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  • The Sound Kitchen - French-Gabonese artist Owanto uses art to tackle FGM
    This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about female genital mutilation. There’s “On This Day”, The Sound Kitchen mailbag, lots of good 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 winners' 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. I am busy cooking up special shows with your musical requests, so get them in! Send your musical requests to [email protected] Tell us why you like the piece of music, too – it makes it more interesting for us all! Be sure you check out our wonderful podcasts! In addition to the breaking news articles on our site, rfienglish.com, with in-depth analysis of current affairs in France and across the globe, we have several podcasts which will leave you hungry for more. There’s Paris Perspective, Africa Calling, Spotlight on France, and of course, The Sound Kitchen. We have a bilingual series - an old-time radio show, with actors (!) to help you learn French, called Les voisins du 12 bis. And there is the excellent International Report, too. As you see, sound is still part of the RFI English service!  Keep checking our website for updates on the latest from our excellent staff of journalists. To listen to our podcasts from your PC, go to our website and click on the three horizontal bars on the top right, choose "Listen to RFI / Podcasts", and you’ve got ‘em! You can either listen directly or subscribe and receive them directly on your mobile phone. To listen to our podcasts from your mobile phone, slide through the tabs just under the lead article (the first tab is “Headline News”) until you see “Podcasts”, and choose your show.  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 [email protected]   If you would like to donate stamps and postcards, feel free! Our address is listed below.  Another idea for your students: my beloved music teacher from St Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, Br Gerald Muller, has been writing books for young adults in his retirement – and they are free! There is a volume of biographies of painters and musicians called Gentle Giants, and an excellent biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They are also a good way to help you improve your English - that’s how I worked on my French, reading books which were meant for young readers – and I guarantee you, it’s a good method for improving your language skills. To get Br. Gerald’s free books, click here. RFI Clubs: Be sure to always include Audrey Iattoni ([email protected]) from our Listener Relations department in all your RFI Club correspondence. Remember to copy me ([email protected]) when you write to her so that I know what is going on, too. N.B.: You do not need to send her your quiz answers! Email overload! And don't forget, there is a Facebook page just for you, the RFI English Clubs. Only members of RFI English Clubs can belong to this group page, 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, and you are a member of an independent, officially recognised RFI English Club, go to the Facebook link above and fill out the questionnaire!!!!! (if you do not answer the questions, I click “decline”). There’s a Facebook page for members of the general RFI Listeners Club, too. Just click on the link and fill out the questionnaire, and you can connect with your fellow Club members around the world. Be sure you include your RFI Listeners Club membership number (most of them begin with an A, followed by a number) in the questionnaire, or I will have to click “Decline”, which I don’t like to do! This week’s quiz: On 6 November, I asked you a question about female genital mutilation (FGM) - a violent and senseless practice which ruins many young women's lives, and can be fatal. I referred to an article and video RFI English journalist Ollia Horton produced about an installation by Owanto - a French Gabonese artist – and her way of looking at it. Accompanying the artworks were audio testimonies of FGM survivors. And that was your question. I asked you to tell me the number of countries and the number of languages featured in the audio which accompanies Owanto’s paintings. The answer is: 36 countries, 24 languages. As Ollia wrote: “This collection of audio testimonies collected from FGM survivors from 36 countries, in 24 languages, lifts the women’s experiences out of the private sphere and into the public realm.” The winners are: Mrs. Nadira Begum from the Shetu RFI Listeners Club in Naogaon, Bangladesh, and Anand Mohan Bain, the president of the Paribar Bandhu SWL RFI Club in Bhilai, India.  Also on the list of winners this week: RFI Club members Saleh Likhon from Nilphamari, Bangladesh; Samir Mukhopadhyay from Kolkat, India, and Kiplangat Nathan Sikor from Kampala, Uganda. Congratulations winners! Here’s the music you heard on this week’s programme: Lute Suite in E Major BWV 1006a by J. S. Bach, performed by Evangelina Mascardi; Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel; “The Swan” from The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns, performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; "The St. Vitus Dance" by Horace Silver, performed by the Horace Silver Quintet; and “New June” by Tokunbo Akinro, performed by the composer.   Do you have a musical request? Send it to [email protected] This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 13 December to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 18 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. Send your answers to: [email protected] 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 To find out how you can become a member of the RFI Listeners Club, or to form your own official RFI Club, click here
