03-05-2016 06:59

Current Affairs

Populist leader announces plans to create Czech version of Germany’s AfD

02-05-2016 14:44 | Daniela Lazarová

Martin Konvička, photo: CTK

Martin Konvička, photo: CTK

The movement Bloc Against Islam, which had hopes of running on a joint-platform with the Dawn party in regional and Senate elections this autumn, is to be transformed into a regular party modeled along Germany’s AfD. Its leader Martin Konvička said the new political entity would seek to establish close contacts with AfD in order to bolster its position on the scene in preparation for the 2017 parliamentary elections.  More

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Sports News

Sports News

02-05-2016 15:47 | Ian Willoughby

Viktoria Plzeň, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Viktoria Plzeň lift Czech league title with three rounds to go – coach Krejčí says November win over rivals Sparta sparked march to championship; Lucie Šafářová shows form of old with Prague Open win; and Jágr is shortlisted for Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for dedication to ice hockey.  More

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One on One

Swing scene now more vibrant in Europe than US, says NY-based dance instructor Milo Saidl

02-05-2016 15:32 | Ian Willoughby

Prague Spring Swing Festival, photo: K. Sailerová / PSSF Recently the Prague Spring Swing Festival packed out the Grand Hall at the Lucerna Palace, confirming the dance style’s growing popularity in the Czech Republic. Milo Saidl has been one of the pioneers of swing in this country as a leading member of scene mainstays the Zig Zag group. Today, however, Saidl is living out a long-held dream as a dance instructor in New York.  More

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My Prague

My Prague – Václav Havelka

30-04-2016 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Václav Havelka, photo: Standa Soukup Václav Havelka leads the guitar band Please the Trees, whose fourth LP Carp picked up the prestigious Apollo prize for Czech LP of 2015. The Krkonoše-raised singer and songwriter also collaborates with lots of other musicians and regularly promotes concerts by major independent artists. Our tour of “Václav Havelka’s Prague” begins in a passageway between the streets Spálená and Opatovická that many residents probably have no idea exists. It’s home to Super Tramp Coffee, a newish café with wonderfully peaceful outdoor seating. More

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Charles Bridge - the famous stone bridge commissioned by Bohemian King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV

30-04-2016 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Charles Bridge, photo: CzechTourism Most people who have visited Prague at least once will almost certainly be familiar with Charles Bridge, commissioned by the Bohemian king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. As a structure, the bridge served a vital role connecting the city joining the historic quarters of Malá Strana (Lesser Quarter) and Prague’s Old and New Towns across the Vltava. Today, it remains one of city’s most important and most visited landmarks. More

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Travel Tip

Třeboňsko nature reserve

26-04-2016 11:04 | Dominik Jůn

Třeboň, photo: archive of Radio Prague Třeboňsko nature reserve spans an area of 700 km2 in the far south of Bohemia. Lying east of the hilly terrain of the Šumava region, the area is notable for its remarkably flat landscape – and is the only vast non-hilly environment of its kind in the Czech Republic to receive such special protection as a so-called CHKO (or landscape park). Not only that, but the Třeboň basin is also a UNESCO biosphere reserve. More

Czech Books

Lucie Mikolajková: the translator as a restorer of paintings

23-04-2016 02:01 | David Vaughan

Lucie Mikolajková, photo: David Vaughan Lucie Mikolajková is an unsung hero of Czech writing today. She is one of a number of untiring and underpaid translators, working quietly and out of the public gaze to bring Czech literature to English speakers and vice versa. As a literary translator Lucie has taken up some pretty tough challenges. More

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Double digit pay rises make waves in state and private sectors

02-05-2016 14:44 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Filip Jandourek Wage increases of 10 percent, way ahead of inflation, are now being pledged by some political parties for Czech health workers as well as teachers. And such sizable increases have also been seen in some of the most dynamic parts of the private sector...  More

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Agencies say time ripe for those looking for temp work

29-04-2016 14:17 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Štěpánka Budková With the summer holidays two months away, personnel agencies say the time is ripe for students and others to being applying for temp work, as firms ready to bolster regular staff numbers. Czech Radio reports that construction, landscaping and receptionist...  More


Sunday Music Show

David Koller and the album of the year for 2015

01-05-2016 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Photo: BrainZone In today’s programme we’ll be playing tracks of off the latest solo effort by David Koller – the legendary drummer and frontman for the rock group Lucie. His album, Československo with L-O-V-E in the word highlighted, was recently named album of the year...  More

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Czech Life

Mountain biker Markéta Peggy Marvanová: the thrill of adventure racing is being in Nature 24/7

30-04-2016 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Markéta “Peggy” Marvanová, photo: archive of Markéta Marvanová Markéta “Peggy” Marvanová is a Czech mountain biker specialising in adventure racing. At the age of just 18, she won the annual 1000 Miles race across the Czech Republic and Slovakia for the first time. Since, she has taken part in gruelling contests...  More

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Czech nurse finds second home in Saudi Arabia

28-04-2016 16:39 | Daniela Lazarová

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, photo: Public Domain Six years ago Zuzana Tomášková made a bold decision to change her life. As a nurse and single mum she decided to move to Saudi Arabia in search of a better job and new experiences. Today, the country is her second home, she has made many friends in a...  More

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Study arms Czech government in support of EU-US trade deal

27-04-2016 14:19 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: European Commission Around two weeks ago we reported on how various Czech groups were putting pressure on the Czech government regarding its stance over the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Agreement (TTIP), the deal aimed at paving the way for what might amount to a...  More

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23-04-2016 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Terry Haass, photo: Czech Television Today in Mailbox: Listeners' response to the proposed new name Czechia; Iraqi refugees in the Czech Republic, memory of Český Těšín, mystery Czech quiz. Listeners/readers quoted: Karin Roos, Lynda-Marie Hauptmann, Stephen Hrebenach, Philippe D'Exelle,...  More

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