Czech Life

A project for schools about the Czech Muslim community and Islam which a local group tried to derail

18-04-2015 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Photo: hin255 / In this week’s Czech Life we speak to Šádí Shanaah, who is one of the founders of Muslims through the Eyes of Czech Students, a concise handbook and course for secondary school students aimed at providing information about the country’s Muslim community and the history of Islam. Initially, the project - which also touches upon contemporary problems and developments - was backed by the Education Ministry. It, however, later withdrew support. Why others did not, as well as the role played by vocal anti-Islam activists, are topics discussed. More

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18-04-2015 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Leopold Jansa, photo: Public Domain Today in Mailbox: Response from a listener in Argentina, how to subscribe to Radio Prague's e-mail newsletter, details about our monthly competition as well as answers to last month's question. Listeners/readers quoted: Steven Thoresdale, Jean McDonald, Valery Lugovski, Li Ming, Deblina Biswas, Paul R Peacock, Colin Law, Mary Lou Krenek, Hans Verner Lollike.  More

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Amanita Design founder Jakub Dvorský on successful artistic point-and-click games Machinarium and Botanicula

17-04-2015 17:39 | Jan Velinger

Machinarium, photo: Amanita Design Amanita Design is the independent Czech game design studio behind the point-and-click adventure games Machinarium and Botanicula. With beautifully hand-drawn backgrounds and richly-designed worlds, the games put players in the shoes of protagonists such as a broken little robot or a group of unusual creatures who face robotic wrongdoers and a dark parasitic force, respectively.  More

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Czech-built brewery serves tourists in North Korea

15-04-2015 15:26 | Jan Richter

Illustrative photo: Barbora Kmentová Czechs boast a long and rich brewing tradition which they have often shared with the rest of the world. Czech-built breweries now exist in countries such as Georgia, Ukraine, South Africa and Vietnam. But one Czech firm has ventured to a country few would associate with a love of lager: North Korea. The Hradec Králové-based ZVU POTEZ last year built a micro-brewery in North Korea’s special economic zone of Rason, and now hopes the deal will lead to more opportunities in the deeply repressive country.  More

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One on One

I always tried to present classical music in a different way, says crossover star Maksim Mrvica

13-04-2015 16:16 | Ian Willoughby

Maksim Mrvica, photo: archive of Maksim Mrvica The multi-million selling classical crossover artist Maksim Mrvica is set to perform in the Czech capital for the first time next month. Ahead of that concert, the Croatian pianist, who looks like more like a rock star than most rock stars, stopped by at Radio Prague’s studios for a conversation that took in everything from his experiences as a teenager during the Yugoslav conflict to “Maksim-mania” in the Far East.  More

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Sunday Music Show

The Samotáři soundtrack – Like a time capsule from late ‘90s Prague

12-04-2015 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

'Samotáři' The hit comedy Samotáři (The Loners) was a generational film exploring the lives of aimless young people a decade after the fall of communism. The year 2000 movie’s clubby soundtrack today feels like something of a time capsule, with names like the Ecstasy of St. Theresa, Ohm Square and Here highly evocative of the Prague of that era.  More

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UNICEF brings children’s rights to monasteries in Bhutan

09-04-2015 15:58 | Daniela Lazarová

'The Little Monk', photo: Dagmar Vyhnálková The world of monastic schools in Bhutan is veiled in mystery. It is home to around 4,000 boys, some of them as young as five, training to become monks. In a ground-breaking project UNICEF is entering this closed-off world to establish a child-protection framework in a centuries-old order.  More

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Business News

17-04-2015 16:10 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Filip Jandourek In Business News: Financial assets of Czech households grew at steady six percent rate annually over five years; Czech companies get ready for Shanghai trade fair; confidence survey suggests overwhelming majority of German firms happy with investing...  More

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Press: Points system aimed at boosting embassies’ support for Czech firms

17-04-2015 14:04 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: archive of Radio Prague The Czech Republic’s embassies and consuls have traditionally been active in supporting Czech businesses and “economic diplomacy” has become a watchword for President Miloš Zeman and other senior politicians.   More


Current Affairs

Czech Roma police officer to receive OBE from Queen Elizabeth II

17-04-2015 13:43 | Dominik Jůn

Petr Torák, photo: Jiří Hošek Petr Torák, a Czech Roma who moved to the UK in 1999, is to be honoured with an OBE for his outstanding work as a police officer. Torák, who was targeted by neo-Nazis in the Czech Republic, has been making headlines for many years for his remarkable commitment...  More

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In Focus

Ztohoven open crypto-anarchy institute in Prague

14-04-2015 15:30 | Ruth Fraňková

Paralelní Polis, photo: CTK The guerrilla art group Ztohoven, known for their controversial projects and often operating in anonymity, have made a somewhat surprising move. At the end of last year, they opened an official institution, a so-called institute of crypto-anarchy.   More

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Sports News

Sports News

13-04-2015 15:39 | Ian Willoughby

Jaromír Jágr, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Jágr, 43, signs one-season contract extension with Florida; Litvínov edge toward first ever Extraliga title after going 2:0 up on Třinec; and Sparta beat Slavia but still trail Plzeň by five points with seven rounds of Czech...  More

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Havel’s Letter to Husák: still an inspiration 40 years on

11-04-2015 02:01 | Azadeh Mohammadi, David Vaughan

Václav Havel, photo: archive of Czech Radio Forty years ago this week, on 8 April 1975, Václav Havel sent an open letter to Czechoslovakia’s President Gustav Husák. The letter was to become one of the key documents of dissent during the period of “normalization”. It outlined the creeping fear,...  More

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Nettles, onion-dyed eggs and other Czech Easter specialties

06-04-2015 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Photo: CzechTourism This year‘s Easter Monday programme is dedicated to Czech Easter cuisine which is quite different from what you will find on the typical Czech table during the rest of the year. Radio Prague talked to Lucie Kohoutová, a young Prague-based food blogger...  More

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