    11/27/2021
    22:28
  • The Sound Kitchen - Somalia at the top at this year’s Fespaco festival
    This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the theme for this year’s Panafrican Film Festival of Ouagadougou. There’s “On This Day”, “Music from Erwan”, The Sound Kitchen mailbag, lots of good 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. I am busy cooking up special shows with your musical requests, so get them in! Send your musical requests to [email protected] Tell us why you like the piece of music, too – it makes it more interesting for us all! Be sure you check out our wonderful podcasts! In addition to the breaking news articles on our site, rfienglish.com, with in-depth analysis of current affairs in France and across the globe, we have several podcasts which will leave you hungry for more. There’s Paris Perspective, Africa Calling, Spotlight on France, and of course, The Sound Kitchen. We have a bilingual series - an old-time radio show, with actors (!) to help you learn French, called Les voisins du 12 bis. And there is the excellent International Report, too. As you see, sound is still part of the RFI English service!  Keep checking our website for updates on the latest from our excellent staff of journalists. To listen to our podcasts from your PC, go to our website and click on the three horizontal bars on the top right, choose "Listen to RFI / Podcasts", and you’ve got ‘em! You can either listen directly or subscribe and receive them directly on your mobile phone. To listen to our podcasts from your mobile phone, slide through the tabs just under the lead article (the first tab is “Headline News”) until you see “Podcasts”, and choose your show.  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 [email protected]   If you would like to donate stamps and postcards, feel free! Our address is listed below.  Another idea for your students: my beloved music teacher from St Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, Br Gerald Muller, has been writing books for young adults in his retirement – and they are free! There is a volume of biographies of painters and musicians called Gentle Giants, and an excellent biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They are also a good way to help you improve your English - that’s how I worked on my French, reading books which were meant for young readers – and I guarantee you, it’s a good method for improving your language skills. To get Br. Gerald’s free books, click here. RFI Clubs: Be sure to always include Audrey Iattoni ([email protected]) from our Listener Relations department in all your RFI Club correspondence. Remember to copy me ([email protected]) when you write to her so that I know what is going on, too. N.B.: You do not need to send her your quiz answers! Email overload! And don't forget, there is a Facebook page just for you, the RFI English Clubs. Only members of RFI English Clubs can belong to this group page, 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, and you are a member of an independent, officially recognised RFI English Club, go to the Facebook link above and fill out the questionnaire!!!!! (if you do not answer the questions, I click “decline”). There’s a Facebook page for members of the general RFI Listeners Club, too. Just click on the link and fill out the questionnaire, and you can connect with your fellow Club members around the world. Be sure you include your RFI Listeners Club membership number (most of them begin with an A, followed by a number) in the questionnaire, or I will have to click “Decline”, which I don’t like to do! This week’s quiz: On 30  October, I asked you a question about Fespaco – the Festival Panafricain du Cinéma de Ouagadougou (Panafrican Film Festival of Ouagadougou). Fespaco is held every two years in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. This year’s festival was held eight months later than usual, due to Covid restrictions. RFI English journalist Laura Angela Bagnetto was there, and I asked you to re-read her final article about the festival: “Somalia’s ‘Gravedigger’s Wife’ grabs top prize as best film, music at Fespaco”, and to send in the answer to this question: what was the theme for this year’s Panafrican Film Festival of Ouagadougou? The answer is: “New looks, new challenges”. As Laura Angela wrote in her article: “a telling theme given that this year’s festival was pushed back eight months due to Covid-19. The judges selected the best feature-length film from a list of seventeen offerings from 15 different African countries, including two from Egypt.” The winners are: Kolimuddin SK, who’s a member of the RFI International DX Radio Listeners Club in Murshidabad, India. There are two RFI Listeners Club members on the list of lucky winners this week: Urbe Islam from Narayanganj, Bangladesh, and Zenon Teles from the Christian – Marxist – Leninist - Maoist Association of Listening DX-ers in Goa, India. Last but not least, RFI English listeners Bushra Nawaz - a member of the Sungat Radio Listeners Club in Muzaffargarh, Pakistan - and Bernard Egbe from Abuja, Nigeria. Congratulations winners! Here’s the music you heard on this week’s programme: “Lullaby” by Antonin Dvořák, performed by Julian Lloyd Webber and John Lenehan;  “Mir ist so wunderbar” from Beethoven’s Fidelio, sung by Lucia Popp, Gundula Janowitz, Manfred Jungwirth, and Adolf Dallapozza, with the Vienna Staatsoper Orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein; music from the film “The Gravediggers Wife” by Andre Matthias; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; “Grand Polonaise Brillante, Op.22” by Frédéric Chopin, performed by Arthur Rubinstein with the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Enrique Jorda; Antonio Mendoza y Su Son; “Tengo Para Todas” by Faustino Oramas Osorio (“El Guayabero”), and “L’Esquinade” by André Minvielle.   