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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: Are Religion And Violence Inextricably Linked?

Are religion and violence inextricably linked? Ruth Copland

We consider ‘Are religion and violence inextricably linked?’ Religious scholar Karen Armstrong states that many people “believe instinctively that there is a violent essence inherent in religion, which inevitably radicalizes any conflict – because once combatants are convinced that God is on their side, compromise becomes impossible and cruelty knows no bounds.” But is violence in the name of, or in defense of, religion a cover for other agendas? Does religious violence actually have more to do with politics and social order? Or is some level of violence inevitable in the defense of faith? 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 Richard Stockton Begins at 53 Minutes

Richard Stockton

This week as my special guest from the arts I’m pleased to be interviewing Richard Stockton, comedian, performer, writer, storyteller, musician, radio host and Gail Rich Award winner. In 1982 Richard became the morning talk show host of WKDA/KDF in Nashville, Tennessee which was the number one talk show in the mid south for two years. In 1986 he became a full time touring comedian, based in San Francisco. In his twenty-eight years as a standup comedian he has appeared on dozens of national TV shows and has headlined A-List comedy clubs from coast to coast – Improv, Punchline, Comedy Underground, Comedy Works, and more – growing an audience of devotees to his unique take on the human potential movement. His first book, Fondle The Fear is now in its third printing, and is the basis for a TV show by the same name. He also creates short stories of transformation for NPR stations in Northern California. He is the originator and star of the one-man comedy theatre show Are We There Yet?’- a journey through the past 60 years and crossing into the next 30 – on the voyage of the baby boomer generation. Planet Cruz Comedy with Richard Stockton, a comedy/variety show with the finest progressive stand-ups in the country, along with comedy sketches about the state of Santa Cruz, all to the beat of the Planetoid Band, comes to The Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz on November 22nd 2014. For more info visit

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