There are different aspects to fake news, the corrosive phenomenon that is pervading American life right now. These include:
wilful dissemination of untruths,
lack of fact verification,
and social media news delivery.
Ruth Copland explores with her special guest Stewart Purvis how we can prevent fake news in all its forms.
Listen to the show here Fake News | It's A Question of Balance
Ruth Copland's guest is highly regarded UK media professional, Stewart Purvis, who has over four decades experience in broadcast media including TV and radio reporting, production, editing national news services, running a media business, and broadcast regulation. Stewart has won awards for documentaries and news from the Royal Television Society and BAFTA, and for his services to broadcast journalism was awarded by the Queen a CBE, one of the highest British civilian honours. In addition Stewart was a visiting professor at Oxford University, Professor of Journalism at City University, and has co-authored two books, one about the Cambridge super spy Guy Burgess, and one about when journalists cross the line.
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Rad Women author Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl showcase bold, brave and brilliant girls under 20 who are living rad lives in ways small and great.
Listen to the interview here Rad Girls Can | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast July 21).
The runaway success of the Rad Women series has inspired girls, women, and the men in their lives. Kate and Miriam say they "truly believe that RAD GIRLS CAN is the book we all need right now. It shows us the potential and the power of young, creative, hopeful, brilliant girls, and all that they can do in this world. While some of the stories in Rad Girls Can are about girls from history, many are contemporary, and show how young people are engaging with and shaping the future of some of our most urgent issues, including voting rights, climate change, immigration, gender and sexual identity, disability rights, and racial justice".
This New York Time best-selling artistic duo hailing from the Bay Area join Ruth Copland to talk about their lives, art, and how the Rad Women books first came about!
If you enjoy the interview, you can purchase Rad Girls Can at Bookshop Santa Cruz either in store in Santa Cruz or via bookshopsantacruz.com
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Shakespeare said “All the world's a stage,/ And all the men and women merely players”. The analogy of life as a performance is not a new thing; it has been considered for centuries by such people as Pythagoras and Petronius amongst others. In the past, however, musings focused more on who might be controlling the ‘play’ rather than on people acting out their lives. With social media, though, there is a sense of increasing self-consciousness as we consider what effect our posts are creating.
To listen to show click here Social Media | It's A Question of Balance
Are we documenting our lives through social media or are we manufacturing our lives to fit an image that we want to project? Are we simply sharing our experiences or are we creating them with an audience in mind? Are we authentic online or are we playing a part? Even if we are not trying to control our image necessarily, are we able to live life in the moment without considering whether it’s a good photo opportunity or something to post about? What do you think?
Ruth Copland features her interviews on the street considering ‘Has social media changed how much we live versus perform our lives?’
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This week Ruth Copland features her interview with amazing guitarist, producer and songwriter Jimmy Jackson, who is based in Santa Cruz, CA. Jimmy has worked with Country Hall of Fame star Lacy J Dalton, country legend Tanya Tucker, the Trailerpark Troubadours, Michael Nesmith of the The Monkees, and Grammy winner JoEl Sonnier, amongst many others. Ruth Copland plays Jimmy's songs, talks to him about his long career, and his new band project with Restless Souls. Fellow bandmate David Adams also joins them in the studio.
To listen to interview click here Jimmy Jackson | It's A Question of Balance
Jimmy is an in-demand independent music producer and has produced many albums including for country diva Lacy J Dalton, Bud Cockrel of the band Pablo Cruz, garage pop band French Girls, and rock pianist Matt Warner. Jimmy has written songs with number one Nashville songwriter Dean Dillon, the late Grammy winning composer/drummer Ricky Lawson, and Nashville hit songwriters Jerry Lassiter and Earl Clark. Jimmy has been published by Acuff-Rose in Nashville and VIG Music in L.A. His songs have been performed by artists such as country star Tanya Tucker, and Tamalyn LaBeeb.
As a highly regarded guitarist Jimmy has featured on many albums and live music tours. He is a clinician for Epiphone guitar, for whom he designed the Airscreamer guitar, an electric guitar that looks like an Airstream trailer. He also performs and records Epiphone video demos, which have hundreds of thousands of views on Youtube. Jimmy builds custom electric guitars with unique sounds and designs, and has toured with Jackson Browne as his guitar tech responsible for over 30 rare guitars. Jimmy was the manager, producer and lead guitarist for the Trailer Park Troubadours for seven years and was the band leader and lead guitarist of Ranch Dressing, the house band for Michael Nesmith’s Video Ranch, an ‘in world’ realtime performance venue. Jimmy’s solo album ‘Walkin Blues’, which he wrote and on which he performs lead guitar and vocal, was produced by Michael Nesmith of The Monkees. Jimmy also spent time as a DJ and On Air Talent for the legendary music station KPIG.
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Photos: Jimmy Jackson; new album project with band Restless Souls.
Regularly named among the top 10 living artists in the world Ilya and Emilia Kabakov are the ‘two most consequential artists to emerge from Russia since the 1920s’ (Robert Storr). They have worked together in the USA, where they live, since the late 1980s and are known for their complex large-scale projects and immersive ‘total’ installations. To date, together they have created nearly 200 of these total installations, which invite the viewer to become an active part of the work considering the meaning of utopia, the place of the artist, power, hope, fear, escapism, fantasy, and much more.
Ruth Copland will be talking to Emilia about what Utopia embodies for the Kabakovs, how their early life in the Soviet Union factors into their work, what painting offers different from installations, whether art should be life-affirming, if there is a spiritual aspect to their work, their recurring use of the metaphor of flight, how much the context of an art work matters, and the Kabakovs latest exhibition Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into the Future, which explores their pioneering place in the international story of conceptual art. The exhibition is currently at the State Hermitage, St Petersburg, having previously been at Tate Modern, London.
To listen to interview click here Emilia Kabakov Pt 2 | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 23 June).
This is the second in a two-part series of interviews with Emilia Kabakov. If you’d like to hear the other part click here Part 1 Emilia Kabakov | It's A Question of Balance
Exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through conversations with inspiring arts guests and out and about on the street, balancing the creative with the intellectual. It's A Question of Balance is on hiatus and will return later in June. In the meantime enjoy podcasts of the wonderful guests and interesting topic discussions on the show.
Previous guests include Pulitzer-prize-winning authors, Oscar-winning directors and actors, multi-platinum musicians, award-winning artists, and many more local, national, and international guests from all areas of the arts.
Click here to see photos and descriptions of guests and hear the interviews Guests | It's A Question of Balance
Previous topic discussions include: Are some lives worth more than others? How much does your privacy matter? Should children be paid to learn? What happens if we characterise ourselves by our political party? Can sex be sacred? Should we edit humanity genetically? Can you be pro-life and pro-war? Who controls the end of life? Are we born good? Is money the best motivator? Should we limit the world population? What is a fair profit?
Click here to listen to Out and About topic discussions on the street Topics | It's A Question of Balance