26-05-2016 22:15

Current Affairs

Failure of smoking ban bill sparks coalition war of words

26-05-2016 13:06 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Filip Jandourek

Photo: Filip Jandourek

The latest failed attempt to ban smoking in Czech pubs and restaurants has left the country’s government looking distinctly shaky. Since Wednesday’s lower house vote coalition partners ANO and the Social Democrats have each been blaming the other for the collapse of the much-discussed bill.  More

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Prague Fringe Festival launches with ‘cream of the crop’

26-05-2016 15:17 | Chris Johnstone

'Echoes', photo: archive of Prague Fringe Festival One of the biggest events of the English-language cultural calendar in Prague starts on Friday. For those not in the know – that’s the Prague Fringe Festival – and it continues for a whole nine days.  More

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Czech Green groups say lawmakers preparing to sacrifice arable land for development

25-05-2016 13:28 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Public Domain In the words of Mark Twain, you should buy up land because they ain’t producing it any more. One might quibble with the accuracy of that statement then and now, because as the Dutch have amply proved land can be reclaimed. But the message, especially for the landlocked Czech Republic, holds good.  More

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Sports News

Sports News

23-05-2016 13:33 | Ian Willoughby

Pavel Vrba, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Footballers assemble ahead of Euro 2016 – Vrba looks forward to rare period of prolonged training; champions Plzeň to replace boss Krejčí with Pivarník; Hradec Králové and Karviná win promotion; Czech swimmers leave London empty-handed; and Šafářová and Kvitová advance to second round at Roland Garros. More

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Czech Books

Recording the Past: Miloslav Disman’s Prague Speaks

21-05-2016 02:01 | Rosie Johnston

Miloslav Disman, photo: Václav Flegl / Czech Radio One of the familiar voices that will forever be associated with Czechoslovak Radio belongs to Miloslav Disman, who worked here between 1930 and 1973, and who changed the style of radio broadcasting in this country, with such informal programmes as Okénko (which you just heard a snippet of), and through a radio children’s ensemble, which bears his name to this day.  More

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21-05-2016 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Ruth Francken, photo: Pantalaskas, CC BY-SA 3.0 Today in Mailbox: The young Czech author Kateřina Tučková, comments on the proposed new name of the country, Radio Prague's 2016 QSL cards, mystery Czech quiz. Listeners/readers quoted: Jane E. Vsetula, Robert Tománek, Hans Verner Lollike, Li Ming, Jayanta Chakrabarty, Radhakrishna Pillai.  More

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Plzeňský Prazdroj up for sale as price of InBev deal

26-05-2016 11:57 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Plzeňský Prazdroj Czech brewing jewel Plzeňský Prazdroj is going up for sale. That’s the result of the go ahead from the European Commission to the massive worldwide beer deal under which global market leader InBev acquires its nearest rival SABMiller. Plzeňský Prazdroj...  More

Rusnok named new governor of Czech National Bank

25-05-2016 15:14 | Jan Velinger

Jiří Rusnok, Miloš Zeman, photo: CTK Former interim prime minister Jiří Rusnok was named as new governor of the Czech National Bank on Wednesday at Prague Castle. Rusnok, an economist who also served as finance minister and minister of industry and trade and is a friend of President Miloš...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Folk musical about robber bandit steals Czech hearts

22-05-2016 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

'Balada pro Banditu', photo: Barrandov Film Studios Hello and welcome to Radio Prague with me Ruth Fraňková. In today’s Sunday Music Show we look at a famous Czech musical film called Balada pro Banditu or Ballad for a Bandit. Shot in 1978, the “folk musical” about the famous Carpathian outlaw features...  More

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Travel Tip

Czech Canada - a vast, barren landscape in miniature

21-05-2016 02:01 | Dominik Jůn

Czech Canada, photo: Atriplexmedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 Czech Canada is the name of an area in south-eastern Bohemia within the Jindřichův Hradec region. Spanning around 250 square kilometres, it is characterized by a terrain of gently rolling hills, pine forests, and an atmosphere of infinite vastness and...  More

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New Orleans-based pianist Sullivan Fortner talks jazz ahead of American Spring Music Festival

20-05-2016 15:32 | Jan Velinger

Sullivan Fortner, photo: archive of American Spring Festival Sullivan Fortner is an immensely talented pianist who has been getting plenty of attention on the jazz scene with numerous live performances and with his successful debut Aria on Impulse. This summer he will be performing at the Newport Jazz Festival;...  More

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Pivο: Brewing it Czech style in divided Nicosia

19-05-2016 15:56 | Alexis Rosenzweig

Photo: Πίβο microbrewery Facebook page Sunday’s parliamentary elections, ongoing negotiations over a reunification of the divided island – and maybe football: these are some of the main topics discussed in the garden of the Pivo "πίβο" Microbrewery, recently opened in the heart of Nicosia,...  More

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