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Hugely Popular #1 NYT Best-Selling Fantasy Author Maggie Stiefvater on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Called “a master storyteller” by USA Today, Maggie is also a brilliant artist and plays the bagpipes, which she enjoys almost as much as racing her 1973 Camaro! Ruth Copland talks to Maggie about her life and art.

To listen to the interview click here Maggie Stiefvater | It's A Question of Balance

If you enjoy the interview you can meet Maggie in person at Bookshop Santa Cruz October 12th 7PM. 

Maggie’s best-selling books include the Books of Faerie, the best-selling Wolves of Mercy Falls or Shiver Trilogy, the stand-alone novel The Scorpio Races - named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association, and the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Raven Cycle which received 19 starred reviews from industry journals across four books. Maggie began writing as a child and started submitting novels for consideration from the age of 16. Her books have been translated into 38 languages and optioned for film.

Maggie is also an award-winning coloured pencil artist and has worked as a professional portrait artist. She has a BA in History and whilst at college tried to get into a creative writing class but was told her writing wasn't promising enough!  Her new book published by Scholastic on October 10 is called ‘All The Crooked Saints’.

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

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Jimmy Jackson, Sought-After Guitarist, Music Producer, and Songwriter on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Jimmy has worked with Country Hall of Fame star Lacy J Dalton, country legend Tanya Tucker, the Trailerpark Troubadours, Michael Nesmith of the The Monkees, and Grammy winner JoEl Sonnier, amongst many others. Ruth Copland plays Jimmy's songs, talks to him about his long career, and his new band project with Restless Souls. Fellow bandmate David Adams also joins them in the studio. To listen to the interview click here Jimmy Jackson | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 30 Sept).

Jimmy is an in-demand independent music producer and has produced many albums including for country diva Lacy J Dalton, Bud Cockrel of the band Pablo Cruz, garage pop band French Girls, and rock pianist Matt Warner. Jimmy has written songs with number one Nashville songwriter Dean Dillon, the late Grammy winning composer/drummer Ricky Lawson, and Nashville hit songwriters Jerry Lassiter and Earl Clark. Jimmy has been published by Acuff-Rose in Nashville and VIG Music in L.A. His songs have been performed by artists such as country star Tanya Tucker, and Tamalyn LaBeeb.

As a highly regarded guitarist Jimmy has featured on many albums and live music tours. He is a clinician for Epiphone guitar, for whom he designed the Airscreamer guitar, an electric guitar that looks like an Airstream trailer. He also performs and records Epiphone video demos, which have hundreds of thousands of views on Youtube. Jimmy builds custom electric guitars with unique sounds and designs, and has toured with Jackson Browne as his guitar tech responsible for over 30 rare guitars. Jimmy was the manager, producer and lead guitarist for the Trailer Park Troubadours for seven years and was the band leader and lead guitarist of Ranch Dressing, the house band for Michael Nesmith’s Video Ranch, an ‘in world’ realtime performance venue. Jimmy’s solo album ‘Walkin Blues’, which he wrote and on which he performs lead guitar and vocal, was produced by Michael Nesmith of The Monkees. Jimmy also spent time as a DJ and On Air Talent for the legendary music station KPIG.

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

Photos: Playing live with Lacy J Dalton; new album project with band Restless Souls; in the studio.

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KSCO's New Slogan: "A Voice For Everyone, Except Nazi Sympathizers, Race Baiters, White Supremacists, Jew Haters & Holocaust Deniers"

As MZ aims to steer the radio station toward "Non-toxic Positive Force Radio", a lively debate has pursued.

Listen to MZ's message below:

Watch the Saturday Special from 9/23:

Then weigh in in the comments below.

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Record-Breaking Science Fiction Author Ann Leckie on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Record-breaking winner of all the major science fiction awards - the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, and Locus - Ann Leckie has a huge, enthusiatic fan following of her Imperial Radch Trilogy: Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, and Ancillary Mercy. Ruth Copland talks to Ann about her life, art, and her new book Provenance. To listen click here Ann Leckie | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 23 Sept).

If you enjoy the interview, you can meet Ann Leckie in person at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Thursday, September 28th at 7 PM.

Ann has worked as a waitress, a receptionist, a rodman on a land-surveying crew, and a recording engineer. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri. She has also published short stories in Subterranean Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Realms of Fantasy. Her story "Hesperia and Glory" was reprinted in Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition edited by Rich Horton.

"If you don't know the Ancillary series by now, you probably should. Ann Leckie's sociopolitical space opera almost singlehandedly breathed new cool into the stereotype of spaceships trundling through far-off systems amid laser battles." - NPR Books

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Is Justice Really Just? Tales of the Wrongfully Convicted on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Are we innocent till proven guilty, or guilty till proven innocent? Is justice really just? And if not, what can be done to improve the situation? Laurie R King and Leslie S Klinger are Ruth Copland's guests.

To listen click here Is Justice Really Just? | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 16 September).

We generally have faith in the justice system assuming those convicted are guilty - even when someone is charged with a crime we tend to think there can’t be smoke without fire and so they must be guilty of something, even if not the whole crime. Otherwise they wouldn’t have been charged right? In reality, wrongful convictions are not statistical anomalies but occur with worrying regularity for a multitude of different reasons. Some estimates state that 5-10% of the prison population may be wrongfully convicted, which is an astounding potential of 200,000 people who are innocent yet in prison.

This deeply worrying state of affairs is highlighted in a new book called Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted, which through a collaboration between best-selling authors and exonerees tells the stories of those who for so long could get no one to listen.

Usually for the topic hour Ruth Copland goes out and about to talk to people on the street. However for this week’s topic Ruth has two expert guests - multi-award-winning crime writer Laurie R King and Leslie S Klinger, lawyer, editor, and world authority on Sherlock Holmes. Leslie is the co-editor of Anatomy of Innocence and Laurie is one of the contributing authors.

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


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Iconic Ballet Dancer and Actress Raven Wilkinson on It's A Question of Balance

Ruth Copland features her interview with Raven Wilkinson, ballet dancer and actress. Raven was the first black female dancer to be hired to dance full-time in a major ballet company in America (broadcast 9 September) Born in Harlem, New York, Raven began studying ballet at the age of nine studying under Vecheslav and Maria Swoboda, both Moscow Bolshoi Theatre-trained ballet dancers. Raven went on to dance for five years with the renowned Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in the corps and as a soloist in Les Sylphides, only leaving when racial prejudice and segregation made it impossible for her to perform in certain Southern American states preventing her from touring fully with the company. After leaving Ballet Russe, Raven went on to dance with the Dutch National Ballet for seven years performing soloist roles in Symphony in C, La Valse, The Snow Maidens, and Graduation Ball. Lois Bewley, a dancer with Ballets Russes, American Ballet Theatre, and New York City Ballet, has said that “Of all the dancers I have ever known Raven is one of the most beautiful.” And Arthur Mitchell, principal dancer at New York City Ballet and founder of Dance Theatre Harlem has said of seeing Raven dance she had “beautiful feet” and was “quite lyrical”. Raven retired from ballet in 1973 but went on to perform character roles with the New York City Opera. Raven’s career has inspired many ballet dancers of colour, including the first African-American performer to be appointed as a principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland, for whom Raven has been a mentor. 

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