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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: Should We Limit The World Population?

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We consider ‘Should we limit the world population?’ According to renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough humans are threatening their own existence and that of other species by using up the world’s resources. He says “We are plague on the Earth. It’s not just climate change, it’s sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us”. What do you think? If we accept that population explosion is a problem, how should we address it when there are so many sensitive issues around it, such as religion and the rights of the individual? When the growing burden of humanity on the Earth is such a real problem, why is it hardly ever discussed openly by politicians? Is it because we have too much invested in short term economic expansion to consider the effects of our ever-growing world population on our long-term fate as a species? 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 John Babcock Begins at 53 Minutes

John_Studio_New-Mexico-Reflections-webNEW This week I’m pleased to be interviewing John Babcock, Santa Cruz Artist of the Year 2014. His medium is paper, and his work has been shown in over thirty major museums in Europe, the United States and Japan. He has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the United States and in India. His work is included in many public and private collections including The Museum of Art and Design, New York. He uses paper of his own manufacture to build art works of poured, cast, inlaid, and collaged paper. John’s art reflects a unique exploration of color relationships to evoke an emotional response. About his work he states, “I gravitate to earth forms for inspiration, because perhaps, much of the colors that I use are earth-derived pigments. I have drawn upon images that come to me when I contemplate the pulsating or vibrating nature of waves, windblown sand, or Japanese rock gardens. I seek to capture the essence of these experiences and document them through the peculiarities of colored paper.” Don’t miss this unique chance to encounter the life and work of a remarkable artist! For more info babcockart.com

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