Arts Interview: Dessa, Rapper, Singer and Writer

April 29, 2018
Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Arts Interview: Rapper, Singer and Writer, Dessa.
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An academic with an international rap career; a lyrical writer fascinated by behavioral science; and a funny, charismatic performer. Ruth Copland talks to Dessa and play tracks from her album 'Chime' prior to her performance at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz on May 5th.
Singer, rapper, and songwriter Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations. The albums she’s released with Doomtree Records include rap bangers, a cappella arrangements, and big, catchy pop hooks. She’s co-composed for a 100-voice choir; contributed a track to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s The Hamilton Mixtape; and recorded a cover “Balance” by Mountain Goats (Merge Records) that plays like a Bond theme. She performs in equally varied venues; she tours gritty rock clubs, velvet-lined theaters, and top-tier festivals like Glastonbury and Lollapalooza, but also takes special pleasure in dreaming up themed events for intimate rooms—such as her recent curation of a sold-out residency series at WYNC’s The Greene Space, in which Dessa matched lyricists with researchers who tackled scientific subject matter on stage. The LA Times says she “sounds like no one else;” NPR says she’s “breaking the rules of rap;” The Chicago Tribune simply calls her “enchanting.”
As a writer, she’s contributed to the New York Times Magazine, MPR, the Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, literary journals across the country, and has published two short collections of poetry and essays. Dessa has a book coming out in September called ‘My Own Devices: True Stories From The Road On Music, Science, And Senseless Love’.

Photos L to R clockwise: Dessa by Bill Phelps; Dessa with her band by Chad Kamenshine; Dessa performing live by Matthew Shaver.

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Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

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Arts Interview: Emilia Kabakov of World Renowned Art Duo Ilya and Emila Kabakov

April 7, 2018
 
Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Arts Interview: Emilia Kabakov of World-Renowned Art Duo Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

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Regularly named among the top 10 living artists in the world and the ‘two most consequential artists to emerge from Russia since the 1920s’ (Robert Storr), Ilya and Emilia Kabakov have a unique pioneering place in the international story of conceptual art.

This is the first in a two-part series of interviews with Emilia Kabakov. This week Ruth Copand and Emilia Kabakov talk about when Emilia and Ilya first became aware of the power of art to affect us on a deep level, how they work together, their early life in Russia, why they started creating ‘total installations’ and also about their wonderful art installation project with children around the world, 'The Ship of Tolerance' (pictured above).

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov have worked together in the USA, where they live, since the late 1980s and are known for their complex large-scale projects and immersive ‘total’ installations. To date, together they have created nearly 200 of these total installations, which invite the viewer to become an active part of the work considering the meaning of utopia, the place of the artist, power, hope, fear, escapism, fantasy, and much more.

An art project that is dear to the Kabakovs hearts and which Ruth will be talking to Emilia about during the show is 'The Ship of Tolerance'. This is a conceptual piece which hundreds of local schoolchildren from different ethnic and social backgrounds in different cities round the world have participated in, the hope being that through the creative process they can learn about tolerance.

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Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

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Arts Interview: Beloved Actor William H Macy and Oscar-Nominated Producer Rachel Winter from ‘Krystal’

April 1, 2018
Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Arts Interview: William H Macy and Oscar-Nominated Producer Rachel Winter from 'Krystal'

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William H Macy and Rachel Winter talk to Ruth Copland about 'Krystal' a wonderful dramatic comedy about a young man living a sheltered life who develops a crush on a stripper and joins her Alcoholics Anonymous group just so he can be in the same room with her! 

'Krystal' was the opening night film at the 2018 Cinequest Film Festival where Ruth Copland saw the film and spoke in person to actor William H Macy and Academy-Award-Nominated producer Rachel Winter. Fourteen years in the making, 'Krystal' is directed by William H Macy as well as starring him with Rosario Dawson in the titular role. The stellar ensemble cast also includes Nick Robinson, Grant Gustin, William Fichtner, Kathy Bates, John Leguizamo and Felicity Huffman. 

Krystal is both inspiring and highly entertaining art and is released in theatres on April 13th 2018.

For more info visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

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What Do Non Americans Think of the USA? | Part Two: Special Guest Michael Marshall Smith

March 30, 2018

Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

It’s A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations – out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

Topic: On-The-Street Conversations About Questions That Matter: What Do Non Americans Think of the USA?
This week Ruth Copland presents an outside perspective on how the USA is viewed and whether views may have changed in the last year or so. There are varied opinions on what Americans think of the US right now - whether it needs to be made great again, whether it still is great, whether it ever was great. What does ‘great’ mean? But what do non-Americans think about all this?

