Thursday, 27 June 2019

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'The Art of Dissent'

Radio Prague |
27 June 2019

"Love, tolerance and creative freedom aren't just for fairytales". That's the central message of a new documentary called The Art of Dissent, which celebrates artistic engagement in Czechoslovakia before and after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion.

Prague needs to accommodate over 1.5 million residents

Radio Prague |
27 June 2019

The city of Prague currently needs to provide flats for roughly 1.55 million residents, according to an analysis carried out by the company CE-Traffic. That is around 250,000 more than the population as estimated by the Czech Statistics Office. "Most predictions expected that Prague would have around 1.4 million residents by 2013, but that figure has already been exceeded by 150,000," Ondřej Špaček of CE-Traffic told the Czech News Agency.

EU study shows dual food quality is issue - and not just in East

Radio Prague |
27 June 2019

The presence of so-called dual quality food in European stores was confirmed this week, when the results of a European Commission study showed that the labelling on 31% of analysed products was either fully or partly misleading. What is more, it seems dual quality is not just a problem in Central and Eastern Europe, but across the whole union.

Wage increases and ministerial merry-go-round: first year of Babiš gov't assessed

Radio Prague |
27 June 2019

July 27 marks one year since the appointment of the minority government of ANO and the Social Democrats. Much attention is focused on Andrej Babiš. However, the prime minister's problems don't seem to have dented ANO's popularity with the party's base. Political scientist Petr Just gives assessment of the cabinet's first 12 months.

Discussion reopens on compensating women for forced sterilisation

Radio Prague |
26 June 2019

Between 1966 and 2012, many women were involuntarily sterilised in Czech and Czechoslovak hospitals. The government has since apologised for the practice and discussed compensating the victims. However, no definite solution has yet been established. On Tuesday, selected MP's and government representatives held a special meeting that looked into the problem.

New play among events celebrating 100th birthday of art patron Meda Mládková

Radio Prague |
25 June 2019

Meda Mládková is one of those increasingly few people who have experienced the entirety of the past Czech century. Ahead of her 100th birthday later this year, Kampa Museum is holding a number of events.

Bohdan Pomahač: Transplanted kidneys' half-life is about 15 years - we can't expect faces to last longer

Radio Prague |
25 June 2019

Bohdan Pomahač led the team that carried out the first ever full transplant of a human face in the United States. The Boston-based plastic surgeon recently received the Gratias Agit award from the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs for promoting the good name of the Czech Republic abroad.

Helidor Píka - General who became Communist regime's first judicial murder victim

Radio Prague |
24 June 2019

The early years of Czechoslovakia's Communist regime were marked by hundreds of tragic stories which revolved around injustice, torture and in many cases death. One of the most famous is that of General Heliodor Píka, an exemplary First Republic general who, 70 years ago, became the first victim of the rigged trials that typified the period.

Nylon Jail - Olomouc band produces arresting material

Radio Prague |
24 June 2019

Olomouc-based independent band Nylon Jail display their ability to rock out to the full on their latest LP, Irreversible Changes.

New book offers Czech children growing up abroad picture of home

Radio Prague |
24 June 2019

For the past seven years, Denisa Haubertová Šedivá has been living in Brussels with her husband, Czech ambassador to NATO Jiří Šedivý, and their two children. While feeling a bit homesick, she decided to write an alphabet book that would work as a guide to Czech life and culture.

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