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New tome captures genius of pioneer of Cubist architecture Josef Gočár

Radio Prague |
8 April 2011

In Prague's Old Town, on the corner of Celetná Street and Ovocný trh, you will find the House of the Black Madonna, one of the most distinctive structures in a city known for its unparalleled mix of architectural styles. It was the first building in the rare Cubist style of architecture strongly associated with the city, and today houses a Cubist museum.

Prague's famous astronomical clock stopped for three weeks

Radio Prague |
7 April 2011

Prague's famous astronomical clock known as the Orloj, dating back to 1410 and gracing the tower of the Old Town Hall, is one of the city's biggest attractions, drawing crowds on the hour every single day. But anyone visiting on the Old Town Square these days has been less than lucky and won't see the famous clock in operation: on Monday it was turned off by technicians due to three weeks of building repairs.

The home of Jumping Virgin Mary

Radio Prague |
7 April 2011

Many Czechs are familiar with the old expression Panenko Skákavá, which literally means Jumping Virgin Mary, but few know about the origin of the phrase. Jumping Virgin Mary, or more precisely, the Virgin Mary of Skoky, is the patron of what used to be one of Bohemia’s most famous Roman Catholic pilgrimage sites. In this edition of Spotlight, we visit Skoky, now an extinct village with a run-down Baroque church that once attracted large crowds of believers.

Karel Kramář: first Czechoslovak PM but flawed popular politician

Radio Prague |
6 April 2011

Karel Kramář earned his place in history as the first prime minister of Czechoslovakia. But his political career spanned more than four turbulent decades. We look at a life than included a death sentence, assassination attempt and birth of a new state.

Pavel Přikryl – Following up on People in Need's Afghan mission one year on

Radio Prague |
5 April 2011

Pavel Přikryl, a business consultant and specialist in international relations, who left for Afghanistan 13 months ago to run PIN's food facility, talks about projects upon his return to the Czech Republic.

Olga Walló: a Bohemian tale

Radio Prague |
4 April 2011

Olga Walló has become something of a literary phenomenon in the recent years, even though she was over fifty when her first novel was published in 1998.

Brno hip hop band Čokovoko puts out new album

Radio Prague |
4 April 2011

The Brno-based duo Čokovoko is one of the most unusual occurrences on the Czech music scene. The combination of amusing lyrics, unexpected sampling as well as rather crude singing earned them a following in clubs around the country.

President pardons man sentenced to six years for shooting

Radio Prague |
1 April 2011

On Wednesday, President Václav Klaus issued an official pardon to a man serving a six-year prison sentence for attempted murder.

Environmentalists up in arms over plans for Šumava

Radio Prague |
1 April 2011

The Šumava National Park – a protected nature reserve in southern Bohemia – is at the centre of a row between scientists, environmental activists and the park's new management.

Detective work and restoration work fills gaps in unique Czech historical archive

Radio Prague |
31 March 2011

Langhans photographic gallery is currently celebrating the 130th anniversary since the original studio, which became the most famous in the country, was founded in the centre of Prague in 1880.

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