Tuesday, 19 November 2019

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Communist party official shocks nation ahead of freedom celebrations

Radio Prague |
31 October 2019

As the Czech nation celebrates 30 years of freedom and democracy the words of a leading Communist Party official have caused a public outcry. In an interview for Czech Radio, the party's deputy chair, Stanislav Grospič argued that the 1968 Soviet-led occupation of Czechoslovakia was not an invasion and that the people killed had died mostly in road accidents.

Semafor theatre celebrates 60 years

Radio Prague |
30 October 2019

This week marks 60 years since the foundation of the legendary Semafor theatre in Prague, established by the song-writing duo Jiří Suchý and Jiří Šlitr. The theatre produced some of the biggest Czech pop hits ever and helped to launch the careers of many Czech singers and actors.

"All biggest players now have own media," says press freedom advocate as Kellner buys Nova

Radio Prague |
30 October 2019

The richest Czech, Petr Kellner, is taking over the country's most popular TV station, Nova. The purchase of Nova operator CME by Kellner's PPF Group will also give it control of a number of other channels in the region. However, critics say the move is politically motivated and have warned of a new danger to press freedom.

Study: Over 50 percent of Czechs willing to move for work

Radio Prague |
30 October 2019

According to a new survey carried out by employment agency Randstadt, 52 percent of Czechs would consider moving even to a foreign country in view of a better career growth or a more balanced personal and work life. Nevertheless, Czechs' readiness to work abroad is still considerably lower than in the neighbouring countries.

Jazz, traffic lights and the timeless beauty of Ruthenia: a taste of Czechoslovakia between the wars

Radio Prague |
29 October 2019

Radio archives evoke the atmosphere of Czechoslovakia during the First Republic of the 1920s and 30s.

Humility and "rock star" appeal - how Václav Havel won over the US

Radio Prague |
29 October 2019

Václav Havel's relationship to the United States is the focus of the recently issued book Havel v Americe (Havel in America) by historian Rosamund Johnston and journalist Lenka Kabrhelová.

Hana Hegerová - the voice of Czechoslovak chanson

Radio Prague |
29 October 2019

Hana Hegerová, who is sometimes nicknamed the Czechoslovakia's Edith Piaf, celebrated her 88th birthday this month. Known for her ability to dramatically interpret lyrics, the Bratislava born singer and actress dominated the Czechoslovak chanson scene for many decades and received critical acclaim from abroad.

"It might be the secret to our recent success as a species" - Michael Londesborough on the science of love

Radio Prague |
29 October 2019

It may not sound as romantic as being struck by Cupid's arrow, but feelings of love and lust are very much the result of chemical reactions within our body, says Dr. Michael Londesborough, a chemist at the Czech Academy of Sciences.

UK exhibition presents Czech innovations past and present

Radio Prague |
29 October 2019

An exhibition currently underway in the Library of Birmingham celebrates a centenary of Czech discoveries and inventions and the emerging generation of scientists and innovators. The interactive show, called Czech Innovation Expo, was prepared by the Czech Centres network together with the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Prague's UNESCO status questioned but authorities play down concerns

Radio Prague |
29 October 2019

Prague's historic city centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1992. However, membership in the prestigious club could come under threat, at least according to a report by UNESCO experts who visited the Czech capital this summer. The Czech Minister of Culture has pledged to look into the matter, but City Hall officials say that the matter has been exaggerated.

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