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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 Technology Our Servant Or Our Master?

Is technology our servant or our master? Ruth Copland

For Questions that matter we consider ‘Is technology our servant or our master?’ Increasingly everything in our lives is being changed by technology. The internet of things will soon ensure that our refrigerator will tell us when we need more milk, our cars will drive themselves, facial recognition software linked with social media will mean we need never be attracted to a stranger again without being able to find out nearly everything about them instantly from an app on our phone. Some of these advances beg the question “just because you CAN do something does that mean that you SHOULD?” What are the consequences of losing the need to think in so many different circumstances? Will it free us up to use our minds for even more amazing purposes? Or will we simply end up with more time to consume endless media entertainment as in Farenheit 451? How much discernment do we use when deciding to use technology? Are we controlling it or are we letting it control us? What do you think? Local people share their views with me on the show’s Out and About feature.

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Garth Stein Begins at 53 Minutes

Garth Stein with two of his books

This week as my special guest from the arts I’m pleased to be interviewing, Garth Stein, New York Times best-selling author, playwright, and Academy-Award-winning film-maker. Garth is the author of four novels, including his recently released new novel A Sudden Light. His book The Art of Racing in the Rain has sold more than 4 million copies in 35 languages, and spent more than three years on the New York Times bestseller list. It has inspired a Young Reader edition as well as a children’s picture book adaptation (2014), a stage adaptation by Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle, and is currently in development with Universal Studios for a major motion picture. Garth is also the author of a full-length play Brother Jones. Before turning to writing full-time, Garth was a documentary filmmaker, directing, editing, and/or producing several award-winning films, including The Lunch Date, winner of the Academy award for live action short in 1990, and The Last Party, starring Robert Downey, Jr. Garth is co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a non-profit organization dedicated to energizing readers and writers and their communities by providing funding, programming, donations of free books to those in need, and generally inspiring enthusiasm for reading. For more info on Garth visit http://www.garthstein.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