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What Do Non-Americans Think of the US? Thought-Provoking Conversations on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

This week Ruth Copland presents an outside perspective on how the US is viewed and whether views may have changed in the last year or so. There are varied opinions on what Americans think of the US right now - whether it needs to be made great again, whether it still is great, whether it ever was great. What does ‘great’ mean? But what do non-Americans think about all this?

Ruth went Out and About on the street on the Embankment in London, England to interview people. London is a very cosmopolitan city and the Embankment is a particularly cosmopolitan area as it is near Tate Modern, the Globe Theatre, the London Eye, the Millennium Bridge, and the historic City of London, so there tend to be lots of visitors from many different countries. Sure enough, the first people who agreed to be interviewed by Ruth were from Italy and France.

Ruth also speaks to ex-pat, internationally best-selling and award-winning British author Michael Marshall Smith, who currently resides in Santa Cruz, California, to get his views as a non-American living in the US. A highly talented and original writer for over 20 years, he is known in particular for 'The Straw Men', which he is currently adapting for TV. His supernatural thriller ‘The Intruders’ was made into a dramatic TV series starring Mira Sorvino, Millie Bobby Brown and John Simm. His latest book ‘Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence’ has just come out in paperback in the UK, and will be coming out in the US in November.

Listen live from anywhere 8-9 PM Saturday March 10th via KSCO.com Livestream.

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


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The Future of Local Media, With Special Guest Jeanie Howard Publisher Of The Santa Cruz "Good Times"

Future Of Local Media

Listen To The March 3rd Saturday Special.

As MZ and Michal Olson follow Jeanie Howard through the past and future of Local Media, the unique and stories past of many Santa Cruz and Bay Area publications past and present are revealed. The conversation becomes quite heated as MZ pleads that we start, "using the power of talk radio to do some good in the world!"

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Inside Perspective on 'Best Film Festival in USA' Cinequest on It's A Question of Balance

Cinequest Director of Programming Michael Rabehl, and Award winning director Jeremy Guy, give insight into Cinequest from two different perspectives: one from the creative organisational side and the other from the film-maker side (broadcast March 3).

To listen to interview with Michael Rabehl click here It's A Question of Balance | Michael Rabehl

To listen to interview with Jeremy Guy click here It's A Question of Balance | Jeremy Guy

Cinequest Film Festival runs 27th February through March 11th. Ruth Copland will be interviewing Andie MacDowell live on stage at the California Theatre in San Jose on March 10th. To get info, tickets and festival passes for Cinequest visit Cinequest Film and VR Festival 2018 

Michael has been a member of the Cinequest team since 1994 and as Director of Programming manages the film selection process for the festival and supervises the programming teams to create a world class line up of films and guests every year. As the Associate Director he’s also directly involved with the strategic planning of the festival. Jeremy Guy, an award winning director and cinematographer, whose documentary feature Purdah is having its world premiere at Cinequest. Jeremy’s film Purdah follows a young woman in India who recently removed her burkha for the first time to pursue her dream of becoming one of the only Muslim women to play cricket professionally in all of Mumbai. It also follows the career aspirations of her sisters within a restrictive religious context. Jeremy Guy's work includes a wide variety of projects including narrative feature films, major television shows, and independent documentaries.

To get info and tickets to see Purdah visit Cinequest: Purdah

For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com 

Photo L to R: Michael Rabehl; Jeremy Guy.

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Presentation High School: Victim Of Media Abuse Or Enabler Of Sexual Misconduct?

Presentation High School: Victim Of Media Abuse Or Enabler Of Sexual Misconduct?

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In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the private all girls Catholic Presentation High School has come under fire by an organization of former alumni, calling its self "Make Pres Safe". The organization alleges that a variety of instances of sexual misconduct were reported to the Schools administration, only to have the legitimacy of the reports questioned or otherwise ignored.

Local news was eager to pick up the story with multiple reports appearing on KRON 4, KTVU FOX 2, The Mercury News, CBS, ABC, and NBC Bay Area.

