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The Club 9516 Sound Kitchen

Monumental sculptures, monumental dreams

Audio 21:54
Doyle Self

This week on the Club 9516 The Sound Kitchen, a “This I Believe” listener essay from sculptor Stuart Kraft, and music by request from the Kumi Central RFI Club in Kampala, Uganda. All that, and the quiz, too!


Hello everyone!

We are reflecting on changes to our programming here at RFI English, and we want to hear from you! Write us and let us know what you like about our programmes, what you don’t like, what you would like to hear more of, less of, when you listen, how you listen … all your thoughts are welcome! And very important to us.

Here’s this week’s quiz: This past week, French president Nicolas Sarkozy did a cabinet reshuffle. He retained his conservative big-hitters - Prime Minister François Fillon and Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux will remain in their jobs. But centre-right and left-leaning politicians were ousted, most notably the Foreign Minister, who was a former Socialist minister.

So my question to you is, who is this former Socialist minister, and now former Foreign Minister? And by whom was he replaced? Send me the names of the ousted Foreign Minister, and his replacement, by 27 December. The answer and the winners will be announced on the 2 January programme.

I’m planning ahead, and already thinking about the the New Year’s programme - so it’s time for you to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions, and get them into me – with your phone number! We’ll make a jolly show with all your good intentions ….

I still want you to crowd into the kitchen and cook with me … I want you to write and tell me about people in your community who are doing good things, for a regular feature on the Club 9516/Sound Kitchen about “ordinary” heroes – the people in your community who are trying to make the world a better place.

And I am still looking for your letters about the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you, or that you’ve seen … or, your favourite guilty pleasure – mine’s chocolate - or your favourite day-off thing to do. Share your proudest achievement with us all – and send in your musical requests and dedications, too.

And then the all-important recipes and proverbs: get ‘em in! As I’ve been telling you, we’re going to put together a Sound Kitchen listener cookbook, filled with your recipes - and your proverbs, too. We won’t put the book together for awhile, so there’s still time to be included. If you contribute, you will be the first to receive a Sound Kitchen Cookbook. Later, we can use it as a prize for the quiz.

So, to your pens! Include a phone number, if you can. I’d like to call you and put you on-the-air – and send you an RFI CD. If you go on-the-air, you get a CD of music chosen by the RFI musical team - so don’t be shy!

Send your thoughts to me at:
or, of course, via “real” mail to:

Susan Owensby
Club 9516 / The Sound Kitchen
B.P. 9516
75016 Paris, FRANCE

I look forward to hearing from you.


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