The River Is Wide

Series produced by Susan J. 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.


293 Pieces

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Caption: Nice work if you can get it..., Credit: Susan Cook
For the Great American Wrongbook! Musical tribute to Maine's pending legislation to create a state-owned Utility!

  • Added: Mar 06, 2020
  • Length: 02:19
Caption: My 220,000 mile transmission, Credit: Susan Cook
In honor of the Iowa Caucus App Developers, lyrics for The Great American Wrongbook in The Dept. of Poetic Justice (and Reckoning). Hey, it ...

  • Added: Feb 04, 2020
  • Length: 04:34
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
As Gwen Ifill is honored, as the Holocaust murders of the ancestors of Terry Gross are revealed, in the aftermath of the harassing effort to intim...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2020
  • Length: 01:02
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March brings us Sunshine Week, an annual honoring of the ethical and legal obligation for Transparency of Public Records and the Freedom of Informa...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2020
  • Length: 07:22
Caption: Leaning back...he asked "Who rules the world?", Credit: Susan Cook
Censorship of anti-war statements is now and always has been a threat to our nation's stability and the world's safety.

  • Added: Jan 10, 2020
  • Length: 07:10
Caption: Taking my time..., Credit: Susan Cook"
As Nancy Pelosi gets ready to hand-deliver the Articles of Impeachment to Mitch McConnell in Kentucky at his home when she gets there from her home...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2019
  • Length: 01:51
Caption: Memorable words from 2019: "We'll be in total coordination with the White House... , Credit: Susan Cook
Auld Lang Syne for 2019: Fitbits, Cerebellum and Walking My Impeachment Articles Back Home!

  • Added: Dec 30, 2019
  • Length: 04:38
Caption: Maybe sometime in the night when the wind blows..., Credit: Susan Cook
Greta Thunberg, Time Magazine's 2019 Person of the Year, used her UN Climate Change message to use Love and its threatened loss, to bring acti...

  • Added: Dec 14, 2019
  • Length: 05:17
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A new exhibit at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Maine called "Finding Our Voices: Ending the Silence of Domestic Abuse" opened just befo...

  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 09:31
Caption: Their "First Dance" was to the Country-Western song "Count on Me".
Those who sign on for white water rafting trips, fishing and hunting day trips are hoping to find a few hours or so of Great Abandon, an experience...

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  • Added: Sep 02, 2019
  • Length: 06:41
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Caption: An uninformed New York Times reporter didn't know termination reasons are already recorded..., Credit: Susan Cook
A conviction of a protester outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic brings up the question: when will the severity of the violence that follows fr...

  • Added: Aug 24, 2019
  • Length: 08:49
Caption: ..intention for good..., Credit: Susan Cook
Sustaining intention for good means we understand that permission for violence makes a gun what it is: a creator of violence. At a Maine vigil, th...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2019
  • Length: 06:46
Caption: When you wish..., Credit: Susan Cook
As Mr. Mueller testifies before Congressional Committees, a look back and forward to Democracy's dimming light.

  • Added: Jul 25, 2019
  • Length: 04:08
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
The 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing reminds some of us that violence toward women and girls is still minimized. The President of the United St...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2019
  • Length: 06:29
Caption: "There should be a way so that everybody could know everybody.", Credit: Susan Cook
On the Fresh Air episode, "For Facebook Content Moderators, Traumatizing Material is a Job Hazard", a Silicon Valley journalist plumbed Facebook's ...

  • Added: Jul 03, 2019
  • Length: 08:21
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
Civil Disobedience means maintaining civility- a new lesson from Peace activists protesting at a Naval Destroyer christening.

  • Added: Jun 23, 2019
  • Length: 05:35
Caption: HCFA-1500 Forms are Required, Credit: Susan Cook
When women exercise reproductive choice, are her reasons for doing so protected as a private communication between a provider and a patient?

  • Added: May 31, 2019
  • Length: 06:47
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Legislators in Maine and across the country debate now bills to limit Reproductive Rights. Their limited or completely absent knowledge of the dep...

  • Added: May 25, 2019
  • Length: 07:09
Caption: "The Arc of the moral universe is long but it moves toward justice."., Credit: Susan Cook
The Sixty Second Moral Inquiry today asks if Alabama's long history of lack of compassion toward people of color now appears again in their lack of...

  • Added: May 20, 2019
  • Length: :54
Caption: Boddhisaatva Vow
A Buddhist teacher talking about Compassion told the story of the leader ripping open his vein to feed a starving stranger. Bodily acts coming out...

  • Added: May 18, 2019
  • Length: 08:09