Is Medicine an Art or a Science? | Guest Victoria Sweet

October 21, 2017

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.  

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Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Victoria Sweet

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‘Is medicine an art or a science?’ The answer might seem easy - science right? My special guest Dr Victoria Sweet might disagree. A veteran physician, award-winning author, Professor of Medicine at the University of California and wonderful storyteller, Victoria shares her thoughts on slow medicine and good medicine taking more than amazing technology.
Author photo by Denise Zmekhol.

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Arts Interview: Maggie Stiefvater, #1 New York Times Best-selling Author, Musician, and Artist

October 9, 2017

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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.  

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

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Maggie Stiefvater
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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.

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’.

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Copyright 2017 Ruth Copland. All Rights Reserved.

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Arts Interview: Jimmy Jackson, Guitarist, Music Producer, and Songwriter

October 1, 2017

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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.  

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

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Jimmy Jackson
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This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Jimmy Jackson, sought-after guitarist, music producer, and songwriter. Over his long music career, Jimmy has worked with a wide variety of talented and renowned artists such as Country Music Hall of Fame star Lacy J Dalton, modern day country legend Tanya Tucker, fan favourites the Trailerpark Troubadours, Michael Nesmith of the The Monkees, and Grammy winner JoEl Sonnier to name but a few. Ruth Copland and Jimmy Jackson talk about his life and work and his new album project 'Walk On Water' with band Restless Souls. Jimmy's bandmate David Adams joins Ruth and Jimmy in the studio to chat about the album. The interview also features songs Jimmy Jackson has written, produced, and played guitar on.

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Arts Interview: Ann Leckie, Best-selling and Record-breaking Science Fiction Author

September 25, 2017

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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.  

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Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Ann Leckie
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Ann Leckie, science fiction author, is the record-breaking winner of all the major science fiction awards - the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus. A wonderful and inspiring achievement, she has a huge enthusiatic fan following of her Imperial Radch Trilogy: Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, and Ancillary Mercy. 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. Ann's new book is the highly anticipated Provenance. Join Ruth COpland and Ann Leckie as they talk about her life, art, and new book!

"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? | Guests Laurie R King and Leslie S Klinger

September 17, 2017

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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.  

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Special Report: Is Justice Really Just? With 'Anatomy of Innocence' Contributing Author Laurie R King and Co-Editor Leslie S Klinger

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Are we innocent till proven guilty, or guilty till proven innocent? Is justice really just? 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'. This 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 topic Ruth Copland has two expert guests - multi-award-winning, best-selling 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 to 'Anatomy of Innocence'.

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Arts Interview: Mick Dawson, World Record Holder, Film-maker and Adventurer

July 23, 2017

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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.  

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

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Mick Dawson 
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Ruth Copland interviews Mick Dawson, world-record holder, film-maker, Royal Marines Commando, sailor, defender of ships from Somali pirates, and motivational speaker. Having served in the Falklands War at seventeen and in the Middle East Mick followed his military career by pursuing his passion for the ocean and gained a world record with Chris Martin for being the first and only people to successfully row 7,000 miles across the North Pacific to San Francisco. We talk about Mick's life of adventure; why he pushes himself to break boundaries; the experiences that led to the epic North Pacific row; his brush with death; his documentary film about 189 days at sea 'Rowing the Pacific' produced with the Discovery Channel; what inspires him to keep stretching himself, and more. Mick is the author of the new book Battling the Ocean in a Rowboat: Crossing the Atlantic and North Pacific on Oars and Grit (US version), Rowing the Pacific: 7,000 Miles from Japan to San Francisco (UK Version).

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Arts Interview: Tad Williams, Superstar Fantasy Writer

July 2, 2017

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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.  

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

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Tad Williams

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This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland interviews Tad Williams, superstar fantasy and science fiction writer. Tad has sold tens of millions of books worldwide and his work has influenced a generation of readers; he has also been an inspiration for many of the fantasy genre’s great talents, including A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones writer George RR Martin and Eragon writer Christopher Paolini who both cite Tad as a vital influence. After decades of fan anticipation, Tad now 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 and has just come out.

Tad Williams and Ruth Copland discuss what inspired the new trilogy, his first creative experiences, the place of women in his fantasy world, what he hopes readers see in his work, his 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!

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Arts Interview: Jonathan Safran Foer, Best-Selling and Award-Winning Writer

June 27, 2017

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.  

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

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Jonathan Safran Foer
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This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Jonathan Safran Foer - internationally best-selling and award-winning writer. We discuss amongst other things whether he grew up in a creative environment, what inspired his latest book, what it means to really live one's own life, whether he writes for a specific audience, if art can have a healing effect, and why he likes books. Jonathan is the author of the novels 'Everything Is Illuminated', 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close', and 'Here I Am', as well as the non-fiction book 'Eating Animals' about our treatment of animals as food, and an artwork in the form of a book 'Tree of Codes'.

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

Copyright 2017 Ruth Copland. All Rights Reserved.

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Arts Interview: Award-Winning Writer Laurie R King

June 12, 2017

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.  

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

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Laurie R King, Bestselling and Award-Winning Author

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Ruth Copland’s special guest from the arts is author Laurie R King, who has over 3 million books in print, a sign of her remarkable popularity as a writer. Amongst many topics, we discuss Laurie’s childhood; why she started writing; what books mean to her; traditional publishing versus e-publishing; whether genre is pigeonholing; what appeals to her about writing about crime; feminism in her books; the relationship between her characters of Holmes and Mary Russell; how to balance life as a writer; and her new book Lockdown, an intricate, character-driven psychological suspense novel. 

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Arts Interview: ‘The Dunning Man’ Part 4 | Cinematographer Petr Cikhart and Editor Ian Blume

May 1, 2017

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.

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Arts Interview: The Dunning Man Part 4 | In-Depth Conversation with Emmy-Award-Winning Cinematographer Petr Cikhart and Film Editor Ian Blume

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Cinematographer Petr Cikhart

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Film Editor Ian Blume

Featured guests from the film The Dunning Man, which had its world premiere at Cinequest Film Festival. The film is a whirlwind slice of life on the wilder side focused on Connor, a young landlord trying to get his money while also doing right by people - quite a challenge when his tenants include Chechen animal trainers with underworld ties, a rap star who parties so hard the neighbors can't sleep, and a struggling, good-hearted single mother who might just steal the landlord’s heart. The film stars James Carpinello. Ruth Copland talked to the film-makers at Cinequest in the foyer of the iconic California Theatre in San Jose. 

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