Monday, 18 November 2019

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Czechs and Germans in 1930s Czechoslovakia: a complex picture

Radio Prague |
11 November 2019

The Czech Radio archives give us a rich and nuanced picture of the months leading up to the Munich Agreement of September 1938 that resulted in Nazi Germany annexing huge areas of Czechoslovakia. The archives offer a sober warning of how easily a democratic state can be shattered through rumour, lies and propaganda.

Minus123minut cut eclectic new LP after 10-year break

Radio Prague |
11 November 2019

At the turn of the millennium, the group 'minus123minut' was among the most innovative and important of Czech bands, known for their live shows and heady mix of rock, jazz, blues and funk. They recently released a new album called 'Les' (Forest).

Prague's revamped Lennon Wall becomes open-air gallery

Radio Prague |
11 November 2019

Prague's Lennon Wall has a new face and will newly serve as an open-air gallery. The famous tourist attraction, which before the Velvet Revolution served as a symbolic location of unofficial anti-communist protest, underwent a month-long revamp after being vandalised with vulgar graffiti. Prague authorities vowed to officially designate the Lennon Wall as a memorial site. Its new look was unveiled to the public on Thursday afternoon.

Wine and goose on offer as Czechs celebrate St. Martin's Day

Radio Prague |
11 November 2019

On Friday people all around the Czech Republic began celebrating Saint Martin's Day, which falls on November 11. According to a Czech proverb, it is the day which brings the first snow to the country. In recent years, however, the day has mostly been associated with the arrival of the season's first wine and with the traditional feast of roast goose.

ČSÚ: Growth in Czech hotel stays slows, number of US, French tourists up

Radio Prague |
11 November 2019

The number of hotel guests rose by 3.1 percent year-on-year to 17.3 million people from January through September, with Czechs accounting for 9 million of that figure, according to the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ).

15 years later - was ending military service right move for Czech Republic?

Radio Prague |
11 November 2019

On November 4, 2004 the Czech Senate approved legislation to end compulsory military service in the Czech Republic. Although it has been 15 years since the country's young men were freed from service, the debate about whether it should be reinstated seems very much alive.

New book chronicles Prague 3 'through the ages'

Radio Prague |
8 November 2019

Prague's Žižkov district is perhaps best known for its abundance of pubs and colossal TV Tower. Lesser-known is the rich cultural history of what some natives proclaim the "Independent Republic of Žižkov". Two of its proudest sons, Jaroslav and Miroslav Čvančara, have just published a book about the Prague 3 district, literally filling in the historical picture.

Czech authorities fighting vaccine hesitancy

Radio Prague |
8 November 2019

There are new warnings about a possible outbreak of measles in European countries including Czechia. Despite repeated warnings by the World Health Organization and national authorities, some Czech parents still refuse to have their children vaccinated. Radio Prague reporter spoke to both the opponents and proponents of vaccination for children.

Last Czechoslovak PM Jan Stráský dies at 78

Radio Prague |
8 November 2019

Many tributes have been paid Jan Stráský, the last prime minister of Czechoslovakia, who has died at the age of 78. Stráský was a founding member of the Civic Democrats, held ministerial posts and was a highly figure in 1990s domestic politics. Prior to his death, he remembered his beginnings in governance. "I had a great interest in politics. I felt my whole life that it was necessary to take political action. And at that time one sensed one had an opportunity that couldn't be ignored.

Adam Ondra on going for Olympic gold

Radio Prague |
7 November 2019

Professional rock climber Adam Ondra spoke to Prague Radio a few weeks ahead of an Olympics qualifier in France about his love for the sport, attitude to training, and trepidation about, pardon the pun, getting up to "speed" in that third discipline.

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