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In search of Jan Hus

06-07-2015 02:01 | Dominik Jůn

Jan Hus preaches in Bethlehem chapel, photo: Wolfgang Sauber, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported

Jan Hus preaches in Bethlehem chapel, photo: Wolfgang Sauber, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported

On July 6th, it will be 600 years since the death of Jan Hus, the celebrated priest and reformer, who was burned at the stake for heresy against the Catholic Church. In this programme, Zdeněk Uhlíř of the historical and musical collections section of the Czech National Library, and also Vlasta Urbánková, a guide at the Bethlehem Chapel where Hus preached, will help to piece together what we know about the man, his beliefs, and some of the myths surrounding this “Greatest Czech”.  More

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Sunday Music Show

Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass pays homage to misionaries Cyril and Methodius

05-07-2015 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Cyril and Methodius This Sunday falls on July 5, a public holiday in the Czech Republic marking the legacy of Saint Cyril and Methodius, two Christian missionaries, who arrived in Moravia in 863 to spread the gospel in the Slavic language. In this edition of Sunday Music Show we will listen to the Glagolitic Mass by Czech composer Leoš Janáček, a musical homage to the two missionaries. The version you are going to hear today is performed by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras.  More

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Czech Books

Jana Kotaishová and a Palestinian story through Czech eyes

04-07-2015 02:01 | David Vaughan

Photo: David Vaughan Jana Kotaishová grew up in the countryside of Southern Moravia, but when she married a Palestinian refugee over three decades ago, she embarked on a life that was far removed from the security and continuity of rural life in the Czech Republic. She has written a remarkable book, telling the story of her own life and of the lives of three generations of her husband’s family, drawing directly from their own memories. David Vaughan talked to her about the book.  More

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An American foodie goes to Prague

Up and at’em! Four Hearty Breakfasts in Prague

04-07-2015 02:01 | Halley Crane

Illustrative photo: theswedish / freeimages “Eat breakfasts like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper” – that’s my motto. I had been told that breakfast on the continent would be quite different than back in the States, less of an occasion; less opulent. Bread, jam, and coffee, perhaps.  More

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Special

Homage to Sir Nicholas Winton

02-07-2015 15:09 | Rosie Johnston

Sir Nicholas Winton, photo: CTK In this Special, we pay tribute to Sir Nicholas Winton, the Briton who helped save the lives of 669 children by arranging their evacuation from Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia. Sir Nicholas died on Wednesday at his home in the UK at the age of 106. The original story was produced by Rosie Johnston in 2009, when the journey of the original kinderstransports from Prague to London was re-enacted.  More

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In Focus

Marie Kinsky makes Žďár nad Sázavou into dance venue

30-06-2015 | Ruth Fraňková

Marie Kinsky, photo: ČT24 Marie Kinsky, a French dancer, teacher and graduate of the French Conservatory of Classical Dance, has moved to Prague back in 1997, and since then, she has been involved in all kinds of dance activities. She established the first Centre for Choreographic Development in the Czech Republic and along with her husband, she has been involved in the reconstruction of the Kinsky family estate in Žďár nad Sázavou. This weekend, the beautiful baroque castle will be hosting the fourth edition of KoresponDance, a festival of dance and physical theatre.  More

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Sports News

Sports News

29-06-2015 15:40 | Ian Willoughby

Josef Masopust, photo: ČTK In Sports News: Czech football all-time great Masopust dies at 84; defending champion Kvitová battles illness ahead of Wimbledon first round match; Šafářová in spotlight at All England Club after reaching French Open final; and Prague’s Podolí swimming stadium celebrates 50th anniversary.  More

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Business

Business News

03-07-2015 15:26 | Ruth Fraňková

Illustrative photo: renjith krishnan, FreeDigitalPhotos.net In Business News this week: the Czech economy grew by four percent year-on-year in first quarter of 2015; E15: MAFRA shows interest in acquiring Slevomat; Car sales in the Czech Republic went up by five percent in the first six months of this year; Czech...  More

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Some children’s summer camps hike prices – but still sell out

03-07-2015 13:47 | Jan Velinger

Photo: František Tichý, Czech Radio The end of school for the summer has paved the way for the start of summer camps, with children the first holiday weekend set to enjoy a heatwave no doubt at many of the country’s swimming holes. According to Czech Radio, many camps this year hiked prices...  More

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Magazine

Magazine

04-07-2015 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: bluegum / freeimages In Magazine: the state spends 230 million crowns inefficiently to make the civil service more efficient, a group of musicians from Benin end up in detention on suspicion of being illegal migrants, an English language teacher is sacked for letting her...  More

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Current Affairs

Karlovy Vary "Geres up'' for 50th film festival

03-07-2015 15:14 | Chris Johnstone, Ian Willoughby

Photo: CTK The Czech Republic’s, and probably Central Europe’s, premier international film festival gets underway in the country’s biggest spa town, Karlovy Vary, on Friday. And this year’s festival promises to be something special as the big 50 is...  More

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Arts

Filmmaker Andy Fehu on feature debut Greedy Tiffany

03-07-2015 12:43 | Jan Velinger

'Greedy Tiffany' In this week’s Arts, our guest is young up-and-coming filmmaker Andy Fehu, whose feature debut Greedy Tiffany will be shown in a midnight screening at the 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The film follows the story of a no-good lout who...  More

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Marketplace

Public broadcasters at crossroads in Prague

01-07-2015 12:45 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: ČT24 Public television and radio broadcasters have seen their traditional dominance in delivering news and entertainment crumble in the new multimedia, multi-platform environment. And the challenge is not just coming from local commercial rivals but also...  More

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Czech History

Tribute to Czech football legend Josef Masopust (1931 – 2015)

29-06-2015 18:19 | Chris Johnstone

Josef Masopust, photo: ČTK Czech football legend Josef Masopust died on Monday, June 29. In tribute, Radio Prague is rebroadcasting this edition of Czech History from February 2011.   More

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