Do you have a musical request? Send it to [email protected] This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 6 December to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 11 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. Send your answers to: [email protected] 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 To find out how you can become a member of the RFI Listeners Club, or to form your own official RFI Club, click here
    11/20/2021
    39:57
  • The Sound Kitchen - Covid classroom closings in France
    This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the percentage of classrooms closed due to Covid-19. There’s “On This Day”, “Music from Erwan”, lots of good 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. I am busy cooking up special shows with your musical requests, so get them in! Send your musical requests to [email protected] Tell us why you like the piece of music, too – it makes it more interesting for us all! Be sure you check out our wonderful podcasts! In addition to the breaking news articles on our site, rfienglish.com, with in-depth analysis of current affairs in France and across the globe, we have several podcasts which will leave you hungry for more. There’s Paris Perspective, Africa Calling, Spotlight on France, and of course, The Sound Kitchen. We have a bilingual series - an old-time radio show, with actors (!) to help you learn French, called Les voisins du 12 bis. And there is the excellent International Report, too. As you see, sound is still part of the RFI English service!  Keep checking our website for updates on the latest from our excellent staff of journalists. To listen to our podcasts from your PC, go to our website and click on the three horizontal bars on the top right, choose "Listen to RFI / Podcasts", and you’ve got ‘em! You can either listen directly or subscribe and receive them directly on your mobile phone. To listen to our podcasts from your mobile phone, slide through the tabs just under the lead article (the first tab is “Headline News”) until you see “Podcasts”, and choose your show.  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 [email protected]   If you would like to donate stamps and postcards, feel free! Our address is listed below.  Another idea for your students: my beloved music teacher from St Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, Br Gerald Muller, has been writing books for young adults in his retirement – and they are free! There is a volume of biographies of painters and musicians called Gentle Giants, and an excellent biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They are also a good way to help you improve your English - that’s how I worked on my French, reading books which were meant for young readers – and I guarantee you, it’s a good method for improving your language skills. To get Br. Gerald’s free books, click here. RFI Clubs: Be sure to always include Audrey Iattoni ([email protected]) from our Listener Relations department in all your RFI Club correspondence. Remember to copy me ([email protected]) when you write to her so that I know what is going on, too. N.B.: You do not need to send her your quiz answers! Email overload! And don't forget, there is a Facebook page just for you, the RFI English Clubs. Only members of RFI English Clubs can belong to this group page, 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, and you are a member of an independent, officially recognised RFI English Club, go to the Facebook link above and fill out the questionnaire!!!!! (if you do not answer the questions, I click “decline”). There’s a Facebook page for members of the general RFI Listeners Club, too. Just click on the link and fill out the questionnaire, and you can connect with your fellow Club members around the world. Be sure you include your RFI Listeners Club membership number (most of them begin with an A, followed by a number) in the questionnaire, or I will have to click “Decline”, which I don’t like to do! This week’s quiz: On 9 October, I asked you a question about France’s decision to allow primary school children in 47 departments across France to attend classes mask-free. On 4 October, the government announced that any French administrative department where the number of Covid cases had dropped to less than 50 per 100,000 people was eligible to become a “green level” department, the lowest health protocol level. Although children were no longer required to wear masks to school in those regions, teachers were required to keep wearing them. Currently, one Covid case in a classroom leads to the closure of the entire class. My question to you was, as of 1 October, what was the percentage of France’s classrooms which were closed due to Covid, according to the French Education Ministry? The answer is: On 1 October, according to the Education Ministry, 1,692 classes were closed due to Covid, representing 0.32 percent of the country's classes.  