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.


281 Pieces

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A new exhibit at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Maine called "Finding Our Voices: Ending the Silence of Domestic Abuse" opened just befo...

  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 09:31
Caption: Their "First Dance" was to the Country-Western song "Count on Me".
Those who sign on for white water rafting trips, fishing and hunting day trips are hoping to find a few hours or so of Great Abandon, an experience...

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  • Added: Sep 02, 2019
  • Length: 06:41
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Caption: An uninformed New York Times reporter didn't know termination reasons are already recorded..., Credit: Susan Cook
A conviction of a protester outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic brings up the question: when will the severity of the violence that follows fr...

  • Added: Aug 24, 2019
  • Length: 08:49
Caption: ..intention for good..., Credit: Susan Cook
Sustaining intention for good means we understand that permission for violence makes a gun what it is: a creator of violence. At a Maine vigil, th...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2019
  • Length: 06:46
Caption: When you wish..., Credit: Susan Cook
As Mr. Mueller testifies before Congressional Committees, a look back and forward to Democracy's dimming light.

  • Added: Jul 25, 2019
  • Length: 04:08
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
The 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing reminds some of us that violence toward women and girls is still minimized. The President of the United St...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2019
  • Length: 06:29
Caption: "There should be a way so that everybody could know everybody.", Credit: Susan Cook
On the Fresh Air episode, "For Facebook Content Moderators, Traumatizing Material is a Job Hazard", a Silicon Valley journalist plumbed Facebook's ...

  • Added: Jul 03, 2019
  • Length: 08:21
Caption: ...wide river as ever..., Credit: Susan Cook
Civil Disobedience means maintaining civility- a new lesson from Peace activists protesting at a Naval Destroyer christening.

  • Added: Jun 23, 2019
  • Length: 05:35
Caption: HCFA-1500 Forms are Required, Credit: Susan Cook
When women exercise reproductive choice, are her reasons for doing so protected as a private communication between a provider and a patient?

  • Added: May 31, 2019
  • Length: 06:47
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Legislators in Maine and across the country debate now bills to limit Reproductive Rights. Their limited or completely absent knowledge of the dep...

  • Added: May 25, 2019
  • Length: 07:09
Caption: "The Arc of the moral universe is long but it moves toward justice."., Credit: Susan Cook
The Sixty Second Moral Inquiry today asks if Alabama's long history of lack of compassion toward people of color now appears again in their lack of...

  • Added: May 20, 2019
  • Length: :54
Caption: Boddhisaatva Vow
A Buddhist teacher talking about Compassion told the story of the leader ripping open his vein to feed a starving stranger. Bodily acts coming out...

  • Added: May 18, 2019
  • Length: 08:09
Caption: DoD Deputy Shanahan said the Pentagon didn't think they'd pass an independent audit and they didn't..., Credit: Susan Cook
Fifty-four cents of every federally appropriated dollar goes to the Defense Department budget. Exactly where, the Pentagon auditors find "impossibl...

  • Added: May 10, 2019
  • Length: 08:36
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The murders of four children at the hands of caretakers were adjudicated by Maine's court system recently. As the last days of a child whose grandf...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2019
  • Length: 07:17
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A recent Fresh Air interview with Heidi Schreck about the Supreme Court recognition of privacy as the premise for a woman's right to control her ow...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2019
  • Length: 07:28
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I have for months tried to figure out the loose association that comes to mind when my voice-activated GPS begins. After Paul Manafort's sentencin...

  • Added: Mar 11, 2019
  • Length: 05:56
Caption: Exactly how many marshmellows were involved is probably in his tax returns..., Credit: Susan Cook
In the Dept. of Poetic Justice (and Reckoning) with lyrics for the Great American Wrongbook!

  • Added: Mar 01, 2019
  • Length: 02:09
Caption: "...Irrelevant...how'd you get to be irrelevant...", Credit: Susan Cook
Attention Evangelicals! What if Jesus holds the Second Coming down in San Joaquin- you all stuck on the other side of the W--- that You Know Who ju...

  • Added: Jul 17, 2019
  • Length: 05:21
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A lyrical tribute to a history buff who just might have the Big picture (and a certain State of the Union address) in his back pocket!

  • Added: Feb 06, 2019
  • Length: 03:37
Caption: The Sword of Damocles, Credit: Susan Cook
Quick and to the point! Citizens' Guides adapted from Greek myths, proverbs and so on.

  • Added: Jan 26, 2019
  • Length: 01:23