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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.

Topic: Out And About – Conversations on the Street about Questions That Matter: What Is A Fair Profit?

What is a fair profit? Ruth Copland

We consider ‘What is a fair profit?’ Business is geared up to make as much money as possible but is there such a thing as too much profit? What effect does squeezing the last penny out of any transaction have on best practice decisions, and on how much pay and what kind of benefits to offer workers? Some CEOs of successful companies have made a choice to have a healthy bottom line that also supports good working conditions and good pay for all employees. This may mean that the overall profit is decreased but employee engagement and retention are high and everybody in the company is benefiting from the company’s success. This model is easier for private companies than publicly traded ones as shareholders may not be happy with less profit. Should a business balance profit goals with altruistic considerations? Or should a business be trying to make as big a profit as possible? What do you think? Local people share their views with Ruth on the show’s Out and About feature.

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Sandra Gilbert Begins at 53 Minutes

Sandra M Gilbert posing and her new novel

This week I’m pleased to be interviewing Sandra Gilbert, local Bay Area resident, award winning poet, writer and Professor at University of California, Davis. Sandra is an influential literary critic and poet who has published widely in the fields of feminist literary criticism, feminist theory, and psychoanalytic criticism. She is the author of eight collections of poetry as well as many books, arguably the best-known of which is The Madwoman in The Attic, a landmark in 1970s American feminism, co-authored with Susan Gubar. She was named a Ms. “Woman of the Year” in 1986 and one of USA Today’s “People Who Made a Difference” in 1985 (with Susan Gubar). Sandra is a former president of the Modern Language Association and has been a recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller, NEH, and Soros Foundation fellowships and has held residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, Bellagio, Camargo, and Bogliasco. In 1988 she was awarded a D. Litt. by Wesleyan University. In 1990 she was a co-recipient (with Karl Shapiro) of the International Poetry Forum’s Charity Randall Award. More recently, she has won a Patterson Prize, an American Book Award, the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry, the Premio Lerici Pea, and several awards from Poetry magazine. In 2004 she was awarded the degree of Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2012, she and her longtime collaborator Susan Gubar were awarded the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Book Critics Circle. For more info visit http://www.sandramgilbert.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.
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