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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.


224 Pieces

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Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
Horses at the Santa Ana Race track were set free in an effort to save them from the Southern California wildfires. Their freedom, like that of the ...

  • Added: Dec 11, 2017
  • Length: 05:35
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
Drawing from The Great American Wrongbook, in the Department of Poetic Justice, which could be sung to "I want a Girl Just Like the Girl..."

  • Added: Dec 11, 2017
  • Length: 02:13
Caption: No Increased ChildCare Credit or ChildHealthcare $ from US Senate Tax Overmaul, Credit: Susan Cook
The recently passed Tax Overhaul bill declined to increase the child care credit while leaving no money for the Children's Health Insurance Program...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2017
  • Length: 05:20
Caption:  White powerful men now join legions of men of color and women of any race who are professionally/defamed/exiled by one allegation..., Credit: Susan Cook
The Sixty Second Moral Inquiry "Will the real problem of sexual predators using positions of power to target women be ignored if false equivalenci...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2017
  • Length: 01:24
Caption: Why now?, Credit: Susan Cook
The Bardo is the Transitional state according to Buddhist teachings where radical transformation of consciousness takes place. With revelation aft...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2017
  • Length: 05:12
Caption: By ignoring Moore, Alabama's GOP now gives others a  license to sexually accost ..., Credit: Susan Cook
In the Department of Poetic Justice, and the Great American Wrongbook, "If You Had a License Like Alabama's Natives Give.." sung to the tune from "...

  • Added: Nov 18, 2017
  • Length: 02:46
Caption: The falcon may be the new symbol for our National Character..., Credit: Susan Cook
If this Presidential era is The Era of the Suck-Up, as the new book "Sucking Up: A Brief Consideration of Sycophancy" suggests, the falcon, not th...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2017
  • Length: 01:15
Caption: Our National Character may benefit by learning not to suck up..., Credit: Susan Cook
A new book holds lessons on the value of not kow-towing.

  • Added: Nov 04, 2017
  • Length: 04:27
Caption: Ever larger rabbits on this farm.., Credit: Susan Cook
Turning once again to the Department of Poetic Justice and the extensive value of nursery rhyme to bring us to an appropriate level of understandi...

  • Added: Oct 07, 2017
  • Length: 03:05
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
The 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics has been awarded to those who offered proof of the existence of Primordial Gravity Waves. Einstein theorized they ...

  • Added: Oct 03, 2017
  • Length: 01:14
Caption: After watching "The Vietnam War" we all know more about conscience...
Freud never quite cornered the market on Conscience. After two weeks spent with the Burns/Novick film ‘The Vietnam War”, the complexity of conscie...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2017
  • Length: 05:56
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
The Senate Republicans have introduced a bill to send all Affordable Care Act funding back to the states so states can deny coverage to citizens an...

  • Added: Sep 21, 2017
  • Length: 02:01
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
Rockland, Maine recently celebrated the poetry and life of Edna St. Vincent Millay during a 3-day Festival. A woman's genius valued for its own sak...

  • Added: Sep 17, 2017
  • Length: 05:32
Caption: Red Pines on the cemetary edge in a Ted Cruz-kind-of-Christian town, Credit: Susan Cook/ Google Earth
I’ve been asking for about 9 years now why Red Pines that have thrived for hundreds of years would die. Not that I knew 9 years ago they would die....

  • Added: Sep 02, 2017
  • Length: 03:45
Caption: ...yoga is liberal..., Credit: Susan Cook
In the Department of Poetic Justice, to the tune from 'I'll Be Seeing You', an Ohm for Mr. Bannon.

  • Added: Aug 19, 2017
  • Length: 02:18
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
On September 28, 1905 Einstein's paper on the special theory of relativity was published in Annalen der Physik. "Einstein's Sonnet" offered on t...

  • Added: Aug 12, 2017
  • Length: 01:26
Caption: His profession was listed as  "farmer's son". They never saw their family again., Credit: Susan Cook
The US Senate bill to limit immigration by educational status ignores that opportunity is exactly what oppressive regimes deny. Opportunity -as ev...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2017
  • Length: 05:59
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
The highest production of greenhouse gases in the US comes from the West Jefferson, Alabama Miller Electric Plant. The parent company- The Southern...

  • Added: Jul 21, 2017
  • Length: 02:55
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
"What Do We Owe You?" This poetic tribute to the failure of the Republican sponsored bill to end healthcare for millions of Americans- could be sun...

  • Added: Jul 18, 2017
  • Length: 02:47
Caption: His last words...Love as intense as ice..., Credit: Susan Cook
Liu Xiaobo has died. His 11 year imprisonment by the Chinese government for posting subversive articles on the Internet had not ended. 'No Enemies...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2017
  • Length: 05:13