The River Is Wide

Series produced by Susan J. Cook

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


302 Pieces

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Caption: He didn't do it alone., Credit: Susan Cook
In the Department of Poetic Justice, the ode to 2020 and caucasian, male, non-mask wearing arrogant reality - like that of the now closed Institute...

  • Added: Jan 01, 2021
  • Length: 03:50
Caption: "If you can loot businesses, burn down buildings, engage in protest- you can also go to a Christmas party.' Dec 2, 2020 White House Press Secretary, Credit: Susan Cook
As the Nation enters the Christmas (and Hannukah) Season with parties (ahem..) on hold, In the Department of Poetic Justice (and Reckoning), a lyr...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2020
  • Length: 03:15
Caption: We all miss the wild buffalo. Not so much You Know Who., Credit: Susan Cook
Election Day has come and gone! Remember the poll that really counts most always is the vote you cast. To the tune from "It's Beginning to Look A ...

  • Added: Oct 30, 2020
  • Length: 04:18
Caption: ,,,The streets where gold  Is used for toilets Mostly down  In Manhattan..The IRS tries to stay on it hence....why you devised Audit Defense!, Credit: Susan Cook
Lyrics for the Great American Wrongbook! Depreciation. Commuting miles. My Old and Trusty Mileage Log. Tax Experts Waiting to Answer! And much much...

  • Added: Oct 02, 2020
  • Length: 03:58
Caption: The 1918 Truth: Wear a mask., Credit: The Topsham Crier/Charles Crosby
The revelations of Woodward's "Rage" are understood best through Sun Tze, the ancient Chinese text also known as The Art of War and the historical ...

  • Added: Sep 26, 2020
  • Length: 09:14
Caption: Ruth Bader Ginsburg         March 15, 1933 - September 18, 2020, Credit: Susan Cook
Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at age 87. " When the spark had finally stopped, ending finally, the luscious waterfall, (the opulent deceit, the ple...

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  • Added: Sep 19, 2020
  • Length: 01:15
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Facts: What I Said, Credit: Susan Cook
The protesters in Ukraine are showing us on a very public stage that criticism free from harassment and ridicule of the actions of public elected ...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2014
  • Length: 06:47
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: Adolescents, the life cycle's truthtellers, any paleobiologist, or historian knows truth matters..., Credit: Susan Cook
In 2007, after the Iraq War began, Truth was traded freely for access to Power. The consequence of today's hemorrhaging of Truth requires more than...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2020
  • Length: 09:02
Caption: ...Down on Santa Claus Lane..., Credit: Susan Cook
A lyrical tribute from one Special Viewer observing the Republican National Convention and a certain Pardon being given by You Know Who!

  • Added: Nov 28, 2020
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Most golfers don't need the Fly Swatter!, Credit: Susan Cook
No False Equivalence here! The Pandemic. Trillions of Dollars of National Debt! And You Know Who's Extra Golf Strokes! Counting Every One!

  • Added: Aug 21, 2020
  • Length: 07:10
Caption: ...all doing their part, Credit: Susan Cook
The pandemic has brought much repurposing for good. As the current President comes to Maine for Public Relations at a factory churning out 1 milli...

  • Added: Jun 05, 2020
  • Length: 07:32
Caption: Nice work if you can get it..., Credit: Susan Cook
For the Great American Wrongbook! Musical tribute to Maine's pending legislation to create a state-owned Utility!

  • Added: Mar 06, 2020
  • Length: 02:19
Caption: My 220,000 mile transmission, Credit: Susan Cook
In honor of the Iowa Caucus App Developers, lyrics for The Great American Wrongbook in The Dept. of Poetic Justice (and Reckoning). Hey, it ...

  • Added: Feb 04, 2020
  • Length: 04:34
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
As Gwen Ifill is honored, as the Holocaust murders of the ancestors of Terry Gross are revealed, in the aftermath of the harassing effort to intim...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2020
  • Length: 01:02
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March brings us Sunshine Week, an annual honoring of the ethical and legal obligation for Transparency of Public Records and the Freedom of Informa...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2020
  • Length: 07:22
Caption: Leaning back...he asked "Who rules the world?", Credit: Susan Cook
Censorship of anti-war statements is now and always has been a threat to our nation's stability and the world's safety.

  • Added: Jan 10, 2020
  • Length: 07:10
Caption: Taking my time..., Credit: Susan Cook"
As Nancy Pelosi gets ready to hand-deliver the Articles of Impeachment to Mitch McConnell in Kentucky at his home when she gets there from her home...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2019
  • Length: 01:51
Caption: Memorable words from 2019: "We'll be in total coordination with the White House... , Credit: Susan Cook
Auld Lang Syne for 2019: Fitbits, Cerebellum and Walking My Impeachment Articles Back Home!

  • Added: Dec 30, 2019
  • Length: 04:38
Caption: Maybe sometime in the night when the wind blows..., Credit: Susan Cook
Greta Thunberg, in her UN Climate Change speech called on threatened loss of the loved, in her view, the environment to bring action on climate c...

  • Added: Dec 14, 2019
  • Length: 05:17