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.


253 Pieces

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Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
A musical tribute to a special soon-to-be-retiring Government Elected! George Gershwin might not mind if you sing this to "They Can't Take That Awa...

  • Added: Nov 15, 2018
  • Length: 03:51
Caption: There are race tracks that run horses daily...Picking ponies a good gig...", Credit: Susan Cook
A musical tribute to polling before Election Day! In the Department of Poetic Justice (and Reckoning) with lyrics for "The Great American Wrongboo...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2018
  • Length: 03:20
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Insurers who raise health care premiums, systematically deflect accountability for increases as necessary to cover rising health care costs. Deduc...

  • Added: Nov 02, 2018
  • Length: 07:48
Caption: Rough seas..., Credit: Susan Cook
Sailing toward the Midterm election, lyrics for the Great American Wrongbook sung to a seafaring tune.

  • Added: Oct 27, 2018
  • Length: 02:39
Caption: ...More money for me.., Credit: Susan Cook
In the Department of Poetic Justice (and Reckoning) , a generic anthem for each and every Election 2018 Senate candidate.

  • Added: Oct 21, 2018
  • Length: 05:19
Caption: A Proverb: He who seeks a compliment sometimes receives the truth..., Credit: Susan Cook
In the Department of Poetic Justice (and Reckoning) with lyrics for the Great American Wrongbook (and sung to the tune from "My Old Kentucky Home")...

  • Added: Oct 08, 2018
  • Length: 02:25
Caption: ...If a body catch a body coming through the rye..., Credit: Susan Cook
The thickness of moral skin is sometimes measured in the willingness of its inhabitants to take on the risk of being the catcher in the rye- the on...

  • Added: Oct 06, 2018
  • Length: 08:19
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
Testimony about an accuser of a Supreme Court Nominee will take place before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Today's Sixty Second Moral inquiry as...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2018
  • Length: 01:12
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
Psychotherapists and trauma researchers can contribute to the understanding of how and why sexual assault victims remain silent and why that silenc...

  • Added: Sep 19, 2018
  • Length: 07:00
Caption: The 2009 view. "W" stands for water aquifer.
In the not so distant past, Anonymous was usually a woman. a woman composer, artist, author, musician, writer unless she was an accused criminal, a...

  • Added: Sep 07, 2018
  • Length: 06:52
Caption: ...It's still Big Grouchy to you... , Credit: Susan Cook
With lyrics for the Great American Wrongbook, sung to the tune from "I've been working on the railroad" that American folk song written for the har...

  • Added: Sep 07, 2018
  • Length: 03:53
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
Honoring those who have died, as we witness in the display of remembrance of Senator McCain and Aretha Franklin and, near me, a young Buddhist, inc...

  • Added: Sep 01, 2018
  • Length: 06:10
Caption: It's not hush money. They're hush jobs. , Credit: Susan Cook
A musical tribute to political appointees (at the cost of the Public trust) with lyrics for the Great American Wrongbook! which could be sung to th...

  • Added: Aug 22, 2018
  • Length: 02:07
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
Understanding the abandonment of civil liberties in this country, means looking at behaviors we ignore, passive handouts of yet another fat govern...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2018
  • Length: 05:58
Caption: A new species in Diplomacy!, Credit: Susan Cook (Backdrop: Gallo Images)
Recently, diplomacy has evolved to a new - let's say species! Poetic justice and reckoning all in one tune! Trump, Putin, Crimea and golf! After al...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2018
  • Length: 01:41
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: "...my way or the highway...", Credit: Susan Cook
A tribute (which could be sung to a tune from the Great American Wrongbook and a song "California, Here I Come" from the musical "Bombo") to the...

  • Added: Jul 15, 2018
  • Length: 02:39
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
Donald Hall died on June 23rd. 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