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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about political prisoners in Bahrain. There’s quite a lot of meowing (did that catch your attention ?!?), music by request from Rakesh Rao - and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo above and enjoy!


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 8March, 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 both "Paris Live PM" - our afternoon news program - 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.

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“My Favorite Music” is our new musical segment on The Sound Kitchen. This is our last week of your favorite songs sung by a male singer, and now we move onto our next adventure: your favorite song by your favorite band.We’ll listen to those requests throughout March and April. 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!

This week’s request is from Rakesh Rao from Chennai, India. Rakesh requested “Daddy Cool”, sung by Boney M.

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

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Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club member: Eliott Bourel from Paris, France (!).

So glad you joined us!

You too can be a member of the RFI Listeners Club – just write me at and tell me you want to join, and I’ll send you a membership number. It’s that easy. When you win a Sound Kitchen quiz as an RFI Listeners Club member, you receive a premium prize.

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: On 19 January, I asked you a question about Bahrain. In order to find the answer, you had to listen to RFI English journalist Anne – Marie Bissada’s monthly podcast, Mid-East Junction. The title of her January program was “Retracing Bahrain’s Activism”, and in it Anne-Marie quoted the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, and what they revealed about political prisoners in the country. You were to tell me how many political prisoners there are in Bahrain, according to the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy.  

The answer is: 4000, in a country of 1.5 million people.  

The winners are: Jewel Ahmed from Sirajganj, Bangladesh; Umme Kulsom Khatun, a member of the Students Oriental Radio Club in Murshidabad, India (are you busy preparing your recordings for International Women’s Day, my sisters?); RFI Listeners Club members Nasyr Muhammad from Katsina State, Nigeria and Solomon Fessahazion from Asmara, Eritrea. From the independent RFI Listeners Club in Sheikhupura, Pakistan, there’s Muhammad Munib Khan.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Greig: Peer Gynt: “Anitra’s Dance”; Rossini: “Duetto di due gatti” (“The Cat Duet”), sung by Montserrat Caballé and Concha Velasco; Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee”; “Légende Parisienne” performed by the French accordionist Marcel Azzola, and “Daddy Cool”, written by George Reyam and Frank Farian, and sung by Boney M.

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 1 April to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 6 April 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:


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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