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

July 23, 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 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).

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: Tad Williams, Superstar Fantasy Writer

July 2, 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 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!

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: 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. 

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: ‘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.

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

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. 

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: ‘The Dunning Man’ Part 3 | Music Contributor Dwayne Gittens

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.

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

Arts Interview: The Dunning Man Part 3 | In-Depth Conversation with Dwayne Gittens aka Deascent

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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. First let’s hear from the director Michael Clayton and producer Kevin Fortuna.

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: ‘The Dunning Man’ Part 2 | Lead Actor Tom Kemp

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.

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

Arts Interview: 'The Dunning Man' Part 2 | Lead Actor Tom Kemp

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L to R: Tom Kemp and James Carpinello in 'The Dunning Man'.

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. First let’s hear from the director Michael Clayton and producer Kevin Fortuna.

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: ‘The Dunning Man’ Part 1 | Producer Kevin Fortuna and Director Michael Clayton

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.  

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

Arts Interview: The Dunning Man Part 1 | In-Depth Conversation with Kevin Fortuna and Michael Clayton

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. First let’s hear from the director Michael Clayton and producer Kevin Fortuna.

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'The Dunning Man' is based on Kevin Fortuna's book of short stories. Kevin is producer of the film.

 

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Michael Clayton wrote the screenplay of 'The Dunning Man' and is the film director.

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: Film-Makers and Cast from ‘The Dunning Man’

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.  

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

Arts Interview: 'The Dunning Man' | In-Depth Conversation Michael Clayton, Kevin Fortuna, Tom Kemp, Dwayne Gittens aka Deascent, Petr Cikhart, and Ian Blume

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As part of her coverage of the 2017 Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley Ruth Copland features guests from the film 'The Dunning Man', which had its world premiere at Cinequest. It’s fascinating how many parts there are to making the visual art that is a film - the story, the directing, the acting, the music, the cinematography, the editing - and all the various parts have to be good for the film to work! Ruth talks to the director Michael Clayton; writer/producer Kevin Fortuna; music contributor Hip Hop artist Dwayne Gittens aka Deascent; Emmy award-winning cinematographer Peter Cikhart; lead actor Tom Kemp; and the film editor Ian Blume.


'The Dunning Man' 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 talked to the film-makers at Cinequest Film Festival in the foyer of the iconic California Theatre in San Jose.

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: Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi, Award-Winning Science Fiction Writers

April 24, 2017

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 Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi

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Ruth Copland’s special guests from the arts are award-winning science fiction authors Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi. Both Cory and John are hugely popular and prolific writers of fiction and also non-fiction, with their novels being translated into multiple languages. We discuss why science fiction is so popular, how they started writing, what inspired their latest novels, whether they think art can be healing, and what their vision for the future looks like.

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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