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Jan Blažej Santini's Baroque gems at Ždár nad Sázavou

Radio Prague |
24 February 2011

Tucked away in the highlands, far from the main roads in the forests between Bohemia and Moravia, lies the town of Žďár nad Sázavou. It is now an industrial town spotted with ugly prefab high-rises but on its northern edge, it boasts one of the gems of Baroque architecture, the UNESCO-listed church at Zelená Hora, as well as an ancient monastery that once gave rise to the whole town.

Alcohol consumption figures highlight rising number of problem drinkers

Radio Prague |
24 February 2011

The Czech Republic has just received the sort of global recognition it could do without – placed second in a world ranking of alcohol consumption in a World Health Organisation study. And local alcoholism experts say problem drinking is on the increase as Czechs seek an easy solution to increased stress and other problems.

UNESCO-listed carnival procession draws crowds at open-air museum

Radio Prague |
23 February 2011

Hundreds of people came to see the carnival, or Shrovetide processions at the open-air museum at Veselý Kopec, near Hlinsko in eastern Bohemia, on Saturday. It was the first opportunity to see the centuries-old folk tradition after it was added to the UNESCO list of world heritage.

Lithuanians share their memories and regrets from the 1968 Soviet invasion

Radio Prague |
23 February 2011

The international Mene Tekel project against totalitarianism began its fifth year on Monday. One of the focuses this year is on the Baltic state of Lithuania and the memories of Lithuanians who served in the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia.

Modern echoes from the Egyptian sands

Radio Prague |
22 February 2011

Professor Miroslav Bárta is the head of a Czech team of archaeologists working at a long established site in Egypt. Professor Bárta describes the new theories about the collapse of the Old Kingdom he has contributed to and his thoughts about the more recent demise of the reign of president Hosni Mubarak.

Proposed pension reforms divide pundits

Radio Prague |
22 February 2011

The government has agreed the main lines of one of its most ambitious reforms, that of the creaking pension system. But the formula advanced seems to have won few friends. Trade union leaders say it goes too far and some leading economists say it does not go far enough.

Children of difficult divorces are increasingly institutionalised

Radio Prague |
21 February 2011

The daily Mladá fronta Dnes on Friday published the story of an 11-year-old boy who was confined to a psychiatric ward for six months after the court found his mother unfit to care for him and he refused to see his father. What's more, Alan is not the only child in the country who has been institutionalised because of his parents' problems

Michel Comte at Leica Gallery Prague & Galerie Vernon

Radio Prague |
21 February 2011

This Thursday saw the opening of an exhibition in Prague by one of the world's most significant fashion and portrait photographers, Michel Comte, entitled Not Only Women – Feminine Icons of Our Times.

Czech jazz legend Eva Olmerová

Radio Prague |
21 February 2011

Olmerová, whom critics have compared to Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, lived life on a rollercoaster of musical acclaim, political persecution, drink, drugs and broken marriages. Let down by all but her talent Eva was happy to sing any genre - jazz, blues, gospel or country – until her ailing health left its mark on her voice as well.

Taking Valentine's Day seriously and drinking fresh milk

Radio Prague |
18 February 2011

It was champagne, chocolates and roses for many couples in love on Valentine's day, but a few dozen opted for a spiritual experience instead of a cozy restaurant: they headed for the Church of SS Peter and Paul on Prague's famous Vyšehrad hill to attend a mass in St Valentine's honour and pay their respects to the remains of the martyred bishop, patron of lovers.

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