television (IAWRT), Hands On profiles five women from four continents tackling climate change through policy, protest, education and innovation. Hands On was broadcast on television in India and Kenya and screened at the climate talks in Paris.

If you are interested in Film be sure to check out the Cinequest Film Festival running March 1-13 in San Jose with over 129 films from all over the world (www.cinequest.org). I’ll be there, so hope to see you!

Film-maker Liz Miller is a professor in Communication Studies at Concordia University in Montreal and an award winning documentary maker whose films and transmedia projects offer new and critical perspectives on gender, social movements and media. Her films, web initiatives, and media campaigns on such issues as water privatization, gender violence, and immigration have won numerous awards and been used in educational curricula around the world. Liz Miller teaches courses in media production, the politics of food and film, methods in research-creation, Latin American Film and more, and having lived in Central and South America collaborates with groups in the region providing training to human rights, labor, and women’s organizations in media production, digital storytelling, and media advocacy campaigns. Liz Miller is a board member of Cinema Politica and is an active member of the International Association of Women In Radio and Television (IAWRT) having served on the board for six years.
First-time director Mary Kiio from Kenya is committed to telling stories on democracy and governance issues to keep citizens informed on the change they can bring to their society. She is the Founder and Lead Consultant at Roshani Consultancy Services and is a broadcast media professional with 15 years experience working in and with various media houses and media development organizations. Mary Kiio is a trainer, facilitator, moderator and mentor with extensive experience in the areas of Online Safety for women, Conflict Sensitive Journalism, Democracy and Governance issues, Election Reporting, health journalism, Humanitarian media and disaster management, Road Safety, and Child Rights. Mary Kiio is also a freelance journalist and has authored a children's book.

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