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Part 4: Jazz, traffic lights and the timeless beauty of Ruthenia: a taste of Czechoslovakia between the wars

Traffic in Prague in 1935, photo: Public Domain

In this episode I’d like to use the radio archives to evoke the atmosphere of Czechoslovakia during the First Republic of the 1920s and 30s.  The recordings that survive in the archives offer a fragmentary picture, but they capture something of the spirit of the time, from Prague’s first traffic light to the charms of the Ruthenian countryside, just before Europe was torn apart by the Second World War.

You can find a written summary of the podcast at: https://www.radio.cz/en/section/special/jazz-traffic-lights-and-the-timeless-beauty-of-ruthenia-a-taste-of-czechoslovakia-between-the-wars

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