The Sound Kitchen

A quick look back at Germany's recent elections

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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about Germany’s September federal elections. You’ll hear about two women artists who aim to spread hope through their art, some great music, and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the “Audio” arrow above and enjoy! 


Hello everyone! Welcome to The Sound Kitchen weekly podcast, published every Saturday – here on our website, or wherever you get your podcasts. You’ll hear the winner's names announced and the week’s quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you’ve grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day”, quirky facts and news, interviews, and great music … so be sure and listen every week.

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This week’s quiz: On 2 October, I asked you a question about Germany, which had just held closely watched federal elections, as they mark the end of the 16-year Angela Merkel era. Angela Merkel has been Germany’s Chancellor since 2005, and Europe’s de facto leader.

I asked you to tell me the name of the party that won the 26 September elections, as well as the name of the person at the head of that party. 

The answer is: The SPD won the elections. The SPD are centre-left Social Democrats, and the head of the party is Olaf Scholz.

If the SPD succeeds in putting together a coalition government, Olaf Scholz will become the country’s next Chancellor. They have until 17 December to come up with a coalition. Until then, Angela Merkel remains Chancellor.

The winners are: Mrs. Nafisa Khatun, the president of the RFI Mahila Shrota Sangha Club in Hariharpara, India, and Muhammed Aarosh, a member of the RFI International DX Radio Listeners Club in Murshidabad, India. There are two winners from Bangladesh:  Salehin An Nahiyan, from the Shetu RFI Listeners Club in Naogaon, and Rabeya Begam from the Nilshagor RFI Fan Club in Nilphamari. Last but not least, RFI English listener Mervin Kensington from Windhoek, Namibia.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s programme: Lento from Antonin Dvorak’s  String Quartet No. 12 in F major, "American", performed by the Cleveland Quartet; “Kazala” by Raby, Basile Ntsika, and Pierre Grillet, performed by Raby and Basile Ntsika; the traditional German song “Unter unserem Himmel”, played by the Kerschbaum Zithermusi and friends; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, and the traditional Malian song “Jarabi”, played by Sona Jobarteh, Femi Temowo, and Robert Fordjour.  

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This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 29 November to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 4 December podcast. 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.

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Susan Owensby

RFI – The Sound Kitchen

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92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux



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