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Astronauts, listener letters, Brazilian nostalgia, and looking ahead to World Radio Day

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about the Soyuz Crew Capsule astronauts. There’s the listener mailbag, thoughts about the sweetness of melancholy, great music, and of course, the new quiz question. So 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 6:15, 7:15, 14:45 and 16:45 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.

I have a favor to ask of all of you. This year, World Radio Day falls on a Saturday (13 February), which means a Sound Kitchen day – and I would really appreciate it if you call our newsroom answering machine and leave us a message about what radio means to you. Just give your name and your country, and a few words about radio. I’ll put it on the Sound Kitchen as a particularly delicious appetizer, and I’ll send it to Unesco headquarters for their celebrations. Wouldn’t you like for your thoughts on radio to be heard on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s web radio? I guess so! Give us a call, at + 33 1 84 22 96 00. Radio lovers, don’t let me down!

We have a new feature! It’s a literary magazine produced once a month by Laura Angela Bagnetto, called “Africa: Stories in the 54”. Look for it here on our website, and also on The Sound Kitchen Facebook page.

Fabulous news! We have a shortwave frequency again! It’s 9675 kHz on the 31m band, and you can hear us between 6.00 and 7.00 UT every day. We’ve had reception reports from Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Sierra Leone, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the US, and although the frequency is “aimed” (or however that works) towards the African continent, give it a try. You never know … and be sure and send us your reception reports. Maybe we can get more time, which would be wonderful.

You can also look for our programs on WRMI ( and WRN ( In Paris, you can hear us on World Radio Paris ( on DAB+. These broadcasters diffuse our programs out of the goodness of their hearts (and thank you thank you thank you WRMI, WRN, and World Radio Paris!), but unless you tell us how you heard us, we have no way of knowing … so do write and tell us how you listen to us.

This week’s quiz: On 19 December, I asked you to send in the names and nationalities of the three astronauts aboard the Soyuz crew capsule. These three men left our fair planet on 15 December, for a six month mission onboard the International Space Station.

 The answer is: Tim Peake from the UK, Timothy Kopra from the US, and Yuri Malenchenko from Russia.

The winners this week are: Mrs Rokeya Khatun, the president of the RFI Surfers Society of Bangladesh in Dhaka; Rommel Tamayo Gutiérrez, president of the Cubans on the Radio Club in Holguin, Cuba; Arne Timm from Harjumaa, Estonia; Per-Allan Olsson, from Uddevalla, Sweden, and Muhammad Rashid from the Pak France International Listeners Club in Sahiwal, Pakistan.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 29 February to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 5 March program. When you enter, 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:


Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux


By text … You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen mobile 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.



To find out how you can win an RFI wireless computer mouse or Mp3 player, click here:

To find out how you can become a member of the RFI Listeners Club, or to form your own official RFI Club, click here:




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