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"Operation Ř" – How the Communists targeted Czechoslovakia's nunneries

Radio Prague |
30 July 2020

Seventy years ago this week, having already shuttered Czechoslovakia's monasteries in the spring of 1950 and interned thousands of monks in "concentration cloisters", the Communist authorities turned their anti-religious fervour to the nation's nunneries.

Libušín chalet reopens to public six years after being destroyed by fire

Radio Prague |
30 July 2020

The reconstruction of Libušín, a historical chalet in the Beskydy Mountains in the east of the country, has been finally completed. The famous Art Nouveau Folk building was almost completely destroyed by fire in March 2014 and the restoration of the national heritage site cost over 117 million crowns.

Czech beer industry posts losses of nearly five billion crowns due to Covid-19

Radio Prague |
29 July 2020

The Czech beer industry recorded losses amounting to nearly CZK 5 billion during the period from March until the end of June as a result of the restrictive measures related to the coronavirus outbreak, Martina Ferencová of the Beer and Malt Association announced on Tuesday.

Czech musicians ask government to throw them a lifeline

Radio Prague |
29 July 2020

Several hundred people gathered on Prague's Old Town Square on Monday to support people in the music industry who face an uncertain future due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions. The industry which employs roughly 130,000 people and has an annual turnover of CZK 20 billion, is now operating at 15 percent capacity with no light at the end of the tunnel.

Czech European Tree of the Year may be much older than previously thought

Radio Prague |
29 July 2020

The Czech pine from the village of Chudobín, which was voted European Tree of the Year 2020, may be much older than previously thought. Experts say the remarkable tree could actually be as old as half a century.

Gov't retools "smart quarantine" management, introduces "traffic light" risk map

Radio Prague |
28 July 2020

Following a recent uptick in coronavirus cases, the Czech government has agreed to establish a special body to oversee the "smart quarantine" initiative. That body will be under the direction of the Ministry of Health – which has been criticised for failing to implement an effective system – but also the Army. Meanwhile, the ministry will roll out a new "traffic light" system mapping infection rates by local district rather than region.

Inaccessible parts of Prague’s iconic Dancing House now open to public

Radio Prague |
28 July 2020

Visitors to the iconic Dancing House can now see spaces normally inaccessible to the public. The new tour includes the technical facilities, the courtyard, a lookout point and the apartment where late president Václav Havel lived for decades.

Interview with sound designer Juraj Mravec

Radio Prague |
28 July 2020

Millions of television viewers around the world have enjoyed the work of Czech sound designer Juraj Mravec. The 43-year-old has worked on a long list of shows that includes such commercial and critical hits as The Crown, Veep, Black Mirror and Peaky Blinders.

Alfons Mucha at 160: Art Nouveau pioneer who left Paris for Prague to achieve the Slav Epic

Radio Prague |
27 July 2020

Czech artist Alfons Mucha, perhaps best known worldwide for his oft-imitated Art Nouveau posters, was born 160 years ago this past Friday. He showed an exceptional talent for drawing from an early age, and went on to find fame and fortune in Vienna and Paris, before settling in Prague.

Singer Marek Ztracený living out his dream

Radio Prague |
27 July 2020

Czech singer and composer Marek Ztracený is on a winning streak. The small-town boy who came to Prague with one song to offer producers has just released his sixth album and sold out Prague's 02 Arena.

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