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My people will never abandon their democratic way of life: the irony of a Beneš speech of 1945

29-08-2015 02:01 | David Vaughan

Edvard Beneš, photo: archive of Czech Radio In the spring of 1945, just before he ended his six-year exile in Britain, President Edvard Beneš gave an address in English that was broadcast by the BBC. The fight to liberate Czechoslovakia was still under way, but by now it was clear that the war was drawing to a close and Beneš was already looking towards the post-war future of his country. A recording of the historic speech was recently rediscovered in the Czech Foreign Ministry, and is one of a number of archive broadcasts that David Vaughan has been studying with his students from the Anglo-American University in Prague.  More

Magazine

Magazine

29-08-2015 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: David Kubíček In Magazine: what do Czechs expect of their holidays? Sunbathing, shopping, surfing the web and with a bit of luck, some sex. A Czech tourist on holiday in Bulgaria complains that there were “too many Bulgarians on the beach”, a botched translation job has made South Moravia the butt of ridicule and Lebanese-based designer Blanka Matragi wows the public with a glass dress.  More

Letter from Prague

Who’s the daddy of the daddy of the nation?

29-08-2015 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, photo: Public Domain Czechoslovakia’s founder and first president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk is hugely respected by many Czechs and still referred to as the tatínek (daddy) of the nation. But who was the great man’s own father? According to a book that has received a lot of attention lately, it may have been none other than Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph 1.  More

Arts

Czech museum recreates golden age of the video game arcade

28-08-2015 14:07 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Jarda Petřík Many of those who grew up in the late 1970s and 1980s in the West well remember the golden age of arcade video games: 8-bit and later 16-bit graphics and excellent sound that was the apex of electronic gaming and game design then. Since 2011, anyone in the Czech Republic wishing to experience what it was like can do so easily - at the the Arcade Museum in Červený Újezd just outside of Prague.  More

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Marketplace

Czech companies make slow progress taking on board LGBT diversity

26-08-2015 14:14 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Tomáš Adamec Business through diversity was the theme of a day long seminar accompanying the recent Prague Pride events. Basically, speakers argued that companies and institutions which allowed their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual employees to be open about their sexual preferences get a much better performance out of them. Such companies also improve their overall image, improve recruiting chances, and plug into a significant section of the market. So, how is the Czech Republic doing with regard to the LGBT community and market?  More

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One on One

Czech Centres must promote science and innovation as well as culture, says new head Zdeněk Lyčka

24-08-2015 13:39 | Ian Willoughby

Zdeněk Lyčka, photo: CTK Zdeněk Lyčka has just been made acting director of the Czech Centres, a network of institutes that promote Czech culture on the international stage. Mr. Lyčka, who is 57, himself headed the Czech Centre in Stockholm at the end of the 1990s and has also served as Czech ambassador to Denmark.  More

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Sunday Music Show

Ohm Square – 90s dance pioneers now in a Curious Place

23-08-2015 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Ohm Square, photo: Lukas Cetera / artykel.cz Prague dance outfit Ohm Square have been around since the mid-1990s when they made a splash as purveyors of live drum’n’bass and breakbeat and featured on some of the era’s most memorable Czech movie soundtracks. Last year the group, now slimmed down to the duo of Charlie One (Charlotte Fairman) and Jan 2 (Jan Čechtický), returned after a long absence with the LP A Curious Place Between Souls and Atoms on leading local indie label Starcastic. More

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Business

Business News

28-08-2015 15:13 | Ruth Fraňková

In Business News this week: government to spend seven billion crowns on boosting Czechs’ digital literacy; Fortuna’s net profit drops by 47 percent; Czech fruit and vegetable growers lose 480 million crowns due to Russian sanctions; Prague hotels enjoy...  More

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Czech Republic is European ‘tiger’ economy with 4.4 percent growth

28-08-2015 14:23 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Tomáš Adamec The Czech Republic has the fastest growing economy in Europe, according to revised growth estimates from the Czech Statistical office released on Friday. The revised figures have confirmed the 4.4 percent growth in the second quarter of the year compared...  More

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Current Affairs

ANO leader Andrej Babiš faces problems on many fronts

28-08-2015 13:32 | Chris Johnstone

Andrej Babiš, photo: Filip Jandourek It’s probably been a week to write off for ANO leader Andrej Babiš. He has had to intervene in the crisis surrounding Prague’s mayor; relations with his coalition partners in government appear to have deteriorated even further, and the latest public...  More

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Panorama

John Mucha: I want to show the world the full scale of my grandfather’s art

27-08-2015 15:46 | Miroslav Krupička

John Mucha, photo: Miroslav Krupička John Mucha is the grandson of the famous Czech Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha and president of the Alphonse Mucha Foundation. Last week he visited Radio Prague’s studio to talk about his latest project –a Mucha exhibition at the Russell-Cotes Museum...  More

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In Focus

Still steamed-up on the river after 150 years

25-08-2015 16:25 | Ruth Fraňková

'Vltava' steamer, photo: CzechTourism This year, it is 150 years since the first steamboats started to cruise the waters of the Vltava River in Prague. While back then, steamers were used mainly as a means of transport, nowadays they belong among the city’s most popular tourist...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

24-08-2015 15:45 | Ian Willoughby

Martin Fuksa (right), photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Fuksa takes gold in 500m at Canoe Sprint World Championships; Maslák fails to make it out of the heats in 400m at World Athletics Championships; and no change at head of Czech soccer league as top three win in round...  More

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Czech History

Changes in teaching and writing history in the past two decades

22-08-2015 02:01 | Rosie Johnston

Michal Pullmann, photo: archive of Charles University Last time in Czech History, Michal Pullmann discussed his research into Czechoslovak society in the 1980s. In this second in a two-part special, he reflects upon the public role that historians play more generally in the Czech Republic today.   More

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