Tuesday, 19 March 2019

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The 1946 operation that proved a propaganda coup for Czechoslovakia's Communists

Radio Prague |
8 February 2019

In 1946 a secret American operation in Czechoslovakia led to major diplomatic protests. The US authorities had organized a mission aimed at obtaining hidden Nazi documents from a cache in a forest near Prague. However, they had not alerted the Czechoslovak authorities.

Game over: Czechia no longer the 'casino of Europe', slot machine bars disappearing

Radio Prague |
8 February 2019

A decade ago, the Czech Republic had more gaming machines per capita than any other country in the European Union. But "one-armed bandits" have steadily disappeared from the nation's dive bars following the introduction of new legislation and statues, and many municipalities have outright banned casinos.

Ministers announce steps to combat drought

Radio Prague |
8 February 2019

The Czech Republic has been hit by droughts in recent years, with large swathes of the country particularly badly affected last summer. Now a government task force is working on plans to combat the problem – and there are even suggestions water could be protected under the Czech Constitution.

Czech Red Cross marks centenary - but history dates back even further

Radio Prague |
7 February 2019

Wednesday marked 100 years since the establishment of the Czechoslovak branch of the International Red Cross, today known as the Czech Red Cross. It was founded and chaired by Alice Masaryková, the daughter of Czechoslovakia's first president and a pioneer in the field of social care.

'Dry February': Beer-loving Czechs find month of abstinence leads to having more energy, better sex

Radio Prague |
7 February 2019

The organisation Liga otevřených mužů, or League of Open Men, is currently running its seventh "Dry February" campaign. The aim is to encourage Czechs to abstain from alcohol for the entire month and – among other benefits – enjoy greater self-awareness, higher energy levels and better sex.

Plastic surgery clinic and new development centres to be part of Prague Airport

Radio Prague |
7 February 2019

Prague's Václav Havel international airport is set to undergo some major changes within the next few years, the daily Hospodářské noviny reported on Wednesday, citing development plans of the airport's operator, Letiště Praha.

Will Czech voters opt for new Voice in European elections?

Radio Prague |
7 February 2019

A new pro-European, liberal party will soon appear on the Czech political scene. Voice is being established by Pavel Telička, a well-known one-time European commissioner and current MEP. But how much impact can the grouping realistically be expected to have?

Student Oscar winner Marie Dvořáková: The fact Hollywood comes calling doesn't mean it's the right fit for you

Radio Prague |
6 February 2019

In 2017 director Marie Dvořáková followed the likes of Spike Lee, Robert Zemeckis and her compatriot Jan Svěrák in winning the Student Academy Award for her film Who's Who in Mycology.

New Jerusalem exhibition to spotlight Czech glass design

Radio Prague |
6 February 2019

Cross the Line is the title of a new exhibition of Czech and Slovak contemporary glass design that runs from Sunday in the Czech House Jerusalem.

Major renovation planned for Prague's Masaryk train station

Radio Prague |
6 February 2019

The Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration (SŽDC) is planning a massive reconstruction of Masarykovo nádraží, Prague's oldest functioning railway station, the daily e15 reported on Tuesday. The cost of the renovation, which is likely to get underway in 2022, is estimated at two billion crowns. The renovation would enable increasing the speed of trains leaving the station.

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