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‘Do Good Manners Still Matter?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 18th July

This Saturday 18th July 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Do Good Manners Still Matter?’ There are a lot of books on etiquette, on which fork to use when, and how to write the perfect thank you note. However, Lucinda Holdforth in her book Why Manners Matter: The case for civilised behaviour in a barbarous worlddefines manners a bit differently. She defines manners as a set of small sacrifices we make for other people stating “these individual gestures, seemingly so small, add up to the not inconsiderable achievement of a civil society. Our small sacrifices amount to something big.” Have you ever thought of manners as being important enough to contribute to a civil society, perhaps even leading to the need for fewer laws? Manners in many ways give dignity to ourselves and others but are we losing the impetus to express gratitude, be polite, and respect each other? And if we are does that matter?

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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Tom Killion Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 11th July 9-10 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Tom Killion, woodcut and letterpress artist and founder of Quail Press. If you enjoy the interview you can meet Tom in person at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Monday July 13th at 7:30 PM. Born and raised in Mill Valley, California, on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais, Tom was inspired from an early age to create landscape prints using linoleum and wood, strongly influenced by the traditional Japanese Ukiyo-ë style of Hokusai and Hiroshige. He studied History at UC Santa Cruz, where he was introduced to fine book printing by William Everson and Jack Stauffacher, and in 1975, he produced his first illustrated book on UCSC's Cowell Press. After traveling extensively in Europe and Africa, Killion returned to Santa Cruz, California in 1977 and founded his own Quail Press, where he published his second book, "Fortress Marin". Since his first illustrated book in 1975, Tom has continued producing extensively illustrated books including 28 Views of Mount Tamalpais, The Coast of California, and Walls: A Journey Across Three Continents, which draws on his experiences working as administrator of a medical relief program in a camp for Ethiopian refugees in Sudan, and traveling with nationalist rebels in war-torn Eritrea. Along with publishing fine art letterpress books, Tom holds a PhD in African history from Stanford University and has taught at Bowdoin College, Maine and San Francisco State University, in addition to being a Fulbright scholar at Asmara University in Eritrea. He has collaborated with Pulitzer-prize-winning poet Gary Snyder on three books - The High Sierra of California, Tamalpais Walking and the recently released California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Poetry, History and Prints. Tom is currently working on landscape prints including treescapes, coastal and mountain views at his studio located on Inverness Ridge near Point Reyes, California.

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‘Justice: Retribution or Restitution?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 11th July

This Saturday 11th July 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Justice: Retribution or Restitution?’ Restorative justice is an approach to justice that focuses on the needs of the victims and the offenders, as well as the involved community, instead of satisfying abstract legal principles or simply punishing the offender. Would you like to see a process that also tries to heal the damage done and prevent such a crime reoccurring? Or do you think punishment is the only goal of justice? In retributive justice, crime is seen as an offence against the state whereas in restorative justice the crime is seen as a violation of people and relationships. Do you think about crime in this way at all or do you think of it primarily as about breaking laws? The reasons for crimes being committed in most cases are quite complex. As a community do you think we should be thinking of justice as also addressing the reasons for crimes being committed as part of justice? Do you feel there needs to be a constancy of punishment so everyone is punished pretty much in the same way for the same crime? Or do you think it’s appropriate for offences to be treated on an individual basis?

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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‘Do We Have More In Common Than Divides Us?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 27th June

Do you feel, thinking of the human race, that we have more in common than divides us? We want to be safe. We want to be happy. We want the best for our children. We want to feel our potential is fulfilled. We want to be loved. Do you think these things create a sense of national or even global community? When you meet people do you tend to focus on how they differ from you or what you have in common? Do you think that difference is generally thought of as a bad thing or an interesting thing? How do you perceive difference? Do you like it or does it unsettle you? The opening of the United States Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”. We tend to think about this in terms of rights and privileges - that we all deserve the same opportunities and respect - obviously important things - but how it would be if we thought about it more in terms of all men, or all people, being created equal in terms of our humanity? If we defined ourselves by our human-ness rather than by our gender or religion or ethnicity? Would this help us to feel more commonality?

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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Kathryn Tickell Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 27th June 9-10 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Kathryn Tickell, Northumbrian piper, fiddler, composer, recording artist and educator. Kathryn is the recipient of the Queen’s Medal for Music for outstanding contribution to British music, the Musician of the Year in BBC Radio 2's Folk Awards, and very recently the Order of The British Empire (or OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to folk music. Kathryn is widely acclaimed as the foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes. She works collaboratively across many genres, which makes her work contemporary and vibrant. She has released 15 of her own albums and has also recorded and performed with The Chieftains, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Jon Lord, Evelyn Glennie, Liverpool Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Sting - for whom she has played on four albums, and many others. Her amazing career began as a young girl of nine when she picked up a set of Northumbrian smallpipes, inspired by her family and by the music of an older generation of traditional musicians. By the age of 16 she had released her first album and was named the official piper for the Lord Mayor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. At 18 she turned professional and began a busy touring schedule and career which has gone from strength to strength. She has been the subject of TV documentaries, composed music for theatre, presented radio programmes for the BBC and TV programmes on musical composition and toured throughout the world both solo and with The Kathryn Tickell Band and The Side.

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

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‘Can Forgiveness Combat Hate?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 20th June

This Saturday 20th June 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Can Forgiveness Combat Hate?’ Media outlets around the world have been featuring the tragic events in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine black people have been killed in a shooting in a church where the suspect, a young white man, opened fire during a bible meeting. On the one side we have a senseless, racially motivated act of killing and on the other side we have extraordinary acts of love and forgiveness on the part of some of the victims’ family members, rising above the killer’s seeming intent to foment racial hatred. Can forgiveness combat hate? Some people feel it’s naive to respond in this fashion. Do you see forgiveness as an act of strength or weakness? Whilst in no way being an act of condoning such a terrible atrocity or a simplification of the reasons behind it, can forgiveness be an act of of healing that stops hate spreading?

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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