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The quiz is back!

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This week, Sound Kitchen producer Alain Bleu joins me in the kitchen. You’ll hear the answer to the question about the Berlin marathon, hear some great music and of course, there’s the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo above and enjoy!


Hello everyone! Welcome to The Sound Kitchen.

Big news for RFI English: On 18 November, RFI English morning broadcasts will come to an end.

There’s an all-new Paris Live programme starting on 19 November. You can hear it on-the-air, and of course, on our website,, Monday through Friday at 14h00 universal time, 3pm Paris time.

And you can always join us on, where we are boosting our content to meet your demands for news, special features, analysis, interviews, podcasts and more.

What does this mean for The Sound Kitchen? The Sound Kitchen will no longer be heard on our FMs. It will be available here on our website,, as it always has been, as well as on The Sound Kitchen Facebook page. It will be posted on Saturdays, as it always has been. The format will not change: 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 go to the RFI English website every Saturday for The Sound Kitchen.

For our DX enthusiast friends: Our shortwave frequency is 11830 kHz on the 25m band, from 06.00 to 07.00 UT every day - until 17 November. We’ve had reception reports from Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Columbia, Cuba, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, the UK and the US, and although the frequency is “aimed” (or however that works) towards the African continent, give it a try. You never know … and be sure and send us your reception reports. Maybe we can get more time, which would be wonderful.

You can also hear our programs on WRMI and WRN. In Paris, you can hear us on World Radio Paris on DAB+. These broadcasters diffuse our programs out of the goodness of their hearts, but unless you tell us how you heard us we have no way of knowing … so do write and tell us how you listen to us.

Did you know there is an RFI English newsletter? On the very top of our homepage, there’s a little tab that says “Newsletters”. Click on it and fill out the form, and every day you’ll receive the latest from the RFI English website.

We want to hear from you. We have a phone number you can call to leave us a message, so we can hear your voice. Just call, give your name, your country, and a short message - something like “I love RFI”, because of course you do – and we can put you on-the-air. The number to call is: + 33 1 84 22 95 82.

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 here 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?  Here’s how:

This week’s quiz: On 22 September, I asked you about the Berlin marathon, held on 16 September. You were to send in the name, nationality and the running time of the man who won, the name and the running time of the man who came in second, and the running time of the previous world record setter which was set four years ago by Dennis Kimetto.

The answers are: The winner of the Berlin marathon was Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya, and his running time was 2 hours 1 minute and 39 seconds. Amos Kipruto, also from Kenya, placed second. He was nearly five minutes behind Kipchoge – usually in these marathons we’re talking a matter of seconds, maybe a minute or two … but five minutes shows you just how fast Kipchoge is. Kipruto’s time was 2 hours, 6 minutes, and 23 seconds.

What was the world record time, broken by Eliud Kipchoge? 2 hours, 2 minutes, and 57 seconds, set by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014.

The winners are: Mrs Lutfunnesha Begum, a member of the RFI International DX Radio Listeners Club in Murshidabad, India; Jobayada Aktar Jai from the Nilshagor RFI Fan Club in Nilphamari, Bangladesh; Muhammad Rashid, a member of the RFI Pak France International Listeners Club in Sahiwal, Pakistan; Mrs Permi Devi from Rajasthan, India and Mr Li Ming from Maanchan City in China.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: “Jam Session”, written by Norman Shrdlu; Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee” and “Les baricades mistérieuses” by François Couperin, arranged by Thomas Adès.

Do you have a musical request? Send it to

This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 10 December to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 15 December 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



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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