Monday, 18 November 2019

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A Stage for Revolution 2

Radio Prague |
18 November 2019

In the first episode of this two-part series we got to know Barbara Day, who first came from England to Prague in 1965 and whose life has been closely connected to this country ever since. She talked about her interest in Czechoslovak theatre, and her involvement with some notable Czech theatres over the last five decades. Azadeh Kangarani continues the story.

Taking stock of democracy 30 years after the fall of communism

Radio Prague |
18 November 2019

Thirty years ago Czechs took to the streets to demonstrate for freedom and democracy, for the chance to speak their mind without reprisals, to vote in free elections and shape their own future. Today they are taking stock of the country's successes and failures, of how far they have come along the road to a liberal democracy and market economy and whether the ideals of 1989 are still alive in people's hearts and minds.

Shabby pub profits from nostalgia

Radio Prague |
18 November 2019

While pubs around Prague are vying to attract visitors with a trendy, clean environment, good food and wide assortment of drinks, a pub in Prague's Jižní Město – a huge communist housing estate made of pre-fabricated panel buildings – has put its money on nostalgia and is making a profit from the fact that it is a throwback to the communist era.

Hundreds of thousands again gather in Prague to voice their opposition to PM

Radio Prague |
18 November 2019

Another mass demonstration against Prime Minister Andrej Babiš took place on Prague's Letná plain on Saturday. Police estimate that at least 200,000 people gathered on the plain to voice their feelings, but the number could have been as high as 300,000.

Parts of Jewish tombstones to gradually disappear from Prague's cobbled streets

Radio Prague |
15 November 2019

The undignified use of pieces of ancient Jewish tombstones as cobblestones in Prague's pavements should soon come to an end. Under a memorandum to be signed between City Hall and the Jewish Community in Prague, any such stones discovered during repairs or other excavation work will be handed over to the latter.

Places of the Velvet Revolution: Federal Assembly building

Radio Prague |
15 November 2019

As the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution approaches, we take you to places that are closely associated with the events that led to the collapse of the Communist regime in 1989. In the fourth episode of our mini-series, we visit the former Czechoslovak Federal Assembly building, where some key political changes took place 30 years ago.

A Stage for Revolution 1

Radio Prague |
15 November 2019

The date is Tuesday 19 October 1965 and we are in Prague. A 21-year-old British girl has just got off a train at the Art Nouveau building of Prague's Main Station. Over half a century later, Barbara Day once again lives in the city, which has come to play a central role in her life.

Prague Airport's Terminal 2 to be expanded under plans for huge jump in passenger numbers

Radio Prague |
15 November 2019

Prague's Václav Havel Airport is set to expand its second terminal within the next decade under major investment plans that have just been announced. However, the construction of a new runway has been delayed.

HBO's The Sleepers brings viewers back to Prague in 1989 for a Cold War spy drama

Radio Prague |
14 November 2019

The new HBO miniseries The Sleepers (Bez vědomí) brings viewers back to the days just before the Velvet Revolution, when East and West were jockeying for an advantage in Czechoslovakia as the Cold War entered its final stages.

Places of the Velvet Revolution: Wenceslas Square and Letná plain

Radio Prague |
14 November 2019

As the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution draws near, we take you to places that are closely associated with the events that led to the collapse of the Communist regime 30 years ago. In the third episode of our mini-series, we visit Wenceslas Square and Letná plain, the scene of spontaneous demonstrations, which followed the brutal police crackdown on an unarmed student demonstration on November 17, 1989.

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