30-08-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: archive of Customs Administration of the Czech Republic In Magazine: a pub owner is in hot water for displaying a stuffed bear, a hotelier in Mikulov makes headlines after threatening to humiliate visitors who pee outside his hotel, a sixteen-year-old boy out on a joyride smashes into a police car, three Czech women declare war on a cheating husband’s mistress and two literary buffs are turning police reports into poetry.  More

Czech Books

Romany writers at home on Facebook

30-08-2014 02:01 | David Vaughan

In a recent edition of Czech Books, we spoke to the Romany writer, Irena Eliášová. She mentioned that her novel, November, had been published earlier this year by an internet publisher. This inspired David Vaughan to find out more about Romany writing in the digital age, and he discovered that Czech Roma have embraced the social media in a big way.  More

Letter from Prague

Rollerblading in Nymburk

30-08-2014 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Illustrative photo: Jitka Englová When I first started dating my future wife around 12 years ago, one of the first challenges I faced as a ‘suitable’ potential partner was the roller blade test. A skate not on Prague's fairly flat Letná Plain (well okay, we did that too) but a suicidal slalom down a road in Stromovka Park.  More


Brave New Worlds the theme of upcoming Fresh Film Fest

29-08-2014 16:52 | Jan Velinger

The Fresh Film Fest – highlighting films by debuting directors, students and professionals – is just around the corner, set to take place in Prague in the second half of September. Ahead of the festival, Radio Prague spoke to Fresh Film’s programme director Michal Hogenauer. More

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Vice-president of the Confederation of Industry: Russia will always be an important third market for Czech exporters

28-08-2014 16:03 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Agnés Joyaut Intensive negotiations are underway to try to cushion the impact of the Ukrainian crisis on Czech exporters. The Agriculture Ministry has estimated this year’s loses at around 300 million crowns while the Confederation of Industry is talking about billion crown losses due to disappearing contracts, problematic funding and heightened competition from Asian exporters on the Russian market.  More

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One on One

Darek Jakubowicz: One of group of Bohemians’ fans about to retrace famous 1927 tour of Australia

25-08-2014 15:51 | Ian Willoughby

Darek Jakubowicz, photo: Ian Willoughby Next Monday a group of fans of Bohemians 1905 are setting off on a huge adventure. The supporters are heading to Australia to retrace a famous 1920s tour that gave the Prague soccer club both their name and their “kangaroo” logo. Among the party visiting 10 cities Down Under will be Darek Jakubowicz, whose family company are majority shareholders and main sponsors of Bohemians. More

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Sunday Music Show

Brno’s alternative “supergroup” Dunaj

24-08-2014 02:01 | Jan Richter

Dunaj, photo: Czech Television In the late 1980s, the city of Brno boasted a vibrant rock scene with one of its major fixtures being the band Dunaj. The group formed in 1987 by the singer Iva Bittová, drummer Pavel Fajt and other renowned musicians, and went on to release four studio albums before their eventual break-up a decade later. Dunaj, whose music style has been described as intense and challenging, had a lasting influence on the Czech indie scene of the 1990s.  More

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My Prague

My Prague – Adam Štěch

23-08-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Adam Štěch, photo: Ian Willoughby Adam Štěch writes for the leading Czech design magazine Dolce Vita, as well as high-end international outlets like the website Coolhunting and Mark magazine. He also takes part in projects around Europe as part of the Okolo design collective, which produces an impressive magazine of its own. Our tour of “Adam Štěch’s Prague” begins downtown on the plaza beside the National Theatre and behind the institution’s futuristic New Stage building.  More

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Business News

29-08-2014 15:48 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: athewma / freeimages Business News: the Czech government debates measures to cushion the impact of the EU-Russian sanctions, Prague hosts a two-day Chinese Investment Forum, Škoda Auto aims to increase its sales in China and Czech farmers expect a record grain harvest.   More

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Attendance of top Chinese official at Prague forum reflects reset in relations

28-08-2014 15:39 | Ian Willoughby

Bohuslav Sobotka, Zhang Gaoli, photo: CTK Over a thousand delegates from China, the Czech Republic and other European states gathered at Prague Castle on Thursday for the start of a China Investment Forum, the biggest event of its kind ever held in this country. It comes amid Czech efforts to...  More

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Current Affairs

Ombudswoman’s defence of hijab sparks heated debate in the Czech Republic

29-08-2014 15:21 | Ruth Fraňková

Illustrative photo: Ruth Livingstone / freeimages Czech Ombudswoman Anna Šabatová has stirred heated debate on the Czech political scene by standing up for two students who were banned from wearing headscarves at a medical school in Prague. Politicians across the political spectrum as well as President...  More

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In Focus

Raketon - a myriad of sounds on two strings

26-08-2014 15:36 | Masha Volynsky

Raketon, photo: Tomáš Rasl A one-of-a-kind instrument called raketon made its first public appearance three years ago in a museum exhibit, but this week it had its debut in a contemporary classical music concert, together with Prague’s Berg Orchestra. I had a chance to speak to...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

25-08-2014 15:53 | Ian Willoughby

Sparta Prague - Dukla Prague, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Two league defeats in two weekends for Sparta – weakened side no excuse, says Lavička; Špotáková beaten for first time this season in Birmingham; Kvitová lifts New Haven title on eve of US Open; and no medals for Czechs at...  More

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Czech Life

The “Old Bohemian” Trdelník

23-08-2014 02:01 | Dominik Jůn

Trdelník, photo: Kristýna Maková Old Town Square in the middle of a typically busy tourist-filled summer’s day. Along one side are several food stalls, which are a relatively new feature for the Old Town. They are selling crepes and hams and sausages and one unmistakable stall is selling...  More

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Words, words, words

23-08-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Kristýna Maková Hello and welcome to another edition of SoundCzech in which you can learn Czech phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song is by the group Spiritual Kvintet and the phrase to listen out for is “správné slovo”.   More

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