Tuesday, 16 July 2019

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Euro elections: ANO wins despite anti-Babiš protests, opposition gains, Social Dems lose big

Radio Prague |
27 May 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš's ANO party, as expected, won the European Parliament elections held over the weekend, garnering 21.2% of the vote. A strong turnout – by Czech standards – is thought to have helped his and other mainstream parties fend off far-right and Eurosceptic populist parties.

Waldemar Matuška - Among the greatest of Czech popular vocalists

Radio Prague |
27 May 2019

Waldemar Matuška, without question one of the most gifted Czech popular singers of the modern era, passed away 10 years ago this month, on May 30, 2009.

Author Marek Toman on Prague, Czech history and conveying emotions to readers

Radio Prague |
27 May 2019

With three books published just last year, Marek Toman is currently one of the most prolific Czech authors.

Lipník nad Bečvou - Where Games of Thrones got its ships

Radio Prague |
27 May 2019

You do not have to be a Game of Thrones fan to be in awe at the TV shows' detailed props, CGI and high production values. However, few know that the workshop responsible for many of the ships visible in the series can be found in the landlocked Czech Republic.

"Intimate, fun and friendly" - 18th Prague Fringe festival gets underway

Radio Prague |
24 May 2019

The 18th edition of the annual Prague Fringe festival starts today. Theatres, cafes and many other spaces in the Czech capital's picturesque Malá Strana district will host a weeklong programme packed with events ranging from theatre to music. The festival is the brainchild of Scotsman Steve Gove. He says the relatively small size of the Prague Fringe is actually an advantage.

Czech-US start up aims to help millions of people with poor vision

Radio Prague |
24 May 2019

An estimated 2.5 billion people around the world suffer from poor vision and over one billion people, mostly in the developing world, can’t afford glasses or don't have access to them. A Czech-US start-up, DOT Glasses, has come up with a solution that offers huge promise.

Czech archaeologists trace ancient sea routes in Neolithic dugout replica

Radio Prague |
24 May 2019

Monoxylon is the Greek term for a vessel chiselled out from a single tree trunk. It's also the name of a Czech-led experimental archaeological expedition, which first set off in such a craft back in 1995.

Krkonoše National Park clears away fallen trees in fear of bark beetle infestation

Radio Prague |
24 May 2019

Krkonoše National Park in the north-west of the Czech Republic is trying to clear away fallen trees left in the park after winter in fear of bark beetle infestation. The park's administration is offering people the chance to come and process the timber on their own for a symbolic price.

Machu Picchu visit puts MPs' travel expenses in spotlight

Radio Prague |
24 May 2019

The subject of MPs' travel expenses is in the spotlight after Czech Radio reported that a group of legislators visited an exotic tourist destination while on a taxpayer-funded trip to Peru. The politicians say they themselves purchased tickets to enter Machu Picchu. However, their hotels and flights were covered by the Chamber of Deputies. Analyst Tomáš Pojar said there was no way whatever that a visit by the Audit Committee to Peru, or indeed anywhere outside Europe, could make sense.

On the Czech periphery: Communist-era hippie communes, samizdat, and post-'89 zine culture

Radio Prague |
23 May 2019

Translator, literary scholar and historical sociologist Martin Tharp's current research focuses on the working-class counterculture of post-1968 Czechoslovakia. He finds that – dissident groups such as Charter 77 aside – the "underground" social movement comprised a diffuse and generalised sentiment of an "emotive-artistic resistance to state cultural control" and censorship.

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