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.

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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.


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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

Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

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What Do Non Americans Think of the USA? | Part Two: Special Guest Michael Marshall Smith

March 30, 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.

Topic: On-The-Street Conversations About Questions That Matter: What Do Non Americans Think of the USA?
This week Ruth Copland presents an outside perspective on how the USA is viewed and whether views may have changed in the last year or so. There are varied opinions on what Americans think of the US right now - whether it needs to be made great again, whether it still is great, whether it ever was great. What does ‘great’ mean? But what do non-Americans think about all this?

Part Two: What Do Non Americans Think of the USA? | Special Guest Michael Marshall Smith

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Ruth Copland speaks to ex-pat, internationally best-selling and award-winning British author Michael Marshall Smith, who currently resides in Santa Cruz, California, to get his views as a non-American living in the US. A highly talented and original writer for over 20 years, he is known in particular for 'The Straw Men', which he is currently adapting for TV. His supernatural thriller ‘The Intruders’ was made into a dramatic TV series starring Mira Sorvino, Millie Bobby Brown and John Simm. His latest book ‘Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence’ has just come out in paperback in the UK, and will be coming out in the US in November.

For more info visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

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What Do Non Americans Think of the USA | Part One: On-The-Street Interviews in London

March 30, 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.

Topic: On-The-Street Conversations About Questions That Matter: What Do Non Americans Think of the USA?

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This week Ruth Copland presents an outside perspective on how the USA is viewed and whether views may have changed in the last year or so. There are varied opinions on what Americans think of the US right now - whether it needs to be made great again, whether it still is great, whether it ever was great. What does ‘great’ mean? But what do non-Americans think about all this?

Part One: What Do Non Americans Think of the USA? | On-The-Street Interviews in London
Ruth went Out and About on the street on the Embankment in London, England to interview people. London is a very cosmopolitan city and the Embankment is a particularly cosmopolitan area as it is near Tate Modern, the Globe Theatre, the London Eye, the Millennium Bridge, and the historic City of London, so there tend to be lots of visitors from many different countries. Sure enough, the first people who agreed to be interviewed by Ruth were from Italy and France.

For more info visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

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Arts Interview: Jessica Paré, Adria Tennor, Mindy Elliott from the film ‘PIE’

March 24, 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: Award-Winning Actors Jessica Paré & Adria Tennor, & Award-Winning Editor Mindy Elliott 

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Bottom L Clockwise: Jessica Paré; PIE poster; Adria Tennor; Mindy Elliott.

This week Ruth Copland's arts' guests are from the Cinequest world premiere film PIE. Ruth Copland talks to actress Jessica Paré, award-winning editor Mindy Elliott, and writer and star of PIE Adria Tennor. PIE is a darkly original short film about love and betrayal featuring a homemade pie with a secret and scandalous ingredient! Ruth and her guests talk about what's behind the very unusual story of PIE, and also about acting as an art, how to keep a sense of your self in the challenging world of Hollywood, how art can help us consider difficult issues, and how film editing significantly shapes a story.

Jessica Paré is a Canadian actress and singer who has starred in many films both in her native Canada and in the US. She has also had many successful TV roles including Megan Draper in the Emmy award winning series Mad Men. Her in-show performance of the song "Zou Bisou Bisou" proved so popular that it became a hit download on iTunes and reached #1 on the Billboard World chart. She is currently starring in the CBS show SEAL Team.

Adria Tennor, who conceived PIE, is an award-winning screenwriter, director and actress, as well as a successful Los Angeles restaurateur. Mindy Elliott is an award-winning editor, known for co-writing and editing the award-winning documentary 'A Plastic Ocean' and for her work on 'Downsizing', 'House of Lies', and 'Ugly Betty'.

For more info visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Copyright 2018 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

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