Popular Bay Area Media Critic, Rich Lieberman has a different take, noting that "The group, "Make Pres Safe," and its attorney have refused to meet with PHS to discuss their claims, many of which are dubious at best--there are no records either verbal or written that the claims were ever made to the school." While also pointing out that there has been no lawsuit filed over the allegations dating back 30 years.

In the aftermath of the resulting public scrutiny, as mentioned on Georgia's Wednesday show, Presentation's principle Mary Miller has received some shockingly hateful, racist, violent and threatening voice messages. You can click here to listen to a voice message left for Mary Miller, but be warned. It is so distasteful, you will probably ruin your day.

Is Make Pres Safe acting in the best interest of past and future students or engaging in "trial by media" tactics, which hinge on public sentiment rather than any proof of wrong doing?

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Cinequest Co-Founder Kathleen Powell on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Named one of 25 people who have dramatically changed Silicon Valley over the past 25 years (by Metro Newspapers) Kathleen Powell continues to serve artists, innovators and youth with passion and love. This Saturday Ruth Copland features her interview with Cinequest President and Co-Founder Kathleen Powell.  Cinequest Inc incorporates Cinequest Film and VR Festival in San Jose California - named Best Film Festival by USA Today - and running Feb 27th to March 11th 2018; Cinequest Picture The Possibilities - which empowers youth; and Cinequest Mavericks Studio - which creates innovative and transformative motion pictures and distribution paradigms.

To listen to the interview click here Kathleen Powell | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 24 Feb)

Maverick Spirit Award winners attending Cinequest 2018 include Nicolas Cage and Andie MacDowell. Ruth Copland will be interviewing Andie MacDowell live on stage at the California Theatre in San Jose on March 10th. To get info, tickets and festival passes for Cinequest visit Cinequest Film and VR Festival 2018 

Kathleen Powell has an eclectic background in engineering and art, with a passion to bring the transformative vision of youth and artists to the world. She found her true calling whilst gaining her Masters in Computer Science when she joined a summer feature film project to produce the film He’s Still There, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Inspired by this experience, she shortly afterwards co-founded Cinequest with Halfdan Hussey, and together they have grown the festival from a one theatre event to a multi-screen, 13-day event attracting over 100,000 attendees. Kathleen recently co-directed and co-produced the feature film Life is Love about inspirational women, and also mentors burgeoning business women around the world through the Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative Fellowship. Many films shown at the festival have gone on to receive distribution by a major movie studio and several short films have won Academy Awards. The prestigious Maverick Spirit Award is given by the festival to influential individuals who embody the independent and innovative mindset and recipients include Harrison Ford, Minnie Driver, Ben Kingsley, Salman Rushdie, Danny Glover, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Arnold Schwarzenegger to name but a few. The Maverick Innovator Awards, and the Media Legacy Awards highlight notable individuals in film and technology and Cinequest itself has been a leader in showcasing and applying the technologies that have revolutionised the film business.

For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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Do We Need More than One Word For Love? Thought-Provoking Conversations on It's A Question of Balance Sat 17 Feb 8-9 PM

Human relationships are complex and come in many forms. We have feelings for others which differ depending on the unique circumstances. However, in the English language there is only one word to describe this: love. The Greeks had about 30 words for love, a different word for each kind of love, the main ones being agape - love of humanity; storge - family love; pragma - love which endures; philautia - the love we give ourselves, self-respect; philia - shared experience; ludus -playful affection; and eros - romantic and erotic love.

This Saturday 17th Feb 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance, Ruth Copland features her on-the-street interviews on the topic ‘Do We Need More Than One Word For Love?’

In our society, by making love such an elevated grand concept that has to meet so many criteria to actually be called love, are we denying the expression or validation of the other kinds of love we feel? Would we love and connect more if we had more kinds of love on the table to choose from and feel comfortable expressing? Could we then talk about love in the context of politics or business, for example, without a cynical response? Would it help us form healthier and happier relationships in all areas of our life? What does it say about us and our culture that we have so many different words say for rain in the UK - or for different kinds of coffee - but only one word for love? Finally, Aristotle believed the basis of all love was that we first love ourselves. How important is self-love?

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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