Sunday Music Show

Věra Martinová - queen of Czech country music

13-07-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Věra Martinová, photo: Rudo 'Eifel' Mladý / Official website of the artist In this week’s Sunday Music show we are profiling Czech singer and guitarist Věra Martinová - one of the big names on the Czech country and folk scene.  More

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Czech Life

Pavlov animal rescue centre successfully breeds & raises European mink

12-07-2014 02:01 | Jan Velinger

European mink, photo: CTK Stanice Pavlov, a recognised animal rescue station in the Czech-Moravian highlands, succeeded after several years of set-backs in successfully breeding a litter of European mink. The European mink, an endangered animal, has disappeared from most of continental Europe as its natural habitat – wetlands – became more and more rare. And that’s not the only detrimental factor.  More

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12-07-2014 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Today in Mailbox: Listening to Radio Prague on shortwave in Florida, response to Radio Prague’s special programme dedicated to the Czech Radio archives, listeners’ quiz question. Listeners/readers quoted: Sam Creecy, Roger Tidy, Hans Verner Lollike, Debaki Ranjan Biswas, Valery Lugovski, Colin Law, Jayanta Chakrabarty, Hisanobu Ota, Mary Lou Krenek.  More

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I have what it takes – do you?

12-07-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Prokop Havel Welcome to a fresh edition of SoundCzech Radio Prague’s Czech language course in which you can lean new phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song is by the rock group Natural and is called Já na to mám.  More

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Czech singer & songwriter Patricie and former guitarist for Amy Winehouse, Robin Banerjee, perform at Prague Proms

11-07-2014 15:50 | Jan Velinger

Robin Banerjee, Patricie, photo: archive of Prague Proms The Prague Proms International Music Festival is well underway and this Friday offers something special: a concert by up-and-coming Czech singer Patricie and British musician Robin Banerjee (former guitarist for the late soul, rhythm and blues and jazz great Amy Winehouse). They, along with additional musicians, have collaborated on a project called Moods. One recording, 1929, is already getting a lot of attention. More

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Controversial RU 486 abortion pill becomes legally available in the Czech Republic

10-07-2014 13:21 | Daniela Lazarová

Illustrative photo: Kristýna Maková Last year doctors performed around 23,000 surgical abortions in the Czech Republic, a fifth of them for health reasons. Now women who decide to end their pregnancy in its early stages have the option of using the newly available abortion pill RU 486. While many women welcome the chance to replace surgical abortion with a less invasive method of inducing miscarriage, critics and pro-life activists are vehemently protesting the pill’s registration.  More

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In Focus

Czech Republic seeks strategy for social housing as crisis shows no signs of improving

08-07-2014 13:45 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Filip Jandourek A housing crisis has developed over the last two decades in the Czech Republic with the stock of local council accommodation for the least well off shrinking as flats and houses were sold off while the numbers of those needing an affordable roof over their heads increased. The government is now working on putting together an all-embracing policy to address the problems but there are no illusions this will be an easy task.  More

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Business News

11-07-2014 13:28 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Tomáš Adamec In Business News this week: post office seeks new money spinner; Hungary’s MOL looks to pump up petrol station sales; ČEZ battle shifts to supervisory board power; flat sales climb, but prices also; study launched into Central European canal link.  More

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More Czech restaurants willing to provide tap water with meals, according to daily

11-07-2014 10:51 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Konstanty Paluchowski / freeimages Anyone who has ever visited a restaurant in the US will have noticed and likely apprecaited the availability of free tap water with their meals. The practice, according to internet daily iDNES, appears to have caught on in some Czech restaurants with...  More


Current Affairs

Wimbledon champion Kvitová faces storm over Monaco tax haven

11-07-2014 13:52 | Dominik Jůn

Petra Kvitová, photo: CTK She won the Wimbledon tennis singles title for the second time just one week ago. But now the Czech tennis star and current world number 4 Petra Kvitová is facing criticism for an alleged lack of patriotism stemming from the fact that for tax purposes,...  More

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Rising car sales reflect economic recovery, increased consumer confidence

09-07-2014 15:48 | Jan Richter

Photo: Škoda Auto Both production and sales of cars in the Czech Republic have seen a strong increase this year. Some 94,000 new cars were registered in the country in the first six months of 2014, more than 16 percent higher than in the same period last year. Meanwhile,...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

07-07-2014 15:19 | Jan Richter

Petra Kvitová, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Petra Kvitová’s impressive win at Wimbledon; Czech girls finish fourth at U17 world basketball championships; and two Czech riders take part in Tour de France.   More

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One on One

Cats at meetings and ‘60s Škoda with diplomatic plates all part of UK ambassador Jan Thompson’s informal approach

07-07-2014 15:20 | Ian Willoughby

Jan Thompson, photo: Ian Willoughby The UK’s ambassador to the Czech Republic since the summer, Jan Thompson adopts a relatively informal approach that includes driving what must be the country’s only 1969 Škoda with diplomatic plates. Prague is Thompson’s first posting as ambassador and...  More

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