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Emilio Estevez on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

An accomplished actor starring in many films, Emilio Estevez is also a talented writer and director with a compelling new film 'The Public' out in theatres from April 5th.

To listen to the interview click here Emilio Estevez | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 2 March).

'The Public' is being screened at the Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley on March 9th. Emilio Estevez will attend and take part in a discussion after the film. You can get tickets here 'The Public' Cinequest Screening

Emilio Estevez wrote and directed 'The Public' and also stars in it along with many great actors including Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater. 'The Public' is about downtown Cincinnati librarians Stuart Goodson (Emilio Estevez) and Myra (Jena Malone) who see their regular winter day shaken up when homeless patrons decide to take shelter in their library for the night. What starts as a peaceful sit-in quickly escalates into a face-off with the police and the media.

Emilio has established himself not only as an accomplished actor, but also as a talented writer, director and producer. In 2006, he wrote, directed and co-starred in the Golden Globe nominated for Best Picture and SAG ensemble nominee “Bobby,” which revisits the night Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968 and is set against the backdrop of the cultural issues gripping the country at the time, including racism, sexual inequality and class differences.
Emilio made his acting debut in Tim Hunter’s “Tex” and appeared in Francis Ford Coppola’s ensemble drama “The Outsiders,” both based on S.E. Hinton novels. Estevez’ performance as a quintessential high-school jock in John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club” won him widespread attention and acclaim. Later that same year, he went on to appear in “St. Elmo’s Fire” before starring in “That Was Then, This Is Now,” for which he also wrote the screenplay. In 1996, Estevez directed his father Martin Sheen for the first time in the Vietnam drama “The War at Home” which Emilio also starred in and produced. Other film credits include, “Repo Man” “Mission: Impossible,” and the “Stakeout, “Young Guns” and “Mighty Ducks” franchise movies. Emilio’s new film “The Public” marks Emilio’s fourth invitation to the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival having previously been invited with his films THE WAR AT HOME, 1995, BOBBY 2006, THE WAY 2010).

For more information and to listen to past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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Do We Need Public Libraries in the Age of the Internet? Thought-provoking Conversations on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

What is the role of the public library in society today? Thomas Jefferson in 1809 wrote “I have often thought that nothing would do more extensive good at small expense than the establishment of a small circulating library in every county”, yet funding of libraries is constantly under attack in budget cuts. Funding has seriously declined in recent years even though 90% of Americans say the closing of their local public library would impact their community*.

Ruth Copland gets opinions for her Out and About feature on the street. To listen click here Do We need Public Libraries? | It's A Question of Balance

If you enjoy this topic on public libraries, tune in next week March 2nd 8-9 PM to hear Ruth Copland's in-depth interview with Hollywood actor, writer and director Emilio Estevez. They talk about his highly engaging and dramatic new film 'The Public' which chronicles a stand-off between the police and the homeless in a public library, as well as about his life and film-making art.

Do we still need public libraries? Publishers are ambivalent or even hostile about libraries fearing reduced book sales. With their core mission of promoting reading, however, do libraries create new readers (and thus new purchasers)? 82% of Americans believe libraries should provide free literacy programs to young children*, which may include traditional reading, writing and comprehension as well as technology and new media literacies. Is this a good use of public money or should parents be responsible for providing these skills? Many people have home access to the internet for research and e-books but does this replace the cultural and intellectual experience of the library and its role as a vibrant community center? Is the library more than a repository of books? Libraries now provide free access to the internet and computers – is this as fundamental a right to information as the original intent of libraries providing access to books (and thus knowledge) for all people regardless of socio-economic standing? What do you think? Listen Saturday 8-9 PM!

For more info and to listen to past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com 

*Pew Research Center.

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Award-Winning Jamaican Author Marlon James on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

From his first novel being rejected 70 times before it was published to becoming the first Jamaican author to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize, Marlon James has been on quite a journey. Ruth Copland talks to him about his life, art and new fantasy book 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf'.

To listen to the interview click here Marlon James | It's A Question of Balance (Broadcast 16 Feb).

If you enjoy the interview you can meet Marlon James in person at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Monday February 18th at 7PM. He'll answer questions and sign his new fantasy book Black Leopard, Red Wolf. 

Marlon James is a professor and award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller A Brief History of Seven Killings, The Book of Night Women, and John Crow's Devil. A Brief History of Seven Killings explores several decades of Jamaican history around the time of an assassination attempt on Bob Marley. It won the Man Booker Prize, the American Book Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Book of Night Women is about a slave woman’s revolt on a Jamaican plantation in the nineteenth century. It won the Minnesota Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as the NAACP Image Award. Originally from Jamaica, Marlon currently divides his time between New York and Minnesota where he is a professor at Macalester College in St Paul teaching English and creative writing. Marlon’s latest book is the first in the Dark Star Trilogy and is called Black Leopard, Red Wolf. 

For more information and to listen to past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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Curious About the Modern Art World? Ruth Copland talks to Art Expert Edward Goldman on It's A Question of Balance

Ruth Copland talks to Edward Goldman 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. 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 also features interviews with some of the ‘art gypsies’ taking advantage of Edward’s expertise on his art tours.

To listen to the podcast click here Edward Goldman | Its A Question of Balance

Photo: L: Edward Goldman, photo by Theo Jemison.

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

For more info and to hear previous shows with Ruth Copland click here It's A Question of Balance

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Why Do We Compete? Thought-Provoking Conversations on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Why do we compete? Is it a natural human impetus or is it forced upon us by society?

To listen to the podcast click here Why Do We Compete | It's A Question of Balance

Do you get a thrill from competing or do you avoid it like the plague? How does categorizing people as winners or losers affect our society? And perhaps most importantly how does competition affect how we think about ourselves? For Out and About this week Ruth Copland goes a bit further out and about than usual to Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway in central California to interview two professional racecar drivers, Fernando Rees and Brandon Davis, who drive for Aston Martin and compete in races around the world including Le Mans, the FIA World Endurance Championship and Pirelli World Challenge. They talk about what drives (no pun intended!) them to compete. We consider whether competition is the best way to evaluate individual worth, and the merits and drawbacks of America’s obsession with competition. 

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

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