Monday, 26 October 2020

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Author Ivan Margolius on a chilling personal connection to classic Tatra cars

Radio Prague |
5 October 2020

Tatra's futuristic-looking, aerodynamic cars, which first appeared on the roads in the 1930s, represent some of the most distinctive designs ever produced in Czechoslovakia. Cars are the main focus of the book Tatra: The Legacy of Hans Ledwinka by Ivan Margolius and John G. Henry, which has just come out in Czech for the first time.

Prague brewery to test sales of hot beer special

Radio Prague |
2 October 2020

The Prague brewery Staropramen, the second largest beer producer on the Czech market, plans to start testing the sale of a special hot beer this winter. According to the brewery's director Zdenek Havelna, it could become an alternative to mulled wine, a popular beverage in winter.

Visiting foreign priests bring fresh wind to Czech parishes

Radio Prague |
2 October 2020

There are over 1700 Catholic priests serving in parishes around the Czech Republic. Roughly one fifth of them are foreign priests who bring something of their culture and traditions to Czech believers. The exchange is mutually enriching.

MPs move to compensate victims of 1969 state violence against freedom demonstrators

Radio Prague |
2 October 2020

The lower house of Parliament on Wednesday approved a proposal to compensate victims of state violence that occurred during demonstrations marking the first anniversary of the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. The move highlights the fact that even 30 years after the fall of the communist regime the country has still not settled with the past.

Guided tours highlight interesting architecture

Radio Prague |
2 October 2020

The 10th annual Architecture Day got underway in the Czech Republic and Slovakia on Thursday, with more than 100 towns and cities taking part this year. The event will run for seven days, offering free guided tours of significant historical landmarks and contemporary buildings.

Prague's Invalidovna set for major reconstruction

Radio Prague |
1 October 2020

One of Prague's largest Baroque monuments, the Invalidovna in the city's district of Karlín, is set to undergo major renovations. The Czech National Heritage Institute, which administers the building, has just unveiled plans that include striking new extensions made of glass and steel.

The Seven Churches: a Gothic murder mystery from Prague

Radio Prague |
1 October 2020

The Seven Churches, a Gothic crime horror, is Miloš Urban's second novel, published in 1998 by Argo. It has been described as one of the most haunting and terrifying thrillers to come out of Europe in years and was translated into 11 languages.

Karel Čapek's 'robots' at 100 – new exhibition highlights foreign productions of R.U.R.

Radio Prague |
30 September 2020

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of R.U.R., the dystopian theatre play by Karel Čapek that introduced the word 'robot' into English – and to science fiction as a whole. A new exhibition called A Journey into the Depths of the Robot's Soul focuses on how Čapek's ground-breaking play was received and staged abroad.

MPs to debate legislation targeting fraudulent intermediaries selling electricity, gas

Radio Prague |
30 September 2020

The Energy Regulatory Office received almost 14,300 formal complaints from consumers last year, a six percent increase in annual terms, the bulk of them over the practices of intermediaries in energy auctions. Thousands more complaints have been directed to the Czech Trade Inspectorate, the website penize.cz reports, noting most victims are senior citizens.

Pehe: Protest leader's move into politics reflects opposition's lack of threat to Babiš

Radio Prague |
30 September 2020

Remember the demonstrations against PM Andrej Babiš that drew hundreds of thousands of people in Prague last year? The young leader of the organisers of those protests has just quit, with a view to launching a party that would contest general elections next year.

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