Current Affairs

President Zeman warns of “appeasement” of Islamic radicals

27-01-2015 13:46 | Dominik Jůn

Miloš Zeman, photo: CTK

Miloš Zeman, photo: CTK

Czech President Miloš Zeman has called on the world to deal with Islamic radicalism the same way it ultimately had to deal with Nazism in the 1940s. The comments were made at Prague Castle before dozens of European leaders as part of events marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.  More

In Focus

Texan builds business on DIY skills

27-01-2015 15:05 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: DIY Praha Do you need a new shelf but you are fed up with going to IKEA again? Well, why not try making it yourself? If you don’t have the space or the tools, you can visit a DIY workshop in the centre of Prague. In case you are lacking the experience and skills, its owner, Hank Duke, can also provide the necessary know-how.  More

One on One

Energy of ‘90s Prague was invigorating, says Maltese writer Alex Vella Gera

26-01-2015 15:50 | Ian Willoughby

Alex Vella Gera, photo: Ian Willoughby Novelist Alex Vella Gera made headlines in his native Malta in 2009 when he found himself in court over a short story deemed obscene by the authorities. The piece had been written several years earlier, during a spell the writer – then in his 20s – spent living in Prague in the second half of the 1990s. Vella Gera has just been back in the Czech capital for the first time since then for a short visit.  More

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Sunday Music Show

Kieslowski – Downtempo duo get intimate on Mezi Lopatky

25-01-2015 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Indies Scope Records Mezi Lopatky, the third LP from Prague group Kieslowski, was one of the most acclaimed local indie releases of 2014. Duo Marie Kieslowski and David Pomahač describe themselves as “urban folk” and “amplified acoustic”, though their downtempo sound and intimate, relationship-exploring lyrics may perhaps put some in mind of England’s the XX. More

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Czech Life

Last British Wellington bomber, undergoing final stage of restoration work, could be used to honour Czechoslovak WW II airmen

24-01-2015 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Jiří Hošek Public broadcaster Czech Radio has backed in initiative for a Vickers Wellington bomber undergoing restoration work in Great Britain to feature the markings of the Czechoslovak 311th squadron which flew with that type of RAF bomber in World War II. Czech Radio’s correspondent in London, Jiří Hošek, first learned of the reconstruction project last autumn, and came forward with the idea. What are the chances the plane could feature the colours of the 311th? And what is the aircraft’s place in Czechoslovak military history? Find out in today’s edition.  More

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Fortepiano builder Paul McNulty & pianist Viviana Sofronitsky discuss historic keyboard production and Early Music

23-01-2015 16:24 | Jan Velinger

Paul McNulty, photo: © Paul McNulty Most dedicated listeners but also more casual fans of classical music have at some point wondered about the sound of early musical instruments once played by the great composers. The question of how historic instruments might have sounded veritably haunted Russian pianist Anton Rubinstein, who lamented that while some instruments that had survived in museums they had long lost their original colour and tone. The result was that nobody really knew any longer which techniques had been used in their production, or what their exact sound was like. That knowledge and experience had been lost.  More

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ČEZ CEO suggests new fuel tender should be held for Temelín reactors

27-01-2015 14:20 | Ruth Fraňková

Daniel Beneš, photo: Filip Jandourek A multi-billion crown tender to supply Czech power company ČEZ with nuclear fuel for its two Temelin reactors looks like it is on the horizon. ČEZ’s general manager and board chairman Daniel Beneš raised the prospect that the current contract of Russian...  More

Czech Republic likely to benefit from ECB economic boost, euro exchange rate bolstered

26-01-2015 11:50 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: adamr / The Czech Republic can expect to get its small share of the benefits from the European Central Bank (ECB) move last week to pump a significant amount of money into the economy to boost growth and fuel inflation. The move will also help ease pressure...  More


Sports News

Sports News

26-01-2015 16:07 | Ian Willoughby

Tomáš Berdych, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Berdych facing bogey-man Nadal in Australian Open quarter-final; Kvitová exits in third round in Melbourne; Voráček plays down equaling All-Star Game points record; Rosický is star man for Arsenal; and Koudelka tops World...  More

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Current Affairs

Prague Castle defends decision to host Auschwitz liberation events

26-01-2015 15:47 | Daniela Lazarová

Let My People Live forum, photo: CTK Remembrance events marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, organized by the European Jewish Congress in the Czech Republic have strained relations between Prague and Warsaw and left Czech politicians fending off accusations...  More

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Letter from Prague

Masaryk, tech visionary?

24-01-2015 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, photo: YouTube One is so used to black-and-white photographs depicting Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, the founder of Czechoslovakia, as stern, dignified, even iconic looking that a video posted on YouTube in which he playfully speaks to camera is almost startling.   More

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24-01-2015 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Odoric of Pordenone Today in Mailbox: "Zed" or "zee", Radio Prague's signature tune, listeners' quiz. Listeners/readers quoted: Colin Law, Joanna Shelton, Hans Verner Lollike, Valery Lugovskiy, Mary Lou Krenek, P. Sivashanmugham, Jayanta Chakrabarty, Deblina Biswas, Dipita...  More

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Up-and-coming Czech designer: The only limitations are in our heads

22-01-2015 15:17 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Natureza Michaela Hořejší is a young Czech designer whose ambition it is to bring a breath of fresh air into people’s homes. Her design studio Natureza provides customized interior design solutions that combine quality, beauty and a simple elegance. But, talking...  More

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