Paul Polansky and the Lety Roma camp: Part 2

31-01-2015 02:01 | Chris Johnstone

Lety memorial, photo: Jana Šustová This is the second of a two part special which focuses on American genealogist and amateur historian Paul Polansky and how he brought to Czech and worldwide attention the existence of the Czech camp for Roma at Lety during the Second World War.  More

Czech Books

Monotonous Czechs and insincere Americans: does the way we talk influence our prejudices?

31-01-2015 02:01 | David Vaughan

Jan Volín, photo: David Vaughan Every language has its own rhythms and melodies, and these influence the way we speak foreign languages too. However hard we try, we nearly always end up imposing the melodies of our native tongue onto the language we’re trying to speak. Would Greta Garbo saying “I want to be alone” or JFK’s “Ich bin ein Berliner” have the same impact without the accent? This question is not just a curiosity. With so much of the world’s communication going on in English, a group of academics at the Institute of Phonetics of Prague’s Charles University is researching into how English spoken with a Czech accent influences its impact on native speakers.  More


Of ploughed-up mice

31-01-2015 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: 4028mdk09, CC BY 3.0 Unported Hello and welcome to a fresh edition of SoundCzech, in which you can learn Czech phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song, called OK, is by the band Alkehol, and it is literally packed with interesting idioms and phrases:  More


Paul Polansky and the Lety Roma camp: Part 1

30-01-2015 15:04 | Chris Johnstone

Paul Polansky, photo: Pino Alpino, CC BY-SA 3.0 This is the first of a two part programme which focuses on American genealogist and amateur historian Paul Polansky and how he brought to Czech and worldwide attention the existence of the Czech camp for Roma at Lety during the Second World War.  More

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Ownership changes help spark new media flurry in Czech Republic

28-01-2015 14:22 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Bin im Garten, CC BY-SA 3.0 Traditional Czech newspapers appear to be losing their allure under new ownership. Readership and advertising revenues are down. Meanwhile, though, a raft of new media titles and concepts have hit the market, all trying to find the magic formula for success.  More

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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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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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Business News

30-01-2015 15:40 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Barbora Kmentová In Business News this week: Study suggests grey economy equal to 15 percent of GDP; meat production up after over decade of decline; personnel agencies warn of huge shortfall in some specialists; VAT rise on cigarettes to kick in next month; and smart...  More

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Industry minister Jan Mládek in hole over coal mining limits

30-01-2015 13:18 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Filip Jandourek Around 600 to 700 miners demonstrated in front of the Ministry of Industry and Trade on Thursday. But as an afterthought, they will have probably understood that they were banging at the wrong door.   More


Current Affairs

Environment ministry joins forces with NGOs to combat wildlife poaching

30-01-2015 13:58 | Dominik Jůn

A shot lynx, photo: CTK/Alka Wildlife The Czech environment ministry has joined forces with wildlife groups to formulate new policies designed to battle poaching. According to the ministry, endangered protected species are still being illegally poached in the Czech Republic – including otters,...  More

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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,...  More

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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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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...  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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