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Hemp industry slipping back after successful start

Radio Prague |
9 December 2009

The Czech Republic has had a small hemp industry for ten years now, since a new law acknowledged hemp as a technical and energy crop in 1999. Since then, technical hemp, that is cannabis which contains less than 0.3% THC, has made its way into a broad range of Czech-made products. It is used for making cosmetic products, briquettes, fabric, food and even hemp plastic.

Czech officials buy rare 15th century miniature at Sotheby’s auction

Radio Prague |
9 December 2009

Officials from the Central Bohemian region bought a rare 15th century miniature at auction at Sotheby’s in London on Tuesday. The artwork, depicting silver mining in the Bohemia town of Kutná Hora, eventually went for over half a million pounds sterling, and is set to be the most important piece at a newly established gallery there.

Czechs' luck ran out in Davis Cup final, says Tomáš Berdych

Radio Prague |
8 December 2009

The Czech men's tennis team failed to repeat the success of Czechoslovakia in the Davis Cup in 1980, losing 5:0 to Spain in the final in Barcelona at the weekend. I spoke to Tomáš Berdych at Prague airport when he and the rest of the team arrived home on Monday morning.

Czech NGOs hope Copenhagen will produce CO2 treaty but president sceptical

Radio Prague |
7 December 2009

Delegations from 192 countries will arrive in the city of Copenhagen on Monday for two weeks of talks aimed at establishing a new global treaty on climate change. The majority of governments now agree with the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that global warming is man-made and rising temperatures are a threat to mankind. There are, however, some sceptical voices, including that of the Czech president Václav Klaus.

New exhibition remembers first Czech Nobel Prize winner

Radio Prague |
7 December 2009

A new exhibition at Prague’s Karolinum marks 50 years since the first Nobel Prize in the history of Czechoslovakia. The exhibition 'Pár Kapek' or 'The Story of the Mercury Drop' remembers Jaroslav Heyrovský, who received the honour in December 1959 for a new invention in the field of chemistry – polarography.

Discovery of Rosenberg tomb upends legend

Radio Prague |
7 December 2009

The House of Rosenberg was one of the most powerful noble families in Czech history. They were the de facto rulers of Bohemia for much of the Middle Ages, but their dynasty came to an end with the death of the celebrated Petr Vok, in 1611. Now, archaeologists in South Bohemia, where the family had its seat, have come across their family tomb, and in doing so have set straight a well-known legend that surrounds them.

New York's legendary Chelsea Hotel focus of new shows at Dox

Radio Prague |
7 December 2009

The list of those who have stayed at the Chelsea Hotel in the New York district of the same name reads like a kind of Who's Who of 20th century western culture: Dylan Thomas, Bob Dylan, Tennessee Williams, William Burroughs, Sid Vicious, Arthur Miller, Gore Vidal, Jack Kerouac, Brendan Behan, Miloš Forman, Robert Crumb. Now the Chelsea Hotel is the focus of two shows at Prague's Dox gallery.

Child victim of racist firebomb attack released from hospital

Radio Prague |
4 December 2009

After eight months of intensive treatment, the two-year-old Natálka rejoins her family. The fact she has recovered enough to finally go home has been described by doctors as a miracle.

Progress made but more needs to be done, say handicapped rights advocates

Radio Prague |
4 December 2009

Here in the Czech Republic, things have changed a lot since the communist era, when an independent lifestyle was virtually impossible for the handicapped. However, advocates say there is still a lot of work to be done.

Czechs seek to defy underdog status in Davis Cup final

Radio Prague |
4 December 2009

The biggest sporting event for the Czech Republic this years starts today when the country's men's tennis team takes on Spain in the final of the Davis Cup.

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