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Health care 20 years on: better, more expensive and in need of serious reforms

Radio Prague |
25 November 2009

Radio Prague finds out about the improvements and challenges of the Czech health care system two decades after the fall of communism.

Czech leaders miss democracy's 20th anniversary

The Wall Street Journal / Dow Jones |
24 November 2009

Twenty years ago this Friday, waves of Czechoslovak factory workers marched into Prague to join student protesters in the nationwide general strike that brought down Communist rule. A generation later, persistent unemployment and a growing distrust of the political class has taken some of the gloss off the Velvet Revolution.

Respekt weekly roundup

Prague.TV |
24 November 2009

Czechs mark the Velvet Revolution's 20th anniversary, national football team coach Michal Bílek makes a bad start and ČVUT experts offer an explanation for the Strašice poltergeist.

Weddings in Prague |
24 November 2009

Tips for tying the knot, legally, in the Czech Republic.

Jan Macháček - music and journalism, before the revolution and after

Radio Prague |
24 November 2009

Journalist and musician Jan Macháček has lived an interesting and varied life both before and after the Velvet Revolution. In the 1980s he came to be known as a guitarist from the underground bands Plastic People of the Universe and Garáž. After the revolution he began writing for the independent weekly newspaper Respekt, his work earned him a great deal of recognition, and he is regarded today as one of the Czech Republic's leading economic and political commentators.

A jewelry artist brings her talent back home

aktuálně.cz |
23 November 2009

For a person whose work is built around simplicity, Eva Eisler is a very complicated woman. A jewelry designer and artist, she titled her 1990 brooch collection the Tension Series, which included a brooch that is in Washington D.C.'s Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Czech history through a glass darkly

Radio Prague |
23 November 2009

The Glass Room, by Simon Mawer, one of this year's nominations for the prestigious Man Booker prize. The novel, which has already been translated into Czech and had a very positive local reception, is inspired by the functionalist masterpiece, the Tugendhat Villa in Brno, and covers over half a century of Czech history, focusing mainly on the fates of the Jewish industrialist Victor Landauer and his wife Liesel.

1989 from abroad

Radio Prague |
23 November 2009

The events of 1989 commemorated 20 years on this week brought back many emotional memories. I was 19 when it happened, still living at home, only not in Czechoslovakia, but in Canada.

The accidental uprising: How 'corpse' killed Communism

The Independent |
23 November 2009

Twenty years after the Velvet Revolution, Victor Sebestyen recalls how the Czech regime fell to a hapless secret plot.

U Emy Destinnové

By Laura Baraník | Prague Spoon |
20 October 2009

It seldom seems to happen – in this country, anyway – that a restaurant's best asset is its kitchen. But good chefs are still few and far between. One of the exceptions is U Emy Destinnové, where owner and head chef Steven Trumpfheller outclasses both his restaurant's location and its waitstaff.

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