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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about France banning certain domestic flights. There’s “On This Day”, listener news, and a voyage to southern Portugal with music chosen by The Sound Kitchen’s producing engineer, musician Erwan Rome. All that, and the new quiz question too! Just click on the “Audio” arrow above and enjoy! 


Hello everyone! Welcome to The Sound Kitchen weekly podcast, published every Saturday – here on our website, or wherever you get your podcasts. You’ll hear the winners' 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 am busy cooking up special shows with your musical requests, so get them in! Send your musical requests to  Tell us why you like the piece of music, too – it makes it more interesting for us all!

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This week’s quiz:  On 17 April, I asked you a question about a law passed just that week (11 April) which affects a few domestic air flights. This new law forbids air flights which can be made in less than two and one-half hours by train – it’s part of France’s efforts to reduce its carbon emissions by 40 percent, by 2030.

In our article “Climate law: France votes to abolish certain short-haul domestic flights”, the Citizens Climate Convention expressed their disappointment. I asked you to tell me why. What did they want, why was the Convention disappointed?

The answer is: The Citizens Climate Convention wanted a ban on domestic flights which could be made on a train trip of fewer than four hours, instead of just the two and one-half hours voted in by the French Parliament.

The winners are:  Mohammad Likhon, a member of the Nilshagor RFI Fan Club in Nilphamari, Bangladesh, and RFI Listeners Club members Jannatul Ferdoush Lameya from Dhaka, Bangladesh; Zenon Teles, the president of the Christian – Marxist – Leninist - Maoist Association of Listening DX-ers in Goa, India; Shadman Hosen Ayon from Kishoreganj, Bangladesh, and last but certainly not least, faithful listener Ralf Urbanczyk from Eisleben, in Germany.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s programme: “Ganstè mélé” by André Saint Prix Scholastique, performed by Dédé St Prix and his ensemble;  “Three Coins in a Fountain” by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn, sung by Frank Sinatra with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra; “Leavin” on a Jet Plane” by John Denver, sung by Peter, Paul and Mary; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; the “Double” from the Partita in C, BWV 997 by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by lutenist Evangelina Mascardi, and Cante Alentejano, sung by the Women’s Peace and Unity Choral Group of Alcáçovas.

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This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 14 June to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 19 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



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