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Who is the president of Venezuela?

Who is the president of Venezuela?
 
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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about the two men claiming the presidency of Venezuela. There’s a little trip to Abu Dhabi, listener news, music by request from Prithwiraj Purkayastha - and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo above and enjoy!

Hello everyone! Welcome to The Sound Kitchen weekly podcast, published every Saturday. 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.

Wouldn’t you like to hear your voice on The Sound Kitchen? I know I would! Get out your telephones and record what we call “drops” – because we “drop” them in the show here and there - they’re the little “You’re listening to The Sound Kitchen, and Susan Owensby is cooking” things we sprinkle in the show. Many of these are from listeners, and since I’m always hungry, I want more! Here’s what you can say:

“I am (your name) from (your country) and you’re listening to The Sound Kitchen on Radio France International.”

“I am (your name) from (your country) and you’re listening to The Sound Kitchen, where you never know what you’ll be served!”

“I am (your name) from (your country) - you’re listening to The Sound Kitchen, and Susan Owensby is cooking.”

Or be creative and make up your own – why not? Samuel Francis from Jamaica sent me one that said “yah man” – I play it often!

Send them to me as either Mp3 or WAV files, at thesoundkitchen@rfi.fr

Paris Live, our afternoon news broadcast, wants in on the action, too! You can also send recordings of you saying the above, but instead of (obviously) "The Sound Kitchen", say "Paris Live". We'll have your voices all over the English Service airwaves - which is great!

I would also like to hear from you about your little moments of joy. Small, daily things: a beautiful sunset, a baby’s laugh. Add that as a very nice ingredient to our communal cooking – let’s share the joy! In these crazy times, we all need it … write to me at thesoundkitchen@rfi.fr

For our DX enthusiast and shortwave listener friends: I am sad to announce we no longer have a shortwave frequency; we have severe budget constraints which no longer permit us to broadcast via shortwave.

You can still hear us on WRN. As you know, we now broadcast only 1 hour per day, Monday – Friday, from 14:00 to 15:00 UTC/GMT.

For North America: WRN broadcasts the quotidian RFI English programme three times a day from Monday to Friday, from 06:00 to 06:59, from 10:00 to 10:59 and from 16:00 to 16h59 UTC/GMT.

http://babcock.media/world-radio-network/networks/english-north-america/

For Africa and Asia: WRN broadcasts the quotidian RFI English programme three times a day from Monday to Friday, from 06:00 to 06:59, from 10:00 to 10:59 and from 16:00 to 16h59 UTC/GMT.

http://babcock.media/world-radio-network/networks/english-africa-asia/

For Europe: WRN broadcasts the quotidian RFI English programme three times a day from Monday to Friday, from 07:00 to 07:50, from 12:00 to 12:59 and from 20:00 to 20:59 UTC/GMT

http://babcock.media/world-radio-network/networks/english-europe/

In Paris, you can hear us on World Radio Paris on DAB+, Monday to Friday from 15:00 to 15:59 UTC/GMT as well as Tuesday through Saturday from 07:00 to 07:59 UTC/GMT.

http://www.worldradioparis.fr/

To listen to our features, go to our website and click on “Features”. You’ll see all of our features (now podcasts only). You can either listen directly, or subscribe and receive them directly on your mobile phone. Don’t give up on us!

“My Favorite Music” is a nice – and important! - new ingredient to our communal cooking … it’s your musical requests from a certain genre or type of music. We started with your favorite female singers, then we moved onto men, and now, it’s your favorite instrumental music. It can be a band or a group, with or without singer, and we’ll play your requests throughout this month and April. Write to me at thesoundkitchen@rfi.fr, and be sure you include your city and country in your note – along with a link and a short translation, if you can. Share why the music is important to you, please! I think it is quite nice to share your favorite music as well as your thoughts about it – thanks to Daniel Singleton, the RFI English Head of Service, for the idea!

This week’s request is from Prithwiraj Purkayastha, the president of the RFI Listeners Club of Jorhat in Assam, India.

Teachers, take note!  I save postcards and stamps from all over the world to send to you for your students. If you would like stamps and postcards for your students, just write and let me know.The address is thesoundkitchen@rfi.fr

Did you know there’s an RFI English newsletter? If you subscribe, you'll receive our newsletter every day. Just click on Newsletters,fill out the form, and you'll stay up-to-date with RFI English.

Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club member: Howard Barnett from Northampton, England.

So glad you've joined us!

You too can be a member of the RFI Listeners Club – just write me at english.service@rfi.fr and tell me you want to join, and I’ll send you a membership number. It’s that easy. When you win a Sound Kitchen quiz as an RFI Listeners Club member, you receive a premium prize.

RFI Clubs: Be sure to always include Audrey Iattoni (audrey.iattoni@rfi.fr) from our Listener Relations department on all your RFI Club correspondence. Remember to copy me (thesoundkitchen@rfi.fr) when you write her so that I know what is going on, too. N.B. You do not need to send her your quiz answers!

We’ve made a Facebook page just for you, the RFI English Clubs. It is a closed group, so when you apply to join, be sure you include the name of your RFI Club and your membership number. Everyone can look at it, but only members of the group can post on it. If you haven’t yet asked to join the group, go to the Facebook link above and fill out the questionnaire !!!!! (if you do not answer the questions, I click “decline”).

Are you interested in forming an official RFI Club, or transforming your existing club into an official RFI Club? Click on the link to find out how!

This week’s quiz: On 2 February, I asked you a question about Venezuela. Then - as now - there are two men claiming to be president of the country. I asked you to tell me their names, and which countries and / or international organizations are supporting each one.

The answer is: Nicolás Maduro, who is supported by China, Russia, Turkey and Cuba, and Juan Guaidó, who is backed by the European Union, the Organization of American States, and the U-S.

The winners are: Ras Franz Manko Ngogo, the president of the Kemogemba RFI Club in Tarime Mara, Tanzania, and four RFI Listeners Club members: Mohammad Akhsan, from Dhaka, Bangladesh; Hans Verner Lollike from Hedehusene, Denmark; Zenon Teles from the Christian – Marxist – Leninist - Maoist Association of Listening DX-ers in Goa, India and Luckson Dzingirai from Marondera, Zimbabwe.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: “A Joyful Night in Cuba” written by Patrick Chartol, Claire Guillot and Jean-Michel Vallet; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and “Manush Bhojo, Manush Pujore, Manuseri Paay, Folbe Tomar Sorbo Tirther Fol!", written and performed by Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya and Dohar.

Do you have a musical request? Send it to thesoundkitchen@rfi.fr

This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 15 April to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 20 April 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.

Send your answers to:

english.service@rfi.fr

or

Susan Owensby

RFI – The Sound Kitchen

80, rue Camille Desmoulins

92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux

France

or

By text … You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen mobile phone. Dial your country’s international access code, or “ + ”, then  33 6 31 12 96 82. Don’t forget to include your mailing address in your text – 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:

http://www.english.rfi.fr/culture/20141218-sound-kitchen-essay-contests

To find out how you can become a member of the RFI Listeners Club, or to form your own official RFI Club, click here:

http://www.english.rfi.fr/culture/20141218-how-form-official-rfi-listeners-club


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