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The 20 November Sound Kitchen quiz

Audio 08:13
11 min

Put on your thinking caps … it’s time for the quiz. You’ll hear great music and listener’s letters, too … don’t miss it!


Hello everyone!

You’ve surely noticed by now we’ve been experimenting with the Sound Kitchen recipes … on Saturdays, at 5:16 universal time, tune in to hear if you are among the week’s winners. The winners' names are here on our website, too. Look for Short Features/Sound Kitchen winners.

Tune in on Sundays, at 4:22, 5:52 and 7:22 universal time, for the quiz question ... and whatever else is cooking up in the Sound Kitchen. 

This week’s quiz is about Italian politics – as you already know, Italy’s economy is in trouble. The yield on Italian bonds rose to over seven per cent the week before last – that’s the rate at which Greece, Ireland and Portugal were obliged to seek bailouts from the European Union. And this does not make the EU happy, as it threatens the entire Eurozone. This past weekend Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was forced to step down and Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano appointed a new premier. Italy’s new prime minister is a respected economist and most of the country’s political parties, including Silvio Berlusconi's, approved his nomination. 

My question to you is: what is the name of Italy’s new prime minister, who is tasked with implementing an austerity package, which foresees 59.8 billion euros in savings?

Send me your answer by 26 December; the answer and the winners will be announced on the 1 January programme. Be sure you send your postal address in with your answer … and be sure and tell me if you are a Mr or a Mrs or a Ms or a Miss – I don’t want to get it wrong!

Send your answers to:


Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
BP 9516
75016 Paris

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. 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.

Send your mini book reviews, your musical requests, your proverbs, your tricks for remembering things, descriptions of the local festivals you participate in, or just your general all-around thoughts to:

Include a phone number, if you can. I’d like to call you and put you on-the-air … and send you a thank-you gift for participating.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

All the best,


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