It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland
Arts Interview: Esther Wojcicki - Media Arts Educator, Thought-Leader, Journalist, Author

Arts Interview: Esther Wojcicki - Media Arts Educator, Thought-Leader, Journalist, Author

May 4, 2019

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
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Arts Interview: Esther Wojcicki - Media Arts Educator, Journalist, Author
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Esther Wojcicki at the California Theatre, San Jose, after receiving the Life of a Maverick Award and being interviewed onstage by Ruth Copland. Photo: Freedom Cheteni
Ruth Copland speaks to the highly creative and inspiring Esther Wojcicki, globally renowned educator, journalist, thought-leader, and author of the new book How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results, a book all parents should read, and anyone who cares about how we can help children find success on all levels and on their own terms. Ruth talks to Esther about what gave her the confidence and creative dynamism to challenge the education system; what sparked her passion for education and the arts; how she defines a successful person; whether failure is part of success; what inspired her to write her book; the role of journalism in the age of ‘fake news’; what she hopes her legacy will be, and much more. Ruth Copland speaks to Esther Wojcicki at the famed media arts centre at Palo Alto High School where Esther still teaches.

Known as the godmother of Silicon Valley and ‘Woj’ to her many friends and admirers, Esther Wojcicki is famous for founding the media arts programme at Palo Alto High School and teaching a journalism class that has changed the lives of thousands of students, many of whom have gone on to have an outsize influence of their own. She has created the <em>Moonshots in Education</em> movement to help shift the culture of education to one that empowers both students and teachers. She is a leader in Blended Learning and the integration of technology into education. She is the mother of a super family, raising three happy daughters who have each made their own mark on the world as the CEO of YouTube, the Founder and CEO of 23andMe, and a top medical researcher, and she has inspired Silicon Valley legends such as Steve Jobs.

In addition, Esther Wojcicki serves as Vice Chair of Creative Commons and has been intimately involved with Google and GoogleEdu since its inception, where she was one of the leaders in setting up the Google Teacher Academy and remains a guiding force. She has two Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Palo Alto University and Rhode Island School of Design and was California Teacher of the Year in 2002. Esther believes strongly in the relationship between the school and home. As a mother, she and her husband Stan, a professor and former chair of the physics department at Stanford, fostered creativity and critical thinking in their daughters. Esther Wojcicki’s new book How To Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results draws on her considerable experience and success in both her personal life and career.

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Copyright 2019 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

Arts Interview: Actor Producer Edi Gathegi, Actress Tayler Buck

Arts Interview: Actor Producer Edi Gathegi, Actress Tayler Buck

April 13, 2019

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
Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

Arts Interview: Actor Producer Edi Gathegi; Actress Tayler Buck

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Actors in 'Princess of the Row' Clockwise from Bottom Left: Tayler Buck; Edi Gathegi; Martin Sheen; Ana Ortiz

Known for X-Men: First Class and The People vs OJ respectively, Edi and Tayler are the stars of 'Princess of the Row' also featuring Martin Sheen, Jacob Vargas and Ana Ortiz. Ruth Copland features an excerpt from the film and talks to Edi and Tayler about their lives and careers, and what attracted them to play the father and daughter in this poignant yet life-affirming film about homelessness, mental health, war veterans, and family ties.

Edi Gathegi was born on March 10, 1979 in Nairobi, Kenya as Edi Mue Gathegi. He is an actor and producer, known for X-Men: First Class (2011), Gone Baby Gone (2007) and Criminal Activities (2015).

Tayler Buck was born Nov 14, 2003. She is an actress, known for Annabelle: Creation (2017), The People Vs. OJ (2016), Key and Peele (2012) and CSI: NY (2004).

'Princess of the Row', which had its world premiere at Cinequest is a poignant, dramatic and ultimately uplifting story. A creative 12-year-old foster girl bounces around the sometimes abusive foster care system for most of her life, and ditches school to visit her military veteran father who is homeless on the streets of LA’s Skid Row He’s mentally ill after suffering a battle-induced brain injury during his service in the Iraq war. The injury renders him unable to recognize his own daughter most of the time. But to Alicia, it doesn’t matter because she loves him and remembers the father he used to be: a caring man with a love of storytelling.
Alicia has inherited her father’s creativity and wants to be a writer when she grows up, spending her time writing fantasy tales about a Princess on a quest. Alicia’s social worker recognizes her gift and decides to place her in the perfect home with an award-winning author played by Martin Sheen and his wife played by Jenny Gago. As their lovely home is 10 hours from LA Alicia is fearful of never seeing her father again and decides to escape the city with him. On the run, Alicia must cope with her father’s severe PTSD breakdowns, outwit social service workers searching for her, and overcome the worst kind of thugs on the streets of LA, all to make her one dream a reality: to live with her father as a family.