Part Two: What Do Non Americans Think of the USA? | Special Guest Michael Marshall Smith

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Ruth Copland speaks to ex-pat, internationally best-selling and award-winning British author Michael Marshall Smith, who currently resides in Santa Cruz, California, to get his views as a non-American living in the US. A highly talented and original writer for over 20 years, he is known in particular for 'The Straw Men', which he is currently adapting for TV. His supernatural thriller ‘The Intruders’ was made into a dramatic TV series starring Mira Sorvino, Millie Bobby Brown and John Simm. His latest book ‘Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence’ has just come out in paperback in the UK, and will be coming out in the US in November.

For more info visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

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What Do Non Americans Think of the USA | Part One: On-The-Street Interviews in London

March 30, 2018

Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

It’s A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations – out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

Topic: On-The-Street Conversations About Questions That Matter: What Do Non Americans Think of the USA?

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This week Ruth Copland presents an outside perspective on how the USA is viewed and whether views may have changed in the last year or so. There are varied opinions on what Americans think of the US right now - whether it needs to be made great again, whether it still is great, whether it ever was great. What does ‘great’ mean? But what do non-Americans think about all this?

Part One: What Do Non Americans Think of the USA? | On-The-Street Interviews in London
Ruth went Out and About on the street on the Embankment in London, England to interview people. London is a very cosmopolitan city and the Embankment is a particularly cosmopolitan area as it is near Tate Modern, the Globe Theatre, the London Eye, the Millennium Bridge, and the historic City of London, so there tend to be lots of visitors from many different countries. Sure enough, the first people who agreed to be interviewed by Ruth were from Italy and France.

For more info visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

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Arts Interview: Jessica Paré, Adria Tennor, Mindy Elliott from the film ‘PIE’

March 24, 2018

Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Arts Interview: Award-Winning Actors Jessica Paré & Adria Tennor, & Award-Winning Editor Mindy Elliott 

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This week Ruth Copland's arts' guests are from the Cinequest world premiere film PIE. Ruth Copland talks to actress Jessica Paré, award-winning editor Mindy Elliott, and writer and star of PIE Adria Tennor. PIE is a darkly original short film about love and betrayal featuring a homemade pie with a secret and scandalous ingredient! Ruth and her guests talk about what's behind the very unusual story of PIE, and also about acting as an art, how to keep a sense of your self in the challenging world of Hollywood, how art can help us consider difficult issues, and how film editing significantly shapes a story.

Jessica Paré is a Canadian actress and singer who has starred in many films both in her native Canada and in the US. She has also had many successful TV roles including Megan Draper in the Emmy award winning series Mad Men. Her in-show performance of the song "Zou Bisou Bisou" proved so popular that it became a hit download on iTunes and reached #1 on the Billboard World chart. She is currently starring in the CBS show SEAL Team.

Adria Tennor, who conceived PIE, is an award-winning screenwriter, director and actress, as well as a successful Los Angeles restaurateur. Mindy Elliott is an award-winning editor, known for co-writing and editing the award-winning documentary 'A Plastic Ocean' and for her work on 'Downsizing', 'House of Lies', and 'Ugly Betty'.

For more info visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

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Could Your Forgive The Unforgivable? | Guests ‘Risking Light’ Film-Makers

March 19, 2018

Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Topic: Could You Forgive The Unforgivable?

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This week we’re considering ‘Could you forgive the unforgivable?’ Life can bring us great challenges, place us in seemingly unbearable situations, darkness may come and seem to obscure all light. How is it possible to experience terrible tragedy or injustice or inhumanity and not be consumed by rage, bitterness and thoughts of revenge?

For this week’s topic Ruth Copland is happy to have two special guests on the show both associated with the documentary film 'Risking Light' which features the stories of three people, in very different circumstances, who forgive the absolutely unforgivable. How did they do it and why? These people had the courage to step out of the haunting, tragic darkness of the past, risking everything to reach the light of their own compassion. The film 'Risking Light' explores resilience, and the painful process of moving from grief to compassion and forgiveness challenging us to ask “What would the world look like if we could learn to forgive one another?”

