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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear a listener essay by Shahinur Alam of Bogra, Bangladesh. There’s the answer to the question about independence and Brexit, listener news, some great music - and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo and enjoy!


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.

For our DX enthusiast friends: Our shortwave frequency is 9675 kHz on the 31m band, from 06.00 to 07.00 UT every day. We’ve had reception reports from Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Cuba, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Russia, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, 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 hear our programs on WRMI and WRN. These broadcasters diffuse our programs out of the goodness of their hearts, 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.

A hearty welcome to four new official RFI Listeners Clubs! Two are in Bangladesh: the Karatao RFI Radio Listener Club in Sirajganj, with Shariful Islam as president, and the RFI Modhumala Radio Club in Chapai Nawabganj with Sahadat Hossain as president. The other two new clubs are both in India: the RFI Club Delhi, Mahesh Jain, president, and the RFI Mahila Shrota Sangha (RFI Women Listeners Fan Club) in Hariharpara, Nafisa Najim, president.

If you would like to create an official RFI club, or transform your existing listeners club into an RFI club, click on the link at the bottom of this page for information on how to get started.

There are new RFI Listener’s Club members to welcome, too. Adita Prithika from Tamil Nadu State in India; Abdikadir Elmi from Nairobi, Kenya; Ogban Ethothi from Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria; Shohel Rana Redoy from Dhaka, Bangladesh; Pradip Chandra Kundu from Tripura, India; Itumeleng Mokhele from Roma, Lesotho, and Fatima Zahra Rahmani from M'sila, Algeria.

Welcome !

You too can be a member of the RFI Listeners Club – just write me at and tell me you want to join, and I’ll send you a membership number. It’s that easy!

This week’s quiz: On 18 March, I asked you a question about European politics, Great Britain’s in particular. That week, one of the countries in the political union which makes up Great Britain decided to ask to hold a referendum on independence for the country – the second referendum on the question, in fact, but this time spurred on by concerns about Brexit. My question to you was: which country in Great Britain will ask for a referendum on independence, and what is the name of that country’s First Minister?

The answer is: Scotland. The country’s First Minister is Nicola Sturgeon. Sturgeon is the leader of the Scottish National Party, and has been in office since 2014. She is the first woman to hold either position.

The winners are: All texters! Every winner this week texted their answer to the Sound Kitchen mobile phone. Three are from The Gambia: Ismaila Jallow and William Joiner from Serrekunda, and Malamin Touray from Banjul. From Tema, Ghana, there’s Yves Hanson–Norty, and from Espoo, Finland, RFI Listener’s Club member Maruf Dewan.

Congratulations winners!

You can text your answer to The Sound Kitchen mobile phone, too! Just dial + 33 6 31 12 96 82 and enter your answer.

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Laya: “Dialogue between Tar and Kamanche”; Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Max Martin: “It’s My Life”

This week’s question: There is not a quiz question this week, due to Shahinur Alam’s essay. Be sure and tune in next Saturday for the answer to the question about the world’s happiest populations, according to the United Nations.

To find out how you can win an RFI wireless computer mouse 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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