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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear about the world’s record hot and cold temperatures. There’s the Sound Kitchen listener mailbag, music by request, and of course, the new quiz question. Click on that little “Listen” arrow above, and join in!


Hello everyone!

Welcome to The Sound Kitchen. You can catch the programme on-the-air every Saturday, at 4:52, 6:22, and 7:52 universal time. You’ll hear the winner’s names announced and the week’s quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you have grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day”, quirky facts and news, interviews, and great music … so be sure and tune in every Saturday.

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Did you know there is such a thing as official RFI Clubs? Up until now, they have always been French clubs, but now we want to open them up to all our listeners … and open up we have! There are already nine brand new official RFI Clubs: in Kisii, Kenya, started by Mogire Machuki; in Dhaka, Bangladesh, started by Wali Ahad; in Ain Kechera, Algeria, with Ferhat Bezazel as president, and in Holguin, Cuba, started by Ivan Carralero. There are five new RFI clubs in India: in Murshidabad, with Mr Najimuddin as president; in Medinipur, with Dr S S Bhattacharya at the helm; in Hyderabad/Miryalguda, headed up by Mrs P Sreelatha Reddy; in Sainikpuri/Secunderabad, with Hari Madugula as president, and Sandeep Jawale has created an RFI Club in Maharashtra. Our newest club is in Rajshahi, Bangladesh, with Salahudin Dolar as president. Welcome one and all!

What about you? You can either transform your existing radio club into an RFI Club, or create a brand new one. Then, anytime you plan special events – be they humanitarian, cultural, or sports-oriented; if you want to host an environmental program, or a day dedicated to health issues - RFI will help you with ideas and free promotional items for your members. If you are interested in either changing your radio club into an RFI club, or if you would like to create a brand-new RFI club, the first step is to read the RFI Club Charter:

If you are willing to abide by the charter, write to my colleagues in the Listener Relations Department and let them know. They’ll help you with the rest of the process.

Sébastien Bonijol
Chrystelle Nammour
RFI – Relations Auditeurs
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130, Issy-les-Moulineaux

Which leads me to another item of interest: the RFI Listeners Club. Our Listener Relations department has decided that everyone can belong to the RFI Listeners Club, but you will only be issued a membership number, not an identity card. Only members of an official RFI Club will have identity cards. As an RFI Listeners Club member, you will still win a premium prize if you win a Sound Kitchen quiz. So no reason not to join – although having an official RFI Club is really far cooler.

If you only want to be a member of the general RFI Listeners Club – that’s great, too! Just send me (or Sébastien and Chrystelle) your full name, your postal mailing address, and if you have one, your e-mail address. You’ll receive an RFI Listeners Club number; include that number every time you enter a quiz, and if you are a winner, you’ll get a premium prize!

Nota bene: The RFI Listeners Club used to be called Club 9516. So if you are a member of the “Club 9516”, you are already a member of the RFI Listeners Club. Your Club 9516 membership number still works – no need to reapply. Just include your membership number on your quiz entries.

The Sound Kitchen Listeners Cookbook has been published! It is a lovely little book and I am quite pleased. Many thanks to everyone who contributed. We are going to use it as a prize for the quiz, so let me know if the cookbook is what you would like for us to send to you if you win a quiz.

Valentine’s Day Dedications: Treat your Valentine to a Sound Kitchen Valentine’s Day Dedication! Send me your beloved’s name and a message for her/him, and we’ll try to get it on the air! Don’t wait!

Today’s question was read on 21 December. It was a world climate question, because depending on where you live, 21 December was either your first day of winter or your first day of summer. And right around that time a new world record had been set for the coldest temperature on earth. You were to write in with what that temperature was, and where it was recorded, as well as the world’s hottest temperature, and where that was recorded …

The answer is: the new world record cold temperature was recorded in Antarctica, on the East Antarctic Plateau. That temperature, measured by satellite, is a bitter minus 93.2 celsius – that’s minus 135.8 degrees farenheit. The previous record was also set in Antarctica, at the Russian Vostok base – that temperature was minus 89.2 celsius, or minus 128.56 farenheit. And for the hottest temperature? The Dasht-e Lut salt desert in southeast Iran: in 2005, the temperature there reached 70.7 celsius – or 159.3 degrees farenheit! Which breaks the previous record set at El Azizia, Libya, for 58 degrees celsius/136 degrees farenheit, and the record right before that one, 56 celsius, or 134 farenheit, at the Furnace Creek weather station in Death Valley, California.

The winners are: Everyone and no one. Everyone got the world cold record but no one got the world heat record! So, I decided to send a small present to each of you who got the cold record part of the quiz right. Sweet Susan, eh?

This week’s question is about Latin America. This past week two Latin American countries held their presidential elections. But in neither country were those elections definitive – none of the candidates received enough votes to win outright and run-off elections are scheduled in both countries for later this spring. I want you to tell me the names of the two countries: which two Latin American countries held presidential elections this past week in which no candidate won outright? Get your answer in by 17 March and be sure to tune in on 22 March to seeif you are one of the lucky winners!

Get your answer in by 17 March and be sure to tune in on 22 March to see if you are one of the lucky winners!

As always, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer … and, if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number. Send your answers to:


To our new mailing address:
Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux


By SMS … You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen cell phone !!!!

Dial your country’s international access code, or “ + ”, then 33 6 31 12 96 82. Don’t forget to include your mailing address in your text – and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Remember, it’s not just the quiz which wins you a prize. If your essay goes on the air, you’ll find a package in the mail from the Sound Kitchen. Write in about your community heroes – the people in your community who are quietly working to make the world a better place, in whatever way they can. As listener Pramod Maheshwari said: “Just as small drops of water can fill a pitcher, small drops of kindness can change the world.”

I am still looking for your “This I Believe” essays, too. Tell us about the principles that guide your life … what you have found to be true from your very own personal experience. Or write in with your most memorable moment, and/or your proudest achievement. If your essay is chosen to go on-the-air – read by you – you’ll win an RFI radio or a box set of world music CDs, edited by RFI!

Send in your musical requests, your secret “guilty” pleasure (mine’s chocolate!), your tricks for remembering things, your favourite quotations and proverbs, descriptions of the local festivals you participate in, your weirdest dream, the book you are reading and what you think about it, or just your general all-around thoughts to:

Include a phone number, so I can call you.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

All the best,


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