Luke Allnutt is a senior journalist at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. The Englishman’s career will enter a new and exciting phase in early 2018 with the publication of his gripping debut novel We Own the Sky, which has been sold in 30-odd countries around the world. Our tour of “Luke Allnutt’s Prague” begins by the Vltava River, on the embankment known as Naplávka.
Human rights minister Jan Chvojka has warned that an amendment from a fellow Social Democrat member of parliament, Václav Klučka, would restrict the rights of foreigners and EU citizens when it comes to residency permits. According to the daily Právo, he highlighted the fact that foreigners denied residency would lose their right of a court appeal. Klučka’s amendment is said to enjoy wide support in parliament.
A lot of Czechs might not recognise Robert Polo by appearance. But many undoubtedly know the American’s rich and distinctive voice – and Dr. Bob persona – as a prominent presenter on the radio stations Metropolis, Expres and, currently, Color Music Radio. Polo is also a leading voice artist in the Czech Republic, as well as an in-demand compere of live events. When we spoke, he told me he had already been a broadcaster for some years prior to his arrival in Prague in 1994.
For listeners around the world, Rob Cameron has, as the BBC’s correspondent in the city, been the voice of Prague for many years. The London-born journalist, who moved here in 1993, is a former colleague of ours at Radio Prague. He is also my own oldest friend in the Czech Republic. Our tour of “Rob Cameron’s Prague” starts in the city’s Nusle district, just across the street from the Na Fidlovačce theatre by the Botič river.
After over a quarter of a century in the city, curator Richard Drury is a well-known face in Prague’s art world. The Englishman – who studied Czech at Cambridge – works at the Gallery of Central Bohemia and is also the head of the Fine Arts Section of Umělecká beseda, a cultural association with a history stretching back to the days of the Czech National Revival. Our tour of “Richard Drury’s Prague” begins by Bílá Hora in Prague 6 at the Hvězda game reserve, which gets its name from the star-shaped summer palace at its heart.
Emil Aslan was born in Armenia, lived in Moscow and in his late teens moved to Prague, where today he is associate professor in Russian and East European Studies at Charles University’s Institute of International Relations. So I thought he’d be the ideal person to ask about ex-Soviet communities in the Czech capital, the city’s reported attraction to the Russian intelligence services, and relations between the two states. But when we met, I first asked Aslan what had led his family to relocate from Moscow to Prague, which they had been visiting
The Italian ambassador to the Czech Republic, Mr. Aldo Amati, took office in October of last year, having previously served in diplomatic posts in Moscow, London, Washington and Tokyo. Miroslav Krupicka invited him to Radio Prague’s studio to talk about his impressions of the country, his mission and his plans for the future. And he started by asking whether the ambassador was at all familiar with the city to which he was stationed.