Friday, 26 April 2019

Radio Prague

Czech Republic to be guest of honour at Leipzig Book Fair

Radio Prague |
20 March 2019

The Leipzig Book Fair, one of the most important literary events in the world, gets underway in the East German city this week with the Czech Republic as the main guest of honour.

DNA test traces direct descendants of Great Moravian noblemen

Radio Prague |
21 March 2019

More than eleven centuries after the fall of the Great Moravian Empire, there are still direct descendants from the Slavic noblemen living among us.

Two out of three Czechs say waiters must earn their tip

Radio Prague |
20 March 2019

According to a recent survey by the STEM/MARK agency two out of three Czechs say waiters must earn their tip, but only one in five people leave the customary ten percent of the bill. So are waiters rude and unwilling because Czechs are skimpy or are Czechs skimpy because waiters don't give proper service?

Joseph Balaz: From fleeing communist Czechoslovakia as a student to working for global celebrities in New York

Radio Prague |
19 March 2019

Joseph Balaz is president of the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association, which brings together the leading Czech organisations in New York. But Balaz's main activity is running a successful construction firm that brings him into contact with global celebrities and the cream of Manhattan society.

Czech travel agencies note rise in senior clientele seeking exotic locales, extras

Radio Prague |
19 March 2019

Czech travel agencies have noted a steady rise in clients over the age of sixty, reflecting increased spending power among seniors looking to enjoy – in many cases – a long overdue foreign holiday. With the population rapidly ageing, this demographic will be an ever-greater part of agencies' clientele. And a demanding one, at that.

Respekt: Czech intelligence uncovered Russian hackers using IT company front

Radio Prague |
19 March 2019

Respekt has just published a story which provides more detail on a recent successful intelligence operation carried out by country's BIS counterintelligence service, an agency that has been criticised for incompetence by President Miloš Zeman. The weekly says that BIS shut down a group of Russian hackers, who were part of a wider international network, in early 2018.

March 15, 1939 - The day Czechoslovakia ceased to exist

Radio Prague |
18 March 2019

Eighty years ago, on March 15 1939, Hitler gave Czechoslovak President Emil Hácha a stark choice: accept becoming a protectorate or face destruction. After Hácha reluctantly agreed to give up his country's independence the German army started moving in. It was the beginning of six long years of occupation.

Věra Bílá - the tragic singer who astonished the world with her Romani music

Radio Prague |
18 March 2019

Věra Bílá died of a heart attack last week, days before her scheduled comeback tour. Since her death, many have said that her songs will forever live on as exceptional examples of the world music genre.

National parks re-drawing their conservation zones under close scrutiny from locals

Radio Prague |
18 March 2019

National parks in the Czech Republic are re-drawing their conservation zones for the next 15 years. And once again the process of finding a balance between conservation and the economic development of local communities has sparked heated debate.

"The English don't do it that way": three generations of a Prague family in London

Radio Prague |
18 March 2019

At a hundred Věra Hykšová is brimming with energy. She is also more than a little glamorous. In this documentary Věra talks to her daughter and granddaughter about her eventful life, and all three talk about what it means to them to be Czech in London.

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