Thursday, 21 November 2019

Radio Prague

Ian Willoughby: How I became a Czech citizen

Radio Prague |
1 October 2019

Last October, having lived in the country for just over 25 years, I became a citizen of the Czech Republic.

Plzeň (Bohemia) students celebrate Pilsen's (Chicago) Czech - and Mexican - heritage

Radio Prague |
1 October 2019

Chicago has been a major centre of Czech immigration to the United States since the 1850s. Today, the district of Pilsen which those settlers founded in the 19th century is decidedly Bohemian – in the sense of being offbeat and arty – but predominately Mexican. In celebration of the two cultures, students from the original Plzeň have installed street murals in its namesake sister city, depicting Czech history and culture – with a Latino flair.

Czech firms increasingly keen to employ prisoners

Radio Prague |
1 October 2019

Companies in the Czech Republic are increasingly interested in employing prisoners, Hospodářské noviny reported on Monday. According to data from the country's prisons authority, around 8,800 of a total prison population of 20,000 have jobs. This is a considerable increase on the situation 20 years ago, when just over a third of the incarcerated were employed, the business daily said. The majority of prisoners work in manual jobs such as in assembly, warehouses, recycling, construction and clean-up work.

Central Bohemian regional council concludes PM does not have conflict of interest

Radio Prague |
1 October 2019

The Regional Council of Central Bohemia has halted an infringement procedure against PM Andrej Babiš on the grounds of a complaint regarding a possible conflict of interest. The regional council has thus invalidated a decision by the Černošice Council which arrived at the opposite conclusion and fined the prime minister for the offense.

The feminist legacy of Charlotte and Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk

Radio Prague |
30 September 2019

Thanks to his wife Charlotte, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk became a champion of feminism. Charlotte went on to inspire many women both within Czechoslovakia and beyond.

Czech music legend Vladimír Mišík releases new album

Radio Prague |
30 September 2019

After a break of six years, Czech music legend Vladimír Mišík is back with a new album. The LP, called Jednou tě potkám or I'll meet you one day, was released in September to wide critical acclaim.

Cleaner Jaroslava Dušková, a representative of Czechia's impoverished class

Radio Prague |
30 September 2019

An in-depth survey commissioned by Czech Radio suggests that Czech society is divided into six social classes that differ in terms of resources and status. Jaroslava Dušková, a cleaner on a disability pension, is a representative of the impoverished class.

A visit to Chernobyl's ghost town of Pripyat

Radio Prague |
30 September 2019

Two adventure-loving Czech bikers are fulfilling their dream of discovering the world on their Jawa motorbikes. Michal Franc and Martin Gregor have covered 35 thousand km across Europe and this year they headed for the ghost town of Pripyat in Chernobyl, the site of the worst nuclear accident in history.

ČEZ and NuScale to cooperate on development of SMRs

Radio Prague |
30 September 2019

The Czech state-controlled energy giant ČEZ is set to develop small modular nuclear reactors in cooperation with the U.S. firm NuScale Power. The agreement calls for a sharing of nuclear and technical expertise between the two companies as they examine applications for NuScale's revolutionary SMR, NuScale informs on its website.

Czech festival honours 'Good King' Wenceslas, patron saint of beer (and Bohemia)

Radio Prague |
27 September 2019

Ages ago, Czech winemakers embraced St. Martin's Day as a befitting festival to uncork the season's first wine. The nation's brewers only recently followed suit, seizing on St. Wenceslas Day to celebrate and showcase their tipples. That red letter day is now the peak of a week-long national celebration – the Days of Czech Beer.

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