Arts Interview Part 2: Enrique Martínez Celaya, Internationally Renowned Artist

December 4, 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. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

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

Arts Interview: Part Two 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 why he chose painting as his artistic from of expression; how he approaches creating a work of art; how working with sculpture compares with painting; what he considers when naming his works; the significance of art telling one want to think vs making one think; how he sees the relationship between his writing and his visual art; male and female figures in his work; the part art plays in holistic knowledge; whether art can have a healing effect; and how an artist should judge the success of their work in their own eyes. 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.

Photos From Left Clockwise: Enrique Martínez Celaya; Installation photo of “A Wasted Journey, A Half-Finished Blaze”, 2014, Galleri Andersson/Sandström, Umeå, Sweden. Pictured: The Cascade, 2013, Bronze sculpture, five steel beds, fiberglass, and pine needles, Collection of the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; View of the studio, Studio Enrique Martínez Celaya, Culver City, CA. From left: 'The Worker’s Creed (Freddie Mercury)', 2016, Oil and wax on canvas, 100 x 78 in. 'The Innocent', 2015, Oil and wax on canvas, 92 x 118 in.

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Arts Interview: Andy Weir, Award-Winning Author of ‘The Martian’

November 19, 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. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

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

Arts Interview: Best-Selling Author Andy Weir

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This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland interviews Andy Weir, New York Times best-selling author and recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2016. Andy is known for his hugely popular hard-science-fiction novel The Martian, which was made into an acclaimed feature film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. Starting out working as a computer programmer for Sandia National Laboratories at the young age of only 15, Andy Weir built a two-decade career as a software engineer working for such companies as AOL and Blizzard, where he worked on the video game Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness. Andy began writing in his twenties, putting various stories up on his website, and continued writing through his years as a software engineer. The success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowed him finally to write full time and his latest book, Artemis, is a near-future, sci-fi-noir heist story set on the moon. The film rights to Artemis have already been acquired and Andy has also penned a TV pilot that has been picked up by CBS. Andy Weir describes himself as a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of such subjects as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight, all of which contribute to the realistic feel of the worlds he creates in his fiction. He currently lives in Mountain View, California. 

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

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Arts Interview Part 1: Enrique Martínez Celaya, Internationally Renowned Artist

November 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. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

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

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

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Details of Photos Below.

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

Enrique Martinez Celaya talks about his creative environment growing up; what made him ultimately choose art over science as his career; how he sustained himself through the early years of making his way as an artist; his thoughts on the division between art and science; what it felt like to sell his first painting; his figurative approach to painting; whether it’s necessary to understand how a work came into being in order to appreciate it; the necessity for a mastery over technique, tools and materials; whether the spiritual element of art advanced by Kandinsky and Mondrian is part of the impetus of his work; how we can engage people in art; the most important character traits for commercial and artistic success as an artist; and what keeps the passion of art alive for him. 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.

Photos From Left Clockwise: Enrique Martínez Celaya with painting The Radiance in background; Galerie Judin, Berlin, The Wanted Freedom (Black Milk), 2017, Oil and wax on canvas, 116 x 150 in., Private collection, Berlin and The One Who Stayed (Milk), 2017, Oil and wax on canvas, 116 x 150 in; View of the newly completed studio garden, Studio Enrique Martínez Celaya, Culver City, CA. From left: The Landmark, 2016, Bronze, 17 x 100 x 94 in. The Well, 2014, Bronze, 152 x 65 x 59 in., Private collection, Miami, Florida.

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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Is Homelessness Everyone’s Problem? | Guests Joan Baez, Martin Bernal, Greg Penzinger, Dora Berlanga

November 4, 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. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

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

Out And About – Conversations with People on the Street about Questions That Matter: Is Homelessness Everyone's Problem?

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From top left clockwise: Dora Berlanga in DTS yellow shirt; Joan Baez; Greg Penzinger; Martin Bernal.

What are your views of the homeless? Do you think of them all in the same way or as individuals? Is it their responsibility to get themselves back on their feet or is homelessness everyone's problem?

Ruth Copland speaks to people on the street at the inauguration event in Santa Cruz, California for the Downtown Streets Team initiative, which is a community-based solution to homelessness. Ruth speaks to legendary folksinger and activist Joan Baez who lends her support to the programme; Dora Berlanga, one of the homeless Downtown Streets Team members; project manager Greg Penzinger; and Santa Cruz City manager Martin Bernal to get their views on the solution to this pervasive problem.

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

In Out And About we consider topics with local relevance and global significance. The idea is to get us thinking about the questions that affect us all - to stimulate new thinking, or clarify what we already feel. To hear how other people’s opinions may differ from or be similar to our own.

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Arts Interview: Edward Goldman, Art Critic, Art Consultant, and Host of the Show ‘Art Talk’ on KCRW

October 29, 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. Hosted by Ruth Copland

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

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Edward Goldman

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Are you curious about the modern art world? Edward Goldman is an art critic, art consultant, and host of the NPR show ‘Art Talk’, which he has hosted for over 25 years. Edwards is originally from Russia and Ruth Copland talks to him about his life journey from St Petersburg to Los Angeles and how he helps people make sense of the contemporary art world whether it be to invest or just to understand the zeitgeist. Ruth Copland also features interviews with some of the ‘art gypsies’ taking advantage of Edward’s expertise on his art tours.

*Photos: L: Edward Goldman R: Edward, leading one of his art tours, pictured with the sculpture 'The Tower of Snow' at the studio of the artist Enrique Martinez Celaya.

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

October 21, 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 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

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 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

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 Jimmy Jackson
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Jimmy playing with Lacy J Dalton; new album project with Restless Souls; Jimmy in the studio.

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.

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

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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.  

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

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'.

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

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