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The State We’re In to finish

Published on : 28 September 2012 - 2:45pm | By Greg Kelly (Photo: RNW)

We have some bad news: The State We're In is being terminated. As many of you may know, Radio Netherlands Worldwide was hit with a drastic 70 percent cutback last year by the Dutch government. We were assured at that time by Radio Netherlands' outgoing management that the show was still going to be an integral part of Radio Netherlands, but those assurances didn't hold. 

Subsequent changes in the organization's mandate towards a tighter focus on nations in the developing world, and a much slower-than-expected transition to new management have made it impossible for us to continue.

The State We're In exits with its head held high: it was the most broadcasted, downloaded and decorated program in the long history of Radio Netherlands Worldwide, and won praise from radio industry leaders from around the world.

It was heard in top public radio markets the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland and in select markets in India and Africa. Our overall audience reach was 12 million people. We will miss you and all the engaged, thoughtful responses you had to what we put on the air. It was a privilege bringing these stories - which sometimes included stories you told us - to light.

FYI: Our last original program will be produced at the end of October. There will be some repeat shows after that.

Greg Kelly, Editor TSWI

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Anonymous 13 November 2013 - 9:41pm / freedonia

It´s a real shame!
Incredible how quality cultural radios are being atacked and dismantled worldwide by recent and actual economical politics....
Hope u may keep on doing some work able to be listened by the webpage or some. And wish we hummankind may recover our true spirit throughout these weird times...
Anyway thx for all these years and programs showing real life and real human beauty and strenght!

Ibrahim Bahati 30 September 2013 - 5:26pm / Uganda

Very sad indeed. Seeing it become born on air and seeing it end for the life I have been on RNW; its too sad. How I wish they choose to 'cut' some and left this...Surely, most of us will heart and soul miss it.

MissMinock 20 September 2013 - 10:54pm / Colombia

I miss you guys :(

amelb 7 September 2013 - 11:15pm / Australia

Thanks for the shows (and keeping them accessible) - adds fulfillment to my life as one avenue to opening my mind and heart to the experiences of others. Life is "wow". I hope one day the program will be resurrected.

CW Ye 4 September 2013 - 8:40am / Malaysia

I just found this site. What a great program. Any chance of reviving it?

Anonymous 26 July 2013 - 11:40am / Canada

Still miss this show some time after the fact in Canada. Very surprised and saddened by the comments dictate re: only 250 words--militates against everything I always thought TSWI stood for. Oh well, I guess it really is a T(witterverse)WI, after all.

LKDeRob 20 June 2013 - 5:45am / Australia

I have tremendously enjoyed TSWI. I happened across it by accident on digital radio and was hooked.
The stories are most often thought-provoking and interesting - real, moving, human stories which cannot help but touch the listener. Stories that one might never have heard, otherwise.
Difficult to believe that this format is completely at an end. So much heart, and so much that we can learn from.

Paul Anderson 29 March 2013 - 6:10am / New Zealand

I have been a background listener to Radio Netherlands since the days of Shortwave. I have always found your service balanced and reasonable.
Well done and a fond farewell to those programs which are being chopped..

jakio 21 March 2013 - 9:04am

I do about it. TSWI's web and Facebook pages are still somewhat active. You can find out anything you need to know there.

M. DeSanti 15 March 2013 - 6:54pm / USA

I am so terribly disappointed to discover TSWI has been terminated! I have enjoyed your intelligent, informative, inspiring stories for several years, and will miss you very much. Thanks for the amazing talent and hard work your put into creating such a quality program.

Maritza 25 February 2013 - 11:45pm / Venezuela

At first I was confused and thought that after two months away, November and December, was not sure if tswi was on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, I usually listened and learned a lot from this wonderful program.

Decided to look online, as I had not listened to this program on npr.org this year, and wanted to know if its schedule had changed. Thanks for a great, instructive radio program. Sorry it has been terminated.

aisha vax 15 February 2013 - 6:05pm

Time to move to another "State" and pick up where you left off. I loved your show and hope to listen again to your great, high quality broadcasting gem of a show. 

greenavis 18 January 2013 - 1:56pm

Hi. I visited your site for the first time and just been your fan. Keep posting as I’m gonna come to read it everyday ! Thanks. 

Jody Hanson 10 January 2013 - 11:05pm / Canada

Oh, how I will miss you! Though I was a relatively new listener (just over a year ago I discovered you), I will miss your show and its superlative content. :( Sorry you are done before you were really done.

