One of the most famous figures of the former Czech underground scene, Egon Bondy, died on April 9th at the age of 77. During his lifetime he published dozens of volumes of poetry and prose. But he was perhaps most well known in the Czech Republic for lyrics he wrote for the seminal Czech underground band The Plastic People of the Universe.
Radio Prague's special Easter programme focuses on the music of Czech composer and conductor Jaroslav Krcek, who has arranged and recorded a number of traditional folk songs pertaining to this time of year as well as a number of his own compositions, which draw heavily on Czech Easter traditions for their inspiration.
This week in Mailbox: We look at where you can get a good Czech version of Bedrich Smetana's Ma Vlast. Mr Topolanek's less than civil behaviour has also drawn your ire and we also hear about the impact of increased police security on Prague's metro system. Listeners quoted: Bezazel Feraht ben Rabah, Mike Bruce, Lynda-Marie Hauptman, Aloisie Krasny, Consuelo Nguyen and Colin Rose.
Ondrej Hejma studied English and Chinese before becoming Prague correspondent of Associated Press in 1987. He is also a musician, and has been leading the rock band Zluty Pes for almost 30 years. On top of that he has - among many other things - been a judge on a popular TV talent show. Like a number of prominent figures, he has also been accused of collaboration with the StB secret police during the 1980s - an allegation he denies. When I met Ondrej Hejma at AP's office on Narodni, the conversation began with his native Prague 6, which was a hotbed
This week in Mailbox: We reveal the name of the mystery man from our March competition and we also announce the four lucky winners who can expect parcels from Radio Prague. Listeners quoted: Christine Takaguchi-Coates, Gina Cenkl, Bart Caspers, Mofizur Rahman, Uchenna Ezeani, Kirk W. Samlalsingh, Paul R Peacock, Colin Law, Harold Yeglin.
Libena Rochova is one of the Czech Republic's best-known fashion designers, whose work has turned heads both abroad and at home. Last October, viewers were able to see "Dialogue" - an acclaimed exhibition featuring twenty-nine of her designs at Prague's Kampa Museum. Now, Libena Rochova has taken the show a step further: in April, seventeen of those pieces will go on exhibit at the Czech National Building in New York City.
Last year the Prague city hall came up with the idea of commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sigmund Freud by erecting a statue of the Moravian-born Viennese psychiatrist in the centre of Prague. The sculpture was to be unveiled in May this year in a little square just outside the old Prague Jewish quarter. However, the proposal caused so much controversy in the area - partly because Freud never set foot in that part of Prague - that the Prague 1 district has decided to hold a referendum on whether the founding father of psychoanalysis