Unfortunately, Covid cases are on the rise again. In October, in 47 of France’s 101 administrative departments, schoolchildren were allowed to attend school mask-free. That number has now dropped to 40.  The winners are: Muhammad Shamim S., the president of the Golden Eagles RFI Club in Keralam State, India; the president of the RFI Butterflies Club Ain Kechera, Ferhat Bezazel from West Skikda, Algeria, and two RFI Listeners Club members from Bangladesh: Haridas Roy from Panchagarh, and Shadman Hosen Ayon from Kishoreganj. Last but not least, there’s Riaz Hussain from District Chiniot, Pakistan, who is also an RFI Listeners Club member. Congratulations winners! Here’s the music you heard on this week’s programme: “Lullaby of Birdland” by George Shearing and George David Weiss, performed by George Shearing; “Le plus beau des foules” by David Lewis Luong, played by the composer with accordionist Yuri Ryadchenko; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; “African Savannah” by Derek and Brandon Fiechter, and “Allah Hoo” by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Do you have a musical request? Send it to [email protected] 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 5 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. Send your answers to: [email protected] 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 To find out how you can become a member of the RFI Listeners Club, or to form your own official RFI Club, click here
    11/13/2021
    44:46
  • The Sound Kitchen - A quick look back at Germany's recent elections
    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. I am busy cooking up special shows with your musical requests, so get them in! Send your musical requests to [email protected]  Tell us why you like the piece of music, too – it makes it more interesting for us all! Be sure you check out our wonderful podcasts! In addition to the breaking news articles on our site, rfienglish.com, with in-depth analysis of current affairs in France and across the globe, we have several podcasts which will leave you hungry for more. There’s Paris Perspective, Africa Calling, Spotlight on France, and of course, The Sound Kitchen. We have a bilingual series - an old-time radio show, with actors (!) to help you learn French, called Les voisins du 12 bis. And there is the excellent International Report, too. As you see, sound is still part of the RFI English service!  Keep checking our website for updates on the latest from our excellent staff of journalists. To listen to our podcasts from your PC, go to our website and click on the three horizontal bars on the top right, choose "Listen to RFI / Podcasts", and you’ve got ‘em! You can either listen directly or subscribe and receive them directly on your mobile phone. To listen to our podcasts from your mobile phone, slide through the tabs just under the lead article (the first tab is “Headline News”) until you see “Podcasts”, and choose your show.  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 [email protected]   If you would like to donate stamps and postcards, feel free! Our address is listed below.  Another idea for your students: my beloved music teacher from St Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, Br Gerald Muller, has been writing books for young adults in his retirement – and they are free! There is a volume of biographies of painters and musicians called Gentle Giants, and an excellent biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They are also a good way to help you improve your English - that’s how I worked on my French, reading books which were meant for young readers – and I guarantee you, it’s a good method for improving your language skills. To get Br. Gerald’s free books, click here. RFI Clubs: Be sure to always include Audrey Iattoni ([email protected]) from our Listener Relations department in all your RFI Club correspondence. Remember to copy me ([email protected]) when you write to her so that I know what is going on, too. N.B.: You do not need to send her your quiz answers! Email overload! And don't forget, there is a Facebook page just for you, the RFI English Clubs. Only members of RFI English Clubs can belong to this group page, 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, and you are a member of an independent, officially recognised RFI English Club, go to the Facebook link above and fill out the questionnaire!!!!! (if you do not answer the questions, I click “decline”). There’s a Facebook page for members of the general RFI Listeners Club, too. Just click on the link and fill out the questionnaire, and you can connect with your fellow Club members around the world. Be sure you include your RFI Listeners Club membership number (most of them begin with an A, followed by a number) in the questionnaire, or I will have to click “Decline”, which I don’t like to do! 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.   Do you have a musical request? Send it to [email protected] 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. Send your answers to: [email protected] 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 To find out how you can become a member of the RFI Listeners Club, or to form your own official RFI Club, click here
    11/6/2021
    22:59
  • The Sound Kitchen - Which French president named 25 September as “Day of National Recognition for the Harkis”?