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Copyright 2019 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

Arts Interview: Nandita Das, Acclaimed Actress, Writer, Director

Arts Interview: Nandita Das, Acclaimed Actress, Writer, Director

April 3, 2019

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
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Arts Interview: Nandita Das, Award-Winning Actress, Writer, Director

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Ruth Copland’s in-depth conversation with Nandita Das covers her fascinating career and life, and her new film 'Manto'. Acting in over 40 feature films in 10 Indian languages, Nandita Das has received widespread acclaim and numerous awards for her acting, and has been repeatedly recognized for both her art and her world community activism. Her directorial debut Firaaq premiered in 2008 at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival after being screened at Telluride. She has twice been on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival, among others, and was conferred the ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the French Government. She is the first Indian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Women’s Forum and was the Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society India, and a World Fellow at Yale in 2014. She is a strong advocate of social issues, which is evident throughout her work.

Nandita Das's biopic 'Manto' was the opening night featured film at the 2019 Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley. ‘Manto’, which Nandita Das wrote and directed, is about Saadat Hasan Manto who is celebrated as one of the greatest short story writers from South Asia. The film is set during the four most tumultuous years of Manto’s life during the Independence of India from Britain. It focuses on both his family life and writing, interweaving five of his short stories into the tale of his life. It is a film about two emerging nations and one man trying to make sense of it all. 'Manto' is now available to view on Netflix. It’s a moving, atmospheric film that illuminates a difficult historical period through the experience of a dedicated artist.

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Copyright 2019 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

What is at the Root of Well-Being? | Special Guest Patch Adams Renowned Doctor, Activist and Clown

What is at the Root of Well-Being? | Special Guest Patch Adams Renowned Doctor, Activist and Clown

March 28, 2019

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

Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

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Photo: Patch Adams clowning around with Ruth Copland at Cinequest Film Festival before the premiere of the documentary CLOWNVETS about humanitarian clowning.

‘What is at the root of well-being?’ Patch Adams has devoted his life to furthering peace, well being and connection. He believes that laughter, joy and creativity are an integral part of the healing process. With the help of friends, he founded the Gesundheit Institute in 1971 in order to address all the problems of health care in one model. The Gesundheit Institute, a non-profit healthcare organization, is a project in holistic medical care based on the belief that one cannot separate the health of the individual from the health of the family, the community, the society, and the world. In addition for decades, through his Clownvets project, Patch and his team of extraordinary volunteers have traveled the world as humanitarian clowns, helping heal veteran participants suffering from PTSD who are constantly working to relieve invisible wounds, and also bringing joy to marginalised people around the world.

Ruth Copland spoke to Patch at Cinequest Film Festival where the documentary CLOWNVETS directed by Estaban Rojas, had its world premiere, and was also honoured with the award for Most Life-Affirming Film. In her conversation with Patch they talk about connection, love, war, education, healthcare, active thinking, mental health, and what it means to really care about things, and thus explore through his life, work, beliefs and the film CLOWNVETS ‘what is at the root of well-being?’

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Copyright 2019 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

Arts Interview: Max Carlson and Shawn Austin, Film-Makers ‘Princess of the Row’

Arts Interview: Max Carlson and Shawn Austin, Film-Makers ‘Princess of the Row’

March 20, 2019
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: Max Carlson - Director, Writer, Producer; Shawn Austin - Writer, Producer

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Photo L to R: Director and Co-writer Max Carlson; Film poster featuring Edi Gathegi, Tayler Buck; Producer and Co-writer Shawn Austin.

Ruth Copland talks to Van Maximilian (Max) Carlson - the Los Angeles-born American-Mexican award-winning independent film director/writer/editor and owner of Oddbox Films - and A. Shawn Austin, writer/producer and President of Big Boss Creative, Inc. in Burbank, California. Together they wrote and produced the award-winning film 'Princess of the Row', with Max Carlson directing. The inspiring film tells the tale of a runaway foster child who will stop at nothing to live with the only family she knows: her father... a homeless mentally ill veteran who lives on the streets of LA's skid row. 'Princess of the Row' addresses difficult social issues sensitively and powerfully. It is a life-affirming story, beautifully shot, with a hauntingly atmospheric score. 'Princess of the Row' has a talented cast including iconic actor Martin Sheen; Edi Gathegi known for X-Men: First Class; Tayler Buck known for The People vs OJ; Ana Ortiz known for Ugly Betty; and Jacob Vargas known for Traffic.

