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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?’

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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.

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

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Sir Harry Cowell on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Renowned rock manager and producer of super-hit Las vegas show Raiding The Rock Vault, Sir Harry Cowell is known for being a character and for his integrity. First a drummer with The Stranglers then road manager for Genesis, The Police, AC/DC and Ozzy Osbourne, and manager of Asia and Ultravox, as well as gaining chart success with Celine Dion, Lionel Ritchie, Tina Turner and more, Sir Harry has had a highly successful and unique career in the music industry. Ruth Copland features her interview with Sir Harry talking about his music journey and playing tracks from some of his upcoming artists.

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Do Animals Have Rights? Conversations on the Street on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Do you think animals have an equal right to live on the earth or do you think humans take precedence? Why do you think people consider humans to be more important than animals? Why do you think there is frequently greater compassion for wild animals than farmed animals, which often live and die in very cruel situations? Do you think it is acceptable for animals to suffer to provide us with food? Are you willing to pay more for humanely raised meat? What rights, if any, do you think animals should have?

Ruth Copland features her interviews out and about on the street.

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Founder of The Order of The Good Death, Caitlin Doughty on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Our dead are usually dealt with by strangers in the West now, but until quite recently this wasn’t so. Ruth Copland features her conversation with Caitlin Doughty, bestselling author of mortician’s memoir Smoke Gets inYour Eyes, and host of Ask The Mortician. Caitlin founded The Order of the Good Death to bring realistic discussion of death back into popular culture and owns her own alternative funeral home to assist people take care of their own loved ones in death.

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Caitlin Doughty, New York Times bestselling author talks about her experiences, and her desire that we not fear death, ageing or the body disposal process. Born and raised in Hawaii, Caitlin attended the University of Chicago from which she graduated with a degree in medieval history. Stalked by the idea of death from an early age due to a childhood trauma, Caitlin moved to California after graduating, with the intent of entering the funeral industry. She has worked as a funeral arranger, and a body-van transport driver, and attended Cypress College for her second degree, in mortuary science. Currently she works as a licensed funeral director/mortician in Los Angeles and owns her own alternative funeral home, Undertaking LA, to help people help themselves (handle a corpse). She founded The Order of the Good Death in 2011 with the goal of bringing the realistic discussion of death back into popular culture. Caitlin has a web series entitled Ask The Mortician, and she has been featured on NPR and the BBC.

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Could Everyone Use Some Therapy? Special Guest Lori Gottlieb on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

This question may seem preposterous as therapy is often seen as a last resort for serious personal malfunctions or, otherwise as expensive, self-indulgent navel-gazing. Mental health has been stigmatised but that’s changing, and maybe we could all benefit. Ruth Copland's expert guest is Lori Gottlieb, best-selling author, psychotherapist and “Dear Therapist” advice columnist. 

What is therapy? How does it work? What is it possible to achieve? And how should one choose a therapist? Could everyone benefit from some therapy? Ruth talks to Lori about all these questions and more; also about Lori's latest book ‘Maybe You Should Talk to Someone’, which takes us behind the scenes of her own therapy practice with clients and also into her own therapy sessions, which reveals a lot about her own life!

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Lori Gottlieb is a practising psychotherapist, New York Times bestselling non-fiction author, and writer of The Atlantic‘s weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column. Lori's books include the best-selling ‘Marry Him - the case for settling for Mr Good Enough’ and ‘Stick Figure’, a memoir which takes the reader on a personal journey through preteen anorexia and the internal and cultural dynamics that shape it.

She is also a valued contributor in the media and has appeared on such shows as The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, CNN, and NPR’s “Fresh Air.”  Her new book ‘Maybe You Should Talk to Somebody’ is being adapted as a television series with Eva Longoria. The book takes us behind the scenes of a therapist’s world, where her patients are looking for answers, and so is she! Lori Gottlieb is on the Advisory Council for Bring Change to Mind, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health, and to raising awareness, understanding, and empathy.


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