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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: Can Restraint Be As Courageous As Action?

Can Restraint Be As Courageous As Action? Ruth Copland

This week we consider ‘Can Restraint Be As Courageous As Action?’ A few years back a British soldier Maj. Gen. Nick Carter, who at the time was in charge of the international forces in southern Afghanistan, suggested that soldiers could someday be awarded medals for restraint that prevents civilian casualties in combat. This followed a strategic protocol put in place by the British army called Courageous Restraint, where there were a strict set of criteria that had to be met to fire on targets so that civilian deaths were limited. The absolute opposite of ‘shoot first ask questions later’. Both the protocol and the medal suggestion valued the concept that to hold fire and more fully assess a situation may increase the danger for the soldier and thus require courage. Does this kind of restraint seem courageous to you? If so, do you think a medal is an appropriate way to honour this kind of courage? Would it perhaps help change the mindset of how a conflict can be won if acts of restraint were equally honoured with action? Why does action seem to be valued so much more highly than restraint? Do you think this idea of courageous restraint would also be of benefit within American society, for example in our police force?

What do you think? Ruth Copland gets the views of people on the street for Out and About. She also features an interview with Lieutenant Colonel Kitson, the Commanding Officer of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group in Afghanistan 2009-10, where he shares his views on courageous restraint on the ground.

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Tarquin Gotch

Tarquin Gotch

Left: Tarquin Gotch | Right: Johnson of AC/DC

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing entertainment industry veteran Tarquin Gotch. Starting out as a tour manager, Tarquin became a music publisher before joining Arista Records as an A&R executive where he oversaw and/or signed acts like Simple Minds, The Thompson Twins, The Stray Cats, The English Beat, Elaine Paige, and Rowan Atkinson. Progressing to WEA he helped bring success in the UK to Prince, Madonna, Shalamar, and many other American acts. Moving into music management he oversaw the careers of many bands and also managed Jon Lord, founding member of Deep Purple, until his death in 2012, and currently manages Brian Johnson of AC/DC. Tarquin acted as music supervisor for most of the director John Hughes’ films over a seven year period including Some Kind of Wonderful, She’s Having A Baby, Uncle Buck, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Running John Hughes film company in the 90s Tarquin executive produced Curly Sue, Dutch, Only The Lonely, and Home Alone. He then worked for Fox running their movie division Fox Circle Productions where he oversaw the production of nine TV films including FBC’s highest-rating movie of the week The OJ Simpson Story. He has since produced both film and TV and currently is executive producing the documentary series Cars That Rock with Brian Johnson, for Quest in the UK and Discovery in the rest of the world.

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