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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, 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: Justice: Retribution Or Restitution?

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This week we consider ‘Justice: Retribution or Restitution?’ Restorative justice is an approach to justice that focuses on the needs of the victims and the offenders, as well as the involved community, instead of satisfying abstract legal principles or simply punishing the offender. Would you like to see a process that also tries to heal the damage done and prevent such a crime reoccurring? Or do you think punishment is the only goal of justice? In retributive justice, crime is seen as an offence against the state whereas in restorative justice the crime is seen as a violation of people and relationships. Do you think about crime in this way at all or do you think of it primarily as about breaking laws? The reasons for crimes being committed in most cases are quite complex. As a community do you think we should be thinking of justice as also addressing the reasons for crimes being committed as part of justice? Do you feel there needs to be a constancy of punishment so everyone is punished pretty much in the same way for the same crime? Or do you think it’s appropriate for offences to be treated on an individual basis?

What do you think? Ruth Copland gets the views of people on the street for our Out and About feature.

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Tom Killion

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This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Tom Killion, woodcut and letterpress artist and founder of Quail Press. Born and raised in Mill Valley, California, on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais, Tom was inspired from an early age to create landscape prints using linoleum and wood, strongly influenced by the traditional Japanese Ukiyo-ë style of Hokusai and Hiroshige. He studied History at UC Santa Cruz, where he was introduced to fine book printing by William Everson and Jack Stauffacher, and in 1975, he produced his first illustrated book on UCSC’s Cowell Press. After traveling extensively in Europe and Africa, Killion returned to Santa Cruz, California in 1977 and founded his own Quail Press, where he published his second book, “Fortress Marin”. Since his first illustrated book in 1975, Tom has continued producing extensively illustrated books including 28 Views of Mount Tamalpais, The Coast of California, and Walls: A Journey Across Three Continents, which draws on his experiences working as administrator of a medical relief program in a camp for Ethiopian refugees in Sudan, and traveling with nationalist rebels in war-torn Eritrea. Along with publishing fine art letterpress books, Tom holds a PhD in African history from Stanford University and has taught at Bowdoin College, Maine and San Francisco State University, in addition to being a Fulbright scholar at Asmara University in Eritrea. He has collaborated with Pulitzer-prize-winning poet Gary Snyder on three books – The High Sierra of California, Tamalpais Walking and the recently released California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Poetry, History and Prints. Tom is currently working on landscape prints including treescapes, coastal and mountain views at his studio located on Inverness Ridge near Point Reyes, California.

For more info visit http://www.tomkillion.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