Thursday, 28 May 2020

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Czechs mark 75th anniversary of Prague Uprising

Radio Prague |
7 May 2020

"We are calling the Czech police, the Czech gendarmerie, the Czech army to come to Czech Radio immediately." Radio announcer Zdeněk Mančal broadcast that appeal on May 5, 1945, shortly before noon, as SS troops stormed Czechoslovak Radio headquarters to cut off broadcasting, which had been airing in Czech since that morning.

Jazz singer Martina Fišerová: I love people, I love the diversity

Radio Prague |
7 May 2020

Jazz singer Martina Fišerová talks about her work, her life in New York and the impact of the coronavirus crisis.

Franz Kafka's The Trial - ambiguous novel that asks deep metaphysical questions

Radio Prague |
7 May 2020

Written between 1914 and 1915, The Trial revolves around the struggle of the main protagonist, Josef K., who finds himself suddenly arrested upon waking up one morning. As with much of Kafka's work, the novel has been subject to much interpretation.

Save the Beer initiative rescues hectolitres of craft beer from destruction

Radio Prague |
7 May 2020

Microbreweries are among the businesses hardest hit by the coronavirus lockdown in the Czech Republic. To save hectolitres of craft beer from destruction, the owner of the Kytín brewery launched an initiative called Zachraň pivo or Save the Beer. It was promptly joined by over 300 microbreweries from the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Czech study shows extremely low level of collective immunity to Covid-19 virus

Radio Prague |
7 May 2020

A government-commissioned collective immunity study aimed at establishing the level of Covid-19 infection within the population shows that the prevalence of the virus is in the order of "units per mille". The result rules out the option of relying on "herd immunity" in the event of a second wave of the pandemic.

Archaeologists discover secret passage in Milevsko monastery

Radio Prague |
6 May 2020

Archaeologists have made a unique discovery in the Milevsko monastery in South Bohemia. While creating a 3D scan of the monastery complex, they unearthed a secret corridor with an extended end hidden behind a massive medieval wall. It may have served as a safe for valuables concealed from raids by Hussite troops in the early 15th century. An analysis of uncovered wooden beams shows that they were made from trees felled in the 15th century.

Project traces extensive correspondence of 17th century philosopher Jan Amos Comenius

Radio Prague |
7 May 2020

Researchers have made accessible nearly six hundred letters written or received by Jan Amos Komenský, or Comenius, the 17th century philosopher and thinker. The digitalisation and visualisation of Comenius's correspondence was carried out by the Czech Academy of Sciences as part of a larger project of Oxford University called Cultures of Knowledge.

Ondřej Pivec: Everything and this too, will one day pass

Radio Prague |
6 May 2020

Radio Prague's Marek Milde spoke to Czech-American musician, composer, and producer Ondřej Pivec about his work, his life in New York and the impact of the coronavirus crisis.

Czech foreign minister: Investigation into alleged Russian poison plot, cyberattacks continues

Radio Prague |
6 May 2020

Prague's Lord Mayor and two colleagues – all of whom have taken symbolic steps angering the Kremlin in recent months – are currently under 24-hour police protection due to credible threats against their lives. Czech officials have confirmed that a Russian secret service agent arrived in Prague this March travelling on a diplomatic passport. They have not said whether, as reported, the agent had the deadly toxin ricin in his briefcase, or if the mayors were targets.

Czechs mark 75th anniversary of Prague Uprising under shadow of coronavirus, alleged 'assassination plot'

Radio Prague |
5 May 2020

Two clouds hang over commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the Prague Uprising against Nazi rule at the end of the Second World War. The first is an "invisible enemy" – the novel coronavirus – which has scuppered grand plans to honour those who fought to liberate the Czech capital. The second is the allegation of a plot to assassinate two Prague district mayors.

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