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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 Does It Take To Be A Good Leader?

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This Saturday August we consider ‘What does it take to be a good leader?’ Someone who creates trust and safety? Someone who people want to follow? Someone who inspires us through word or example? Someone who conciliates? Or someone who stands their ground? Leaders are all around us. They hold political office, run companies, gather people to their causes, organize in the community or simply ‘lead’ by their example. Some may have strong personalities and are outgoing, some may be shy, intensely private individuals. Some seek leadership out, some rise naturally out of the ranks, while others are forced into the spotlight and assume a role that they would have never asked for. So what makes a good leader? In politics, in business or in the community? 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 Chris Jones Begins at 53 Minutes

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This week I’m pleased to be interviewing Chris Jones, Bay Area singer-songwriter and band-leader of Scary Little Friends, which is Chris’s Folk-Rock brainchild with Charlie Knote on drums, Jon Payne on bass, and Patrick Blizinski on keys. An accomplished performer and song-writer, with much solo work behind him, Chris built his own studio in the Mission district to record the band’s debut album, “From the Beginning”, which features lilting vocals (ala Jeff Buckley) and surfs-up psychedelic guitar; a trademark of the “San Francisco Sound”. Based in both Santa Cruz and SF with underlying southern soul roots, strong songwriting is really the bread and butter of this band. They connect with their audience the old-fashioned way by offering authentic heartfelt performances that fulfill our desire to connect. Join us Saturday 8-10 PM to hear how Chris weathered the lows of the professional music scene to rise again with Scary Little Friends. I’ll also be playing some songs from their album and one track that has never been heard before! For more info go to www.scarylittlefriends.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