The Sound Kitchen

The 27 November Sound Kitchen winners

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Are you one of this week’s lucky winners? Today you’ll hear who won the quiz about the new Spanish prime minister. Click on that little "listen" arrow above, and join in!


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 amongst 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 question was read on 27 November, and was about yet another European government which had fallen because of the debt crisis: Spain’s. Parliamentary elections were held on 20 November and the ruling Socialists – in power since 2004 - lost to the  right-wing Popular Party. I asked you who, as head of the Popular Party, was expected to be confirmed as Spain’s new prime minister. 

And the answer is: Mariano Rajoy … he was confirmed as prime minister, on 22 December.

The winners this week are: Mr Hitesh Kumar Goyal from the Friend’s Listener’s Club in Punjab, India; Dr SS Bhattacharyya, president of the Chaitak listener’s club in West Bengal, India; Richard Chen from Trincity, Trinidad and Tobago; Mr Li Ming from Maanshan City, China, and Mr. SJ Agboola from Ekiti State, Nigeria.

Congratulations, winners!

This week’s question is about Senegal.

The country is preparing for presidential polls, planned for 26 February. Sitting president Abdoulaye Wade is a contender, which is, to put it mildly, an "issue”. Wade was first elected in 2000 for a seven-year mandate and reelected in 2007, under a new constitution, for a five-year mandate. Wade again revised the constitution in 2008, reverting to a seven-year mandate, renewable once. Logically, he has therefore served as the country’s president for as long as the constitution allows. But it is never so simple … Wade argued that the law does not apply retroactively and that he can run again.

Last week the country’s Constitutional Council gave Wade the go-ahead to run in the polls, which sparked violence and rioting. His opponents accuse him of fiddling with the constitution.

The Constitutional Council also approved 13 other candidates to run alongside Wade, including three of his own ex-prime ministers, but they disqualified a very popular musician. My question to you is: what is the name of the Senegalese musical icon who will not be allowed to run for president? He appealed the decision but his appeal was rejected by the Constitutional Council.

Send me your answer by 5 March; the answer and the winners will be announced on the 10 March 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

Valentine’s Day is almost here … get your musical requests and dedications in this week!

And 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 secret “guilty” pleasure (mine’s chocolate!), your tricks for remembering things, your favourite quotations and proverbs, 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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