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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 23rd April 8-9 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, multi-award-winning and bestselling author, poet, activist and teacher of writing. If you enjoy the interview, you can meet Chitra in person on April 28th at 7PM at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni writes for children as well as adults and has published novels in multiple genres, including realistic fiction, historical fiction, magical realism, and fantasy. Her themes include the Indian experience, contemporary America, women, immigration, history, myth, and the joys and challenges of living in a multicultural world. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s work has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and her writing has been included in over 50 anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories, the O.Henry Prize Stories and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Chitra’s books have been translated into 29 languages and many of them have been used for campus-wide and city-wide reads. Her novels include The Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, The Palace of Illusions and Oleander Girl. Several of her works have been made into films, all of which have won awards. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s latest book is Before We Visit The Goddess.

Tune in Saturday 23rd April 8-9 PM to find out more about the life and art of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

‘How Much Is Enough?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 16th April

 

This Saturday 16th April 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance we are featuring Out And About - thought-provoking conversations on the street. We consider ‘How Much Is Enough?’ In ancient ethics, there was much discussion about the link between virtue of character and happiness. Aristotle believed that to live the good life, or to flourish as a human, that predominantly we had to have and exhibit virtue, although he also thought health, wealth and beauty factored in to human flourishing. What represents quality of life for you? What constitutes ‘the good life’?

Economics journalist Ryan Avent states in 1843 magazine that economist John Maynard Keynes mused in 1930 that a century hence society might be so rich that work hours would be cut to 10-15 hours a week. Keynes postulated “For the first time since his creation man will be faced with his real, his permanent problem - how to use his freedom from pressing economic cares, how to occupy the leisure, which science and compound interest will have won for him, to live wisely and agreeably and well”. Marx did not think endless leisure desirable, he believed that being occupied by good work was living well. We have not ended up working less. Capitalism requires an endless expansion of wants, so although it has generated great wealth, we may be caught in an insatiability trap, never quite reaching the good life. Do you feel acquiring material goods has become an end in itself? To what degree do you equate happiness with money? How much of an influence do you think the beliefs or behaviours of those around us have on our feelings about wealth and how much we want to acquire? How much is enough?

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

Cinequest Award-winning Film-makers from Nila and My Feral Heart Special Guests on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 9th April 8-9 PM

 

This week as her special guests from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be featuring cast and film-makers of the award-winning films Nila and My Feral Heart. Nila won Best First Film and My Feral Heart won Best Drama in the Cinequest 2016 Audience Awards. 

Nila is a mood-piece set in Bombay about a taxi driver who fatefully comes across his childhood crush whilst driving at night in the city. The atmospheric film explores how someone responds when the truth is elusive and love seems inexplicably unrequited. Ruth talks to the Indian writer and director of the film Selvamani Selvaraj. 
My Feral Heart is the story of an independent, young man, Luke, who is the caretaker of his mother. When she dies he is put in a care home as he has Down’s Syndrome. He struggles to settle there with his wings clipped. Gradually, he makes friends with one of the carers and a young gardener, but it is his discovery of a wild, injured girl that changes his life. The film explores whether we are not so different from each other as we may think. Ruth talks to the British director Jane Gull, producer James Rumsey, and cast members Pixie Le Knot, who plays the young girl, and Stephen Brandon who plays Luke.

Tune in Saturday 8-9 PM to find out more about these wonderful film-makers and actors. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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!