Arts Interview: Jake Shimabukuro, Award-Winning, Internationally Renowned Ukulele Virtuoso and Composer

December 3, 2018
 
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: Jake Shimabukuro, Award-Winning, Internationally Renowned Ukulele Virtuoso and Composer

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This week Jake Shimabukuro is Ruth Copland's special guest from the arts. “The Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele”, Jake is known for having virtually reinvented the four-string instrument, and has over 20 solo albums to his name.

Award-winning and internationally renowned ukulele virtuoso and composer Jake Shimabukuro first came to the world’s attention with his deeply beautiful and original take on George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in a viral video that dominated YouTube in 2005 and has received over 15 million views. Fans around the world delight in his virtuoso approach to the ukulele. Albums such as 'Gently Weeps', 'Peace Love Ukulele' and 'Grand Ukulele' have topped the Billboard World Music Charts, and as a live performer Jake is one of the hottest tickets around, headlining the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center and the Sydney Opera House even performing for the Queen in England. He has also made frequent appearances on on TV shows like The Today Show, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and has written the soundtrack for two Japanese films. Despite his success, Jake remains committed to community frequently performing in schools in Hawaii and overseas, as well as lobbying for increased music education. Jake’s latest album is 'The Greatest Day' recorded at Music City’s famed Ronnie’s Place Studio.

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Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

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Arts Interview: Hampton Sides, Award-Winning Writer, Journalist and Historian

November 19, 2018
 
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: Hampton Sides, Award-Winning Writer, Journalist and Historian

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What is worth committing people to die for? Does General MacArthur have blood on his hands? Why is The Korean War sidelined in US history? Why tell the story of the Chosin Reservoir epic battle now? Are there things we can learn from as well as be inspired by? Ruth Copland discusses these questions with special guest Hampton Sides, as well as how and why he writes narrative non-fiction, and more.

Hampton Sides is widely regarded as one of the best non-fiction writers of his generation as well as being an award-winning journalist and historian. He is the New York Times best-selling author of seven books of literary non-fiction and is best-known for his gripping non-fiction adventure stories. His latest book is ‘On Desperate Ground: The Marines at the Reservoir, the Korean War’s Greatest Battle’.

Hampton Sides book ‘Ghost Soldiers’, is a World War II narrative about the rescue of Bataan Death March survivors, which has sold over a million copies worldwide, has been translated into a dozen foreign languages, was the subject of documentaries on PBS and The History Channel, and was the basis for the 2005 Miramax film, The Great Raid. His book ‘Hellhound On His Trail’, about the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. and the international manhunt for assassin James Earl Ray, was the basis for the acclaimed documentary ‘Roads to Memphis’ for which Hampton served as historical consultant. Hampton’s book ‘Blood and Thunder’, about the life and times of controversial frontiersman Kit Carson, was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2006 by Time magazine and is currently under development for the screen.

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Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

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Arts Interview: Markus Zusak, Award-Winning author

October 21, 2018
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: Markus Zusak

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Ruth Copland talks to wonderfully inventive Australian writer Markus Zusak the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of 'The Book Thief', 'I Am the Messenger', 'Fighting Ruben Wolf', and 'Getting the Girl'. Markus Zusak is best known for his novel 'The Book Thief', which has sold 16 million copies worldwide, is published in 42 foreign language territories, has spent over 500 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and is a major motion picture. Markus Zusak’s latest book is 'Bridge of Clay', a novel 13 years in the writing. Ruth and Markus talk about what drew him to writing, the over-arching theme of his work, how the story of 'Bridge of Clay' evolved over many years, how and why he writes, and much more.

Originally published in the U.S. in March 2006, 'The Book Thief' received numerous awards, including a Michael L. Printz Honor from the American Library Association and the Sydney Taylor Book Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries. 'The Book Thief' has since gone on to become a book selection of community reads programs across the country and was released as a major motion picture in 2013. It was also featured on the list of America’s 100 most-loved books by PBS’s The Great American Read. The best-selling I Am The Messenger has also been honoured with numerous awards. Born in 1975 in Sydney, Australia, the youngest of four children of immigrant German and Austrian parents Markus worked briefly as a house painter, a janitor and a high school English teacher before becoming an author. He lives in Australia with his wife and children.

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Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

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Arts Interview: ‘Rad Girls Can’ Author Kate Schatz and Artist Miriam Klein Stahl

July 23, 2018
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: 'Rad Girls Can' Author Kate Schatz and Artist Miriam Klein Stahl

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'Rad Women' series author Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl showcase bold, brave and brilliant women who are living rad lives in ways small and great. The runaway success of the 'Rad Women' series has inspired girls, women, and the men in their lives. Their latest book 'Rad Girls Can' features the inspiring lives of young women under 20. Kate and Miriam say they "truly believe that 'Rad Girls Can' is the book we all need right now. It shows us the potential and the power of young, creative, hopeful, brilliant girls, and all that they can do in this world. While some of the stories in 'Rad Girls Can' are about girls from history, many are contemporary, and show how young people are engaging with and shaping the future of some of our most urgent issues, including voting rights, climate change, immigration, gender and sexual identity, disability rights, and racial justice". This New-York-Times best-selling artistic duo hailing from the Bay Area, California, join Ruth Copland to talk about their lives, art, and how the 'Rad Women' books first came about!

