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Markéta Baňková's The Magpie in the Empire of Entropy

Radio Prague |
26 April 2011

Last week saw the awarding of the annual Magnesia Litera awards for 2010 recognising excellence in Czech literature. The literary discovery of the year went to artist and debuting author Markéta Baňková for a beautiful little book called Straka v Říši Entropie.

The Little Clown Project – a new generation of Czech volunteers at work

Radio Prague |
26 April 2011

In the Czech Republic, where the state controlled everything under Communism, volunteering does not enjoy a long tradition. But some 20 years after the demise of the former regime, more and more young volunteers are actively changing the face of their country.

Environment minister scales back controversial plans in battle against bark beetle

Radio Prague |
22 April 2011

The Environment Minister Tomáš Chalupa has changed plans by the head of Šumava National Park on how to battle the bark beetle, issuing a decision on Thursday that will still allow the manual felling of trees in the park's most environmentally-sensitive and protected areas but will ban the use of heavy machinery or chemicals.

10th annual Oyster Opening Competition in Prague

Radio Prague |
22 April 2011

Over a thousand oysters fresh from the seacoast of Bretagne were delivered to Old Town Square shortly after midday last Saturday for the 10th annual Oyster Opening Competition and chefs from some of the best Czech restaurants sharpened their blades and taped over their fingers preparing to do battle in a contest that would get one of them an all-expenses-paid trip to Ireland's Galway to take part in the World Oyster Opening Championship in September.

Will approval of cannabis-based medicine end ban on marihuana research?

Radio Prague |
21 April 2011

The Czech Republic has become the eighth EU member state to approve the use of a cannabis-based medicine, the British-made Sativex. Czechs also rank among Europe's top marihuana consumers, and possession of the illicit substance for personal use has been decriminalized. But the country is one of few members of the European Union that still ban the cultivation of hemp for medical purposes.

Znojmo Castle

Radio Prague |
21 April 2011

One of the most beautiful towns in Moravia and historically an important location in the Czech Republic is Znojmo - a town whose foundations date back to the 11th century.

Pundit predicts problems ahead for re-jigged cabinet

Radio Prague |
21 April 2011

The cosmetic government reshuffle has raised plenty of criticism and many commentators are skeptical regarding the coalition's long-term chances of survival. Pundit Jiří Pehe says the agreement is a temporary truce enforced by circumstances.

Imports of cheap, low-quality beers reach record levels

Radio Prague |
20 April 2011

After an 8-percent drop in beer production last year, data by the Czech Beer and Malt Association released on Tuesday now show that in 2009, imports of low-quality, cheap beers reached a record level of around one million hectolitres, three times more than the previous year.

Ferdinand Peroutka - the father of Czech journalism

Radio Prague |
20 April 2011

One man who played a massive role in establishing this journalistic tradition in the 1930s is the legendary Czech man of letters Ferdinand Peroutka.

Analyst Šádí Shanaáh: Czech policy towards Middle East 'an illusion'

Radio Prague |
19 April 2011

Šádí Shanaáh talks about the Czech foreign policy, the differences and similarities between communism and the autocratic Arab regimes as well as his own political aspirations.

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