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William Kelley Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 8th August 9-10 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing internationally acclaimed artist William Kelley. Known for his use of space, color, and shape to create alluring glowing paintings William has studios in Florence in Italy, and Florida in the US, and has had many exhibitions of his art in both countries. His work is highly admired and sought after by private collectors, including British art historian Sister Wendy Beckett, world renowned designer Adrienne Vittadini, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mike Peters, Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi (of the 700-year-old Tuscan winemaking family) and Brian Johnson the lead singer of AC/DC who owns over 15 of William’s paintings. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, William began drawing and painting as a young child. With art as his passion he attended the University of Massachusetts to study art but switched majors to history after becoming disillusioned with the department, however still putting himself through college by painting portraits of fellow students. He went on to study for four years at the Museum of Fine Arts at Boston and for two years at the Lorenzo de’ Medici Art Institute in Florence. Travelling widely through Europe and Asia, William drew inspiration from the varied cultures channelling his enthusiasm into his art and moving his focus from portrait painting to landscape. Renowned art historian and author Sister Wendy Beckett states of William’s art “The work, so rich, glowing, cheery, subtle, its colours and patterns so measured in their rhythm, its impact of serious joy so deep.”

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

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Darren Korb Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 1st August 9-10 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Darren Korb, award-winning audio director, song-writer, and composer. Darren is audio director at independent game developer Super Giant Games where he has composed the music, conducted voice recording, and created most of the sound effects for the small independent studio's critically acclaimed titles, Bastion and Transistor. Bastion has sold over three million copies and PC Gamer states “Bastion is special, the soundtrack is phenomenal”. Darren’s scores for both games have garnered many industry awards. Awards for Bastion, which was the first video game score Darren had written, include Best Original Score at the Spike Video Game Awards, Best Music Award from Official Xbox Magazine and Best Audio in a Casual/Indie/Social Game from the Game Audio Network Guild. In addition, the track ‘Build That Wall (Zia’s Theme)’ won the Best Song in a Game award from Spike Video Game Awards and the Song of The Year in Gamespot’s Game of The Year awards. The musical style of the soundtrack has been described by Korb as "acoustic frontier trip hop". A soundtrack album for the game was released due to fan demand. Darren went on to write the score and songs for Super Giant Games next release, Transistor, describing it as "old-world electronic post-rock”. The Transistor soundtrack album was released in 2014 and sold 48,000 copies within the first 10 days of release. Darren received his BA from NYU's Gallatin School in 2007, studying Music Production and Music Business. Since then in addition to writing scores for Super Giant Games he has worked as a session musician, produced several New York recording artists, composed for various TV and film projects, written a Power Pop musical, and authored songs for the Rock Band Network. He is also the 2010 national Rock Band champion!

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

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‘Should we be saved from ourselves?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 1st August

This Saturday 1st August 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Should we be saved from ourselves?’ There seems to be a general understanding that it is the government’s job to protect us from other people - murderers, rapists, thieves, terrorists - but I’m wondering if you think it’s the government’s job to protect us from ourselves and our potential bad choices. If we look at how we can abuse our bodies - abuse of prescription and illegal drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and food, for example, this abuse involves personal choice and personal responsibility. However, some of these choices may be predicated on socio-economic disadvantage, and/or psychological and emotional trauma, which perhaps affect the ability to make good choices. Does it make sense therefore for the government to try to influence our choices in these areas? Should we be saved from ourselves? Or is it up to us? There’s a discrepancy with how we are dealing with poor personal choices in regard to our health. In some instances we are saying it’s personal choice, in others we are using the law to try to control people’s behaviour. Should there be consistency?

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

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The Sentinel Features The Cannabis Connection In An Exclusive Article

Christopher Carr

Santa Cruz >> Last fall, when Santa Cruz County started talking about how to manage marijuana grows, which eventually led to a short-lived ban on cultivation, local industry insider Christopher Carr started thinking about how we talk about pot.

In fact, some activists consider “pot,” “weed” and even “marijuana” bad words that detracts from the cannabis movement by conjuring up images of stoner culture. That’s why the name of his new talk show on KSCO 1080 AM is The Cannabis Connection, which premiered last week.

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William Finnegan Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 25th July 9-10 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing William Finnegan award-winning literary journalist and narrative non-fiction author. If you enjoy the interview William will be appearing at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing on July 28th at 7 PM as part of Bookshop Santa Cruz’s Books and Brews series. After acquiring a BA Degree in literature at the University of California Santa Cruz and studying for an MFA in creative writing at the University of Montana, William spent four years abroad, traveling in Asia, Australia, and Africa. His experiences led to his first book Crossing the Line: A Year in the Land of Apartheid, published in 1986 and selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best nonfiction books of the year. This whet his appetite for political journalism. A highly regarded war reporter and literary journalist William has written for many publications including Mother Jones, and Harper’s, and has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1987. He has written four books in addition to his debut: Dateline Soweto: Travels with Black South African Reporters; A Complicated War: The Harrowing of Mozambique; Cold New World: Growing Up in a Harder Country, which deals with the bleak lives of American teenagers in spite of the United States’s economic affluence; and the newly published Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, a memoir which is described by the reviewer at the Los Angeles Times as “a book about ‘A Surfing Life’…also about a writer’s life and, even more generally, a quester’s life, more carefully observed and precisely rendered than any I’ve read in a long time.” He has received many journalism awards including twice receiving the John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism; the Edward M. Brecher Award for Achievement in the Field of Journalism the Drug Policy Foundation for his article "Deep East Texas"; a Citation for Excellence issued by the Overseas Press Club for his report on Sudan, "The Invisible War" in 200; and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for his article "Leasing the Rain" on the fight to control fresh water. In addition, he has received two Overseas Press Club Awards since 2009.

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

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