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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 with People on the Street about Questions That Matter: What Does America Being Great Mean To You?

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According to Inquisitr, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has said that the 1980s was the best decade as America was great then because the economy was so strong it exploded and America’s enemies feared it. Do you think about America in terms of being ‘great’? When people think of America being great are they thinking primarily in terms of the economy and military power? What qualities would America embody to be great in your opinion? Is being great based on how America is viewed from the outside – how it dominates the world or how it is viewed as a world power economically and militarily? Or is it more about how it treats its own people and is viewed by them? Great is a superlative. It’s common for Americans to say that America is the greatest country in the world. How important is it to you that America is the best country in the world? If you allow yourself to be nostalgic – are there things that you remember fondly that don’t exist today that you wish did? Do you think America’s greatest years are behind it or could still be ahead of it? What does America being great mean to you?

In Out And About we consider topics with local relevance and global significance. The idea is to get us thinking about the questions that affect us all – to stimulate new thinking, or clarify what we already feel. To hear how other people’s opinions may differ from or be similar to our own.

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Juliet Sargeant

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Top Left Clockwise: A garden to attract birds designed by Juliet Sargeant; Juliet lecturing at the Chelsea Flower Show;
Juliet with HRH Princess Eugenie; working plan for the Modern Slavery Garden

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing award-winning garden designer Juliet Sargeant. This year, Juliet designed the Modern Slavery Garden for the Royal Horticultural Society’s world-famous Chelsea Flower Show. The garden was a thought-provoking conceptual evocation of modern slavery and was the first social campaign garden in the flower show’s 104-year history. It was awarded a Gold Medal and the coveted People’s Choice Prize. Juliet Sargeant has been winning awards for 20 years for her imaginative solutions to complex garden problems, including awards from the Society of Garden Designers in 2012 and 2015, for sustainability and hard landscaping design. Having previously worked as a medical doctor and with a degree in psychology, Juliet sees gardens and landscapes as central to the health and well-being of individuals and society as a whole. Through her garden design business, Juliet creates truly individual spaces for clients, which help them to connect with the landscape and enjoy the full potential of their gardens.

In addition to her degrees in medicine, Juliet Sargeant has a BA Honours degree in Garden Design and teaches professional garden design to students at KLC School of Design based at Hampton Court Palace, and also recreational courses to garden enthusiasts. In addition, she is a visiting lecturer for the world’s leading museum for art and design, the Victoria and Albert museum in London. She is former Chair of The Society of Garden Designers, and is now on the Royal Horticultural Society selection panel for show gardens and she acts as a judge as well. Juliet has had her gardens featured on the BBC, Channel 4 and Meridian Television, as well as in several magazines. She also works as a presenter fronting video pieces for the BBC. She writes occasionally for the garden press and has co-written a planting book with Catherine Heatherington called A New Naturalism. Juliet Sargeant is a finalist for the GG2 Leadership Awards 2016, which for 16 years has celebrated leaders and role models in the community. She has also been nominated as a London South Bank ‘Change-maker’. Juliet sees garden design as an art form, and looks forward to the day when gardens will be fully valued for their contribution to society.

For more info on Juliet Sargeant visit www.julietdesigns.co.uk and www.modernslaverygarden.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