Current Affairs

American murder suspect extradited to Czech Republic

31-08-2015 16:27 | Jan Velinger

Kevin Dahlgren has been transferred from Prague to Brno, photo: CTK

Kevin Dahlgren has been transferred from Prague to Brno, photo: CTK

American national Kevin Dahlgren is back on Czech soil, following a ruling by the US State Department allowing his extradition. The 21-year-old is the sole suspect in a quadruple-murder of a family in Brno in May 2013; a court is now to rule on whether he will be remanded in custody. More

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One on One

Detention of refugees headed elsewhere “big show”, says lawyer Hana Franková

31-08-2015 16:04 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: CTK Refugees have been in the spotlight in the Czech Republic in recent months, with news broadcasts regularly reporting on the number of migrants detained, issues surrounding asylum facilities and the sometimes unsympathetic pronouncements of politicians. But how well are the Czech authorities handling the situation? And what are the legal challenges faced by migrants detained by the police?  More

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Sports News

Sports News

31-08-2015 16:02 | Ian Willoughby

Zuzana Hejnová, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Czechs leave Beijing with just one medal after Špotáková comes ninth in javelin; four uncapped players in Czech squad for Euro qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Latvia; and Kvitová beats Šafářová in all-Czech final in New Haven.  More

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Czech Books

My people will never abandon their democratic way of life: the irony of a 1945 speech by Edvard Beneš

29-08-2015 02:01 | David Vaughan

Edvard Beneš, photo: archive of Czech Radio In the spring of 1945, just before he ended his six-year exile in Britain, President Edvard Beneš gave an address in English that was broadcast by the BBC. The fight to liberate Czechoslovakia was still under way, but by now it was clear that the war was drawing to a close and Beneš was already looking towards the post-war future of his country. A recording of the historic speech was recently rediscovered in the Czech Foreign Ministry, and is one of a number of archive broadcasts that David Vaughan has been studying with his students from the Anglo-American University in Prague. More

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Letter from Prague

Who’s the daddy of the daddy of the nation?

29-08-2015 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, photo: Public Domain Czechoslovakia’s founder and first president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk is hugely respected by many Czechs and still referred to as the tatínek (daddy) of the nation. But who was the great man’s own father? According to a book that has received a lot of attention lately, it may have been none other than Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph 1.  More

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Czech museum recreates golden age of the video game arcade

28-08-2015 14:07 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Jarda Petřík Many of those who grew up in the late 1970s and 1980s in the West well remember the golden age of arcade video games: 8-bit and later 16-bit graphics and excellent sound that was the apex of electronic gaming and game design then. Since 2011, anyone in the Czech Republic wishing to experience what it was like can do so easily - at the the Arcade Museum in Červený Újezd just outside of Prague.  More

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Czech companies make slow progress taking on board LGBT diversity

26-08-2015 14:14 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Tomáš Adamec Business through diversity was the theme of a day long seminar accompanying the recent Prague Pride events. Basically, speakers argued that companies and institutions which allowed their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual employees to be open about their sexual preferences get a much better performance out of them. Such companies also improve their overall image, improve recruiting chances, and plug into a significant section of the market. So, how is the Czech Republic doing with regard to the LGBT community and market?  More

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Czech building company PSG withdraws from major Russian contract

31-08-2015 14:37 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: archive of PSG Czech construction company PSG reportedly has revoked its contract to build a gas-fired power plant in sub-Arctic Siberia with the state-controlled Czech export bank and insurer looking at what could be a major hit from the project.   More

Business News

28-08-2015 15:13 | Ruth Fraňková

In Business News this week: government to spend seven billion crowns on boosting Czechs’ digital literacy; Fortuna’s net profit drops by 47 percent; Czech fruit and vegetable growers lose 480 million crowns due to Russian sanctions; Prague hotels enjoy...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Tereza Černochová

30-08-2015 02:01 | Jan Velinger

This week we feature music by Tereza Černochová (formerly of Black Milk).  More

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29-08-2015 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: David Kubíček In Magazine: what do Czechs expect of their holidays? Sunbathing, shopping, surfing the web and with a bit of luck, some sex. A Czech tourist on holiday in Bulgaria complains that there were “too many Bulgarians on the beach”, a botched translation job...  More

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Current Affairs

ANO leader Andrej Babiš faces problems on many fronts

28-08-2015 13:32 | Chris Johnstone

Andrej Babiš, photo: Filip Jandourek It’s probably been a week to write off for ANO leader Andrej Babiš. He has had to intervene in the crisis surrounding Prague’s mayor; relations with his coalition partners in government appear to have deteriorated even further, and the latest public...  More

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John Mucha: I want to show the world the full scale of my grandfather’s art

27-08-2015 15:46 | Miroslav Krupička

John Mucha, photo: Miroslav Krupička John Mucha is the grandson of the famous Czech Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha and president of the Alphonse Mucha Foundation. Last week he visited Radio Prague’s studio to talk about his latest project –a Mucha exhibition at the Russell-Cotes Museum...  More

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In Focus

Still steamed-up on the river after 150 years

25-08-2015 16:25 | Ruth Fraňková

'Vltava' steamer, photo: CzechTourism This year, it is 150 years since the first steamboats started to cruise the waters of the Vltava River in Prague. While back then, steamers were used mainly as a means of transport, nowadays they belong among the city’s most popular tourist...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

24-08-2015 15:45 | Ian Willoughby

Martin Fuksa (right), photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Fuksa takes gold in 500m at Canoe Sprint World Championships; Maslák fails to make it out of the heats in 400m at World Athletics Championships; and no change at head of Czech soccer league as top three win in round...  More

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