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29-08-2016 05:37

Sunday Music Show

Folk band Asonance brings English, Scottish and Irish ballads to Czech audiences

28-08-2016 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Asonance, photo: official website of Asonance During the summer season the country’s castles and chateaux resound with live music as a backdrop to the fencing, dancing, food tasting and hand-craft events that take place there. In addition to medieval music the atmosphere of these historic sites is perfectly complemented by early music, haunting English, Scottish and Irish ballads as performed by two Czech bands Ginevra and Asonance. This week’s Sunday Music show will bring you the best of the latter group which this year celebrates 40 years on stage.  More

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Special

Czechoslovakia and India through the archives

27-08-2016 02:01 | David Vaughan

Karel Čapek and František Křižík, photo: archive of Czech Radio In this, the last programme in our series to mark Radio Prague’s 80th birthday, we travel eastwards looking at links between India and Czechoslovakia both before and after the Second World War as captured in our archives. In the 1920s and 30s cultural links were strong, despite the huge differences and distance between the two countries, and many of these links survived even in the time of the Cold War.  More

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Travel Tip

Mělník - delightfuly quirky

27-08-2016 02:01 | Dominik Jůn

Mělník châteaux, photo: Magdalena Kašubová Mělník is a small town just 30 kilometers north of Prague, situated at the point where the Vltava flows into the mighty Elbe river. It’s the kind of place a visitor can easily pass through without actually seeing – or get the wrong impression from a mere cursory glance.  More

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Magazine

Magazine

27-08-2016 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Illustrative photo: Ahunt, Public Domain In Magazine: Czech helicopter pilot stops at a petrol station in Slovakia to fill up, a locksmith builds his own ultra-light plane in order to be able to fly to work daily, two Czechs on a twin bike crash a Mercedes in Slovakia, some Zlín employees are enjoying a week of beef steaks and Czech archeologists are excited over what may be a unique find – the oldest ornament ever found in Europe.  More

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Arts

LIMBO – THE production to see at this year’s Letní Letná festival

26-08-2016 15:51 | Jan Velinger

LIMBO, photo: archive of the festival The Letní Letná festival of New Circus is back and well underway in the Czech capital. One of the headlining acts this year is LIMBO, a production which has gotten rave reviews, was reportedly seen by Madonna (twice) and, not surprisingly, has sold out.  More

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Panorama

Roma-inspired fashion line helps fight prejudice and social exclusion

25-08-2016 15:44 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Official Facebook page of Gypsy MaMa The Gypsy MaMa fashion brand is the work of a Czech NGO which has been very active in helping to improve the living conditions of several thousand Romanies living in one of the country’s biggest socially excluded areas known as the Brno “Bronx”. Gypsy MaMa was established to help young Romanies get a foothold on the labour market by harnessing their creative potential and giving them work experience. More

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One on One

Bureaucrats holding Czechia back but name will catch on, says Professor Petr Pavlínek

22-08-2016 13:57 | Ian Willoughby

Petr Pavlínek, photo: archive of Radio Prague Earlier this year the Czech government made international news with its plan to promote “Czechia” as a snappy alternative to the cumbersome “the Czech Republic”. So far how has successful has this rebranding exercise actually been? More

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Czech Life

Discussing the positives but also danger of drones

20-08-2016 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Czech Television In Czech Life this week our guest is Jakub Karas, the director of the Czech Unmanned Aerial Alliance and an expert on drones who has also published a book on their use. As both professional and hobby drones have caught on, Radio Prague took the opportunity to ask about the possibilities but also potential dangers they represent.  More

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Business

Czech company Energo Pro to build hydro plant in Turkey

26-08-2016 15:38 | Ruth Fraňková

Illustrative photo: European Commission Czech power distributor Energo Pro is set to build a new hydro power plant with a dam in the Erzurum province in north eastern Turkey. The overall cost of the project is expected to reach 240 million US dollars, which is nearly 6 billion crowns. The...  More

Business News

26-08-2016 14:29 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Vítkovice Machinery Group In Business News this week: Ostrava court starts bankruptcy proceedings against Vitkovice Power Engineering; Finance Ministry wants customs officials to investigate tax crime; Tax payers warned not to respond to fraudulent text messages asking them to...  More

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Current Affairs

Merkel, Sobotka find common ground on numerous issues with notable exception of migrant quotas

26-08-2016 14:07 | Jan Velinger

Angela Merkel, Bohuslav Sobotka, photo: CTK German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Prague for the first time in four years to meet with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka as well as the Czech head-of-state. The visit is part of a post-Brexit tour by Mrs Merkel to discuss the future of the European...  More

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Jihlava welcomes back Olympic champion

26-08-2016 14:07 | Ruth Fraňková

Lukáš Krpálek, photo: CTK Around two thousand people filled in the main square in Jihlava on Thursday evening to welcome home the only Czech gold medallist from the Olympic Games in Rio: judoka Lukáš Krpálek. The 25-year old Jihlava native won in the under-100kg division in Rio...  More

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Marketplace

Cycling in Czech Republic viewed as sport rather than means of transport, says Homeport founder

24-08-2016 15:37 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: archive of Homeport The Prague-based company Homeport, which is operating successful bike sharing schemes all around the world, including Great Britain, France or Saudi Arabia, is planning to launch its services in Prague. The company wants to take part in a public tender...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

22-08-2016 15:30 | Ian Willoughby

Lukáš Krpálek, photo: CTK The Czech Republic had an unspectacular Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, finishing 43rd in the international medals ranking compared to 19th in London four years ago. Nevertheless, the Czech team took home 10 medals and gave fans lots of great moments...  More

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SoundCzech

Heaven and Hell

20-08-2016 02:01 | Clare Profous

Photo: Hansueli Krapf, CC BY-SA 3.0 Hello and welcome to a fresh edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s Czech language course in which you can learn Czech idioms with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song, sung by Markéta Konvičková, is called Z ráje jsem utekla – I ran away from heaven....  More

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