Saturday, 7 December 2019

Radio Prague

Ondřej Sekora: Ferdy the Ant creator and rugby promoter

Radio Prague |
23 October 2019

Ondřej Sekora, author of the beloved cartoon character Ferda Mravenec, was also a journalist, an amateur entomologist, and one of the first propagators of rugby in Czechoslovakia. The Moravian Museum in Brno will mark 120 years since Ondřej Sekora's birth with an exhibition and a new monography.

Czech doctors perform first heart in a box transplant

Radio Prague |
23 October 2019

A 65-year-old man from Prague became the first patient in the Czech Republic to successfully undergo a so-called heart in a box transplant. The surgery was performed by experts from the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine early this month, using a pioneering method of organ retrieval that keeps the heart pumping outside the patient's body for several hours. Experts hope that the new method could increase the number of heart transplants by around one fifth.

More than a third of over 40s believes their lives were better under communism, study shows

Radio Prague |
23 October 2019

This November Czechs will be marking 30 years since the Velvet Revolution ended totalitarian rule and re-established democracy. However, according to a newly published survey, attitudes towards the change in the system vary significantly among the public, with many of the lesser educated harbouring nostalgia for the old regime.

Many Czech households bracing for higher heating costs

Radio Prague |
23 October 2019

Although Czechs are still enjoying above-average temperatures for October, the first spell of cold weather is just around the corner and many Czech households are bracing for higher heating costs this season.

Jan Rubeš: On the revolution, the Stones, Zappa - and Dallas

Radio Prague |
23 October 2019

Czechoslovakia's new-found freedom was underlined in August 1990 by a concert at Prague's Strahov Stadium by the Rolling Stones, who became the first major Western band to perform in the country. In a now famous video message broadcast before the gig, Mick Jagger told fans – in Czech – "the Stones are rolling to Prague". The man who taught the rock star the phrase was Jan Rubeš.

Growing demand for Czech brew masters as the fame of Czech beer reaches Antarctica

Radio Prague |
22 October 2019

The popularity of Czech beer is growing both in traditional export markets such as the US and Canada, and in unlikely destinations such as Antarctica. Not only are exports of the golden brew rising, but breweries abroad are increasingly seeking the services of Czech brew masters.

Prague City Hall terminates memorandum with e-scooter operator Lime

Radio Prague |
22 October 2019

Prague City Hall councillors have voted to terminate a memorandum of cooperation with shared e-scooter operator Lime on the grounds that the company is not adhering to the agreed-on conditions. While the termination of the memorandum will not affect the rent of scooters in Prague's streets, it is a warning to the company that City Hall is unhappy with the present state of affairs.

Czech agencies smash spy ring operated by "very aggressive" Russians

Radio Prague |
22 October 2019

Last year the Czech authorities broke up a Russian spy network operating in the country, the head of the BIS counter-intelligence service, Michal Koudelka, told MPs on Monday. The FSB spy ring – financed directly by Moscow and the Russian Embassy – was uncovered by BIS and the Czech Republic's national organised crime unit. Radio Prague discussed the revelation with former Czech Military Intelligence chief Andor Šándor.

Peculiar forms of visual anti-Semitism in Czech history

Radio Prague |
22 October 2019

Anti-Jewish sentiment was often fuelled by vicious and clichéd imagery. Just how varied and inventive these forms of depiction could be was a theme recently explored at an international conference in Prague.

First recording of long-forgotten Dvořák opera King and Collier

Radio Prague |
21 October 2019

The Dvořák Prague Festival held in September offered opera buffs a special treat: a performance of the generally unknown opera King and Collier, from Dvořák's early period which was never performed during the composer's lifetime.

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