Ruth Copland caught up with Max Carlson and Shawn Austin at the Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley where 'Princess of the Row' had its world premiere. Ruth Copland talks to the film-makers about what inspired them to tell this story, how you take a story from an idea to a fully realised film, and why they became film-makers in the first place. You can follow the film @PrincessOfTheRow on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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Arts Interview: Michael Dominic, Award-winning Film-Maker - ‘Clean Hands’ Cinequest World Premiere

Arts Interview: Michael Dominic, Award-winning Film-Maker - ‘Clean Hands’ Cinequest World Premiere

March 11, 2019
 
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: Michael Dominic, Award-winning Film-Maker - 'Clean Hands' Cinequest World Premiere
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Four children living in a garbage dump get a chance in life. Young Manuel, Zulema, Chico and Edgar wait eagerly for the dump trucks, hoping to find left over food at La Chureca, a massive dump in Nicaragua. They work alongside their demanding mother, pulling out any usable discards in order to salvage an existence. Everything they know is this life of extreme poverty until an American philanthropist steps in and buys them a modest home with land to farm. With the kids in school for the first time, can they catch up to their peers, even with the new duties of farming? Can the family handle the demands of this new life, or will old habits pull them apart? Filmed over seven years, the movie CLEAN HANDS captures a family's struggles and growth, betrayals and complications, tears and celebrations.

Ruth Copland talks to award-winning film-maker Michael Dominic about his life and work as a photojournalist and film-maker, and why he devoted seven years of his life to making the feature documentary 'Clean Hands', which has its World Premiere at Cinequest Film and Creativity Festival in Silicon Valley.

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Arts Interview: Emilio Estevez, Actor, Director, and Writer

Arts Interview: Emilio Estevez, Actor, Director, and Writer

March 3, 2019
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: Emilio Estevez, Actor, Writer and Director

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An accomplished actor starring in many films, Emilio Estevez is also a talented writer and director with a compelling new film 'The Public' out in theatres from April 5th, 2019. Ruth Copland talks to Emilio about his life, art, and his new film.

Emilio Estevez wrote and directed 'The Public' and also stars in it (pictured above) along with many great actors including Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater. 'The Public' is about downtown Cincinnati librarians Stuart Goodson (Emilio Estevez) and Myra (Jena Malone) who see their regular winter day shaken up when homeless patrons decide to take shelter in their library for the night. What starts as a peaceful sit-in quickly escalates into a face-off with the police and the media.

Prior to its release in theatres, 'The Public' is being screened at the Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley on March 9th 2019. Emilio Estevez will attend and take part in a discussion after the film. You can get tickets here 'The Public' Cinequest Screening

Emilio has established himself not only as an accomplished actor, but also as a talented writer, director and producer. In 2006, he wrote, directed and co-starred in the Golden Globe nominated for Best Picture and SAG ensemble nominee “Bobby,” which revisits the night Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968 and is set against the backdrop of the cultural issues gripping the country at the time, including racism, sexual inequality and class differences.
Emilio made his acting debut in Tim Hunter’s “Tex” and appeared in Francis Ford Coppola’s ensemble drama “The Outsiders,” both based on S.E. Hinton novels. Estevez’ performance as a quintessential high-school jock in John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club” won him widespread attention and acclaim. Later that same year, he went on to appear in “St. Elmo’s Fire” before starring in “That Was Then, This Is Now,” for which he also wrote the screenplay. In 1996, Estevez directed his father Martin Sheen for the first time in the Vietnam drama “The War at Home” which Emilio also starred in and produced. Other film credits include, “Repo Man” “Mission: Impossible,” and the “Stakeout, “Young Guns” and “Mighty Ducks” franchise movies. Emilio’s new film “The Public” marks Emilio’s fourth invitation to the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival having previously been invited with his films THE WAR AT HOME, 1995, BOBBY 2006, THE WAY 2010).

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Arts Interview: Marlon James, Man-Booker-Prize-Winning Author

Arts Interview: Marlon James, Man-Booker-Prize-Winning Author

February 17, 2019
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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: Marlon James, Man Booker Prize-Winning Author

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From his first novel being rejected 70 times before it was published to becoming the first Jamaican author to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize, Marlon James has been on quite a journey. Ruth Copland talks to him about his life, art and new fantasy book 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf'.

Marlon James is a professor and award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller A Brief History of Seven Killings, The Book of Night Women, and John Crow's Devil. A Brief History of Seven Killings explores several decades of Jamaican history around the time of an assassination attempt on Bob Marley. It won the Man Booker Prize, the American Book Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Book of Night Women is about a slave woman’s revolt on a Jamaican plantation in the nineteenth century. It won the Minnesota Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as the NAACP Image Award. Originally from Jamaica, Marlon currently divides his time between New York and Minnesota where he is a professor at Macalester College in St Paul teaching English and creative writing. Marlon’s latest book is the first in the Dark Star Trilogy and is called Black Leopard, Red Wolf.

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

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

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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