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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about medical marijuana. There’s “On This Day”, an essay by Anjana Parvin, music by request from Jean-Maurice Devault, 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’ve 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 want to hear from you about your little moments of joy. Small, daily things: a beautiful sunset, a baby’s laugh. Let’s 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.

But you can still hear us on World Radio Network. 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.

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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 on your mobile phone. Don’t give up on us!

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.

Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club member: Dilwar Hussain Dilu from Sylhet, Bangladesh.

So glad you have 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.

A hearty welcome to our new official RFI Listeners Club! It’s called the RFI Sisia Youth Development Association Listening Club, and Eric Mbotiji is the president. The Club is based in Bamenda, Cameroon.

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”).

This week’s quiz: On 13 April, I asked you a question about our brand-new podcast, the new-and-improved Spotlight on France. It’s the brain child of Sarah Elzas and Alison Hird, and they’re doing a great job with it. Have you subscribed to the podcast yet? You should! It comes out every Friday.

You needed to listen to the 12 April podcast to find the answer to the question. In that edition, Sarah Elzas reported on the state of marijuana legislation in France: it is not legal yet, but there is some little “grey” area in the law, where you can buy the form of marijuana meant for medical use. I wanted you to tell me the name of the substance found in marijuana which has proven medical benefits – especially for aching joints.

The answer is: Cannabidiol, or CBD. Cannabidiol is the naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis, or marijuana. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the substance in marijuana which makes you “high”. There is very little THC in CBD extracts. “Medical marijuana”, as it is usually called, is legal in many countries, although it can be hard to find because it seems governments get confused and the laws (like here in France) are not very clear.

The winners this week are: RFI Listeners Club members Royse Cramton from Oak Park, Illinois in the U-S; Heimer Sia from Manila, the Philippines; Muhammad Nasyr from Katsina State, Nigeria; Samir Mukhopadhyay from West Bengal, India, and Jobayada Aktar Jai from the Nilshagor RFI Fan Club in Nilphamari, Bangladesh.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Traditional Sufi liturgical music, arranged by Julien Jâlal Eddine Weiss and performed by his Al Kindi ensemble; Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee”; “Oh Françoise” performed by French Café 24x7, and “J'ai rencontré l'homme de ma vie” (“I met the man of my life”) by Luc Plamondon and François Cousineau, sung by Diane Dufresne.

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This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 17 June to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 22 June 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
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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

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