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Where Do You Draw the Privacy Line in Public Spaces? Thought-Provoking Conversations on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Have ubiquitous cell phone cameras and social media postings changed what we think is private and what is public? Is anything fair game now or should we still respect people’s personal space and privacy when they're in public places? If so, how? Ruth Copland features her conversations Out and About on the street. 

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

What governs your sense of people’s privacy? Is it dependent on how you were brought up? What your friends do? Your own feelings? Is there a difference between taking video or photos to share just with friends in person, and posting that photo or video on social media? Is there a higher bar of expected privacy for social media use of images? When posting content acquired in a public space do your think people even think about when it’s appropriate to do so? Should these matters be down to manners and adherence to cultural norms - or should there be legislation to decide these questions and protect people?

Ruth Copland considers all these questions and more in her on the street interviews.


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Science, Romance, Humour, and Math! - Randall Munroe (xkcd) on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Former NASA roboticist, cartoonist, webcomic creator and bestselling author talks to Ruth Copland about combining hard science, romance, sarcasm, math, whimsy, and humour! His work is genre-defying and has attracted tens of millions of fans to his website xkcd.com, where you can find his online comic and 'What If?' blog, which answers fans' weird science questions. Celebrity fans include Bill Gates, Serena Williams, Neil Gaiman, and previous guest of It's A Question of Balance, Andy Weir, author of 'The Martian'. Randall Munroe's new book is 'How To: Absurd Scientific Advice For Common Real-World Problems'. 

To listen to the podcast of the interview click here Randall Munroe | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast Aug 31).

If you enjoy the interview, Randall Munroe is appearing in Santa Cruz for a special event on September 11th where you can meet him and get your book signed. A great opportunity to see this wonderfully creative scientist in person. More info at www.bookshopsantacruz.com It will most likely sell out, so if you want to go, get tickets in advance.

Randall is the New York Times bestselling author of the books ‘What If?’ and ‘Thing Explainer’ which are mega blockbusters. ‘What If?’ spent 64 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and ‘Thing Explainer’ sold over a million copies worldwide. Randall is also the Hugo-award-winning creator of the cultural phenomenon 'xkcd', an online comic. The comic covers romance, science, maths, pop culture and more and has a gentle humour, kindness and poignancy to it, as well as delivering scientific information in a highly interesting form. This has led to a dedicated fanbase with millions of fans enjoying his webcomic and his highly original books. Randall’s legion of fans have been eagerly awaiting a new book and it has now arrived in the form of ‘How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems’ an entirely original new work with never-before-seen material. 

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

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Dark Suspense with a Hint of Supernatural - Internationally Bestselling Michael Rutger on It's A Question of Balance Saturday with Ruth Copland

An intelligent, witty and award-winning writer, Michael jokingly calls himself ‘all the Michaels’ due to his internationally bestselling writing career as Michael Rutger, Michael Marshall Smith, and Michael Marshall. Ruth Copland talks to Michael Rutger about his life, art and his new books 'The Possession' and ‘Hannah Green and her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence’.

Listen to the interview podcast here Michael Rutger | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast Aug 24).

Michael is the winner of the Philip K Dick Award, the August Derleth Award for best novel, six British fantasy awards, and the only author ever to win the BFS Award for Best Short Story four times. Stephen King referred to Michael’s Straw Men trilogy as a 'masterpiece….brilliantly written' and Michael is currently working on developing ‘Straw Men’ for TV. His novel Spares was optioned by Stephen Spielberg's Dreamworks, and his supernatural thriller The Intruders was adapted as a major BBC television series. As well as his many best-selling novels, Michael has also published nearly a hundred short stories. Born in Britain, he now lives in Santa Cruz, California, with his wife, son and two cats. His latest books are ‘Hannah Green and her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence’ published as Michael Marshall Smith, and the recently released Michael Rutger novel ‘The Possession’. 

