An American foodie goes to Prague

Prague’s farmer’s markets are a foodie’s paradise

23-05-2015 02:01 | Halley Crane

Photo: Halley Crane Farmers’ markets have become an inescapable phenomenon for anyone interested in the culinary opportunities on offer in Prague. I’ve discovered that the markets in Anděl, Jiřího z Poděbrad, Holešovice, and Náplavka – on the banks of the Vltava – are somewhat akin to a traveling circus. On one day here, the next there. Familiar faces, familiar stalls, moving from one location to the next.  More

Czech Life

New app to promote film tourism in Czech Republic

23-05-2015 02:01 | Jan Velinger

In roughly a fortnight the state agency CzechTourism is launching a new app in for both Czechs and visitors from abroad planning vacations. Entitled, Czech Film Trips, the app will highlight hundreds of locations and feature photos and clips where numerous famous productions were filmed.  More


Prague Fringe - Edinburgh's "naughty grandchild"

22-05-2015 15:35 | Jan Velinger

This Friday sees the start of the 14th Prague Fringe one of the biggest events of the cultural season. This week I spoke to the founder of the festival Steve Gove. I began by asking him what set the Prague Fringe apart. More

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National Museum undergoing major renovation

21-05-2015 15:23 | Daniela Lazarová

National Museum's main building, photo: CzechTourism The historic building of the National Museum overlooking Wenceslas Square is undergoing a major renovation that is set to end in 2018. The museum has had to relocate thousands of exhibits and is using the time to create new collections and work on a modern, interactive presentation.  More

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Battle looms over Elbe as government seeks to push water transport

20-05-2015 15:52 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Tomáš Kolařík, CC BY-SA 3.0 The Czech Republic is dissected by some major rivers but water transport is now very much a Cinderella sector compared with road, rail, and air transport. But there are now moves to give rivers a much greater role. President Miloš Zeman would go even further and launch a massive construction project making the country the focus of a revived Central European water transport system. We look at the ambitions and problems encountered so far to revive river transport in the Czech Republic.  More

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One on One

Vladimír Hanzel: Part 2

18-05-2015 14:25 | Ian Willoughby

Václav Havel, Vladimír Hanzel, photo: Petr Mazanec As his secretary for nearly a decade and a half, Vladimír Hanzel was extremely close to the late Václav Havel. In this the second part of a two-part interview, Mr. Hanzel describes how the former dissident adjusted to life as president and how he was changed by four terms at Prague Castle. He also discusses Havel’s relationship to music – and his audacious plan to get the remaining Beatles to reform in the Czech capital.  More

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Sunday Music Show

Kalle – Live from a room in Tábor

17-05-2015 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Tábor’s Kalle are one of the more interesting newish bands on the Czech music scene. Guitarist David Zeman and singer Veronika Buriánková, who may quite possibly have heard a few PJ Harvey or Portishead LPs, put down eight tracks as demos last year but then realised they were good enough to put out. The resulting Live from the Room was among the most acclaimed local releases of 2014. More

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Business News

22-05-2015 16:18 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Filip Jandourek In Business News: Czech national bank puts pressure on domestic banks to curb long-term mortgages; steel industry rebounds; the cheque is not in the mail, at least regarding Czech Post; energy giant ČEZ hangs on to coal-fired plant.   More

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Jaguar Land Rover seen parking new manufacturing plant in Central Europe

22-05-2015 12:17 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Jan Říha Rumours are circulating that a major car manufacturer is eyeing up locations in Central Europe for a new plant. And top of the range producer Jaguar Land Rover, owned by India’s Tata Motors, is usually singled out as the likely investor. According to...  More


Current Affairs

Celebrities protest Pilsen’s Days of Jerusalem Festival

22-05-2015 15:31 | Ruth Fraňková

Jerusalem, photo: Public Domain A group of world public figures, including US linguist Noam Chomsky and British film director Ken Loach, are publicly protesting against the Days of Jerusalem Festival, which is to be held within the Pilsen 2015 European City of Culture, claiming that...  More

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In Focus

New projects aim to keep legacy of Karolína Světlá alive

19-05-2015 16:04 | Ruth Fraňková

Karolína Světlá, photo: Public Domain Karolína Světlá is one of the greatest female writers of the 19th century, yet in recent years, her works have somewhat fallen out of fashion. A group of people from the Footprints in nature non-profit organisation are trying to change that. Last year,...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

18-05-2015 15:22 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Czechs fail to make home advantage pay at Ice Hockey World Championships, finishing fourth; Jágr retires at international level despite being Czechs’ most productive player; and Hradec Králové and České Budějovice are relegated...  More

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16-05-2015 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Walter Serner Today in Mailbox: Listeners'/readers' response to our programmes, answers to last month's quiz question. Listeners/readers quoted: Kanchan Chatterjee, Jayanta Chakrabarty, Shahzad Shabbir, Deblina Biswas, Colin Law, Hans Verner Lollike.   More

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