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Dwayne Johnson-Cochran Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 11th April 9-10 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing film director, producer and writer Dwayne Johnson-Cochran. After writing films for studios, co-creating a comedy series for NBC (Minor Adjustments), and selling a spec screenplay to Steven Spielberg, Dwayne’s directing debut, Love and Action In Chicago (HBO) featured Kathleen Turner, Courtney B.Vance, Jason Alexander, Regina King and Ed Asner and sold to 60 countries around the world. Currently, Dwayne is writing and producing the epic battle film Queen of War for three time Oscar nominated director Sergei Bodrov (Mongol, Seventh Son) and he is slated to direct Men of Granite in late 2015. He produced the period feature film White Water for the cable network TVONE directed by Rusty Cundieff and the film aired to record high ratings in February 2015. He has written and is producing The Book of the Year, to be co-produced by Bassett Vance Productions. Dwayne has made numerous documentaries in West Africa. His latest documentary Be Known, is about jazz percussionist Kahil El-Zabar, and premiered in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center. He has been a festival judge for the Chicago International Film Festival; National Black Programme Consortium; Pan African Film Festival; and is a two-time winner of the ‘Mentor of the Year’ award from the Fulfillment Fund, one of the largest mentor organizations in country. He was visiting professor in the USC Screenwriting Fellowship Program (2001-2012) and has taught screenwriting workshops in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Mozambique and Ethiopia. Born in Chicago Dwayne earned a B.S. in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Master’s Program for filmmaking.

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

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‘Does vast wealth create a moral obligation to give back?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 11th April

This Saturday 11th April 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Does vast wealth create a moral obligation to give back?’ Some billionaires such as Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffet and John Caudwell feel that it does. They are all signatories to the Giving Pledge which commits the pledgee to give more than half of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes either during their lifetime or in their will. Plenty of other billionaires are keeping their wealth to themselves. Do you think the world’s billionaires owe anything to the societies in which they made their fortune? Or do you think it’s their money, and they shouldn’t feel guilty about having it or that they have to give some away?

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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Jon Ronson Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 4th April 9-10 PM


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This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing internationally best-selling writer, journalist, screenwriter, radio presenter and film-maker Jon Ronson. If you enjoy the interview you can meet Jon in person at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Friday April 10th at 7:30 PM for a talk and book-signing. Born in Wales, Jon currently lives in London and New York. Author of nine books and numerous articles, Jon’s non-fiction books, The Psychopath Test; Them: Adventures with Extremists; Lost at Sea; and The Men Who Stare At Goats have all been international and New York Times bestsellers. The Men Who Stare At Goats was adapted into a film starring George Clooney, and The Psychopath Test is to be adapted into a thriller starring Scarlett Johansson. Jon is a documentary film-maker, directing, writing and hosting by turns; his many films include Stanley Kubrick's Boxes and The Secret Rulers of the World. His first fictional screenplay, called Frank and written with Peter Straughan, won the British Independent Film Awards Best Screenplay award. Jon is currently writing and directing a silent comedy, The Dog Thrower. In the UK Jon writes regularly for The Guardian newspaper and has produced and presented radio shows including the BBC Radio 4 show Jon Ronson On… which has been nominated for a Sony Award four times. In the US he’s a regular contributor to the Public Radio International show This American Life and GQ magazine. Jon’s latest book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed has just come out.

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

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‘Should Children Be Paid To Learn?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 4th April

This Saturday 4th April 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Should Children Be Paid To Learn?’ According to research papers quoted in Education Week and the Journal of Human Resources a dozen states in America have offered financial incentive programmes to students ranging from students being paid to read to receiving in some instances hundreds of dollars for good grades. But should children be paid to learn? Michael Sandel in his book What Money Can’t Buy states that economic reasoning suggests that two incentives should work better than one but there is also the possibility that the monetary incentive will undermine the intrinsic one leading to less reading over time. Is there any harm in offering children financial incentives if it gets them to do the work? What life lessons do you think children might learn from being offered money to read, or get better grades, rather than learning to motivate themselves? Could it be teaching them that studying is a chore? Or would they perhaps gain an intrinsic love of reading, for example, as a by-product of learning for pay?

What do you think? Ruth Copland gets the views of people in the local area 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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For Those Who Missed Georgia's Response to the Sat Special "roasting" - March 18th Show

If you missed Georgia's response to her "roasting" on the Saturday Special, take a listen to her dynamic and prudent response.

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‘Should you have the right to be forgotten on the internet?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 28th March

This Saturday 28th March 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Should you have the right to be forgotten on the internet?’ Last year, the Court of Justice ruled that Europeans have the right to ask Internet search engines like Google to remove links from their name to information that is inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant or excessive. Removal is not automatic, the decision is reached by weighing the person’s privacy against the public’s right to know. This ruling has become popularly known as the right-to-be-forgotten. Americans do not currently have this right. How do you feel about that? Would you like to be able to control what information about you can be accessed through internet searches? Is it a problem our past follows us so closely now? Or are there benefits to society from this? Should you have the right to be ‘forgotten’ on the internet?

What do you think? I get the opinions 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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