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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.

Talk and Interviews with Fernando Rees and Brandon Davis

Row 1We discuss ‘Why do we compete?’ Do you get a thrill from competing or do you avoid it like the plague? How does categorizing people as winners or losers affect our society? And perhaps most importantly how does competition affect how we think about ourselves? For Out and About this week I went a bit further out and about than usual to Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway in central California to interview two professional racecar drivers, Fernando Rees and Brandon Davis, who drive for Aston Martin and compete in races around the world including Le Mans, the FIA World Endurance Championship and Pirelli World Challenge. They talk to me about what drives (no pun intended!) them to compete. We consider whether competition is the best way to evaluate individual worth, and the merits and drawbacks of America’s obsession with competition. For more information visit http://www.fernandorees.com and https://www.facebook.com/brandondavisracing

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Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Dina Scoppettone Begins at 53 Minutes

Dina Scoppettone posing with a small snake in hand This week I had the pleasure  to interview local resident Dina Scoppettone who is an award-winning fashion model, Vogue fashion portrait photographer, and an academic teaching modern art history at Cabrillo College. As an ocular centrist, Dina gives precedence to the sense of vision in her work. Her photographs range from fashion editorials to soul-catching portraits. The vibrant nature of her work at once evokes the glamour of Mario Testino, Annie Liebowitz, and Helmut Newton, while expressing an understanding of composition and contrast which is all her own. Before turning completely to the camera to express her art, Scoppettone conceived and produced a cultural project with the Cuban Government, attracting the participation of 100 renowned international artists to create a mural in the center of Havana for the opening of the 2000 Havana Biennial. This production was the climax of her Master’s degree in Modern Visual Culture, which she earned from the University of London’s esteemed Courtauld Institute. Based in the California Bay Area, Dina has a studio in her home at Sunset Beach and in the Santa Cruz Mountains at the former estate of Alfred Hitchcock, another ocular centrist. For more information visit http://www.dinascoppettone.com

“It’s A Question of Balance ® so rare among radio talk shows, lets its subjects breathe. With her discursive style and pleasingly eccentric range of curiosity, host Ruth Copland each week treats her listeners to two hours of Whole Brain Radio.
Hampton Sides – Internationally bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and historian