Topic: Are the Arts Important in Education? | Part 1: Dr Zaq Roberts

March 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

Topic: Out and About - Conversations About Questions That Matter: Are the Arts Important in Education?

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Are the arts important in education? Or are they a pleasant add-on but not essential to getting a job? Ruth Copland talks to accomplished educator, Dr Zachary Roberts, Head of Gateway School in Santa Cruz, California about the role of the arts in education and career preparation.

What do you think? 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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Topic: Are the Arts Important in Education? | Part 2: Betsy Franco and High School Student Film-Makers

March 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

Topic: Out and About - Conversations About Questions That Matter: Are the Arts Important in Education?

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Are the arts important in education? Or are they a pleasant add-on but not essential to getting a job? Ruth Copland talks to award-winning writer Betsy Franco and high school student film-makers Alec Cohen, Daj Huang, Peter Gold, Sam Cook, and Zac Sanders about the role of the arts in education and career preparation.

Ruth Copland interviews Betsy Franco and some of the student film-makers involved with Metamorphosis Junior Year. The film was produced entirely by high school students with mentors from the film industry including main mentor and creator of the project James Franco, and supporting mentors/creators Iris Torres, Tom Franco, Jennifer Howell, Vince Jolivette, and Betsy Franco, on whose novel the film is based. Both the story of the film, which demonstrates how powerful the arts can be in the lives of young people, and the actuality of the real-life students making a feature film relate to this week’s topic. What do you think? 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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Topic: How Can We Unite? | On-The-Street Interviews

February 27, 2017

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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

Out And About – Conversations with People on the Street about Questions That Matter: How Can We Unite?

We consider ‘How can we unite?’ Unity ‘is the state of different areas or groups being joined together to form a single country or organization.’ We have the United States. The dictionary also says ‘When there is unity, people are in agreement and act together for a particular purpose.’ Is there a shared goal big enough the American people can unite behind to make us overlook our differences? Ruth goes out on the street to get opinions. What do you think?

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: High School Student Film-Makers - Part 2 Metamorphosis Junior Year

February 19, 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 High School Student Film-makers

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Part 2 of Ruth Copland's interview with artists involved with the making of the film Metamorphosis Junior Year, which is having its world premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose on March 4th. Ruth talks to some of the remarkable student film-makers.

The full-length feature film has been produced entirely by high school students with mentors from the film industry including main mentor and creator of the project James Franco, and supporting mentors Kimberly Parker, Iris Torres, Christina Voros, Tom Franco, Vince Jolivette, Kathleen Howell and Betsy Franco. The film is a project of the philanthropic studio Elysium Bandini, which supports emerging artists. Elysium Bandini brings together the Art Of Elysium charity with James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini production company. The film follows Ovid, an angsty teenage boy trying to make sense of life, love, sexuality, and friends, as he analyzes the world around him. 

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

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Arts Interview: Betsy Franco - Part 1 Metamorphosis Junior Year

February 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.

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

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Betsy Franco

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Part 1 of Ruth Copland's interview with artists involved with the making of the film Metamorphosis Junior Year, which is having its world premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose on March 4th. Ruth talks to Betsy Franco who wrote the young adult novel on which the film is based and was a mentor for the film.

The full-length feature film has been produced entirely by high school students with mentors from the film industry including main mentor and creator of the project James Franco, and supporting mentors Kimberly Parker, Iris Torres, Christina Voros, Tom Franco, Vince Jolivette, Kathleen Howell and Betsy Franco. The film is a project of the philanthropic studio Elysium Bandini, which supports emerging artists. Elysium Bandini brings together the Art Of Elysium charity with James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini production company. The film follows Ovid, an angsty teenage boy trying to make sense of life, love, sexuality, and friends, as he analyzes the world around him. 
Betsy Franco, who majored in Studio Art at Stanford, is an award-winning author with over eighty books, including picture books, and poetry collections, some beautifully illustrated by previous guest of this show Michael Wertz. Betsy also writes screenplays, plays, and sketch comedies, and compiles anthologies of teen writing. Metamorphosis Junior Year the novel is illustrated by Betsy’s son Tom Franco and read on audio book by her actor sons James Franco and Dave Franco. It is also the basis for a successful play. Betsy is an actor on TV and in film, and is a member of a sketch-comedy troupe called Suburban Squirrel. She is currently polishing the sequel to Metamorphosis—The Art of Love.

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

Copyright 2016 Ruth Copland. All Rights Reserved.

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Arts Interview: Betsy Franco and Student Film-Makers of ‘Metamorphosis Junior Year’

February 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.  

