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More children in Czech orphanages as fostering applications fall sharply

Radio Prague |
11 August 2020

The number of applications to foster children in the Czech Republic has seen a dramatic decrease. Meanwhile, the number of children being sent to orphanages is on the rise. The government has approved a new amendment that would increase state support for foster parents. However, NGOs say it is too little to reverse the trend.

Secretary of State Pompeo to lay wreath in Plzeň Tuesday

Radio Prague |
11 August 2020

Plzeň is gearing up for the arrival of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday. The West Bohemian city was freed by the US Army on May 6, 1945 and Mr. Pompeo is set to lay a wreath at its Thanks, America! monument – three months after Covid-19 curtailed events marking the 75th anniversary of liberation. On Wednesday Pompeo is due to have meetings in Prague with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and President Miloš Zeman as well as delivering an address at the Czech Senate.

Prague records whopping 94 percent fall in tourists in second quarter

Radio Prague |
10 August 2020

Tourism was, unsurprisingly, one of hardest hit sectors when the Czech Republic's borders were shut during the country's coronavirus lockdown. Figures released on Friday have confirmed the worst. In the second quarter visitors were down 83 percent nationally – and no less than 94 percent in Prague.

Charlotta Kotík: I am a firm believer in the duty of artists to voice their opinion

Radio Prague |
10 August 2020

An exhibition of artists who have responded to some kind of political oppression in their work is currently underway at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Entitled Artists as Activists, it showcases the works of internationally recognized contemporary artists.

Vltava River meander near Solenice

Radio Prague |
11 August 2020

Some 70 kilometres south of Prague, the Vltava River creates one of its most beautiful meanders. Because of its shape it is called Solenická Podkova or the Solenice Horseshoe.

Human rights activist Lukáš Houdek: Once I learnt to defend myself, it was natural to start fighting for others

Radio Prague |
11 August 2020

Lukáš Houdek is a Czech artist, a leading figure in the Hate Free Culture initiative, and an openly gay campaigner for LGBTQ rights. During Prague Pride week he met with Radio Prague to talk about his work, which has taken him from excluded localities in the Czech Republic to Ghana or, most recently, the Republic of South Africa.

Uherské Hradiště film festival goes ahead despite coronavirus

Radio Prague |
10 August 2020

The 46th annual Summer Film School in Uherské Hradiště, one of the country's most highly respected film festivals, kicked off in the south Moravian town on Friday.

Czech urban search and rescue team helping find blast survivors in Beirut

Radio Prague |
7 August 2020

The Czech Republic has sent humanitarian aid and an urban search and rescue team to Lebanon, following the massive explosion that devastated Beirut on Tuesday. The 40-member rescue team is on the ground helping to search for survivors and will remain in the city for as long as it is needed.

Faust House: Home of alchemists and other peculiar residents

Radio Prague |
7 August 2020

As its name suggests, Prague's Faust House is associated with a plethora of mysterious stories and legends. This episode of Landmark Prague Stories will take you to the southern side of Charles Square in Prague's New Town.

Fall in industrial output slows after resumption of auto production

Radio Prague |
7 August 2020

A year-on-year fall in industrial output in the Czech Republic slowed last month, according to official figures released on Thursday. After decelerating by 25.7 percent in May, in June the slowdown was 11.9 percent.

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