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Texan builds business on DIY skills

27-01-2015 15:05 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: DIY Praha Do you need a new shelf but you are fed up with going to IKEA again? Well, why not try making it yourself? If you don’t have the space or the tools, you can visit a DIY workshop in the centre of Prague. In case you are lacking the experience and skills, its owner, Hank Duke, can also provide the necessary know-how.  More

Energy of ‘90s Prague was invigorating, says Maltese writer Alex Vella Gera

26-01-2015 15:50 | Ian Willoughby

Alex Vella Gera, photo: Ian Willoughby Novelist Alex Vella Gera made headlines in his native Malta in 2009 when he found himself in court over a short story deemed obscene by the authorities. The piece had been written several years earlier, during a spell the writer – then in his 20s – spent living in Prague in the second half of the 1990s. Vella Gera has just been back in the Czech capital for the first time since then for a short visit. When he came into our studios, I asked what for him had been the appeal of ‘90s Prague.  More

Italian brings traditional cheese production to centre of Prague

21-01-2015 15:32 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: official Facebook page of Mozzarellart Italy is famous for its family run businesses making top quality products. But in recent years the economy has been contracting and many young Italians have moved abroad to seek jobs and new opportunities. In this week’s marketplace we look at one Italian couple who have moved to Prague with the idea of creating their own one stop site for producing and selling mozzarella and other specialities from their homeland.  More

Czech-Arab center head Shadi Shanaah on Islamic radicalism, Islamophobia and multiculturalism

17-01-2015 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Shadi Shanaah, photo: Alžběta Švarcová The terrorist attacks in Paris have put the spotlight on Europe’s Muslim minorities, triggering broad debate on Islamic radicalism, immigration policy and the concept of a multi-cultural Europe. In this special program we’ll take a closer look at the Czech Republic’s small Muslim community, how it is perceived by the majority population and how it has been impacted by the developments in Europe.  More

Glenn Spicker: the American who brought bagels to the Czech Republic

15-01-2015 16:31 | Miroslav Krupička

Glenn Spicker, photo: Jiří Němec Glenn Spicker is a successful businessman who was drawn to the Czech capital through an avid interest in the history and politics of this region. Once the fall of the Iron Curtain opened up borders he came to Prague and found a new life here, making good use of the opportunities that opened up in a post-communist city ready for a taste of the West. He recently visited Radio Prague’s studio to talk about his early days in Prague and his thriving business.  More

Czech government agrees to take in Syrian refugee children for medical treatment

15-01-2015 14:29 | Dominik Jůn

Beit Sahm, Syria, January 14, 2015, photo: CTK The Czech government has agreed to take in around 70 refugees of the Syrian conflict, currently situated in Jordan. The decision, which was unanimously approved by the cabinet on Wednesday, has met with mixed reactions from opposition politicians – some say the country should do far more to help the victims of Syria’s civil war; others fear the economic and cultural burdens of taking in people from such a dangerous part of the world.  More

Minister: Czech Muslim community non-radical for historical reasons

12-01-2015 14:52 | Ian Willoughby

Milan Chovanec, photo: Filip Jandourek Following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, the Czech authorities are not ruling out the possibility of the radicalisation of individual Muslims in this country. However, says the minister of the interior, the Czech Muslim community as a whole is unusual in not having a radical component, having arisen in very different circumstances than the communities in bigger European states.  More

Warhol kept home and work worlds separate and wouldn’t speak Carpathian outside family, recalls nephew James Warhola

01-01-2015 02:01 | Miroslav Krupička

James Warhola: Uncle Andy paints Soup Can (with Company), photo: Miroslav Krupička The recently opened Pop Art Centre in Prague’s Old Town features works by the likes of Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Indiana. But the biggest draw at the gallery on Husová St. will no doubt be pieces by Andy Warhol. The pop art pioneer had close ties to this part of the world, given that his family were Ruthenes who came from what is today northeastern Slovakia. Among those at the launch of the Pop Art Centre was Warhol’s nephew James Warhola, himself a noted book illustrator. Indeed, paintings by James Warhola from the book Uncle Andy’s – drawing on the time he spent with Warhol as a child – are also on display at the downtown gallery. At the opening, Radio Prague’s editor-in-chief Miroslav Krupička spoke to James Warhola about “Uncle Andy” – and much more.  More

Czech government under public pressure to accept Syrian refugees

19-12-2014 15:08 | Jan Richter

Photo: DFID - UK, CC BY-SA 2.0 The Czech government has found itself under increased pressure over its recent refusal to accept refugees from Syria. A number of NGOs, churches and other groups have asked the cabinet to reverse its decision, and at least provide treatment to a group of wounded and ill Syrian children.  More

The Study Abroad Nightmare

13-12-2014 02:01 | Jelani Spencer-Joe

Prague, photo: CzechTourism When some people think of the word "nightmare", they think about a bad dream- I know I do. Usually, when I think about the word "nightmare", I imagine a recurring dream that I’ve had where I’m running away from something or someone in a dark alley and I’m moving in slow motion.  More

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