Susan J. Cook

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  • Username: TheRiverisWide
  • psychologist, poet
  • Role: Producer/Reporter: Independent
  • Day: 207-991-8042
  • Address: Bath, Maine

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Caption: "Breathing: American Sonnets", Credit: Susan Cook

Remembering We Have Already Said Farewell: "Epilogue: To a Fire Gone" from "Breathing: American S... (01:42)
From: Susan J. Cook

An American Sonnet to those to whom we have said "Farewell".
Caption: "Breathing: American Sonnets", Credit: Susan Cook

Still a Fried Mosquito and A Black-eyed Pea: Froggy Still A-Courting to Take Down the Affordable ... (07:02)
From: Susan J. Cook

Back in 2005, Dana Connors, Maine State Chamber of Commerce president said, "This is not the time or place to expand Maine care coverage to more uninsured. “ He ignored that ...
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A Citizen's Guide to Cynicism (03:04)
From: Susan J. Cook

Eleven years after I posted the first commentary for The River is Wide series, this remains true: Speaking and seeking the truth is not cynical.
Caption: And if yoga can't help?

Bringing The Truck To Yoga (01:00)
From: Susan J. Cook

I am trying to care for the health of someone special by bringing him to my yoga class and his insurance is required!!..
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Behind the Counter: What Labor Really Looks Like (:57)
From: Susan J. Cook

See what Labor looks like and does at your local convenience store.

About Me

Susan Cook, poet, political activist and psychotherapist writes and produces The River Is Wide series. She is the author of "Breathing: American Sonnets" published by Finishing Line Press in December 2020 (, Citizen's Guides, the occasional Congressional Guide, sonnets when no other format seems appropriate, A Sixty Second Moral Inquiry from time to time, original poetry from our Department of Poetic Justice (and Reckoning) with a song and dance genre section suitable for singing to melodies from The Great American Wrongbook, brief essay-ish commentaries, "Bad Internet 101: Moral Development for Cyberspace" "The Indifference Diaries", "It's Not What You're Given; It's What You Do With What You Get", and NEW! "Civil Liberties for Lifelong Learners" all speak to the many events every day that change our lives. All of these parts of The River Is Wide series tell the story that belongs to everyone at some time in life- the times when crossing the river is very very difficult to do. 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 series began rowing when a local editor refused to publish a letter he called "uncivil" for criticizing an independent candidate for governor for a failure to acknowledge human rights violations by the Chinese government. When the independent Governor Candidate was asked at a forum why he was continuing to push to bring Chinese businesses to Maine with no recognition of China's atrocious human rights violations, the candidate leered "What?" The questioner told him "We are not going to ignore your disregard for human rights." "Bring it on", he sneered.
Another inspiration has been censorship by a local public radio station of a 30 year jazz radio program whose producer dared to talk in 2003- about disliking war and the Iraq War in particular. After refusing to sign a list of Employee Guidelines censoring his speech as an independent, non-journalist producer who was paid $30 a program, he quit. The event remains small-minded and partisan on the part of a public broadcasting station better known as broad-minded and thoughtful. In trying times, public discourse (and unfettered, fact-checked, non-violent public radio) helps uncover the moral underpinnings keeping us free. Firing and demeaning the questioner is as morally constrictive as firing the messenger. The River is Wide rides that current.

My Groups:
Favorite Shows: Fresh Air, Morning Edition,This American Life,BBC News at 5:00am, From The Top, The humble Farmer,The Strand
Influences: Adelle Davis,Jean Piaget,Shakespeare,Anne Sexton,Francois Gilot,Madame Rosa,Mary Ainsworth,Edna St Vincent Millay,John Bowlby,Kenchen Thrangu Rinpoche,Dalai Lama,Carol Gilligan,Michael White, E.B.White,Turbotax, my cordless Black&Decker screwdriver


Susan J. is currently available for new projects, has a car, and is available to travel Internationally.


  • Field Recording
  • Hosting News Programs
  • Voice Talent
  • Reporting
  • News Consulting
  • Hosting Call-in and Live Programs
  • Writing
  • Yes!!

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