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By Susan Owensby

This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the Russian Federation’s presidential poll. There’s “On This Day”, listener news, some great music, and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo and enjoy!

Hello everyone!

Welcome to The Sound Kitchen. You can catch the programme on-the-air every Saturday at 6:15, 7:15, 14:45 and 16:45 universal time. You’ll hear the winner’s names announced and the week’s quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you have grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day”, quirky facts and news, interviews and great music, so be sure and tune in every Saturday.

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This week’s quiz: On 24March, I asked you a question about Russia’s presidential poll, held on 18March. There were seven other candidates on the ballot aside from Vladimir Putin, who, not surprisingly, won. Never-the-less, I asked you to send in the names of the seven other candidates.

The answer is: Ksenia Sobchak, Pavel Grudinin, Vladimir Zhironovsky, Grigory Yavlinsky, Boris Titov, Sergei Baburin, and Maxim Suraikin.

The winners are:Two from Bangladesh this week: Jakiya Parvin - a member of the Karatoa RFI Radio Listeners Club in Sirajgonj and Dewan Rauf, a member of the Lolona Listeners Club in Naogaon.FromMonrovia, Liberia, there’s Cheslie S. Mennoh, Jr from the RFI Ducor Sea Breeze Club, and from Odisha, India, Rahematun Nesan. Last but certainly not least, beloved Jean Marcel Forget the non-grouch, who will turn 92 this week! Happy Birthday! Jean Forget lives in Attleboro, Massachusetts in the U-S.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: “John’s Idea” by Count Basie and Eddie Durham, performed by the Count Basie Orchestra; “Happy Birthday” by Patty and Mildred J. Hill, arranged by Misha Rachlevsky and performed by the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra conducted by Misha Rachlevsky; Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee”, and “Darn that Dream” by  Jimmy Van Heusen and Eddie DeLange, sung by Sarah Vaughan with the Count Basie Orchestra.

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 25 June to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 30 June program. 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:



Susan Owensby

RFI – The Sound Kitchen

80, rue Camille Desmoulins

92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux



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