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31-07-2016 00:37

Special

An English girl and a Czech soldier

30-07-2016 02:01 | David Vaughan

Czech and Slovak pilots in RAF, photo: Public Domain In the last programme in our series marking Radio Prague’s 80th birthday we heard recordings of Czechs and Slovaks fighting in the British armed forces during World War Two. This week our tour of the radio archives brings us forward to the heady days immediately after the war. It is May 1945, Czechoslovakia has been liberated, and Czechs and Slovaks who fought in the Allied armed forces are returning home. One recording evokes this moment vividly. It is a dramatized reading of a letter, written by a Czech soldier to an English girl at some point shortly after he has returned to his home country, still in his British army uniform.  More

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Running legend Emil Zátopek: separating fact from fiction

30-07-2016 02:01 | Chris Johnstone

Emil Zátopek, photo: Roger Rössing, Deutsche Fotothek, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE With the Summer Olympics now looming, it’s probably appropriate to look a bit deeper at the life and times of probably the greatest Czechoslovak athlete ever, the distance runner Emil Zátopek. It was Zátopek who astoundingly won a trio of gold medals at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres and the marathon, amazingly a distance that he had never competed at before.  More

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Travel Tip

Around Aš

30-07-2016 02:01 | Dominik Jůn

Aš, photo: Dominik Jůn Aš is a town in the far north-west of the Czech Republic, and is part of the so-called Ašský výběžek – or Aš panhandle – a protrusion of land surrounded by Germany on three sides. The panhandle extends from the city of Cheb in the south all the way up to the town of Hranice at the northernmost tip. Located in the middle of the panhandle, Aš is situated just one kilometre from the Bavarian border to the west, and about five kilometres from the German state of Saxony to the east.  More

Arts

Jiráskův Hronov, a celebration of amateur theatre, returns for 86th year

29-07-2016 15:24 | Jan Velinger

Jiráskův Hronov, photo: archive of Radio Prague This Friday sees the start of one of the oldest festivals in Europe celebrating amateur theatre in Hronov close to the Polish border. The festival is dedicated to the great writer Alois Jirásek, who was born there. Although his plays have since fallen out of fashion, some troupes still take a crack at his work every so often; more importantly, over the course of ten days, visitors get to see some of the best in amateur theatre from the year all in one place.  More

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Panorama

Friends of the Earth striving for more wilderness areas in the Czech Republic

28-07-2016 14:40 | Daniela Lazarová

Chřiby, photo: Johana Drlíková, CC BY-SA 3.0 The NGO Friends of the Earth is striving to start a broad debate on expanding wilderness sites outside of the country’s national parks. Earlier this month it released a list of five suitable localities where Nature could be left to its own devices. These areas would moreover be open to the public. I asked Jiří Koželouh, the NGO’s programme director, to tell me more.  More

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One on One

Czech Olympic Committee chief Kejval: War on doping can’t be won but must be fought

25-07-2016 15:23 | Ian Willoughby

Jiří Kejval, photo: Šárka Ševčíková Over 100 Czech athletes are set to take part in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, an event that for some will no doubt be the pinnacle of an entire lifetime in sport. But what would be a satisfactory medals haul from the perspective of the Czech Olympic Committee? And why hasn’t the team adopted the name Czechia?  More

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Passion for Operation Anthropoid has led me to every corner of Prague, says author and tour organiser John Martin

23-07-2016 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: archive of John Martin Among the credits in the forthcoming movie Anthropoid is “Man at assassination”. That man is John Martin, a Liverpudlian who was invited to appear as an extra after several years of correspondence on Operation Anthropoid with the film’s director and co-writer Sean Ellis. A stand-up comedian by profession, Martin has for decades had a huge interest in the incredibly daring assassination of Nazi governor Reinhard Heydrich by Czechoslovak parachutists Jan Kubiš and Jozef Gabčík in Prague in 1942. More

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Business

Business News

29-07-2016 14:48 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: archive of OKD In Business News this week: OKD thrown 700 million crown lifeline; helicopter purchase tender ready for take-off; Forever 21 to launch in Czech Republic; audacious proposal for planning permissions; and interior ministry held to account.   More

Bohempia aims to bring hemp back into the Czech textile business

29-07-2016 13:51 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Bohempia A newly-established Czech firm is trying to bring hemp back into the Czech textile business. It produces T-shirts, socks, gloves and even sneakers out of hemp and is currently aiming to expand its line to hemp jeans.   More

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Current Affairs

Last ditch moves are aimed at halting auction of Prague Invalidovna complex

29-07-2016 13:37 | Chris Johnstone

Invalidovna, photo: CTK One of Prague’s most impressive architectural secrets, the massive baroque Invalidovna complex in the city’s Karlín district, is up for sale. Used as a backdrop to many films, the former home for war veterans constructed in the 18th century had found...  More

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Tradespeople up in arms over booming Jack-of-all-trades phenomenon

29-07-2016 14:20 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: archive of Radio Prague Czech tradespeople are up in arms over the increasing rivalry that plumbers, painters and electricians are getting from unqualified jacks-of- all trades who make a living by helping out with whatever needs to be done around the house. The “hodinový manžel”...  More

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Marketplace

Swopping views on how to deal with sharing economy

27-07-2016 13:08 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: archive of Uber The sharing economy is one of those vogue terms that can perhaps best be explained by some of the concepts which have been made possible by the Internet, digital applications, and credit cards. Crowd funding is one. Others are flat and house renting...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

25-07-2016 14:28 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Rio-bound Czech athletes split over treatment of Russians; Kvitová hoping to turn season around in Brazil; Plzeň and Sparta readying for Champions League qualifiers; and Prague Black Panthers lift Czech Bowl after controversial...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Markéta Konvičková seeks wider audience with album releases

24-07-2016 02:01 | Clare Profous

Markéta Konvičková, photo: archive of Markéta Konvičková In today's Sunday Music Show we will be listening to songs from Markéta Konvičková’s last two albums – TABLO and Kafe, bar a nikotin. Markéta Konvičková is a 22 year old Czech pop singer who first rose to fame in 2009 as a finalist on the Czech and Slovak...  More

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