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Do you love a good thriller? Mystery Writer Laurie R King on It's A Question of Balance

With over 3 million books in print, Laurie R King is a hugely popular author. Ruth Copland features her interview with Laurie R King and talks about Laurie's latest mystery 'Lockdown'. Listen by clicking here Laurie R King | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast June 10). Laurie R King is an award-winning, internationally best-selling author of over 25 books including the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, Kate Martinelli books, and stand-alone novels including The Bones Of Paris and her latest Lockdown, 'the harrowing, all-too real tale of a classroom held hostage by someone with a thirst for revenge in this stunningly intricate, ripped-from-the-headlines novel of rich psychological suspense' (Bookshop Santa Cruz). Bookshop Santa Cruz has signed copies of Lockdown available!

Since her first book in 1993, A Grave Talent, which won the MWA Edgar Award for best first novel, and the CWA Creasey Award, Laurie has averaged a book a year, gathering multiple nominations for and winning many prestigious writing awards including The Beekeeper’s Apprentice being chosen as one of the top 100 Favourite Mysteries of the 20th century. A third generation Northern Californian who has lived most of her life in the San Francisco Bay area, Laurie R King has also spent a considerable amount of time in Britain, and now lives in Santa Cruz. 

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Photos: Ruth Copland with Laurie R King; Cover of Laurie's latest thriller 'Lockdown

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What is a Fair Profit? On It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Business is geared up to make as much money as possible but is there such a thing as too much profit? What effect does squeezing the last penny out of any transaction have on best practice decisions, and on how much pay and what kind of benefits to offer workers? Some CEOs of successful companies have made a choice to have a healthy bottom line that also supports the environment, good working conditions, and good pay for all employees. This may mean that the overall profit is decreased but employee engagement and retention are high and everybody in the company is benefiting from the company’s success. This model is easier for private companies than publicly traded ones as shareholders may not be happy with less profit. Should a business balance profit goals with altruistic considerations - such as protecting the environment? Or should a business be trying to make as big a profit as possible? What do you think is a fair profit? Local people share their views with Ruth on the show’s Out and About feature (broadcast 20 May).

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Jett Williams, Country Singer and Daughter of Hank Williams Senior, on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Hear how Jett Williams finally found out about and fought for her birthright, became a singer/songwriter, Grand Ole Opry regular, motivational speaker and caretaker of her father’s music. Jett was born five days after her father died in 1953. Relinquished by her natural mother, Bobbie Jett of Nashville, with whom Hank had been having a relationship after his marriage ended, Jett was adopted by Hank’s mother. Sadly she too soon died and the Williams family, not wanting her, gave her up for adoption. During her youth, Jett had no idea who her natural parents were, let alone that her daddy was Hank Williams, but from a very young age she demonstrated an unusual and natural talent for music, singing, and her guitar. In the early 1980's, at the urging of her adoptive father and armed with a few facts and a little rumor, Jett set out to learn what she could about who she was. 

Ruth Copland interviews Jett Williams about the remarkable story of how, after years of effort, Jett got proof that Hank Williams Sr. was her father and wanted her, and how it was proved in court that Hank's family had denied her parentage in order to claim his considerable fortune. Ruth also plays songs from Jett's album Honk (broadcast 13 May).

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Is the truth necessary to a successful society? Thought-provoking conversations On It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Fake news, the veracity of the media, disingenuous politicians, extreme advertising, tabloid magazines - the truth seems under assault. What would it be like if no one expected the truth in their everyday lives? Is the truth necessary to a successful society? 

Evidence from religious texts dating from antiquity shows that lying and deception have been of concern to humans for millennia. Shakespeare said ‘Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honour, I lose myself’. None of us like to be lied to but have we become more accepting of deception? Is the truth still necessary to a successful society? Ruth Copland explores this topic via on-the-street interviews. (Broadcast on 6 May).

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Whirlwind slice of life on the wilder side! Cast and Crew of 'The Dunning Man' join Ruth Copland

It’s fascinating how many parts there are to making the visual art that is a film - the story, the directing, the acting, the music, the cinematography, the editing - and all the various parts have to be good for the film to work! As part of her coverage of the 2017 Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley Ruth Copland features guests from the film 'The Dunning Man', which had its world premiere at Cinequest. Ruth talks to the director Michael Clayton; writer/producer Kevin Fortuna; music contributor Hip Hop artist Dwayne Gittens aka Deascent; Emmy award-winning cinematographer Peter Cikhart; lead actor Tom Kemp; and the film editor Ian Blume. Listen by clicking here The Dunning Man | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 29 April).

'The Dunning Man' is a whirlwind slice of life on the wilder side focused on Connor, a young landlord trying to get his money while also doing right by people - quite a challenge when his tenants include Chechen animal trainers with underworld ties, a rap star who parties so hard the neighbors can't sleep, and a struggling, good-hearted single mother who might just steal the landlord’s heart. The film stars James Carpinello. Ruth talked to the film-makers at Cinequest Film Festival in the foyer of the iconic California Theatre in San Jose.

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Love Science Fiction? Cyber-visonary Cory Doctorow and Award-Winning Space-Opera Writer John Scalzi talk to Ruth Copland

Cory and John are hugely popular, multi-award-winning prolific writers of fiction and also non-fiction, with their novels being translated into multiple languages. Join Ruth Copland, Cory and John as they discuss why science fiction is so popular, how they started writing, and what their vision for the future looks like. Listen by clicking here Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 22 April).

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger who has written novels for teens and adults, as well as non-fiction including the business book ‘Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free’. He is the co-editor of the group blog Boing Boing and the author of the New York Times bestselling and multi-award-winning LITTLE BROTHER, which has been optioned by Paramount. As well as being a writer, Cory is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is activist in Residence for the MIT Media Lab, is a visiting Professor of Computer Science at the Open University and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles. Cory’s latest novel is WALKAWAY, published by Tor.

John Scalzi is an author, columnist and former president of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He is known for his Old Man's War series. His other novels include the New York Times bestsellers Lock In, Fuzzy Nation and Redshirts; the latter novel winning science fiction's Hugo Award in 2013. He also won a Hugo Award for Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, a collection of essays from his popular blog Whatever. He was creative Consultant for the Stargate: Universe television series and is Executive Producer and Consultant for Ghost Brigades, currently in development for television based on his novel. Born in California he now lives in Ohio. John’s latest novel is the The Collapsing Empire, the beginning of a new science fiction saga published by Tor.

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