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

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Amazing Marine Life Photographer Jodi Frediani on It's A Question of Balance Saturday with Ruth Copland

Ruth Copland talks to Jodi about her life, art and why her daughter blames her for breaking up The Beatles! 

Jodi Frediani's incredible photographs of whales, dolphins, and marine life have featured in national newspapers and permanent collections around the world. Listen in to find out about her journey through the flower power of the 60s, travelling all over Africa and Europe, organic farming, consulting as an environmental forest and watershed expert, training animals, to becoming an incredible marine photographer having received her first camera at the age of 12.

To listen to interview click here Jodi Frediani | It's A Question of Balance

With a bachelor’s degree and graduate certificate in Art/ Photography, Jodi’s graduate photo project ‘Our Other Homeless’ highlighted the plight of abandoned cats and dogs, euthanised in the thousands by shelters when homes can’t be found. Her photographs were incorporated in books and magazines and exhibited from coast to coast. Jodi has photographically recorded adventures, people, places and animals across Africa, spanning the continent and capturing an array of incredible animals including elephants and cheetahs. For the past 7 years, she has focused on marine species of the Monterey Bay in California, and for the last 15 seasons Jodi has been swimming with and photographing the North Atlantic humpback whales in the warm waters of the Silver Bank Marine Mammal Sanctuary, Dominican Republic, where she also helps gather fluke ID photos for research. This non-invasive data collection helps scientists to discover where whales spend their time. Jodi has also spent time swimming with and photographing humpback whales in Tonga. 

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

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Should the drinking age be consistent with the age other adult ‘rights’ are granted? It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

At 18 in the US you can vote, have sex, smoke, get married, sign a legally binding contract, join the military, but you can’t drink alcohol until the age of 21. What is the rationale for this inconsistency? Is there a valid reason to differentiate the age for drinking or is it an anachronism? Some argue that studies indicate the brain is still developing until the age of 25 affecting the quality of decision-making, risk-assessment, empathy and insight, and causing emotion to trump rational processing. If this is the case surely this affects all decision-making? Perhaps rather than the drinking age being lowered the age of majority should be raised for the other adult rights, such as smoking, having sex, joining the military, and voting, to an age when the brain is fully developed?

Ruth Copland features her thought-provoking interviews Out and About on the street asking ‘Should the drinking age in the USA be consistent with the age other adult ‘rights’ are granted?’

To listen to topic shows click here It's A Question of Balance | Topics

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'You Can't Say No!' Marguerite Moreau and Hus Miller on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

There's only one rule - you can't say no! But will it save their marriage? Stars of the film 'You Can't Say No', actress and producer Marguerite Moreau and actor/writer/producer Hus Miller, are Ruth Copland’s guests on the show this week. Marguerite C Moreau is known for her roles in the fantasy horror film Queen of the Damned, cult film and now Netflix Series Wet Hot American Summer, Runaway Jury, and The Mighty Ducks series of films, as well as appearances on the popular television series Grey’s Anatomy, Smallville, Shameless and The O.C. Hus Miller, who wrote and stars in ‘You Can’t Say No’ is an actor, writer and producer who has worked with Twentieth Century Fox, Skywalker Ranch, Park Pictures, Gunn Films, and CBS.

Listen to the interview here You Can't Say No | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 27 July).

‘You Can’t Say No’ had its world premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley, California and is a wonderful coming of age tale about adults which also stars Peter Fonda, Hamish Linklater and Julie Carmen, and is directed by Paul Kramer. Ruth talks to Marguerite and Hus about ‘You Can’t Say No’, their first experiences of art, Hollywood, what attracted them to acting, and the power of film.

Watch 'You Can't Say No' on Showtime from the end of August and it is also available to view via iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft Xbox, Sony Playstation, Redbox on Demand, Fandango Now, and Hoopla. The film is set to be released worldwide in 2019.

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

Photo: Still from 'You Can't Say No'.

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