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Andy Weir, author of acclaimed film 'The Martian', on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Andy is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of such subjects as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also, apparently, mixes a mean cocktail! A New York Times best-selling author and the recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2016, Andy built a two-decade career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, 'The Martian', allowed him to live out his dream of writing full-time. 'The Martian' was made into an acclaimed feature film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. Andy lives in Mountain View, California. His new novel, Artemis, is a near-future, sci-fi-noir heist story set on the moon. 

To listen to the interview click here Andy Weir | It's A Question of Balance 

If you enjoy the interview, you can meet Andy Weir in person at a special Bookshop Santa Cruz event on December 5th at 7PM at Santa Cruz High School. Tickets available at Bookshop Santa Cruz or www.bookshopsantacruz.com

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Internationally Renowned Artist Enrique Martínez Celaya on It's A Question of Balance

Watch video highlights of Ruth Copland interviewing Enrique at his inspiring studio in LA Enrique Martinez Celaya and Ruth Copland Video

Listen to full audio interview here Enrique Martinez Celaya | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 11 Nov)

Award-winning Enrique Martínez Celaya trained as an artist as well as a physicist, and early in his career invented several patented laser devices before abandoning physics for art. He works predominantly in painting, but also in sculpture, photography, poetry and prose. His art work has been widely exhibited internationally and is held in the public collections of international institutions around the world. Enrique is the author of papers in art, poetry, philosophy, and physics and several books including 'Collected Writings and Interviews 1990-2010', and 'On Art and Mindfulness: Notes from the Anderson Ranch'. He has worked in collaboration with scientists, entrepreneurs, writers, musicians and architects, including the Canadian rock-band, Cowboy Junkies, the poet and Nobel-Prize-winning chemist, Roald Hoffmann, and the novelist Mary Rakow.

Ruth Copland spoke to Enrique at his inspiring studio in Los Angeles, with multiple vast rooms both to paint in and display his work, as well as a small library, and a beautiful, lush garden featuring some of his sculptures. 

Photo: Ruth Copland in conversation with Enrique Martínez Celaya at his studio in Los Angeles, pictured with Enrique's painting The Riptide, 2009, Oil and wax on canvas, 78 x 96 in.

Born in Cuba and raised in Spain and Puerto Rico, Enrique began his formal art training at the age of 12 when he became apprentice to a painter. He developed an enduring interest in writing and philosophy whilst in the turbulent cultural and political environment of 1970s Puerto Rico. In the USA, he gained degrees in physics and art from Cornell, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He is the first person to hold the position of Provost Professor of Humanities and Arts at the University of Southern California, is a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College, and a Fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. Enrique is committed to the education and formation of artists, and sponsors programmes for children, provides scholarships for artists, and assists schools in developing their curriculum. To this end, in 1998, he founded Whale & Star Press, which publishes books on art, poetry, art practice, and critical theory.

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Is Homelessness Everyone's Problem? Thought-Provoking Conversations on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Joan Baez, legendary folksinger and activist; Dora Berlanga, homeless Downtown Streets Team member; Santa Cruz City manager Martin Bernal; and project manager Greg Penzinger talk to Ruth Copland about the pervasive issue of homelessness.

Listen to show here Is Homelessness Everyone's Problem | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast Nov 4).

What are your views of the homeless? Do you think of them all in the same way or as individuals? Is it their responsibility to get themselves back on their feet or is homelessness everyone's problem? Ruth Copland speaks to people on the street at the inauguration event in Santa Cruz, California for the Downtown Streets Team initiative, which is a community-based solution to homelessness. 

The Downtown Streets Team programme currently operates in 8 cities in the Bay area of California. Since its launch in 2005 it has helped more than 680 team members find work, more than 760 people find permanent housing and has removed more than 4.3 million gallons of debris from public streets and parks. Downtown Streets Team initiative works to build teams that restore dignity, inspire hope, and provide a pathway to recovery for homeless people. The volunteer Work-Experience Program provides homeless and at risk Team Members an opportunity to beautify their community in exchange for case management, employment services, and a basic needs stipend. Through their volunteer work, Team Members rebuild effective work habits, take on leadership opportunities, further their education and ready themselves to reenter the workforce through the support of a positive community. For more info visit www.streetsteam.org

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Art Critic Edward Goldman Special Guest on It's A Question of Balance

Are you curious about the modern art world? Edward Goldman is an art critic, art consultant, and host of the NPR show ‘Art Talk’, which he has hosted for over 25 years. Edward is originally from Russia and Ruth Copland talks to him about his life journey from St Petersburg to Los Angeles and how he helps people make sense of the contemporary art world whether it be to invest or just to understand the zeitgeist. Ruth Copland also features interviews with some of the ‘art gypsies’ taking advantage of Edward’s expertise on his art tours.

To listen to the interview click here Edward Goldman | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast Oct 28).

*Photos: L: Edward Goldman, photo by Theo Jemison R: Edward, leading one of his art tours, pictured with the sculpture 'The Tower of Snow' at the studio of the artist Enrique Martinez Celaya.

Born in Russia, Edward worked in the education department of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, becoming an expert on Grecian and Roman antiquities after receiving a master’s degree in history and museum studies from what is now St. Petersburg State University. Edward then emigrated with his family to the USA in 1978 and felt an immediate kinship with Los Angeles, which has been his base ever since. Edward has been talking about art on the radio weekly for over 25 years, which the New York Times says has made Edward ‘a voice of authority in his adopted city’ of LA. He offers a unique ‘accent’ on art in more sense than one with his unique art evaluations being delivered in his distinctive Russian accent. Edward also has an art collecting and curating consultancy and has built collections for such clients as Deloitte, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and Citicorp, as well as advising private clients on art acquisitions. Edward conducts highly-regarded art-collecting seminars called The Fine Art Of Art Collecting and writes on art for The Huffington Post. He has also written reviews for numerous art publications and served as a panelist, moderator and speaker for various museums and arts organizations

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Is Medicine an Art or a Science? Thought-Provoking Conversation on It's A Question of Balance

Special guest Victoria Sweet, Professor of Medicine, veteran physician, award-winning author, and wonderful storyteller, shares her thoughts on good medicine taking more than amazing technology.

To listen Click Here Is Medicine Art or Science? | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast Oct 14)

Victoria Sweet is associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; a prizewinning historian with a Ph.D. in history and social medicine; the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship; and a physician for over 20 years at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, where she began writing. In her first highly acclaimed book God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, she laid out her evidence—in stories of her patients and her hospital—for some radically new ideas about medicine and healthcare in the USA. Vanity Fair states that Victoria provides “an inspiring alternative vision of caring for the sick”. In her new book Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing, Victoria expands and builds on those ideas and stories delving into the essence of medicine. 

For more information and to listen to past shows click here It's A Question of Balance


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