Sunday Music Show

Vojtěch Dyk and the B-Side Band

02-08-2015 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Vojtěch Dyk, photo: YouTube In this week we hear tracks off a newer project by acclaimed singer and performer Vojtěch Dyk and B-Side Band.  More

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01-08-2015 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Jan Harant In Magazine: a chink in the armour of the Czech military, a forty-metre-tall brick chimney in bloom, a Czech town holds its annual bread-baking celebration and forget about exotic breeds “adopt” a bench on Wenceslas Square!  More

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Czech Books

Message of student solidarity still powerful after over seventy years

01-08-2015 02:01 | David Vaughan

Protests by Czech university students on 28 October 1939, photo: ČT24 One of the early atrocities of World War Two was the violent suppression of protests by Czech university students on 28 October 1939. This was just over six months after German troops had marched into Prague. One student was killed and three weeks later a further nine were executed. Twelve hundred more were sent to concentration camps. The news caused outrage in countries fighting Nazi Germany and 17 November was declared International Students’ Day. With the help of staff from the Czech Radio archive, David Vaughan and students from the Anglo-American University in Prague have uncovered a unique radio play, produced in wartime London in response to these tragic events.  More

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An American foodie goes to Prague

A café paradise in Vinohrady and Žižkov

01-08-2015 | Halley Crane

Café Pavlač  (Photo: Café Pavlač) Prague’s Vinohrady and Žižkov are two up-and-coming culinary neighbourhoods full of quaint cafés and charming watering holes. Since living in the area, I’ve tried to spend as much time as possible café hopping, and sampling some of the tasty treats and comfortable ambiance on offer.  More

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Dvůr Králové Zoo opens first lion safari in Central and Eastern Europe

30-07-2015 15:20 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: ČT24 The Dvůr Králové Zoo which is known for its valiant efforts to try to save the Northern White Rhino, has a new attraction. This month it opened a lion safari – the only one of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. Just days after the opening I spoke to the zoo’s Jan Stejskal about the new undertaking and began by asking how the idea to establish a lion safari in central Europe emerged.  More

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In Focus

Guidebook lifts lid on little known haunts of the secret police

28-07-2015 12:23 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Academia Publishing House Guidebooks are fairly common fare in Prague during the height of the tourism season. But one with a difference which has come out and takes the visitor and local both near the tourist hotspots and off the beaten path. It is in fact a guide to the sites used by the Communist-era secret police in the capital. The author is Prokop Tomek, an historian at the Prague’s Military History Institute and an expert on many aspects of the workings of the former secret police and intelligence service. I asked him first of all where the inspiration for the book first came from.  More

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Sports News

Sports News

27-07-2015 14:20 | Ian Willoughby

Zuzana Hejnová, photo: ČTK In Sports News this Monday: Czechs target playoffs spot after drawing Germany in 2018 World Cup qualifiers; winning start for Plzeň as league begins; König helps Froome to Tour de France victory; and Hejnová wins in London as Špotáková misses top spot by one centimetre.  More

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Business News

31-07-2015 14:25 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: FreeImages In Business News this week: 2015 growth seen reaching almost 4.0 percent; takeover bid reported for Unipetrol; massive bill presented to Vítkovice boss; Karlovy Vary mineral water giant snaps up domestic rival; and state emergency reserve considers live...  More

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Czech company EPH in frame for Slovenské Elektrárne end game

31-07-2015 12:20 | Chris Johnstone

Nuclear power plant Mochovce, photo: Peko, Wikimedia CC 3.0 The end game for the sale of Slovenské Elektrárne has been set out with Czech company EPH in the frame to become one of Europe’s major power players. But the scenario set out by current majority owner ENEL is far from clear.   More


Current Affairs

Figure skating legend Ája Vrzáňová-Steindler dies at 84

31-07-2015 12:54 | Jan Velinger

Ája Vrzáňová, photo: ČTK Prague-born Ája Vrzáňová-Steindler, the women’s world champion in 1949 and 1950 in Paris and London, has died at the age of 84. At the height of her career, Vrzáňová-Steindler was an ice skating legend; in 1950 she defected to the West and eventually...  More

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Czech designer sex toys in production following successful crowdfunding campaign

29-07-2015 15:06 | Jan Velinger

Photo: archive of Anna Marešová Designer Anna Marešová first made headlines several years ago when her sex toys won the main National Student Design Award. Since, she has gone professional. Just recently she oversaw a crowdfunding campaign which raised almost 40,000 US...  More

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One on One

Lenka Lichtenberg, Part 2: Czech synagogue recordings perhaps biggest project of my life

27-07-2015 14:21 | Ian Willoughby

Lenka Lichtenberg, photo: ČT Singer Lenka Lichtenberg was born in Prague where she was a child star with the Semafor theatre in the 1960s. Several years after her emigration to Canada, and well into her career as a singer, she began performing songs in Yiddish. When I asked her...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Lenka Lichtenberg’s Songs from the Breathing Walls – a poignant tribute to lost Jewish communities

26-07-2015 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Lenka Lichtenberg, photo: archive of Lenka Lichtenberg Prague-born, Canada-based Lenka Lichtenberg recorded the haunting Songs from the Breathing Walls at a dozen synagogues in Bohemia and Moravia. Chiefly comprising Jewish liturgical pieces the wonderful 17-track CD, released in 2012, represents a poignant...  More

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