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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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...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.


234 Pieces

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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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LD1781, a bill to give a 60 million dollar tax break to a company that makes sonar equipped destroyers, was heard at public hearing recently. Amon...

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

  • Added: Jan 28, 2018
  • Length: 02:45
Caption: "You are 16, going on 17", the original lyrics say..., Credit: Susan Cook
From The Great American Wrongbook and In Today's Department of Poetic Justice, a poetic tribute to the question: what's wrong with violating the ci...

  • Added: Jan 26, 2018
  • Length: 04:43
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This American Life recently reminded us that the Democratic Party doesn't seem to get who it is anymore. Is it the Political Gamesmanship that's do...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2018
  • Length: 05:54
Caption:  Switching gears, Scarramouchi-style, Credit: Susan Cook
Turning to the Department of Poetic Justice and the tune from "I'll Be Seeing You", a poetic tribute to Scarramouchi's recent observation about why...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2018
  • Length: 02:29
Caption: Seeing consequence before it happens..., Credit: Susan Cook
We know the consequence of indifference. Maine has now witnessed another child murdered by a foster care-taker. Just-like-that. Although we know it...

  • Added: Jan 08, 2018
  • Length: 05:20
Caption: Gorilla does Hokey-Pokey as Sign Language.Squirrel helps., Credit: Susan Cook
Not too long ago, I watched a program about a 500 pound gorilla whose owner taught him to sign.   That gorilla, all grown up, would move his fing...

  • Added: Dec 26, 2017
  • Length: 04:35
Caption: ...would they leave a child with their colleague..., Credit: Susan Cook
There has been a sudden shift in the hopeful tides that the Christmas season brings- toward hope that the majority in the US Senate will change. T...

  • Added: Dec 13, 2017
  • Length: 03:39
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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: "I don't hate the press, none of them. As a matter of fact, I feel sorry for them.", Credit: cartoon by Paul Szep, Boston Globe, 7/18/1974
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