Sunday Music Show

Kieslowski – Downtempo duo get intimate on Mezi Lopatky

25-01-2015 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Indies Scope Records Mezi Lopatky, the third LP from Prague group Kieslowski, was one of the most acclaimed local indie releases of 2014. Duo Marie Kieslowski and David Pomahač describe themselves as “urban folk” and “amplified acoustic”, though their downtempo sound and intimate, relationship-exploring lyrics may perhaps put some in mind of England’s the XX. More

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Czech Life

Last British Wellington bomber, undergoing final stage of restoration work, could be used to honour Czechoslovak WW II airmen

24-01-2015 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Jiří Hošek Public broadcaster Czech Radio has backed in initiative for a Vickers Wellington bomber undergoing restoration work in Great Britain to feature the markings of the Czechoslovak 311th squadron which flew with that type of RAF bomber in World War II. Czech Radio’s correspondent in London, Jiří Hošek, first learned of the reconstruction project last autumn, and came forward with the idea. What are the chances the plane could feature the colours of the 311th? And what is the aircraft’s place in Czechoslovak military history? Find out in today’s edition.  More

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Letter from Prague

Masaryk, tech visionary?

24-01-2015 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, photo: YouTube One is so used to black-and-white photographs depicting Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, the founder of Czechoslovakia, as stern, dignified, even iconic looking that a video posted on YouTube in which he playfully speaks to camera is almost startling.  More

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24-01-2015 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Odoric of Pordenone Today in Mailbox: "Zed" or "zee", Radio Prague's signature tune, listeners' quiz. Listeners/readers quoted: Colin Law, Joanna Shelton, Hans Verner Lollike, Valery Lugovskiy, Mary Lou Krenek, P. Sivashanmugham, Jayanta Chakrabarty, Deblina Biswas, Dipita Chakrabarty.  More

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Fortepiano builder Paul McNulty & pianist Viviana Sofronitsky discuss historic keyboard production and Early Music

23-01-2015 16:24 | Jan Velinger

Paul McNulty, photo: © Paul McNulty Most dedicated listeners but also more casual fans of classical music have at some point wondered about the sound of early musical instruments once played by the great composers. The question of how historic instruments might have sounded veritably haunted Russian pianist Anton Rubinstein, who lamented that while some instruments that had survived in museums they had long lost their original colour and tone. The result was that nobody really knew any longer which techniques had been used in their production, or what their exact sound was like. That knowledge and experience had been lost.  More

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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

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One on One

Festival aims to embolden Czechs to try exotic foods, says founder Pavel Maurer

19-01-2015 16:59 | Ian Willoughby

Pavel Maurer, photo: archive of Czech Radio The 2015 Grand Restaurant Festival, an event that allows many to dine at the sort of high-end eateries they otherwise mightn’t be able to afford, has just kicked off in Prague and dozens of other Czech cities and towns. More

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After a slow start, online grocery sales showing greater promise

23-01-2015 15:57 | Daniela Lazarová

Illustrative photo:  European Comission While Czechs are increasingly enjoying the advantages of shopping over the internet, online shopping for groceries has been slower to take off. Last year Czechs spent 152 billion crowns on food products of which only 3 billion was purchased over the...  More

Business News

23-01-2015 14:00 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: ČT24 In this week’s Business News: Czech companies look to manufacture new generation of drones; toy makers see international playground; sale sign goes up on Zuno bank; Czech crown for Miss Universe event; and pay as you stay coffee shop revolution promised...  More

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Current Affairs

Ledecká wins gold at Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships

23-01-2015 14:58 | Jan Velinger

Ester Ledecká, photo: ČTK Nineteen-year-old Czech snowboarder Ester Ledecká fulfilled her childhood dream, winning gold at the World Championships. Way back when her grandfather was a World Championship gold winner in ice hockey; she is the first Czech to have clinched the gold...  More

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Up-and-coming Czech designer: The only limitations are in our heads

22-01-2015 15:17 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Natureza Michaela Hořejší is a young Czech designer whose ambition it is to bring a breath of fresh air into people’s homes. Her design studio Natureza provides customized interior design solutions that combine quality, beauty and a simple elegance. But, talking...  More

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In Focus

Silent Lab - to feature at EXPO 2015 in Milan - combines Nature and High-tech

20-01-2015 16:06 | Jan Velinger

Silent Lab, photo: archive of Full CapaCity Silent Lab is the name of an ambitious Czech installation featuring this year at Expo 2015 in Milan, which begins later this spring. The installation, which brought together students at the technical university in Prague (ČVUT) students of architecture...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

19-01-2015 16:18 | Ian Willoughby

Lucie Hradecká, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Hradecká causes upset at Australian Open by knocking out fifth seed Ivanovic in first round; among other Czechs through is fresh new entrant in world top 20 Plíšková; Vítková and Šlesingr come third at biathlon World Cup event...  More

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