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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: Is There Such A Thing As A Just War?

is there such a thing as a just war

We discuss our Question That Matters this week What constitutes a ‘just war’? The Indian epic, the Mahabharata, offers one of the first written discussions of a ‘just war’. Five ruling brothers discuss if the suffering caused by war can ever be justified. They consider proportionality (chariots cannot attack cavalry, only other chariots; no attacking people in distress); just means (no poisoned or barbed arrows); just cause (no attacking out of rage); and fair treatment of captives and the wounded. They also hope last minute efforts to reconcile differences could avoid war. Thousands of years later these considerations still apply. Is there such a thing as a just war and if so, what are the criteria? 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 Antique Rivela Begins at 53 Minutes

Antonique Rivela

I interview 18-year-old songwriter and recording artist Antonique Rivela. Plagued with a stutter from birth, at six years old Antonique was also diagnosed with dyslexia, a speech impediment, and an ambidextrous ability. Despite these challenges, by the age of seven Antonique was already reading poetry and writing songs. A victim of bullying, Antonique looked to her heroes Albert Einstein, Walt Disney and Britney Spears to inspire her. Currently, Antonique is working hard on her debut album Silhouette, which will focus on mirroring the obstacles she has faced in the past. In addition, Antonique is in the works to form a movement and organization for fellow disabled individuals and victims of bullying called Lifelinez. Antonique is also attending college to get her bachelors degree in marketing.
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“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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