The River Is Wide

Series produced by Susan J. 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.


326 Pieces

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Caption: At the beginning of the Platform debate, women protested for the right to choose..., Credit: New York Times
As 5 Supreme Court Justices move to end Roe v. Wade, shaming and humiliating Pro-Choice advocates becomes the anti-choice strategy.

  • Added: May 21, 2022
  • Length: 06:13
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In these times, a poem for the places we find resilience.

  • Added: Mar 11, 2022
  • Length: 01:02
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
In 2021, even with its dashed hopes and fear of "deja vu all over again" an abundance of good prevailed.

  • Added: Dec 30, 2021
  • Length: 03:45
Caption: ...finding moral ground..., Credit: Susan J. Cook
Moral Development thinkers of the 1960's and 70's helped make sense of those polarized times. The "moral" twist of these times is often reduced to ...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2019
  • Length: 07:35
Caption: Gravel pits fall under Maine mining regulations
Winning is the short view of Political gamesmanship.Fake news creation is part and parcel of it. Environmental contamination is the long view when ...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2014
  • Length: 07:50
Caption: Who is it- really?, Credit: Susan Cook
Thank Former Congressman Weiner for reminding us of what civilization loses when we pretend to be someone that we are not- online or in life.

  • Added: Jun 20, 2011
  • Length: 01:36
Caption: The Ponies would act fast when funding was cut. , Credit: Susan Cook
Long ago, The Cavalier, horsemen who helped Charles I fight off The Roundheads, created "Dos and Don'ts" for choosing the Ponies to stand by them ...

  • Added: May 17, 2011
  • Length: 01:36
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The birth of managed care was surrounded by sounds called Click and Clack coming from an AM car radio.

  • Added: Apr 27, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
Caption: Derequired?, Credit: Susan Cook
We need a new word for those who think "required" health care coverage is pesky and unconstitutional.

  • Added: Apr 21, 2011
  • Length: :57
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Think Managed Care has changed health care? Wait until your car insurance company switches to Managed Car!

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  • Added: Apr 09, 2011
  • Length: 04:16
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See what Labor looks like and does at your local convenience store.

  • Added: Apr 02, 2011
  • Length: :57
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If we live in a we-contained world, shouldn't we all be Democrats?

  • Added: Mar 10, 2011
  • Length: :59
Caption: Keep your hands off my character, Credit: Susan Cook
International Women's Day is a time for women to acknowledge how women are discredited by others. And yes women too discredit women. All of this c...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2011
  • Length: 04:00
Caption: And if yoga can't help?
I am trying to care for the health of someone special by bringing him to my yoga class and his insurance is required!!..

  • Added: Feb 23, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
Caption: Let us anticipate what we lose if we hand over the democracy ground game. , Credit: Susan Cook
The Mayor of New York held a big fundraiser in New York recently to support candidates who want consensus in Washington. As we listen to Mr. Bloomb...

  • Added: Oct 23, 2012
  • Length: 03:52
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
The Constitution does not say "We, the Brand Consumer". It says "We, the... thinking , questioning, remembering, mind-changing, advocating and yes...

  • Added: Sep 13, 2012
  • Length: 03:55
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
It is the question all of them ask over and over, the one that Rep. Todd Aken brought up. Was it a legitimate rape? It's not just the question ad...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2012
  • Length: 04:06
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
The peculiar thing about the News is that very often events of senseless tragedy and despair are juxtaposed with News of hope and compassion. Some...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2012
  • Length: 04:17
Caption: Many women don't still have their "I Believe Anita Hill" buttons., Credit: Susan Cook
The Republican attack on women, a not- so thinly veiled attack on credibility, the females, that is, is not new. Women, you may remember, require ...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2012
  • Length: 04:46