We start with one of the great European democrats of the 20th century, Czechoslovakia’s first president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. Born in 1850, he was already in his late sixties when he became president in November 1918. He took inspiration from the western democracies, in particular the United States and Britain, having spent time in both countries during his First World War exile. The archives include recordings of him speaking almost flawless English as well as Czech.
You can find a written summary of the podcast at: https://www.radio.cz/en/section/special/tomas-garrigue-masaryk-an-inspiration-for-our-own-time