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At the crossroads where the popular culture interests of regular, intelligent people intersect with the academic culture of perceptive, progressive scholarship.

Host Peter Chiaramonte, PhD

Greetings everyone. Welcome to The Razor’s Edge with me, your host, Peter Chiaramonte. I’ve been on Artists-First once before as a guest to promote my “nonfiction novel,” No Journey’s End: My Tragic Romance With Ex-Manson Girl Leslie Van Houten". But this is the first time I’ve been asked to host a show of my own. I’m excited to have fatefully wandered into this new opportunity. For some time now I’ve been eager to explore the regions where the cultural interests of readers, artists, authors, and academics can all meet, think, and dream together. Here, once a month for an hour or so, I plan to be talking with seasoned academics who straddle “two solitudes”—living parallel lives as poets, novelists, screenwriters, social activists, entrepreneurial business execs, and so on.

Peter Chiaramonte's Book:  No Journey’s End (Creative Nonfiction) 2015

ISBN: 780986420207   For Amazon Link Click Here

April 21, 2017 Show

Dr. Rick Nason

Dr. Nason is an Associate Professor of Finance at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he teaches Corporate Finance, Enterprise Risk Management, Derivatives and Quantitative Decision Making. He has been presented several teaching awards, including Professor of the Year Awards, and the A. Gordon Archibald Award for Teaching Excellence. His research interests are in Risk Management, Complexity and Financial Education.

Rick Nason also has an extensive background in the derivatives industry. He’s a founding partner of RSD Solutions Inc., a risk management consulting firm. He’s the co-author of the textbook, Financial Management: Theory and Practice, 2nd Canadian Edition, Brigham, Ehrhardt, Gessaroli, Nason, 2013 (Nelson Education), and has a book forthcoming on Complexity Science for Business called, It’s Not Complicated: The Art and Science of Complexity in Risk Management, which will be published by the University of Toronto Press and is due for release in June 2017.

In addition, Business Experts Press has just released his book, Rethinking Risk Management: Critically Examining Old Ideas and New Concepts (2017). Rick is also an award winning writer of articles for various financial industry publications.




March 17, 2017 Show

Donald Levin, PhD,

is the author of three Martin Preuss mysteries: Guilt in Hiding (2016), The Baker’s Men (2014), and Crimes of Love (2011). Book four in the series, The Forgotten Child, is due out in May 2017. He is also the author of The House of Grins (1992), a novel; and two books of poetry, In Praise of Old Photographs (2005) and New Year’s Tangerine (2007). Donald's poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous print and e-journals. Now writing full-time, Dr. Levin is Professor Emeritus of English and former dean of the faculty at Marygrove College in Detroit. Before joining academia, he worked as a warehouseman, theatre manager, advertising copywriter, scriptwriter, video producer, and political speechwriter. He and his wife Suzanne divide their time between Florida and Ferndale, Michigan (the setting for the Martin Preuss series).


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