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28-04-2012 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

In this edition of Magazine: a security guard hand-cuffs himself by accident; a man is arrested after failing to notice that his passport contains an inconceivable expiry date and Brno tests a pissoir for dogs.  More

Head of STEM polling agency: Czechs are ashamed of their politicians

26-04-2012 17:08 | Daniela Lazarová

Jan Hartl Half-way through the government’s term in office Czechs are so fed up with political infighting and corruption scandals that 80 percent of them now support early elections. For this week’s Panorama I spoke to Jan Hartl head of the STEM polling agency about the mood of the public, what people think of Czech politicians and whether the developments of the past few months have robbed them of any illusions they may have had regarding politics.  More

Learning Czech at UC Berkeley

26-04-2012 16:31 | Olga Mullen

UC Berkeley, photo: archive of the university The University of California, Berkeley is one of 11 American universities where students can study Czech language, literature and culture. Small but dedicated groups of students grapple with the challenges of Czech grammar and pronunciation in up to three classes per week. Despite budget cuts throughout all departments of public universities in California, Czech, a niche central European language, still has its place at the Department of Slavic Languages and maintains enthusiasm amongst those eager to learn it.   More

All tastes catered for in Prague coffee museum

24-04-2012 15:23 | Chris Johnstone

In today’s Spotlight we take a trip to a hidden gem of a museum in a Prague suburb which traces the often surprising history of coffee. The private Coffee Museum Alchymista takes you through coffee’s history, cultivation, production and industry covering the many different strains and its progress from a devilish concoction to everyday drink.  More

Luciela Taschen - a new leather bag brand with a brand-new showroom

21-04-2012 02:01 | Sarah Borufka

It was some six years ago that Lucia Jamrichová started making crochet net bags – they became a huge success and soon, her brand Luciela Taschen was featured in magazines and newspapers. Now, Lucia has decided to take her passion for designing hand bags one step further. Her new designs are made from quality leather – and can be touched, smelled and purchased at her showroom on Letná’s Veverkova street. That is where I recently met her to talk about bags, her love for crafts and fashion and what it feels like to be sitting in front of one’s newly opened showroom.  More

Mailbox

07-04-2012 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Caspar Buberl This month in Mailbox: Radio Prague in Contact magazine, Prague' astronomical clock, monthly listeners' quiz. Listeners quoted: Jonathan Murphy, John Novotney, Hans Verner Lollike, Ian Morrison, Kajari Chattopadhyay, Kristina Fallin, Charles Konecny, Mary Lou Krenek, Colin Law.  More

Milliner Jolana Kotábová on hat design in the Czech Republic

07-04-2012 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Jolana Kotábová In this week’s Czech Life my guest is Czech milliner Jolana Kotábová, an expert hat designer who – after many years of experience in the field – opened her own studio in Prague in 2011. Located in a beautiful stone house with vaulted ceilings in Prague’s Nerudova Street, her studio focuses on original women’s hats combining both traditional elements and modern. Anyone interested in felt, straw or braided-straw designs with flair should take the time to visit.  More

Leeda – a unique Czech fashion label going strong for seven years

06-04-2012 15:58 | Sarah Borufka

Photo: Radeq Brousil, Leeda Not far from the National Theatre, tucked away on Bartolomějská street, the small flagship store of the label Leeda boasts some of the most original, colorful and hip clothing in the Czech capital. Run by two young designers, Lucie Kutálková and Lucie Trnková, Leeda has been putting out its limited edition collections for nearly seven years. The two designers both studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Lucie Kutálková explains how the two were given a unique opportunity to establish their own label and retail space.  More

Major health care reforms take effect

02-04-2012 16:54 | Christian Falvey

Major changes to the health care system in the Czech Republic came about this week when the government’s reform package took effect. Called the biggest reform in the last 45 years, the aim is a redefinition of how health care services are provided, and the role of the state, the facility and the patient therein.  More

Iva Frühlingová: the road to success can be bumpy

02-04-2012 | Peter Smith

Iva Frühlingová, photo: Official website of the artist Peter Smith’s guest on One on One this week is Iva Frühlingová – model, singer, actress and author. Born in the town of Litvínov, with a French grandfather Iva dreamed of going places and most of all of seeing Paris – the city she’d heard so much about as a child. Her dream came true at the age of 14 when she first travelled to Paris as a budding model. Today she divides her time between Prague and Paris, engaging in modeling, singing, writing and most recently acting. Peter began by asking her which of those “skins” she felt most at home in.  More

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