Voice of America's new Portuguese language call-in show to Angola has become such a hit with audiences, the program is growing from 30-minutes to a full-hour format starting this week.
Angola, Fala Só, which roughly translates to "Just Say It" in English, went on the air in March, tackling a range of issues, from politics and health to rules on social behavior.
Washington-based host Luis Costa Ribas says the show is being expanded because producers have been getting hundreds of calls by listeners who want to be on the weekly program, which is broadcast on medium wave, shortwave, mobile and streamed on the Internet.
Ribas says, "The extra thirty minutes will allow time for more listeners to have a voice and express an opinion that can be heard all over Angola. It can also give us more room for follow-up on some hot topics, without taking time away from our audiences."
Callers from anywhere in Angola are welcome to phone in or text-message their questions or comments to the show, which is partly funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department.
The title for the Portuguese language show was inspired by a popular expression, which is often used in the Angolan capital, Luanda.