Miriam Klein Stahl is a Bay Area artist, educator and activist. In addition to her work in printmaking, drawing, sculpture, paper-cut and public art, she is also the co-founder of the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High School where she’s taught since 1995. Miriam’s socially relevant artwork, creates portraits of political activists, misfits, radicals and radical movements, and has been widely exhibited and reproduced internationally. As an educator, Miriam is dedicated to addressing equity through the lens of the arts. She is also the co-owner of Pave the Way Skateboards, a queer skateboarding company formed with Los Angeles-based comedian, actor, writer and skateboarder Tara Jepson.

Kate Schatz (pronounced Shots) is a Bay Area writer, organizer, public speaker, educator, and feminist activist. As well as authoring the four Rad Women series books, Kate writes fiction. Her work has been published in numerous publications with her short story “Folsom, Survivor” included as a “Notable Short Story” in Best American Short Stories 2011. Her book of fiction, Rid of Me: A Story, was published in 2006 as part of the acclaimed 33 1/3 series, and her essay “Dear White People” appears in the recent anthology Radical Hope: Letters of Love & Dissent in Dangerous Times. As an educator, Kate has worked with a wide range of age groups for over 15 years including teaching at UC Santa Cruz, San Jose State, Rhode Island College, and Brown University. She is a frequent public speaker at notable events and is the founder of Solidarity Sundays, a nationwide network of over 200 feminist activist groups who meet monthly to take coordinated non-violent political action.

For more info visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

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Arts Interview: Part Two - Emilia Kabakov of World-Renowned Art Duo Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

June 26, 2018
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 - Artist Emilia Kabakov of World-Renowned Art Duo Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

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This is the second in a two-part series of interviews with Emilia Kabakov. In Part Two Ruth Copland and Emilia Kabakov talk about what Utopia embodies for the Kabakovs, how their early life in the Soviet Union factors into their work, what painting offers different from installations, whether art should be life-affirming, if there is a spiritual aspect to their work, their recurring use of the metaphor of flight, how much the context of an art work matters, and Ilya and Emilia Kabakov's latest exhibition Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into the Future, which explores their pioneering place in the international story of conceptual art. The exhibition is currently at the State Hermitage, St Petersburg, having previously been at Tate Modern, London.

Regularly named among the top 10 living artists in the world and the ‘two most consequential artists to emerge from Russia since the 1920s’ (Robert Storr), Ilya and Emilia Kabakov have a unique pioneering place in the international story of conceptual art.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov have worked together in the USA, where they live, since the late 1980s and are known for their complex large-scale projects and immersive ‘total’ installations. To date, together they have created nearly 200 of these total installations, which invite the viewer to become an active part of the work considering the meaning of utopia, the place of the artist, power, hope, fear, escapism, fantasy, and much more.


For more info visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

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What Does Tolerance Look Like? | On-The-Street Conversations

June 2, 2018
 
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

Topic: What Does Tolerance Look Like?
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What does tolerance mean? Is it necessary? What are the advantages of a tolerant society? How do we distinguish between what should and should not be tolerated? Should children be taught about tolerance at school?

Ruth Copland features her on-the-street interviews on the topic ‘What does tolerance look like?’ She also speaks about Ilya and Emilia Kabakov's remarkable art installation project with children around the world, The Ship of Tolerance (www.shipoftolerance.com)

The Museum Of Tolerance defines tolerance as:

1) A fair and objective attitude toward those whose opinions and practices differ from one’s own. 2)  The commitment to respect human dignity.

Every person is both a purveyor and beneficiary of tolerance.

Depending on the day and one’s perspective, it can feel like our society is becoming more inclusive, caring and understanding, or that it is still mired in prejudice, cruelty and intolerance. What does tolerance mean to you? Have you examples of being tolerant towards others, or others treating you with respect? Is it a case of the Golden Rule, treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself? Or is it more complex than that? Should we be expected to tolerate all ways of being in the world? If not, how and where do we draw the line? What do you think?

For more info visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

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Arts Interview: Actors Marguerite Moreau and Hus Miller

June 2, 2018
 
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: Actors Marguerite Moreau and Hus Miller

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Actress and producer Marguerite Moreau and actor, writer producer Hus Miller from the narrative feature film ‘You Can’t Say No’, are Ruth Copland’s guests on the show this week. ‘You Can’t Say No’ recently had its world premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley, California, and also stars Peter Fonda, Hamish Linklater and Julie Carmen, and is directed by Paul Kramer. Ruth talks to Marguerite and Hus about ‘You Can’t Say No’ and also about their first experiences of art, what attracted them to acting, and the power of film.

 Marguerite C Moreau is known for her roles in the fantasy horror film Queen of the Damned, cult film and now Netflix Series Wet Hot American Summer, Runaway Jury, and The Mighty Ducks series of films, as well as appearances on the popular television series Grey’s Anatomy, Smallville, Shameless and The O.C. Hus Miller, who wrote and stars in ‘You Can’t Say No’ is an actor, writer and producer who has worked with Twentieth Century Fox, Skywalker Ranch, Park Pictures, Gunn Films, and CBS.

