08-12-2016 07:03

Current Affairs

Miloš Zeman accepts invitation to visit Trump at White House

07-12-2016 12:13 | Dominik Jůn

Donald Trump, photo: CTK

Donald Trump, photo: CTK

US president-elect Donald Trump has invited Czech president Miloš Zeman to the White house next year, Prague Castle has revealed. The pair spoke by telephone on Tuesday, affirming a common stance on issues such as migration and battling terrorism.  More

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Legendary band Pražský výběr to play their biggest ever concert

07-12-2016 15:08 | Ruth Fraňková

Pražský výběr, photo: archive of the band Members of the legendary rock group Pražský výběr will go on stage at Prague’s O2 Arena on Wednesday night to play the biggest and quite possibly the last concert of their 40-year career, called “eR - Last or Forever”. The concert of Pražský výběr, one of the most significant rock bands of the 1980s, will be accompanied by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, and they will be joined on stage by a number of guest musicians.  More

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Small Czech border town set for Lithium mining boom

07-12-2016 12:48 | Chris Johnstone

Lithium, photo: Tomihahndorf, Public Domain Lithium is very much the metal of the moment as one of the raw materials used for making batteries for electric cars and many other applications for renewable energy. And its high demand and soaring prices look like they could help make the Czech Republic one of the main producers of the metal worldwide.  More

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In Focus

Czech Brisbane community tunes in to local roots

06-12-2016 12:44 | Ruth Fraňková

Lenka TeWhiu, photo: archive of Lenka TeWhiu The Czech expatriate community in the Australian city of Brisbane only counts several hundred people, but they have always been very active in maintaining the Czech language and culture for future generations. One of the members of the local expat community is Lenka TeWhiu, who settled in Brisbane more than fifteen years ago.  More

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Sunday Music Show

Terne Chave – a Romany band with a difference

04-12-2016 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Terne Chave, photo: Zewlakk Dlouhý Krok Terne Chave is currently one of the most successful Romany bands in the Czech Republic. Its seven members started out performing Romany songs at special events in their home town of Hradec Kralové and ended up touring European countries. Today they still draw on their Romany roots but they compose their own music laced with Latino, jazz, punk, reggae, flamenco, and rock. Check-out our Sunday Music show for a taste of what they have to offer.  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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Percentage of food products sold as Czech could fall significantly under new rules

07-12-2016 12:58 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Ambro / From the start of next month stricter new rules governing which foods can be sold as “Czech” come into force. The country’s supermarket chains are already calculating what percentage of the items on their shelves will be listed as locally produced –...  More

International survey suggests Czech employees have high work satisfaction

06-12-2016 14:16 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: stockimages / The Czech Republic has some of the happiest employees in the world, according to a survey released by the Swedish firm Universum. The country ranks 10th on the chart of work satisfaction in 57 states the world over.   More


One on One

Teenage blindness helped inspire me to become ophthalmologist, says Dr. Jarka Heissigerová

05-12-2016 14:12 | Ian Willoughby

Jarka Heissigerová, photo: archive of Jarka Heissigerová Jarka Heissigerová is an internationally recognised expert on uveitis, a rare, hard to diagnose and potentially blinding eye condition. The doctor, who spent a number of years studying and working in Scotland, switched her focus to the disease after...  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....  More

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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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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...  More

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