Ruth Copland's guests are Dawn Mikkelson - 'Risking Light' Senior Producer, Director, Writer, and Editor - and Miranda Wilson, 'Risking Light' Producer.

For more info visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

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Arts Interview: Cinequest Film Festival Director of Programming, Michael Rabehl

March 5, 2018

Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Arts Interview: Cinequest Film Festival Director of Programming, Michael Rabehl

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Ruth Copland speaks to Cinequest Director of Programming & Associate Director Michael Rabehl. Voted Best Film Festival by USA Today, Cinequest Film and VR Festival 2018 in Silicon Valley, California, features 130  World and U.S. premiere films, over 500 screenings, VR experiences, special programs and fabulous celebrations, including Maverick Spirit Award events with Nicolas Cage and Andy MacDowell.

For over 20 years Michael has programmed thousands of films for Cinequest, many of them World, North American and US premieres, and has helped make Cinequest what it is today - one of the top 10 film festivals in the world. Michael has been a member of the Cinequest team since 1994 and as Director of Programming manages the film selection process and supervises the programming teams to create a world class line up of films and guests every year. As the Associate Director he’s also directly involved with the strategic planning of the festival. Ruth talks to him about how he decides which films to feature from the many entries, what journey brought him to Cinequest, and the value of film as an art form.

For more info on the show and to hear past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All Rights Reserved.

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Arts Interview: Jeremy Guy, Director of ‘Purdah’, Cinequest World Premiere Film

March 5, 2018

Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Arts Interview: Jeremy Guy, Director of 'Purdah', Cinequest World Premiere Film

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Ruth Copland talks to Jeremy Guy, an award winning director and cinematographer based in Los Angeles. Jeremy’s inspiring feature documentary 'Purdah' follows a young woman in India who recently removed her burkha for the first time to pursue her dream of becoming one of the only Muslim women to play cricket professionally in all of Mumbai. The film also follows the apsirations of her two sisters who have their own dreams they wish to fulfill, despite the limitations of their religious and cultural circumstance.

'Purdah' had its world premiere at Cinequest Film and VR Festival 2018. Jeremy graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara Film Studies Program with Highest Honors and Departmental Honors before earning his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California in Film Production. His subsequent work includes a wide variety of projects including narrative feature films, major television shows, and independent documentaries. Ruth talks to Jeremy about what motivated him to tell the story of Purdah, how he got the family to agree to be filmed, what attracts him to documentary film-making, and what audience he hopes the film reaches.

For more info on the show and to hear past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All Rights Reserved.

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Arts Interview: Part 3 Enrique Martínez Celaya, Internationally Renowned Artist

February 11, 2018

Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Arts Interview: Part Three Enrique Martínez Celaya, Artist and Author

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Watch video excerpts of Ruth Copland interviewing Enrique at his inspiring studio in LA

Listen to Part One in Enrique Martinez Celaya Interview Series Here

Enrique Martínez Celaya talks about talks about how he sets up his studio; whether art has a role in reflecting and shaping conflict, and giving a voice to the voiceless; how and why he avoids getting too comfortable with his art; the connection between his memories and his work; why the art world is a hotbed for narcissism and what the antidote might be; and the importance of how art is taught in schools and higher education. Ruth Copland spoke to Enrique Martinez Celaya at his inspiring studio in Los Angeles, with multiple vast rooms both to paint in and display his work, as well as a small library, and a beautiful, lush garden featuring some of his sculptures.

Enrique Martínez Celaya trained as an artist as well as a physicist, and early in his career invented several patented laser devices before abandoning physics for art. An award-winning artist, he works predominantly in painting, but also in sculpture, photography, poetry and prose. His art work has been widely exhibited internationally and is held in the public collections of international institutions around the world. Enrique is the author of papers in art, poetry, philosophy, and physics and several books including 'Collected Writings and Interviews 1990-2010', and 'On Art and Mindfulness: Notes from the Anderson Ranch'. He has worked in collaboration with scientists, entrepreneurs, writers, musicians and architects, including the Canadian rock-band, Cowboy Junkies, the poet and Nobel-Prize-winning chemist, Roald Hoffmann, and the novelist Mary Rakow.

Photo: Portrait of the artist at Galerie Judin, Berlin, 2017. Pictured: The One Who Stayed (Milk), 2017, Oil and wax on canvas, 116 x 150 in.
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For more info on the show and to hear past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All Rights Reserved.

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