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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.

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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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'The Book Thief' Multi-Million-Selling Author Markus Zusak on It's A Question of Balance


To listen to the interview click here Markus Zusak | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast Oct 20)

 Ruth Copland talks to #1 bestselling, hugely talented, down-to-earth Australian writer Markus Zusak, award-winning author of 'The Book Thief', 'I Am the Messenger', 'Fighting Ruben Wolf', and 'Getting the Girl'. Markus is best known for his novel 'The Book Thief', which has sold 16 million copies worldwide, is published in 42 foreign language territories, has spent over 500 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and is a major motion picture. Markus’s latest book is 'Bridge of Clay', a novel 13 years in the writing. Ruth and Markus talk about what drew him to writing, the over-arching theme of his work, how the story of 'Bridge of Clay' evolved over many years, how and why he writes and much more.

Markus will be appearing in person in Santa Cruz, California on October 25th at 7PM to talk about his new book and sign copies. Get advance tickets (which include a copy of 'Bridge of Clay') from Bookshop Santa Cruz, either in store or from www.bookshopsantacruz.com (the event will be at the Veterans Memorial Building).

Originally published in the U.S. in March 2006, 'The Book Thief' received numerous awards, including a Michael L. Printz Honor from the American Library Association and the Sydney Taylor Book Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries. 'The Book Thief' has since gone on to become a book selection of community reads programs across the country and was released as a major motion picture in 2013. It was also featured on the list of America’s 100 most-loved books by PBS’s The Great American Read. The best-selling 'I Am The Messenger' has also been honoured with numerous awards. Born in 1975 in Sydney, Australia, the youngest of four children of immigrant German and Austrian parents Markus worked briefly as a house painter, a janitor and a high school English teacher before becoming an author. He lives in Australia with his wife and children.

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Charles Freedman's Midterm Election 2018 Recommendations


Governor - John Cox

Lt Gov - ------------

Sec of State - Mark Meuser

Controller - Konstantinos Roditis

Treasurer - Greg Conlon

Atty Gen - Steven Bailey

Ins Comm - Steve Poizner

Bd of Equal - Mark Burns

US Sen - --------------

US Rep - Ron Kabat

Assembly - Vicki Nohrden, Neil Kitchens

Judges - Don't know yet.

Sup of schools - Marshall Tuck

SC Supervisor 4th - Greg Caput


Prop 1 - No

Prop 2 - No

Prop 3 - No

Prop 4 - Yes

Prop 5 - Yes

Prop 6 - Yes

Prop 7 - Yes

Prop 8 - No

Prop 9 - -----

Prop 10 - No

Prop 11 - Yes

Prop 12 - No

Measure G - No

Measure H - No

Agree, disagree or want to find out more about Charles Freedman's election recommendations? Call in to The Charles Freedman Show Noon - 2pm Monday - Friday at 831-479-1080

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Legendary Fantasy Writer Tad Williams on It's A Question of Balance

Ruth Copland features her interview with superstar fantasy writer Tad Williams who has sold tens of millions of books worldwide and is a legend in the world of fantasy. Known as the 'American Tolkien', his work has inspired a generation of both readers and authors, including A Song of Ice and Fire/ Game of Thrones writer George RR Martin and Eragon writer Christopher Paolini. 

To listen to the interview click here Tad Williams | It's A Question of Balance

Tad Williams' considerable output of epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, comics, and more have influenced a generation. Before he became an incredibly successful writer, Tad worked professionally in the theatre; wrote and played with the band Idiot; hosted a syndicated radio show for over 10 years; and co-created the first completely interactive television programme, amongst many other things! Born in Palo Alto, Tad and his family now live in the Santa Cruz mountains in a suitably strange and beautiful house. 

Ruth Copland and Tad Williams talk about what inspired his new trilogy, his first creative experiences, the place of women in his fantasy world, what he hopes readers see in his work, his creative writing process, the need for fiction in education, whether art can be healing, his criteria for being satisfied with a book, what he’s working on next, and more!

After the publication of his first hugely popular book Tailchaser’s Song in 1985, Tad took the fantasy genre by storm in 1988 with the first novel in the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy, The Dragonbone Chair. This first installment and the subsequent books—Stone of Farewell and To Green Angel Tower—sold millions of copies worldwide and have been translated into twenty-five languages. Tad’s extensive body of genre-creating and genre-busting work comprises stand-alone novels such as The War of The Flowers and Caliban’s Hour; multi-volume series: Otherland; and Shadowmarch; the noir fantasy Bobby Dollar books; as well as comics published by DC Comics, a series of young-adult books written with his wife, Deborah Beale, The Ordinary Farm Adventures, and also short fiction, essays, and screenplays.

Now, after decades of fan anticipation Tad returns to the world and characters beloved by millions of fantasy readers worldwide with a brand-new sequel series set thirty years after the events in Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. The first novel in the The Last King of Osten Ard new series is The Witchwood Crown.

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

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Master Storyteller & #1 NYT Bestselling Author Maggie Stiefvater on It's A Question of Balance

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!

Listen to the interview here Maggie Stiefvater | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 15 Sept)

Ruth Copland talks to Maggie about her life, art and her latest magical-realism story All The Crooked Saints. Amongst many other things, we talk about how her childhood as a 'navy brat' affected her creative work and what inspires her to tell stories. 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!

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

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How Can We Prevent Fake News? on It's A Question of Balance


There are different aspects to fake news, the corrosive phenomenon that is pervading American life right now. These include:
wilful dissemination of untruths,
amateurish reporting,
lack of fact verification,
and social media news delivery.

Ruth Copland explores with her special guest Stewart Purvis how we can prevent fake news in all its forms.

Listen to the show here  Fake News | It's A Question of Balance

Ruth Copland's guest is highly regarded UK media professional, Stewart Purvis, who has over four decades experience in broadcast media including TV and radio reporting, production, editing national news services, running a media business, and broadcast regulation. Stewart has won awards for documentaries and news from the Royal Television Society and BAFTA, and for his services to broadcast journalism was awarded by the Queen a CBE, one of the highest British civilian honours. In addition Stewart was a visiting professor at Oxford University, Professor of Journalism at City University, and has co-authored two books, one about the Cambridge super spy Guy Burgess, and one about when journalists cross the line. 

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

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