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25-07-2016 02:15

Sunday Music Show

Markéta Konvičková seeks wider audience with album releases

24-07-2016 02:01 | Clare Profous

Markéta Konvičková, photo: archive of Markéta Konvičková In today's Sunday Music Show we will be listening to songs from Markéta Konvičková’s last two albums – TABLO and Kafe, bar a nikotin. Markéta Konvičková is a 22 year old Czech pop singer who first rose to fame in 2009 as a finalist on the Czech and Slovak TV series SuperStar. In 2010 she won the award for "New Artist" at the Český slavík awards. She has since released three albums.  More

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Special

Passion for Operation Anthropoid has led me to every corner of Prague, says author and tour organiser John Martin

23-07-2016 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: archive of John Martin Among the credits in the forthcoming movie Anthropoid is “Man at assassination”. That man is John Martin, a Liverpudlian who was invited to appear as an extra after several years of correspondence on Operation Anthropoid with the film’s director and co-writer Sean Ellis. A stand-up comedian by profession, Martin has for decades had a huge interest in the incredibly daring assassination of Nazi governor Reinhard Heydrich by Czechoslovak parachutists Jan Kubiš and Jozef Gabčík in Prague in 1942. More

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Czech Life

Tips for tasty food at the top

23-07-2016 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Smart Press It’s the peak of the holiday season and thousands of people are packing up to leave the city. For those used to spending summers hiking in the mountains, holidays are forever connected with the taste of instant soups and mashes, which were lightweight and ready to eat but didn’t really have much flavour. Petra Pospěchová, a food journalist and keen mountain hiker, proves that you can climb the summits and eat well at the same time.  More

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Arts

Initiative seeks to safeguard Karlovy Vary’s controversial architectural ikon Hotel Thermal

22-07-2016 10:04 | Chris Johnstone

Hotel Thermal, photo: Kristýna Maková Karlovy Vary’s Hotel Thermal was recently, as it regularly is, the backdrop for Central Europe’s biggest film festival. The complex was designed, outside and in, specifically for the film festival in the West Bohemian spa town. But the controversial 1970s architectural work of the husband and wife team of Vladimír Machonin and Věra Machoninová is showing its age with its owner, the state, blowing hot and cold about its future. That has prompted the granddaughter and grandson of the architects to step in.  More

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In Focus

“Big, brutal and friendly,” say fans of extreme metal festival

19-07-2016 14:51 | Liana Sas

Brutal Assault, photo: Christian Rühmkorf Thousands of fans of extreme metal will be flocking to the Czech Republic in just a few weeks’ time for the annual Brutal Assault music festival. Established in 1996 as a small show with mainly Czech and Slovak bands, the festival gradually evolved into one of the major events of its kind, with nearly 18,000 visitors coming to last year’s 20th edition. This August, the Brutal Assault festival will again take place at an old Army Fortress in Josefov, some 130 kilometres east of Prague. Over the course of four days the festival will showcase over a hundred bands from all over the world.  More

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One on One

Majors’ inflexibility encouraged illegal downloading, says Marek Čulen of independent label Starcastic

18-07-2016 15:22 | Ian Willoughby

Marek Čulen, photo: archive of Marek Čulen For the last decade the independent label Starcastic has been releasing much of the best Czech and Slovak alternative music, including in recent times from the likes of Please the Trees, Bonus and Mayen. The man behind the label is Slovak-born Marek Čulen, a well-known figure on the Prague music scene.  More

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Special

Czechs and Slovaks among “The Few”

16-07-2016 02:01 | David Vaughan

Battle of Britain Memorial, Folkestone, photo: David Vaughan During the EU referendum debate in Britain the presence of so-called “migrant” workers from Central and Eastern Europe, including the Czech Republic, was one of the central topics. But we heard rather less about the tens of thousands of Czechs, Slovaks and, above all, Poles, who came to Britain nearly eighty years ago during World War II. In today’s language they might also be categorized as migrants, quite possibly illegal migrants, given the many complex paths that led them to Britain. They came to fight in the British armed forces and their contribution to the Allied war effort was immeasurable. Their role is well recorded in the Czech Radio archives thanks to the preservation of many wartime recordings from London which later found their way to Prague.  More

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Business

Czech films attracting more cinemagoers

22-07-2016 14:27 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Manu Mohan / freeimages The Czech film industry is on the rebound. After playing second fiddle to foreign productions for years, Czech films are now attracting a record number of cinema goers and helping to raise profits.   More

Business News

22-07-2016 13:13 | Ruth Fraňková

City Tower, photo: Pastorius, CC BY-SA 3.0 In Business News this week: Change of hands looms for Prague’s tallest office bloc; Dubai company launches arbitration over payments for Prague plots; Czech total of unpumped EU funds shrinks to 6.8 billion crowns; Czech Republic ranks 26th on BDO’s...  More

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Current Affairs

Trump’s words on conditional defense shock NATO allies

22-07-2016 14:05 | Daniela Lazarová

Donald Trump, photo: CTK Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s hardline nationalist election rhetoric is reverberating far beyond US borders. His words, in a New York Times interview, regarding the possibility of conditional US support for NATO allies in times of need...  More

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Czech WW II veteran fulfils dream with Spitfire flight

22-07-2016 13:03 | Ruth Fraňková, Jiří Hošek

Emil Boček, photo: CTK Czechoslovak RAF veteran and one of the country’s last remaining war heroes, General Emil Boček, took to the skies in a Spitfire on Thursday more than seven decades after his last flight in the iconic plane. The 93-year-old veteran took off from the...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

18-07-2016 13:09 | Chris Johnstone

Jiří Veselý, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Czechs lose with pride to France in the Davis Cup; Tomáš Berdych and Karolína Plíšková drop out of Olympics; David Limberský hangs up boots for the national squad; and Roman Kreuziger is well positioned to attack lead in the...  More

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SoundCzech

On Our Street

16-07-2016 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Miloš Turek Hello and welcome to a new edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s Czech language course in which you can learn Czech phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today we will be listening to the song V naší ulici, or in our street, sung by Voxel. The word to...  More

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Mailbox

Mailbox

16-07-2016 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

In this edition: Response to Radio Prague's broadcasts, listeners' monthly quiz. Listeners/readers quoted: Roger Chambers, Chun-quan Meng, Hans Verner Lollike, Jayanta Chakrabarty, Sirajul Islam, Jaroslaw Jedrzejczak, Chun-quan Meng.   More

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Panorama

Three young Czechs gearing up for adrenalin-packed Rickshaw Run across India

14-07-2016 15:13 | Daniela Lazarová

Three adventure-loving young Czechs are gearing up for the August Rickshaw Run, a 3,500 km adrenalin ride across India. Three people packed in a rickshaw with no set route, no back-up, and no way of knowing if they are going to make it to the finishing...  More

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