 Marguerite Moreau was born in Riverside, California. Her first break-out role was playing the recurring part of Melanie on Blossom in 1994 and 1995. She guest starred in several TV series such as Boy Meets World and 3rd Rock from the Sun. As a child actress, she appeared in the Mighty Ducks films playing Connie Moreau. After graduating from Vassar College with her B.A. in political science in 1999, she starred in the cult film Wet Hot American Summer, and reprised this role in the series produced by Netflix, which debuted on July 31, 2015.

 Hus Miller majored in Theatre Arts at the University of Oregon and was accepted to the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. Hus is currently producing and will be starring in the thriller/drama SITIADO, which he also co-wrote. Hus lives in Santa Rosa, California with his wife and two sons and enjoys spending time riding his motorcycle whenever he gets the chance.

For more info visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

 

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Arts Interview: Dessa, Rapper, Singer and Writer

April 29, 2018
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: Rapper, Singer and Writer, Dessa.
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An academic with an international rap career; a lyrical writer fascinated by behavioral science; and a funny, charismatic performer. Ruth Copland talks to Dessa and play tracks from her album 'Chime' prior to her performance at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz on May 5th.
Singer, rapper, and songwriter Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations. The albums she’s released with Doomtree Records include rap bangers, a cappella arrangements, and big, catchy pop hooks. She’s co-composed for a 100-voice choir; contributed a track to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s The Hamilton Mixtape; and recorded a cover “Balance” by Mountain Goats (Merge Records) that plays like a Bond theme. She performs in equally varied venues; she tours gritty rock clubs, velvet-lined theaters, and top-tier festivals like Glastonbury and Lollapalooza, but also takes special pleasure in dreaming up themed events for intimate rooms—such as her recent curation of a sold-out residency series at WYNC’s The Greene Space, in which Dessa matched lyricists with researchers who tackled scientific subject matter on stage. The LA Times says she “sounds like no one else;” NPR says she’s “breaking the rules of rap;” The Chicago Tribune simply calls her “enchanting.”
As a writer, she’s contributed to the New York Times Magazine, MPR, the Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, literary journals across the country, and has published two short collections of poetry and essays. Dessa has a book coming out in September called ‘My Own Devices: True Stories From The Road On Music, Science, And Senseless Love’.

Photos L to R clockwise: Dessa by Bill Phelps; Dessa with her band by Chad Kamenshine; Dessa performing live by Matthew Shaver.

For more info visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

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Arts Interview: Part One - Emilia Kabakov of World Renowned Art Duo Ilya and Emila Kabakov

April 7, 2018
 
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: Emilia Kabakov of World-Renowned Art Duo Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

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Regularly named among the top 10 living artists in the world and the ‘two most consequential artists to emerge from Russia since the 1920s’ (Robert Storr), Ilya and Emilia Kabakov have a unique pioneering place in the international story of conceptual art.

This is the first in a two-part series of interviews with Emilia Kabakov. This week Ruth Copand and Emilia Kabakov talk about when Emilia and Ilya first became aware of the power of art to affect us on a deep level, how they work together, their early life in Russia, why they started creating ‘total installations’ and also about their wonderful art installation project with children around the world, 'The Ship of Tolerance' (pictured above).

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov have worked together in the USA, where they live, since the late 1980s and are known for their complex large-scale projects and immersive ‘total’ installations. To date, together they have created nearly 200 of these total installations, which invite the viewer to become an active part of the work considering the meaning of utopia, the place of the artist, power, hope, fear, escapism, fantasy, and much more.

An art project that is dear to the Kabakovs hearts and which Ruth will be talking to Emilia about during the show is 'The Ship of Tolerance'. This is a conceptual piece which hundreds of local schoolchildren from different ethnic and social backgrounds in different cities round the world have participated in, the hope being that through the creative process they can learn about tolerance.

For more info visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

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Arts Interview: Beloved Actor William H Macy and Oscar-Nominated Producer Rachel Winter from ‘Krystal’

April 1, 2018
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: William H Macy and Oscar-Nominated Producer Rachel Winter from 'Krystal'

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William H Macy and Rachel Winter talk to Ruth Copland about 'Krystal' a wonderful dramatic comedy about a young man living a sheltered life who develops a crush on a stripper and joins her Alcoholics Anonymous group just so he can be in the same room with her! 

'Krystal' was the opening night film at the 2018 Cinequest Film Festival where Ruth Copland saw the film and spoke in person to actor William H Macy and Academy-Award-Nominated producer Rachel Winter. Fourteen years in the making, 'Krystal' is directed by William H Macy as well as starring him with Rosario Dawson in the titular role. The stellar ensemble cast also includes Nick Robinson, Grant Gustin, William Fichtner, Kathy Bates, John Leguizamo and Felicity Huffman. 

Krystal is both inspiring and highly entertaining art and is released in theatres on April 13th 2018.

For more info visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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