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

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Betsy Franco and High School Student Film-Makers

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Ruth Copland talks to Betsy Franco and film-makers involved with the making of the film Metamorphosis Junior Year, which is having its world premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose on March 4th. The full-length feature film has been produced entirely by high school students with mentors from the film industry including main mentor and creator of the project James Franco, and supporting mentors Kimberly Parker, Iris Torres, Christina Voros, Tom Franco, Vince Jolivette, Kathleen Howell and Betsy Franco.

The film is a project of the philanthropic studio Elysium Bandini, which supports emerging artists. Elysium Bandini brings together the Art Of Elysium charity with James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini production company. The film follows Ovid, an angsty teenage boy trying to make sense of life, love, sexuality, and friends, as he analyzes the world around him. The film is based on the young adult novel by Betsy Franco whom I’m pleased to have on the show along with six of the student film-makers, whom I’ll be featuring later in the show.
Betsy Franco, who majored in Studio Art at Stanford, is an award-winning author with over eighty books, including picture books, and poetry collections, some beautifully illustrated by previous guest of this show Michael Wertz. Betsy also writes screenplays, plays, and sketch comedies, and compiles anthologies of teen writing. Metamorphosis Junior Year the novel is illustrated by Betsy’s son Tom Franco and read on audio book by her actor sons James Franco and Dave Franco. It is also the basis for a successful play. Betsy is an actor on TV and in film, and is a member of a sketch-comedy troupe called Suburban Squirrel. She is currently polishing the sequel to Metamorphosis—The Art of Love.

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

Copyright 2016 Ruth Copland. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Arts Interview: Ziek McCarter, Creative Director and Vocalist with Con Brio

February 5, 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 Ziek McCarter of Con Brio

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This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Ziek McCarter, bandleader and vocalist of the funk-soul band Con Brio, described as 'the best new live band in America'. Con Brio has a reputation as being a phenomenal live band due in part to Ziek McCarter’s charismatic performance, which has been compared with a young James Brown or Michael Jackson. KQED Arts describes band leader and frontman Ziek as channelling “the pained emotion of Otis Redding, the suave edge of Sam Cooke and the solid dance moves, splits and all, of James Brown.” Formed in 2013, Con Brio comprises seven musicians with diverse backgrounds but a shared love of the vibrant Bay Area funk and psychedelic-soul sound pioneered by groups like Sly & the Family Stone. By 2015 the San Francisco band was a West Coast institution due to their captivating live show and, after spending 2015 touring the US and Europe, the international online magazine PopMatters declared Con Brio “the best new live band in America”. In 2016 Con Brio recorded their first full-length studio album Paradise, teaming up with legendary producer Mario Caldato Jr known for his work with the Beastie Boys and Beck amongst others.

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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What Now USA? | On-The-Street Interviews

February 3, 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

Out And About – Conversations with People on the Street about Questions That Matter: What Now USA? Thoughts from the Women's March Santa Cruz, California

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After the inauguration of the President of the USA, we ask ‘What now USA?’ For our Out and About feature Ruth Copland interviewed participants at the Santa Cruz Women’s March in California to find out what they would like from the new President and Administration, and why. Ruth Copland interviewed men and women, and people aged 18 to 80; they speak about their hopes and concerns with regard to the environment, civil rights, women's rights, immigrants, and tolerance. 

What do you think? 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.

Copyright 2016 Ruth Copland. All Rights Reserved.

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Arts Interview: Jodi Frediani, Marine-Life Photographer

January 24, 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 Jodi Frediani

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This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing renowned marine life photographer Jodi Frediani. Her incredible photos have appeared in publications around the world and she’s particularly known for her remarkable images of whales with whom she swims. We talk about her journey through the flower power of the 60s, travelling all over Africa and Europe, giving Yoko Ono relationship advice, and how (having received her first camera at the age of 12) she became such an incredible marine-life photographer.

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

Copyright 2016 Ruth Copland. All Rights Reserved.

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Special Arts Report: Veronica Roth - Internationally Best-Selling Author

January 16, 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 Veronica Roth

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This week as my special guest from the arts I’m pleased to be interviewing Veronica Roth, internationally best-selling author of the hugely popular Divergent series of novels - Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, and also the book Four: A Divergent Collection. Divergent received the 2011 Goodreads Choice Award for Favorite Book, Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2011, and was the winner of the YALSA 2012 Teens’ Top Ten. The Divergent trilogy has been adapted into a blockbuster series of four films starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James, with the final film due out in the Spring of 2017.

The much-anticipated first book in Veronica’s next series, a science fiction/fantasy duology, is called Carve the Mark.

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

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