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.

Copyright 2017 Ruth Copland. All Rights Reserved.

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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

Copyright 2016 Ruth Copland. All Rights Reserved.

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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 

Copyright 2016 Ruth Copland. All Rights Reserved.

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Special Arts Report: Helene Cardona - Award-Winning Poet, Actress, Literary Translator

November 21, 2016

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 Helene Cardona

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This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Helene Cardona - poet, actress, literary translator, film producer and renaissance woman. We talk about the inspiration for her new, acclaimed book of poetry Life in Suspension, her artistic drive to create, why she was featured as one of the modern renaissance women in the recently published Ren Women, how she came to be fluent in 6 languages and much more!

Hélène Cardona is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Hemingway Grant and the USA Best Book Award. Her books include three bilingual collections of her own poetry, most recently Life in Suspension, and two translations of poetry by other authors. She has translated the works of many poets and writers. Her own poetry collections have been translated into 13 languages. In addition, Helene contributes to and co-edits an array of literary publications.

A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, Hélène trained with renowned actress Ellen Burstyn, amongst other teachers. She has worked in theatre performing at the Players Club, The Actors’ Studio, and with The Naked Angels and Ubu Repertory Theater in New York. In film, she has had roles in the films Chocolat, Mumford, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, World War Z, and Jurassic World. She is the Computer Voice in the TV series Heroes Reborn and her many voice characters include Happy Feet 2 and Muppets Most Wanted. For Serendipity, she co-wrote with Peter Chelsom & Alan Silvestri the song Lucienne, which she also sang. Her eight producing credits include the award-winning documentary Femme: Women Healing the World. She has also trained in shamanic and dream work, past-life regression and astrology. Helene is one of the subjects of the newly published book RenWomen: What modern renaissance women have to teach us about living rich fulfilling lives.

A citizen of the United States, France and Spain, Hélène Cardona was born in Paris of a Greek mother and Spanish father. She studied English Philology and Literature in Cambridge, England; Spanish at the International Universities of Santander and Baeza, Spain; and German at the Goethe Institute in Bremen, Germany. She attended Hamilton College, New York, where she also taught French and Spanish, and the Sorbonne, Paris, where she wrote her Masters thesis on Henry James.

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: Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer-Prize-Winning Author

October 17, 2016
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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 Geraldine Brooks
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This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Pulitzer-Prize-winning author, journalist and prize-winning foreign correspondent Geraldine Brooks.

Geraldine grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney and is the best-selling author of five novels - Year of Wonders, March, People of The Book, Caleb’s Crossing and The Secret Chord; two non fiction books - Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal’s Journey from Down Under to All Over, and Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women, and a collection of lectures entitled The Idea of Home. Geraldine’s first novel, Year of Wonders, the story of a brave young woman during the plague in 17th century England, is an international bestseller and is described by Frye Gaillard as “One of the first classics of the twenty-first century.” Her novel People of the Book, which traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript, through centuries of exile and war, is a New York Times bestseller translated into 20 languages. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel March, which animates the character of the absent father, March, from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Caleb’s Crossing is set in the 1660s and is based on a true story of the first Native American graduate from Harvard. Her non-fiction books draw on her time as a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, where she covered crises in the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans. Geraldine is married to the author Tony Horowitz and they divide their time between homes in Martha’s Vineyard Massachusetts, and Sydney, Australia. Geraldine’s most recent novel is The Secret Chord, based on the life of King David.

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