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03-12-2016 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Photo: Stuart Miles / In this very last edition of Mailbox on Radio Prague we quote for one last time from your answers to the Mystery Czech quiz which has run for 12 years and featured 150 notable personalities of Czech origin.  More

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Czech Books

Michael Tate: bringing us the best of Central European writing

03-12-2016 02:01 | David Vaughan

Michael Tate, photo: David Vaughan Publishers that focus on contemporary writing from Central Europe are few and far between, but they play an important role in bringing Czech poetry and prose to an international audience. One of the newest players is Jantar Publishing, based in London. In just a few years it has established a strong reputation with its beautifully produced translations, several of which we have already talked about here on Radio Prague.  More

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Will darkly funny Czech animated short get Happy End at the 2017 Oscars?

02-12-2016 14:52 | Jan Velinger

'Happy End', photo: archive of Jan Saska Just a few days ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced 10 films worldwide which had made the short list for Oscar nominations in the Animated Short Films Category. Among them, is a film entitled Happy End, the work of up and coming Czech animator Jan Saska. In his late 20s, Saska worked on Happy End throughout studies in Zlín and at Prague’s FAMU film school. The B&W short, about the misadventures of a bunch of Czech hunters, a tractor driver, a party-goer and a not so good-looking corpse, is darkly funny and told in an unconventional style. More

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Foreign Ministry building recounts Czech history in a new novel

01-12-2016 14:41 | Pavla Horáková

Černín Palace, photo: archive of Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs is located in the majestic Baroque Černín Palace just above Prague Castle. The majestic building, as well as the nearby Loreta Church, plays a major part in a recently published novel titled “Chvála oportunismu” or “In praise of opportunism”. Its author, Czech diplomat Marek Toman, a guest in Radio Prague’s Czech Books programme earlier this year, works at the ministry and knows the building inside out.  More

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Government analysis seeks to pinpoint strategy for future economic growth

30-11-2016 11:15 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: InIT Lemgo, CC BY-SA 3.0 A strategic analysis of the Czech economy has unveiled a serious flaw: some of the biggest and most profitable sectors of the economy are in foreign hands and have an increasing trend of shipping their profits out of the country rather than re-investing them. And while the foreign investment has fueled much of Czech economic growth over the last 20 years or so, the volume of investments appears to now on the wane.  More

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One on One

World-renowned chemist Josef Michl on figuring out mysteries, 1968 – and a remarkable WWII story

28-11-2016 14:56 | Ian Willoughby

Josef Michl, photo: CTK Last week the Boulder-based Josef Michl was in his native Prague to receive the prestigious Neuron award for lifelong contribution to world science in the field of chemistry. Professor Michl became one of the planet’s top experts in his area – organic photochemical reactions – after deciding not to return to Czechoslovakia from abroad in the wake of the 1968 Soviet invasion.  More

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Some like it hot: erotic internet sales boom

02-12-2016 14:09 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Lotus Head / freeimages The sale of sex toys is one of the fastest growing internet businesses in the Czech Republic, the daily reported on Friday. Over the past year, sellers have posted an increase of business by over a fifth.   More

Czech Airlines plots course for four new destinations in summer timetable

01-12-2016 15:21 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Filip Jandourek The national carrier Czech Airlines plans to launch flights to four new destinations in the upcoming summer season. The Czech carrier will launch services to Keflavik in Iceland, Lisbon, Verona and Aarhus. The company made the announcement at a press...  More


Current Affairs

Pilot project aims to make companies come clean over public contracts

02-12-2016 11:30 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: hin255 / The Czech Republic has been selected for a corruption fighting pilot project which could have a major impact if it eventually expands to cover the massive public sector tenders market.   More

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Czechoslovak secret police files reveal interest in Trump couple

02-12-2016 14:11 | Dominik Jůn

Ivana Trump in 2007, photo: Christopherpeterson, CC BY 3.0 The Czechoslovak communist-era secret police took an active interest in the Czech born first wife of US president-elect Donald Trump back in the late 1970s and 80s, according to newly examined archive materials. The StB kept an eye on Ivana Zelníčková...  More

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In Focus

Alice Masaryková’s charity heritage remembered

29-11-2016 15:49 | Ruth Fraňková

Alice Masaryková, photo: archive of Czech Radio This Monday marked exactly 50 years since the death of Alice Masaryková, the first daughter of Czechoslovakia’s first president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and his American wife Charlotte. A prominent figure in Czechoslovakia between the wars, Alice Masaryková...  More

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