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Internationally Touring Rapper, Singer & Writer Dessa on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

An academic with an international rap career; a lyrical writer fascinated by behavioral science; and a funny, charismatic performer. Ruth Copland talks to Dessa and play tracks from her album Chime prior to her performance at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz on May 5th.

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

Singer, rapper, and songwriter Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations. The albums she’s released with Doomtree Records include rap bangers, a cappella arrangements, and big, catchy pop hooks. She’s co-composed for a 100-voice choir; contributed a track to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s The Hamilton Mixtape; and recorded a cover “Balance” by Mountain Goats (Merge Records) that plays like a Bond theme. She performs in equally varied venues; she tours gritty rock clubs, velvet-lined theaters, and top-tier festivals like Glastonbury and Lollapalooza, but also takes special pleasure in dreaming up themed events for intimate rooms—such as her recent curation of a sold-out residency series at WYNC’s The Greene Space, in which Dessa matched lyricists with researchers who tackled scientific subject matter on stage. The LA Times says she “sounds like no one else;” NPR says she’s “breaking the rules of rap;” The Chicago Tribune simply calls her “enchanting.”

As a writer, Dessa has contributed to the New York Times Magazine, MPR, the Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, literary journals across the country, and has published two short collections of poetry and essays. Dessa has a book coming out in September called ‘My Own Devices: True Stories From The Road On Music, Science, And Senseless Love’.

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

Photos L to R clockwise: Dessa by Bill Phelps; Dessa with her band by Chad Kamenshine; Dessa performing live by Matthew Shaver.

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World-Famous Artist Emilia Kabakov of Art Duo Ilya and Emilia Kabakov On It's A Question of Balance Saturday with Ruth Copland

Regularly named among the top 10 living artists in the world and the ‘two most consequential artists to emerge from Russia since the 1920s’ (Robert Storr), Ilya and Emilia Kabakov have a unique pioneering place in the international story of conceptual art.

This is the first in a two-part series of interviews with Emilia Kabakov. This week we’ll be talking about when Emilia and Ilya first became aware of the power of art to affect us on a deep level, how they work together, their early life in Russia, why they started creating ‘total installations’ and also about their wonderful art installation project with children around the world, The Ship of Tolerance (pictured above). 

To listen to interview click here Emilia Kabakov | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 7 April)

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov 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.

An art project that is dear to the Kabakovs hearts and which I’ll be talking to Emilia about during the show is The Ship of Tolerance. This is a conceptual piece which hundreds of local schoolchildren from different ethnic and social backgrounds in different cities round the world have participated in with the hope that through the creative process they can learn about tolerance.

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

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3 Ways You Can Celebrate Easter Fools Day

Easter Fools

Easter is the only Christian holiday celebrated on a different day each year. Well, this year that day happens to also be April Fools Day! This only happens once every couple hundred Easters. So, don't let it go to waste!! What could be more novel than the sacred and the profane waltzing together in comedic splendor!

1. Tell the kids you've hidden Easter eggs in the yard, but don't actually hide any Easter eggs in the yard.

2. Wander into a church dressed as Jesus of Nazareth with a puzzled look on your face, mumbling in ancient Aramaic.

3. Put on a bunny mask and scare the crap out of people.

Share your own Easter Fools Ideas in the comments below!

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Beloved Actor William H Macy and Oscar-Nominated Producer Rachel Winter from 'Krystal' on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

William H Macy and Rachel Winter talk to Ruth Copland about 'Krystal' a wonderful dramatic comedy about a young man living a sheltered life who develops a crush on a stripper with a disabled son, and joins her Alcoholics Anonymous group just so he can be in the same room with her! 

'Krystal' was the opening night film at the 2018 Cinequest Film Festival where Ruth Copland saw the film and spoke in person to actor William H Macy and Academy-Award-Nominated producer Rachel Winter. Fourteen years in the making, 'Krystal' is directed by William H Macy as well as starring him and Rosario Dawson in the titular role. The stellar ensemble cast also includes Nick Robinson, Grant Gustin, William Fichtner, Kathy Bates, John Leguizamo and Felicity Huffman. 

To listen to the interview click here William H Macy, Rachel Winter | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 31 Mar)

Krystal is both inspiring and highly entertaining art and is released in theatres on April 13th.

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

Photo L to R: Rachel Winter, William H Macy, Krystal film poster featuring Rosario Dawson and Nick Robinson.

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Special Guests Actors Jessica Paré, Adria Tennor, & Editor Mindy Elliott From the Film 'PIE'

This week Ruth Copland's arts' guests are from the Cinequest world premiere film PIE. Ruth Copland talks to actress Jessica Paré, award-winning editor Mindy Elliott, and writer and star of PIE Adria Tennor. PIE is a darkly original short film about love and betrayal featuring a homemade pie with a secret and scandalous ingredient! Ruth and her guests talk about what's behind the very unusual story of PIE, and also about acting as an art, how to keep a sense of your self in the challenging world of Hollywood, how art can help us consider difficult issues, and how film editing significantly shapes a story.

To listen to the show click here Jessica Paré, Adria Tennor, Mindy Elliott | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 24 March)

Jessica Paré is a Canadian actress and singer who has starred in many films both in her native Canada and in the US. She has also had many successful TV roles including Megan Draper in the Emmy award winning series Mad Men. Her in-show performance of the song "Zou Bisou Bisou" proved so popular that it became a hit download on iTunes and reached #1 on the Billboard World chart. She is currently starring in the CBS show SEAL Team.

Adria Tennor, who conceived PIE, is an award-winning screenwriter, director and actress, as well as a successful Los Angeles restaurateur. Mindy Elliott is an award-winning editor, known for co-writing and editing the award-winning documentary 'A Plastic Ocean' and for her work on 'Downsizing', 'House of Lies', and 'Ugly Betty'.

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

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Could Your Forgive the Unforgivable? 'Risking Light' Film-Makers on It's A Question of Balance

This week we’re considering ‘Could you forgive the unforgivable?’ Life can bring us great challenges, place us in seemingly unbearable situations, darkness may come and seem to obscure all light. How is it possible to experience terrible tragedy or injustice or inhumanity and not be consumed by rage, bitterness and thoughts of revenge?

To listen to the discussion click here Forgiving the Unforgivable | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 17 March)

For this week’s topic Ruth Copland is happy to have two special guests on the show both associated with the documentary film 'Risking Light' which features the stories of three people, in very different circumstances, who forgive the absolutely unforgivable. How did they do it and why? These people had the courage to step out of the haunting, tragic darkness of the past, risking everything to reach the light of their own compassion. The film 'Risking Light' explores resilience, and the painful process of moving from grief to compassion and forgiveness challenging us to ask “What would the world look like if we could learn to forgive one another?”

Ruth Copland's guests are Dawn Mikkelson - 'Risking Light' Senior Producer, Director, Writer, and Editor - and Miranda Wilson, 'Risking Light' Producer.

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


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