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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.

From Karel Čapek to Graham Greene: a Scottish poet's memories of Prague

Radio Prague |
11 April 2011

Edwin Muir is one of Scotland's best loved poets and along with his wife Willa he is also remembered as the translator who first introduced Franz Kafka to English readers.

Aero: cinema with an atmosphere

Radio Prague |
11 April 2011

Despite it's slightly run down interior and uncomfortable creaky chairs Kino Aero has become a legendary venue here in Prague and people don't mind spending the extra twenty minutes or so that it takes to get here from the city centre.

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.

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