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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: Do Animals Have Rights?

Do Animals Have Rights? Ruth Copland

This week we consider ‘Do Animals Have Rights?’ Do you think animals have an equal right to live on the earth or do you think humans take precedence? Why do you think people consider humans to be more important than animals? Why do you think there is frequently greater compassion for wild animals than farmed animals, which often live and die in very cruel situations? Do you think it is acceptable for animals to suffer to provide us with food? Are you willing to pay more for humanely raised meat? What rights, if any, do you think animals should have?

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 Caitlin Doughty

Caitlin Doughty, New York Times bestselling author and mortician

Photograph © by Mara Zehler

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Caitlin Doughty, New York Times bestselling author of mortician’s memoir SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES: And Other Lessons from the Crematory about her experiences, and her desire that we not fear death, aging, or the body disposal process. Born and raised in Hawaii, Caitlin attended the University of Chicago from which she graduated with a degree in medieval history. Stalked by the idea of death from an early age due to a childhood trauma, Caitlin moved to California after graduating, with the intent of entering the funeral industry. She has worked as a funeral arranger, and a body-van transport driver, and attended Cypress College for her second degree, in mortuary science. Currently she works as a licensed funeral director/mortician in Los Angeles and owns her own alternative funeral home, Undertaking LA, to help people help themselves (handle a corpse). She founded The Order of the Good Death in 2011 with the goal of bringing the realistic discussion of death back into popular culture. Caitlin has a web series entitled Ask The Mortician, and she has been featured on NPR and the BBC, as well as in Huffington Post, Vice, the LA Times,, Forbes, Bust Magazine, and Salon. She frequently gives talks on the history of death culture, rituals, and the funeral industry, presenting for groups as diverse as the Center for Inquiry, SXSW, Dan Savage’s Live Lovecast, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and the Ontario Coroner’s Association. Caitlin’s unique memoir, which is in turn affecting, shocking, revealing, poignant, witty, inspiring, and always honest, is now available in paperback.

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“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

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