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Andrej Gina: recalling the poetry and poverty of the old Romani settlements

Radio Prague |
18 April 2011

Andrej Gina, who won the Open Society Institute's Roma Literary Award in 2003, lives in the western Czech town of Rokycany. He writes in the Romany language spoken by generations of his ancestors from the rural Romani settlements of Eastern Slovakia. Andrej was still a small child when the family came to the Prague after the Second World War, leaving behind an ancient and rural world, where Roma life had changed little for centuries.

Czech, Italian presidents cut tape on new Main Station concourse

Radio Prague |
18 April 2011

Prague's Hlavní nádraží or Main Station was once a dank and depressing place, not somewhere you'd wish to linger a moment longer than necessary. Over the past few years, however, it's undergone a 50-million-euro makeover at the hands of the Italian firm Grandi Stazioni. On Thursday the presidents of Italy and the Czech Republic snipped the ceremonial tape on the station's new concourse.

Protest singer Karel Kryl - an influential voice in Czech folk music

Radio Prague |
18 April 2011

Kryl became one of the country's most important protest singers with his famous 1968 song "Bratříčku zavírej vrátka," and his tunes continue to be played in the Czech Republic to this day.

The film score genius Zdeněk Liška

Radio Prague |
15 April 2011

Some of the best Czech films of the 1960s and 70s, such as Markéta Lazarová, Shop on Main Street, and The Cremator, have one thing in common, besides the country of origin: the author of the score, Zdeněk Liška.

Embryo transfers in IVF: more need not always be better

Radio Prague |
14 April 2011

Health minister Leoš Heger has announced that within a broad reform of the health system he wants to change the rules for fertility treatment.

Konopiště Chateau

Radio Prague |
14 April 2011

Konopiště, together with its wide surroundings and gorgeous interiors, is particularly famous for its ill-fated last owner – the heir-apparent to the Austrian throne, Archduke Francis Ferdinand.

Stone Age grave none the less queer for lack of 'Gay Caveman'

Radio Prague |
13 April 2011

The bustling Dejvice district of Prague is not where you would expect major encounters with prehistory.

Pundit: early elections may be the only viable option

Radio Prague |
12 April 2011

The fate of the Czech government hangs in the balance in the wake of a corruption scandal involving the junior coalition party Public Affairs.

The history and mysteries of Zbiroh Chateau

Radio Prague |
12 April 2011

Zbiroh Chateau has stood on its hill between the Křivoklátské and Brdy Forests since the 12th century, a beautiful thing, wistfully recalled in the famous melody by Václav Vačkář, "A Memory of Zbiroh".

AI specialist developing ways of improving aviation and protecting ships from pirates

Radio Prague |
12 April 2011

Though still only in his late 30s, Professor Michal Pěchouček is an internationally recognised expert in the field of artificial intelligence.

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