The River Is Wide

Series produced by Susan J. 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 discourse about human decency and prevention of harm. Written by a psychologist and political activist, The River Is Wide presents Citizen's Guides, The Indifference Diaries, 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 can be a muse and PRX has become the pen and paper, yes, for many letter-to-the-editor writers, including this one.The series began after a local editor refused to publish a letter he called "uncivil" which criticized a political candidate for a failure to acknowledge human rights violations by the Chinese in his appeal to bring Chinese business to Maine. At a public forum, the Candidate for Governor was asked why he ignored this Chinese indifference to human rights. He replied, "What? Bring it on," he sneered. The censorship of "The humble Farmer" by Maine Public broadcasting for speaking against the Iraq War also influenced the creation of this series. We hope there will never come a day when the public conscience (and mine) ignore a flagrant omission of concern for human rights. Speaking truth to power about those omissions is the task of The River Is Wide series.

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". When the former Candidate for Governor at a public forum was asked why he ignored the human rights violations, he replied, "What? Bring it on," he sneered. Another inspiration has been the censorship of "The humble Farmer" by Maine Public broadcasting for speaking against the Iraq War. Citizen's Guides, The Indifference Diaries, sonnets and odes In the Department of Poetic Justice, and Sixty Second Moral Inquiries speak to issues that the public conscience (and mine) won't let us ignore and speak truth to power (everyone else's) especially surrounding freedom of speech in the media, injustice and harm.

330 Pieces

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Caption: Forget-me-knots in bloom..., Credit: Susan Cook
From the Spring 2023 Maine Arts Journal. A poem on the intricacies of grieving.

  • Added: May 18, 2023
  • Length: :59
Caption: "We are watching the edge of the world, held by a vision, the persistence of breath...", Credit: Susan Cook
"When Loss and Innocence", "What Courage Wears to Bed", "The Meaning of Life". Poems from the author of "Breathing: American Sonnets"

  • Added: Apr 30, 2023
  • Length: 03:12
Caption: From a buddhist center "...the cellular call, compassion..., Credit: Susan Cook
During National Poetry Month, an American Sonnet to bring us to know better the women journalists of Ukraine.

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  • Added: Apr 06, 2023
  • Length: 01:17
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Caption: " a wider grasp...", Credit: Susan J Cook
Poetry best helps us grasp the Quantum Mechanics topic of the latest Nobel Prize in Physics.

  • Added: Oct 10, 2022
  • Length: 01:03
Caption: At the beginning of the Platform debate, women protested for the right to choose..., Credit: New York Times
As 6 Supreme Court Justices 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
This year, 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