The River Is Wide

Series produced by Susan Cook

Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
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...wide river as ever... 

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.


248 Pieces

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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: 07:19
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 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 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
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: Stop guessing just whose financing was used..., 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