The River Is Wide

Series produced by Susan Cook

Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
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The River Is Wide is one listener's complement to public radio as media that has always made room for thoughtful, humane human discourse. These essays and poems are commentaries written by a political activist, psychologist and play therapist about the many provocative events in our state, country and world that remind us that the river is wide and each and everyone one of us is needed to cross it. We have much to lose- all of us- when our ideas and actions are premised on the belief that we never need any help getting across. Public radio that stirs the public conscience- free of personal influence peddling- that values thoughtful voice and speaks truth above partisan rhetoric - helps us all get across. The River Is Wide presents a series of Citizen's Guides, the occasional Congressional Guide when necessary, sonnets when no other format seems appropriate, an ode here and there In the Department of Poetic Justice, Sixty-second Moral Inquiries and brief commentaries . Public radio is a muse and PRX has become the pen and paper, yes, for many former and current letter-to-the-editor writers, including this one.

The series began rowing when a local editor refused to publish a letter criticizing a political candidate for a failure to acknowledge human rights violations by the Chinese government calling it "uncivil". Another inspiration has been the censorship of "The humble Farmer" from Maine Public Broadcasting (see freethehumblefarmer.com). The commentaries and entries in the Citizen's Guide, sonnets and odes In the Department of Poetic Justice, Sixty Second Moral Inquiries and the 'new' Two and One Half Minute Conspiracy Theory section speak to issues that stir the public conscience (and mine) and speak truth to power (everyone else's) especially surrounding freedom of speech in the media, injustice and harm.


242 Pieces

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Caption: Bears? Lizards? No! Chameleons! Nonverbal Political Commentary!, Credit: Susan Cook
In speechless times, a practice to express how your world looks now.

  • Added: Jul 22, 2018
  • Length: 02:53
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
A tribute (which could be sung to a tune from the Great American Wrongbook and a song from the musical "Bombo") to the Departure of Scott Pruitt ...

  • Added: Jul 15, 2018
  • Length: 02:39
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
Donald Hall died on June 24th. A sonnet written after reading his essay on growing old.

  • Added: Jun 24, 2018
  • Length: 01:07
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
Today's Sixty Second Moral Inquiry asks, how is Attorney General Sessions' indifference to exploitation of the basic human instinct for parent-chi...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2018
  • Length: 01:06
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
Being of the wrong lineage, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, now carries devastating consequences for the children of parents caught crossing...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2018
  • Length: 08:57
Caption: Off to the links..., Credit: Susan Cook photo
A musical tribute to the historic meeting of minds in Singapore, to the tune from "It Had To Be You",

  • Added: Jun 12, 2018
  • Length: 02:46
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
Sixty Second Moral Inquiry! The Right Thing for Facebook to do is to tell posters immediately- as soon as the post is written- who will be seeing i...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2018
  • Length: 01:12
Caption: How Does Mitch McConnell Know What Goes On in A Woman's Body, anyway?, Credit: Susan Cook photo of an AP photo
From the Great American Wrongbook, possibly sung to "What'll I Do?", the Planned Parenthood GAG order and the GOP's knowledge of what goes on in a...

  • Added: Jun 02, 2018
  • Length: 02:36
Caption: Robert Indiana grew up in a home where the word love was never said., Credit: Susan Cook photo of AP photo
Our society has systematically discredited women's ability to know themselves, their bodies and their ability to parent. Child maltreatment, Harvey...

  • Added: May 28, 2018
  • Length: 08:19
Caption: An old gray mare in cyberspace...., Credit: Susan Cook
Musical tribute to the Mueller investigation, sung if you like to the tune from "Some Enchanted Evening..", "Someone must have planted...."

  • Added: May 22, 2018
  • Length: 03:55
Caption: In Robert Indiana's childhood home, the word "love" was never spoken. , Credit: Photo of AP/ Susan Cook
We know in 2018 that invisibility of the child places the child at very high risk for maltreatment. The more invisible the child, the more likely ...

  • Added: May 19, 2018
  • Length: 07:50
Caption: An older gray mare..., Credit: Susan Cook
A musical tribute to a certain one hundred and thirty thousand dollars which it turns out a certain President did reimburse his lawyer for which ha...

  • Added: May 04, 2018
  • Length: 02:01
Caption: Enough is Enough. , Credit: Susan Cook
Shouldn't Facebook also be held accountable for their moral indifference to the human consequence of Facebook trolling that the platform's anonymi...

  • Added: Apr 14, 2018
  • Length: 01:35
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
From the Great American Wrongbook, in the Department of Poetic Justice, a musical tribute to the Maine Legislature's recent corporate welfare givin...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2018
  • Length: 02:56
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
Maine's children receive grossly inadequate services from Child Protective Services. Three have been murdered or had a perpetrator convicted in Mai...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2018
  • Length: 06:52
Caption: Our HIPPA protected HCFA 1500 billing form, Credit: Susan Cook
We cannot expect care providers to intervene with individuals who intend to use a gun to harm others or themselves unless we do everything we can t...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2018
  • Length: 03:55
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In Maine, a 60 million dollar tax break for a subsidiary of the fifth largest weapons producer in the world is being considered. A reporter recentl...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2018
  • Length: 09:05
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Elected representatives have taken a new approach to legislating. Only their own district or cell or voting area can receive information from there...

  • Added: Feb 03, 2018
  • Length: 01:25
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The World Health Organization, a United Nations affiliated committee almost succeeded in passing a resolution affirming breastfeeding as the best,...

  • Added: Feb 01, 2018
  • Length: 05:58
Caption: "The old gray mare...", Credit: Susan Cook
Reconciling one man's self-defined Free Trade Agreements (Eeew) is hard to do. A Poetic Tribute to the lyrical dilemma of paying $130000 for somet...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2018
  • Length: 02:45