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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about women’s universal suffrage. There’s a tribute to Morocco, “On This Day”, 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 9735 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, Portugal, Russia, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, 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.

If you have an internet radio and would like to add RFI English to your pre-set buttons, send an e-mail to and we'll get the link to you.

We want you to call us! We have a phone number you can call to leave us a message, so we can hear your voice! Just call, give your name, your country, and a short message - something like “I love RFI”, because of course you do – and we can put you on-the-air! We had some trouble with the old number, so if you tried to call and could not get through, try again (please!). The correct number to call is: + 33 1 84 22 95 82.

Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club members!  Luckson Dzingirai from Marondera, Zimbabwe; Alpha P Khan from Brikama Town, The Gambia; Ndubuisi Okorie from Uyo in Nigeria; Kilpatrick Frederick Kabwita from Lusaka, Zambia, and Eric Amega from Accra, Ghana. So glad you have joined us!

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.

RFI Clubs, take note: As most of you know, Chrystelle in the Listener Relations department has gone off to pursue new adventures, but before she left she urged Sebastien and I to challenge you to a Club Contest. We decided on a humorous photography competition. This is what you have to do: take a photo of your entire club membership with the RFI banner, doing something in the kitchen, or something to do with cooking … and … make us laugh! So put on your silly thinking caps, get out your pots and pans or whatever you choose, and get all your club members in the photo with the RFI banner … and take a funny picture! You'll recieve an official notice soon with all the details, but you can start thinking about it now.

A warm welcome to Audrey Iattoni (, who is your new contact person for all RFI Club business. Remember to copy me ( when you write her, so that I stay in the loop too!

It’s time to start thinking about your New Year Resolution(s) – and get them to the Sound Kitchen. I’ll put all your letters in a box, and draw them out blindfolded. Well, maybe just with my eyes closed, but you get the point. If your resolution is chosen, you’ll receive a special RFI prize, so start thinking of all the good things you want to do (or be) in 2018.

This week’s quiz: On21 October, I asked you about universal suffrage for women. You were to send me the year and the name of the country which first granted women the right to vote – all women, regardless of economic, educational, or social status. A bit tricky, because there were some countries which allowed tax-paying or land-holding women to vote quite early on - for example, tax-paying Swedish women who belonged to a trade guild could vote in 1718 (although the men changed their minds, and rescinded that right in 1758). At any rate, what I wanted from you was the country which first adopted universal suffrage – you are a woman, you can vote, end of discussion.

The answer is: New Zealand, in 1893. Although not yet a nation, New Zealand was the first self-governing country in the world to allow women to vote – all women. However, women were not allowed to run for or hold political office. For that, we look to Finland, in 1906, where women could both vote and hold office. The world's first female members of parliament were elected in Finland in 1907. I accepted as correct answers both New Zealand and Finland.

The winners are: RFI Listeners Club members Arne Timm from Harjumaa, Estonia; Rachid Dahmani from M’sila, Algeria and Solomon Fessahazion from Asmara, Eritrea. Also on the winner's list this week: Mrs Begum Firoza Hossain, a member of the RFI International DX Radio Listeners Club in Murshidabad, India, and Shamoly Begum from Bogra, Bangladesh.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Hassan Chalf:  “Lahssab Talata We-Talatin”; Rimsky-Korsakov: The “Flight of the Bumblebee”; Armando Dulfo: “Saludo a Chango”, sung by Compay Segundo

Have a musical request? Write me and let me know!

This week’s question: You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 11 December to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 16 December 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.

To find out how you can win a special Sound Kitchen prize 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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