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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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Exclusively Good News from the Middle East - Rama Chakaki on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

The news always seems bad out of the Middle East but what else is happening across this vibrant region?

Ruth Copland features her interview with Rama Chakaki, businesswoman, social entrepreneur, and founder of Baraka Bits, the only media venture delivering EXCLUSIVELY good news from the Middle East. Rama is an incredibly inspiring person making a real difference in the world despite health challenges resulting in 12 surgeries. Ruth Copland's interview with Rama explores the creative art of the Middle East and how art can both reflect and shape conflict, as well as give a more holistic voice to people living in countries that are often represented simply as areas of conflict in Western media. 

Listen to interview here Rama Chakaki | It's A Question of Balance

BarakaBits started with content from the region, changing the narrative in the media to an intelligent, optimistic and empowering one.  Rama is also the co-founder of Baraka Ventures, which aims to nurture innovative social enterprises, and Baraka Advisors, which is a digital communications agency rooted in the region’s culture and values. The agency supports NGOs engage donors and volunteers and supports mainstream private sector companies transform to social enterprise rooted in community service.

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

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World Renowned Ukulele Master Jake Shimabukuro on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

“The Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele”, Jake is known for having virtually reinvented the four-string instrument, and has over 20 solo albums to his name. This week Jake Shimabukuro is Ruth Copland's special guest from the arts.

To listen to the interview click here Jake Shimabukuro | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast December 1)

Award-winning and internationally renowned ukulele virtuoso and composer Jake Shimabukuro first came to the world’s attention with his deeply beautiful and original take on George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in a viral video that dominated YouTube in 2005 and has received over 15 million views. Fans around the world delight in his virtuoso approach to the ukulele. Albums such as 'Gently Weeps', 'Peace Love Ukulele' and 'Grand Ukulele' have topped the Billboard World Music Charts, and as a live performer Jake is one of the hottest tickets around, headlining the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center and the Sydney Opera House even performing for the Queen in England. He has also made frequent appearances on on TV shows like The Today Show, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and has written the soundtrack for two Japanese films. Despite his success, Jake remains committed to community frequently performing in schools in Hawaii and overseas, as well as lobbying for increased music education. Jake’s latest album is 'The Greatest Day' recorded at Music City’s famed Ronnie’s Place Studio.

If you’re listening in the Monterey Bay area, Jake is appearing at the Golden State Theatre on Friday December 7th at 8 PM and you can get tickets here Jake Shimabukuro Monterey

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Extraordinary Heroism of Marines in Greatest Battle of the Korean War. Award-Winning Writer & Journalist Hampton Sides on It's A Question of Balance

What is worth committing people to die for? Does MacArthur have blood on his hands? Why is The Korean War sidelined in US history? Why tell the story of this epic battle now? Are there things we can learn as well as be inspired by? Ruth Copland discusses these questions and more with special guest Hampton Sides.

To listen to the interview click here Hampton Sides | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 17 Oct).

If you enjoy the interview, Bookshop Santa Cruz has signed copies of 'On Desperate Ground'. 

Hampton Sides is widely regarded as one of the best non-fiction writers of his generation as well as being an award-winning journalist and historian. He is the New York Times best-selling author of seven books of literary non-fiction and is best-known for his gripping non-fiction adventure stories. His latest book is ‘On Desperate Ground: The Marines at the Reservoir, the Korean War’s Greatest Battle’.

Hampton Sides' book ‘Ghost Soldiers’, is a World War II narrative about the rescue of Bataan Death March survivors, and has sold over a million copies worldwide, has been translated into a dozen foreign languages, and was the subject of documentaries on PBS and The History Channel, and was the basis for the 2005 Miramax film, The Great Raid. His book ‘Hellhound On His Trail’, about the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. and the international manhunt for assassin James Earl Ray, was the basis for the acclaimed documentary ‘Roads to Memphis’ for which Hampton served as historical consultant. Hampton’s book ‘Blood and Thunder’, about the life and times of controversial frontiersman Kit Carson, was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2006 by Time magazine and is currently under development for the screen.

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

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Can God and Science Coexist? Thought-Provoking Conversations on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

We consider ‘Can God and Science Co-exist?’ Atheists and creationists would have us believe that we have to choose between God and Science – but do we? Ruth Copland features her conversations on the street for the show's Out and About feature.

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

Amir Aczel in his new book Why Science Does Not Disprove God makes a distinction between two Gods – ‘the Gods of organised religions and the Gods of Einstein’. Einstein himself said ‘Science without religion is lame: religion without science is blind.’ The God Aczel is defending is a power behind the universe, not the God of religions. So is it possible to adhere to specific religious tenets whilst also appreciating the greater understanding of our world that science offers? Science has shown that we are made from the same cosmic dust as stars, quantum physics shows that particles once connected remain so over any distance, even millions of light years; increasingly science shows that we come from one source – and for many this source is God. Pope John Paul II stated “Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish”. Do you see the possibility of religions and science working more closely to share their different perspectives? Can God and science co-exist?


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