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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.


200 Pieces

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Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
Now that the Republicans have rolled out the Senate version of Healthcare, a poetic tribute which could be sung to the tune of 'Getting to Know Yo...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2017
  • Length: 03:34
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
Some places, for example, the Intelligence Committee of the United States Senate serve as our country's moral proving ground. But this week‘s testi...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2017
  • Length: 02:57
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
The Senate Intelligence Committee hearings about Russian meddling in the 2016 election are Scurrilous one especially important testifier said.

  • Added: Jun 16, 2017
  • Length: 02:00
Caption: MY Pony, Credit: E.V. Cook
FBI Director James Comey is being queried about whether President Donald Trump asked him to drop the investigation of former National Security Advi...

  • Added: Jun 09, 2017
  • Length: 04:10
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
Everyday the world can ask again what’s right or wrong , not just smugly proceed, go along on its merry path, answers tucked under its arm, as proo...

  • Added: Jun 07, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
Caption: ...excluding your body, your health, your expectations of  the richest country in the world..., Credit: Susan Cook
Congress has taken on eliminating affordable health insurance coverage for all citizens. For many, this year is 'anno horribilis'. In the Departme...

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  • Added: Jun 03, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
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Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
When we don't recognize the unkindness of entitled hatred, we may be quietly consuming more of it than we realize. That may be a way in which a lin...

  • Added: May 23, 2017
  • Length: 07:52
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
In the Department of Poetic Justice, a poetic tribute to longings for a casino.

  • Added: May 20, 2017
  • Length: 01:19
Caption: ....at the top of my game..., Credit: Susan Cook
In the Department of Poetic Justice, government jobs distributed as they may be, a poetic tribute called "We'll Give You A Job" which might be sung...

  • Added: May 19, 2017
  • Length: 01:47
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
In the Department of Poetic Justice, we offer a poetic tribute to the complex topic of hiring candidates for government jobs who carry heavy politi...

  • Added: May 16, 2017
  • Length: 01:48
Caption: ...even the polar bears can teach him..., Credit: Susan Cook
Recently, millions protested government inaction on climate change and global warming. We turn to Department of Poetic Justice to help the current ...

  • Added: May 14, 2017
  • Length: 02:52
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
The House of Representatives' healthcare bill denies maternity care and continues to deny health insurance to 18 to 25 year olds. Maine's Repres...

  • Added: May 06, 2017
  • Length: 01:07
Caption: The Early primitive hacker, a Scottish lady in Accounts, deleted your data for late payment. , Credit: Susan Cook
Internet anonymity now is presented as ‘the standard’ . But being anonymous when online really is optional . If like many other human activities, a...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2017
  • Length: 06:29
Caption: ...the value of  human anchoring..., Credit: Susan Cook
Ten years ago this month, Maine Public Radio fired the host of a 30 year popular jazz program, The humble Farmer because he criticized the Iraq War...

  • Added: Apr 29, 2017
  • Length: 06:53
Caption: Non-hypocrites stay true to intentions, Credit: Susan Cook
This week the United States Senate voted to overrule the intention of the Founding Fathers and disregard the process that give minority membership ...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2017
  • Length: 03:08
Caption: Children's art is an eyeglass into their view. , Credit: Susan Cook
'Chuzo Tamotzu, Children’s Drawings and the Art of Resolution’ is a new exhibit at the Bowdoin Art Museum which presents the artwork of children f...

  • Added: Apr 01, 2017
  • Length: 08:07
Caption: The power of belief honored in R. Kelly's 'I Believe I Can Fly' not a free ride., Credit: https://youtu.be/GIQn8pab8Vc
In Maine, hearings before the Environment and Natural Resource Committee on Mining Regulations bring to mind a free plane ride- and lunch- given to...

  • Added: Mar 29, 2017
  • Length: 02:13
Caption: I'll Scratch Your Back Later..., Credit: Susan Cook
The Sixty Second Moral Inquiry asks questions about right and wrong in sixty seconds about pressing matters of the day. Because the Maine legislatu...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2017
  • Length: 01:15
Caption: I'd have Sonny Boy Williamson testify and sing 'Bye Bye Bird', Credit: youtube.com/watch?v=YSdwhnsV4Go
Maine's Legislature will vote on Open-Pit Mining soon but whose testimony about environmental contamination will be believed and who will speak th...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2017
  • Length: 06:34
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
From the Trump White House, the latest justification for dismissing legal challenges to the Muslim travel ban is that the Constitution makes the Un...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2017
  • Length: 05:28