The Life Of A Songbird

Do you think opera singers are in a world far away from yours (especially if they hold the title of Dame?). This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear a Sound Kitchen Flashback with Dame Felicity Lott, a lovely soprano who has had a very successful career. Listen to Dame Felicity � you’ll probably change your mind – so click on that little Listen arrow in the photo above and join in!

This is an interview which aired on a “Paris Live” broadcast in November 2016.

The quiz is back on next week’s podcast, ready for you on 9 March.

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 have 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 have a favor to ask of our women listeners. International Women’s Day is on 8 March, and we want to do the same thing with International Women’s Day as we did with World Radio Day � put your voices on the air. We’ll play your voice recordings on our news program “Paris Live” and of course, right here in The Sound Kitchen.

You can record on your phone and then send the file to me at Use the file extensions Mp3 or WAV.

Say something about what it means to you to be in the world today as a woman … or just say hello, give your name and country, and say “Happy International Women’s Day!”.

I don’t know if you noticed, but every single listener who sent in a recording for World Radio Day was a man! Not a single woman’s voice did we have !!! Sisters, we need to change that, and no better day for doing it than our day, International Women’s Day.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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 in your e-mail inbox. Don’t give up on us!

My Favorite Music is our new musical segment on The Sound Kitchen. During March and April we’ll listen to favorite song by your favorite band. Be sure you share why the song and the band are important to you. Every week I’ll play one of your suggestions, and then we’ll change to instrumental, film, your children’s favorites so to your pens! Write to me at, and be sure you include your city and country in your note � along with a link and a short translation, if you can. 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!

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

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.

RFI Clubs: Be sure to always include Audrey Iattoni ( from our Listener Relations department on all your RFI Club correspondence. Remember to copy me ( 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: time for a little winter break. The quizzes resume with next Saturday’s podcast on 9 March.

Source: Modern Ghana