Current Affairs

Bar Association asks its members to provide legal aid pro bono to migrants detained in Czech Republic

05-10-2015 15:47 | Jan Velinger

Detention centre in Bělá pod Bezdězem, photo: Czech Television

Detention centre in Bělá pod Bezdězem, photo: Czech Television

The Czech Bar Association has urged its members to offer their services to the foreign migrants held in Czech detention centres. Many are held in detention, without money, no knowledge of the Czech language, and no chance, on their own, of obtaining legal help.  More

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Sports News

Sports News

05-10-2015 15:46 | Ian Willoughby

Tomáš Berdych, photo: YouTube In Sports News this Monday: Berdych wins first title of year in Shenzhen; Czech women flop at China Open; Sparta and Plzeň both score four to stay tied at top of soccer league; Plzeň lead hockey Extraliga; and Blažek quits as coach of women’s basketball team.  More

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One on One

Czech stance on refugees risks gains of last 25 years, says IIR’s Benjamin Tallis

05-10-2015 14:37 | Ian Willoughby

Benjamin Tallis, photo: archive of IIR Englishman Benjamin Tallis heads the Centre for European Security at Prague’s Institute of International Relations. An expert on European affairs, including the EU’s border-free Schengen zone, he is also the editor-in-chief of the IIR’s recently rebooted academic journal New Perspectives. When we spoke at the think tank’s offices at the foot of Nerudova St., our conversation took in various aspects of Czech foreign policy. But I first asked Tallis how he had ended up in Prague.  More

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Czech Life

Health reports says that air pollution leads to more than 5,000 deaths in Czech Republic annually

03-10-2015 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Ostrava, photo: František Tichý A new study conducted by the National Health Institute has found that there are more than 5,000 deaths annually related to breathing polluted air. More than half of population as to cope on an all-too-regular basis with air full of dangerous particles and dust.  More

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New project highlights artwork in the ‘Post-Internet’ era

02-10-2015 15:13 | Jan Velinger

Angela Kaisers, photo: archive of Contain[era] Contain[era] is a project bringing together the work of eight up-and-coming European artists from major cities including Prague, Rome and Berlin. Each artist’s work, installed in an actual transport container, is being rotated from city to city and put on display in outdoor locations. Overall, the project tackles expectations about the presentation and dissemination of artwork in what many increasingly refer to as the Post-Internet era.  More

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Agro-tourism slowly taking root in Czech Republic

01-10-2015 14:36 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Štěpánka Budková Selling the concept of agro-tourism to a nation of country cottage lovers who spend most of their weekends in the country is not an easy task, but slowly it is taking root. A growing number of farms in the Czech Republic are now offering more than just a weekend in the country. They entice visitors with home-made food from their own farm products, horse-riding, making home-made cheese, butter or bread, milking cows, feeding goats and a wide variety of other activities that urban dwellers are no longer familiar with.  More

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Czech Books

Ernest Thompson Seton: A scout appeals for peace

26-09-2015 02:01 | David Vaughan

Ernest Thompson Seton, photo: Public Domain Ever since the publication of the first Czech translation of Longfellow’s Hiawatha in the 1860s, Czechs have had a special affection for the American West. This was always more than just a fantasy about the space and freedom of the open plains; for many Czechs, after centuries under Austrian rule, there was also a somewhat romanticized sense of identity with the fate of Native Americans at the hands of white settlers. So it is not surprising that when scouting gained popularity at the time of the First Czechoslovak Republic, it took on many symbols associated with the American Indian.  More

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Third of Czech restaurants do not respect allergy labelling law

05-10-2015 14:42 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Ivana Vonderková Ten months after a new law on allergy labelling went into force, a third of Czech restaurants and delis are still failing to fully comply with it. The Food Inspection Office says that 37 percent of restaurants and eating places recently inspected either...  More

Home Credit looks to US launch

02-10-2015 13:56 | Chris Johnstone

Czech loans company Home Credit has announced a radical departure from its past business model, which previously focused on developing markets. Now it’s teamed up with telecoms giant Sprint with the intention of making a creditable impact on the US...  More


Sunday Music Show

Už jsme doma: thirty years and still going strong

04-10-2015 | Ruth Fraňková

Today's Sunday Music Show marks the 30th anniversary of one of the Czech Republic's most respected alternative bands Už Jsme Doma. The avant garde punk group, which rose to prominence after the Velvet Revolution in 1989, celebrates thirty years of its...  More

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03-10-2015 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Ája Vrzáňová, photo: Czech Television Today in Mailbox: WW2 fighters interviewed by Czechoslovak/Czech Radio in the past, answers to Radio Prague's listeners' quiz question, a new question for the coming weeks. Listeners/readers quoted: Alan Keith, Wendy Parez, Syed Khizar Hayat Shah, Shahzad...  More

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Current Affairs

Has the Czech Republic’s stance on refugee quotas damaged the country’s image abroad?

02-10-2015 13:47 | Jan Velinger

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has said that Czech-German relations are the best they have been in the modern era. The statement came on the heels of an article in Hospodářské noviny quoting diplomats who said that ties had actually dipped to their lowest...  More

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Prague picked as first expansion site for Israeli anti-hacking experts

30-09-2015 14:36 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Czech Television The Czech Republic has been chosen as the first location outside Israel for anti-hacker company CyberGym to set up its operations. The firm was founded on the experience of Israel’s biggest power company to fend off thousands of hacking attacks a day...  More

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The life and times of St. Wenceslas

28-09-2015 02:01 | Dominik Jůn

Photo: archive of Radio Prague Hello and welcome to a special programme marking Czech Statehood day, which is also the feast day of St. Wenceslas. I am joined for a look at the life of St. Wenceslas – or St. Václav – by Tomáš Petráček, who is a theologian, priest, religious historian,...  More

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