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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: What Does It Take To Be A Gentleman Or A Lady?

What does it take to be a gentleman or a lady?

This week on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘What does it take to be a gentleman or a lady?’ Country Life magazine in Britain, which is aimed largely at the landed gentry but more broadly at country rather than city folk, recently published two lists of what is required to be a gentleman or lady. Some of the attributes are serious, some tongue-in-cheek and some very British. Is the concept of being a gentleman or a lady something you relate to? Do you associate these terms with a general chivalry and politeness that could still be useful in the modern age or do you think of them as promoting a certain kind of sexism? When you think of someone being a gentleman or a lady do you think about good manners and an honourable way of behaving or more about social conventions? What would be on your list of attributes of a true gentleman or lady today?

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

Hour 2: In-Depth Conversation with Wallace Baine & Shmuel Thaler

Photos by Jana Marcus

Photos by Jana Marcus

This week as her special guests from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Wallace Baine, award-winning journalist and writer, and Shmuel Thaler, award-winning photographer and author. Wallace and Shmuel have collaborated to produce a book The Creatives Among Us which celebrates the incredibly rich array of artists concentrated in Santa Cruz county in California.
Wallace Baine has been an arts writer, film critic, columnist and editor for the Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper since 1991. He is a two-time winner of the national American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors ‘Excellence in Writing’ competition for his well-known Sunday column “Baine Street,” and has won several awards for his arts coverage from the California Newspaper Publishers Association. In addition, he was the winner of the City of Santa Cruz’s ArtWORKS Award for leadership in the arts in 2010. He has been host and director of the annual Gail Rich Awards, which started in 1997 honouring artists and arts supporters in the community in the Santa Cruz area. Wallace’s work has been syndicated in newspapers nationwide and his fiction has appeared in the Catamaran Literary Reader and the Chicago Quarterly Review. He is the author of the book Rhymes with Vain: Belabored Humor and Attempted Profundity and The Last Temptation of Lincoln, a collection of new short stories.” Wallace’s play, Oscar’s Wallpaper which premiered on stage in Santa Cruz in 2015 is adapted from one of the stories in this book.
Shmuel Thaler is an award-winning photographer who graduated from the film school at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His photographs have been published in every leading newspaper in the United States as well as in numerous magazines including Time, Forbes and Business Week and viewed on CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News. He has been honored three times with awards in the prestigious National Press Photographers Association ‘Best of Photojournalism’ category, most recently in 2015, as well as receiving regional and state awards. Shmuel is the co-author of five children’s books, his photographs illustrating numerous books including his collaboration with George Levenson on ‘Bread Comes to Life’ and the classic ‘Pumpkin Circle’, which has more than 120,000 copies in print and is held by every major library system in the country. Shmuel’s photographic work has been exhibited in one-person shows and group shows. Shmuel has been a staff photographer at the Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper since 1987.

For more info on Wallace Baine’s work visit and for Shmuel Thaler’s work visit

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