    This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the Harkis in France. There’s a wonderful listener essay by Bhashkar Paul on the theme “My Ordinary Hero”, “Music from Erwan” - 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. I am busy cooking up special shows with your musical requests, so get them in! Send your musical requests to [email protected]  Tell us why you like the piece of music, too – it makes it more interesting for us all! Be sure you check out our wonderful podcasts! In addition to the breaking news articles on our site, rfienglish.com, with in-depth analysis of current affairs in France and across the globe, we have several podcasts which will leave you hungry for more. There’s Paris Perspective, Africa Calling, Spotlight on France, and of course, The Sound Kitchen. We have a bilingual series - an old-time radio show, with actors (!) to help you learn French, called Les voisins du 12 bis. And there is the excellent International Report, too. As you see, sound is still part of the RFI English service!  Keep checking our website for updates on the latest from our excellent staff of journalists. To listen to our podcasts from your PC, go to our website and click on the three horizontal bars on the top right, choose "Listen to RFI / Podcasts", and you’ve got ‘em! You can either listen directly or subscribe and receive them directly on your mobile phone. To listen to our podcasts from your mobile phone, slide through the tabs just under the lead article (the first tab is “Headline News”) until you see “Podcasts”, and choose your show.  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 [email protected]   If you would like to donate stamps and postcards, feel free! Our address is listed below.  Another idea for your students: my beloved music teacher from St Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, Br Gerald Muller, has been writing books for young adults in his retirement – and they are free! There is a volume of biographies of painters and musicians called Gentle Giants, and an excellent biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They are also a good way to help you improve your English - that’s how I worked on my French, reading books which were meant for young readers – and I guarantee you, it’s a good method for improving your language skills. To get Br. Gerald’s free books, click here. RFI Clubs: Be sure to always include Audrey Iattoni ([email protected]) from our Listener Relations department in all your RFI Club correspondence. Remember to copy me ([email protected]) when you write to her so that I know what is going on, too. N.B.: You do not need to send her your quiz answers! Email overload! And don't forget, there is a Facebook page just for you, the RFI English Clubs. Only members of RFI English Clubs can belong to this group page, 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, and you are a member of an independent, officially recognised RFI English Club, go to the Facebook link above and fill out the questionnaire!!!!! (if you do not answer the questions, I click “decline”). There’s a Facebook page for members of the general RFI Listeners Club, too. Just click on the link and fill out the questionnaire, and you can connect with your fellow Club members around the world. Be sure you include your RFI Listeners Club membership number (most of them begin with an A, followed by a number) in the questionnaire, or I will have to click “Decline”, which I don’t like to do! This week’s quiz: On 25 September, I asked you a question about the Harkis – the native Muslim Algerians who served as auxiliaries in the French Army during the Algerian War of Independence (1954 – 1962). Up to 200,000 Harkis fought for the French colonial power during the war, but only 42,000 Harkis were allowed to come to France and only some of those with their wives and children. Those left behind were brutally massacred by the Free Algerian military forces. Amongst the Harkis who were allowed to come to France, the French government initially refused to recognise their right to stay in the country. The Harkis were interned in remote detainee camps and victimized by endemic racism. Today, the 400,000-strong Harki community is one of France’s poorest and most disadvantaged, with unemployment more than four times the national average. It took until 2014 for the Harkis to be recognized by the French government. I asked you to send in the name of the French president who established 25 September as the “Day of National Recognition for the Harkis”, and I gave you a hint: it was the same president who acknowledged France’s collaboration with Germany during World War Two in the exportation of French Jews to the death camps – something which the French government had denied until this very same president. The answer is: Jacques Chirac. Chirac said in his speech in 2014: “France has not given the Harkis the place they were due, and today their wounds remain sore. It is time, it is high time, for the nation - and it is its moral duty - to recognise their sacrifice and their dignity." The winners are: Dr. Deepa Bain, who’s a member of the RFI Pariwer Bandhu SWL Club in Chhattisgarh, India, and RFI Listeners Club members Fr. Stephen Wara from Bamenda, Cameroon and Samuel Francis from St Catherine, Jamaica. Rounding out the list are RFI English listeners Abu Saleh from Rangpur, Bangladesh and Miss Dai Yun, from Maanshan City, China. Congratulations winners! Here’s the music you heard on this week’s programme: “We Shall Overcome” by Pete Seeger, performed by the MLK Ensemble and the Mama Foundation; “Symphony Bakhta”, based on a poem by Abdelkader El Khaldi which was set to music by Blaoui Houari. This orchestral version was performed by the Algerian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Zahia Ziouani; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; “Quodlibet” and “Aria” from the Goldberg Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged for jazz piano and orchestra by Terje Tønnesen and Bugge Wesseltoft, Bugge Wesseltoft on the piano, with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra; “ ‘Round Midnight” by Thelonius Monk and Cootie Williams, performed by Emmet Cohen on the piano and Joel Ross on the vibraphone. Do you have a musical request? Send it to [email protected] This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 15 November to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 20 November 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: [email protected] 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 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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