Please Keep "The State We're In" (TSWI) on the Airwaves!
  • Petitioned William Valkenburg

This petition was delivered to:

Editor-in-Chief, Radio Netherlands Worldwide
William Valkenburg

Please Keep "The State We're In" (TSWI) on the Airwaves!

    1. Petition by

      Ruth Goldberg

      Odenton, MD

This ground-breaking show uses the medium of radio beautifully to illuminate the human stories behind the news. Jonathan Groubert is one of the most skillful and humane interviewers anywhere; he and the TSWI team provide insight and clarity almost never found in a world filled with quick cutaways and superficial soundbites. Here in the U.S. we are hearing a lot about supporting “job creators.” Those who make the decisions in the media need to do everything they can to support the “content creators.” Journalism is in desperate need of in-depth content. There are now many, many technological avenues to obtain information, but very little quality content to fill these channels. It takes years for a team to get to the level the TSWI team has reached in terms of skill, proficiency, and quality. Once a resource like TSWI is gone, it leaves a void that cannot easily be filled. This amazing program provides terrific value—please do not allow it to be silenced!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Alas.....

      Ruth Goldberg
      Petition Organizer

      I am forwarding a sad message from the staff at "The State We're In:"

      "Final verdict just in: TSWI isn't going to continue. The new editor isn't to blame - it's a legacy problem and a huge one. But from the bottom of our heavy hearts, THANK YOU ALL for your unbelievalbe gestures of support and appreciation. We are going to miss making radio for you. But we're so glad we shared this chapter with you.
      Greg, Jonathan, Mignon, Diana and Belinda."

      I would like to add my thanks to theirs and say that your response has been truly heartening. You are a very special group of people. I may start a new page centered around our shared interest in quality radio, but need to take some time to absorb all of this.

      Ruth

    2. We're at 600!

      Ruth Goldberg
      Petition Organizer

      And counting......

    3. We've reached and exceeded 500!!!!

      Ruth Goldberg
      Petition Organizer

      I could hardly believe it when I launched the site this morning--very exciting, and very moving. I'm about to send the petition, since action must be taken NOW, but please keep it going--I see that the petition site automatically increased our goal to 1000 and I think it is important to continue to demonstrate the audience for challenging, thoughtful, humane radio programming. This petition has brought together articulate, passionate, concerned people from all around the world. Even if the show has to end, I hope we can stay in touch to find it a new home, a different outlet, or help the team transform it into something we haven't thought of yet. But more important, I just hope we can stay in touch because it is uplifting for me to know that I share so much with a community that reaches beyond international boundaries!

      With great respect,
      Ruth

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. Over 400 signatures!

      Ruth Goldberg
      Petition Organizer

      At this moment, we are 89 signatures away from the goal of 500--very close!

      Ruth

    6. Closing in on 350 supporters!

      Ruth Goldberg
      Petition Organizer

      Only 151 signatures are needed to get to 500. Let's make it happen.

      Ruth

    7. Other Ways to Get the Word Out?

      Ruth Goldberg
      Petition Organizer

      I've been trying to think of other ways to publicize this campaign to a wider audience. If any of you have websites, blogs, or other access to larger networks, please consider posting something about the petition so we can make a bigger impact. Let's get creative!

      Ruth

    8. Halfway to our Goal!

      Ruth Goldberg
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached 250 signatures, which puts us halfway to our goal of 500 signatures by tomorrow. It would be great if we could not just meet, but far exceed 500. Reading your comments from all over the world is very moving--I feel like I share something special with each and every one of you. Keep sharing the message, and thanks to all of you.

      Best,
      Ruth

    9. Reached 250 signatures
    10. Let's Keep the Momentum Going!

      Ruth Goldberg
      Petition Organizer

      We've passed 180 signatures. Please forward the petition via any available channels--we need to reach at least 500 by Wednesday. I know we can do it!

      Ruth

    11. Over 100 signatures!

      Ruth Goldberg
      Petition Organizer

      Actually, over 110 signatures! Thank you all. If you are on social media sites, please post this link to spread the word!

    12. Reached 100 signatures
    13. Upping the ante!

      Ruth Goldberg
      Petition Organizer

      We got 65 signatures in the first two hours, so I've raised our goal to 500. We need to get this many signatures by Wednesday, to make sure this input is considered in the final decision, so please post this anywhere you think there might be potential signers!

      Thanks to all of you,
      Ruth-

    14. Reached 50 signatures
    15. Off to a good start......

      Ruth Goldberg
      Petition Organizer

      We received 35 signatures in just over an hour. Thanks for all the great comments--please spread the word to anyone you know who might help. Thanks!
      Ruth

    16. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Adriaan Heemskerk AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
      • almost 2 years ago

      This unique and award winning program should stay!

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    • Carolyn LaDelle Bennett ROCHESTER, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      “The State We’re In” covers a great set of subjects, interviews, human issues and ethos essential for pondering in our time. I appreciate Jonathan Groubert’s excellent interview style and presence as it focuses not on “self” but on subject.

      Axing this insightful, well-conceived, well-prepared and well-performed program is the wrong move, in my view. I have enjoyed the program so very much, the thought of TSWI leaving the air saddens me, and I hope the RNW powers will reconsider their position. Succes (Good luck) to friends I’ve never met but feel I have known. Carolyn L. Bennett, author of No Land an Island No People Apart; blog todaysinsightnews.blogspot.com

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    • Larry Sainato ST MICHAELS, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is the best program

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    • Kilian Pfeffer GERMANY
      • almost 2 years ago

      "The State We're In" is most certainly one of the most impressive radio shows I have ever heard and experienced. I have been working for radio for 15 years now, and I can assure you that throughout Germany there is not one single programm that is comparably original, emotional, intellectual and extraordinarily produced at the same time - by a ridiculously small amount of excellent people, by the way. The show has managed to get an international reputation in the radio business, which, as you probably know yourself, hardly ever happens. "The State We're In" is a show that Radio Netherlands Worldwide can be very proud of. After all, it shows the whole world, what radio can do and why radio is still needed. Please do not stop this show. Best regards, Kilian Pfeffer

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    • Phyllis Bischof BERKELEY, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I cherish this program and depend on it for a certain balance of hope, compassion, and meaning not found elsewhere in the media and which I hope to emulate in my own life. The first show I heard was on Amsterdam's enlightened policy of providing a memorial service for the indigent who die there, including a poem especially written for the deceased, flowers, and a representative of the city at the service. I also cite the story of the mother whose daughter got caught in the sex trade who persisted in loving her and helping her in spite of repeated backsliding.

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