Flora in Canada 6 January 2013 - 1:50am / Canada

I have enjoyed your program so very much. It has connected me to the whole world. In particular, I enjoyed your series on China because it helped me to understand that world.
I can't tell you how disappointed I am that your show will end.
Your level of journalism and caring and concern for the human condition is remarkable.
Thank you so much. If there is any way that the show can continue, please let me and other readers know how we can help.

jakio 21 March 2013 - 9:04am

I think it's great we can listen to RNW many ways we couldn't just two decades ago including downloading podcast and listening on our time, not their schedule.

VirtualDespot 3 January 2013 - 7:04am / United States

I am so sad to hear about this. You produced material that was as finely wrought as it was compelling. I hope everyone involved continues to do this work in some capacity. A round of applause to all involved.

alex brown 28 December 2012 - 11:20am

You will be greatly missed. Thank you. Thanks for the memories of your final performance. What, you are a spectacular. It gives me hope is in short supply, now in the United States, the poor the possibility of "ŕ" must win President Barack Obama a second term, but racism is so rampant in this country, many can not tell their own good from their prejudices. I hope our good luck. 

Shawn 24 December 2012 - 2:29am / USA

Your show is/was incredible. I just heard that you had you're last show and am extremely sad. I hope that you can restart sometime in the future. Your focus on people around the world covering all types of situations was outstanding. I loved listening to your show!

grace schrafft 20 December 2012 - 7:53pm / USA

this is terrible news. i'm just getting to know tswi.org and love it. maybe npr in the us or cbc canada will want to pick you up? oh dear, oh dear.

Molly Kliment-Jenkins 18 December 2012 - 9:08pm / USA

This was a remarkable show - one that showed us the common humanity we all share. Through storytelling, TSWI did connect us to the most remote communities, even those within our own countries. I think it did a remarkable job to bring those worlds to light: I hope that the future is bright for those who worked on the show as well as those who fought at radio netherlands to prevent these cuts from being more drastic.

Storytelling like this is one of the most effective ways to making our world more human. Smaller. More connected.

A true loss-
Molly
Omaha, Nebraska

R.P. Channing Rodgers 14 December 2012 - 7:51pm / USA

This is heartbreaking news. TSWI was an absolutely superb program. While I understand the stressful financial circumstances that led to its termination, we have lost an important and unique voice for human rights and human dignity. Sincere thanks to the TSWI staff, good luck to them all, and I hope against hope that this program and its talented staff can somehow carry on this important work in spite of difficult times.

Jane Mergler 10 December 2012 - 11:16pm

Missing TSWI, Radio Netherland's contribution to the rest of the world. Please return. I venture to say that many of us are willing to help with funding.

Anonymous 3 December 2012 - 7:57pm / USA

I listened to you from Eureka, California, a community in it's own rural setting far from the rest of the world. Thank you for a heart felt connection to a world wide reality. I'm very sad about Radio Netherland's decision to discontinue this program that I received as a precious gift.

Andrea Dyrkacz 25 November 2012 - 2:29pm / Canada

I just learned that "The State We're In" is being shut down by Radio Netherlands. What a shame. It was the most literate, thought-provoking show on the radio anywhere, and I would struggle to awake at 1:00 a.m. Monday mornings to here it broadcast on CBC Overnight in Canada, or more likely, check out the podcast.

What a poor decision by Radio Netherlands!

bryson 19 November 2012 - 8:37am / U.S.

I'm so terribly sorry that you have lost your show. I hope that all the staff is able to continue sucessful careers. I will miss you guys and will miss your show that gives such inciteful experiences of people around the world.

Marie Louise Francoise 12 November 2012 - 10:10pm / USA

Oh, what bad news, indeed. It seems to me that even when money is down this is NOT the show to kick off the air. It is such a great show and I enjoy listening to it on KALW, a public radio station here in the San Francisco Bay Area, Northern CA.

Please reconsider and let's keep this show in the air.

Thanks for all of your great work, we LOVE RADIO NETHERLANDS, AND "THE STATE WE'RE IN".

Mark Frautschi 11 November 2012 - 12:35am / United States

Dear Producers of The State We're In,

Would you consider self-funding TSWI through crowdfunding?

http://www.kickstarter.com/
http://www.indigogo.com/
http://www.seedmatch.de/
http://www.getstarted.nl/
http://www.symbid.com/

I know that it's not the 'hard money' you had until the program was cancelled. But it's something.

Good luck to all of the staff.

Mark Frautschi

Sandra Wellens 17 February 2013 - 12:11pm

I agree with Mark, companies like http://www.kickstarter.com/ are very interesting! At least you can keep the shows on the radio!
Sandra

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