Saturday, 20 October 2018

Radio Prague

Ivan Král releases new CD and completes his Czech tour

Radio Prague |
19 October 2018

The Czech-born, US based rock musician Ivan Král, one of the best-known Czech musicians abroad, celebrated his 70th birthday this year. He is perhaps the only Czech to have left his mark on the history of rock music and his songs have been recorded by such artists as Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, or David Bowie.

New film recreates encounter between Masaryk and Karel Čapek

Radio Prague |
19 October 2018

Little over a week before the centenary of the establishment of Czechoslovakia, a freshly released film brings the state's founder to the big screen. Talks with T.G. Masaryk reconstructs a single conversation between the "father of the nation" and writer Karel Čapek, another symbol of the First Republic era.

First official visit to Russia by Czech MPs in over a decade aims to reestablish 'standard relations'

Radio Prague |
19 October 2018

Bilateral relations with Moscow have been strained since Brussels imposed sweeping sanctions following the Russian occupation and later annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in 2014. The Czech government is now moving to establish a normal working relationship.

Ten academics rewarded for research and popularisation of science

Radio Prague |
18 October 2018

The Czech Academy of Sciences has just handed out its annual awards to scientists for outstanding results in research and for promoting and popularising science. The researchers, whose focus of interest ranges from abstract algebraic logic to forest biodiversity, will also share CZK 1 million in prize money.

An underground tour of Pilsner Urquell, brewers of the world's first pale lager

Radio Prague |
18 October 2018

There is only one place in the entire world where you can drink Pilsner Urquell – the very first pale lager known to man, invented in a happy accident 176 years ago – unpasteurised, unfiltered, and straight from an oak wooden barrel. At the source.

Albatros acquires yet another publishing house

Radio Prague |
18 October 2018

One of the Czech Republic's biggest publishers, Albatros, has boosted its position on the market, taking over rival Panteon, which has the rights to the international bestseller the 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.

Sitting presidents on postage stamps - an unusual Czech tradition

Radio Prague |
17 October 2018

The Czech Republic is one of the few countries in Europe whose incumbent presidents appear on postage stamps. A first such stamp was issued in 1920, featuring the first Czechoslovak president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. Since then, almost every Czech head of state has been pictured on a stamp.

Grain harvest down by eight percent this year

Radio Prague |
17 October 2018

According the Czech Statistical Office's estimate, this year's grain harvest is 7.9 % lower than that of the previous year. While the yield of several major crops including potatoes, peas and sugar beet has gone down, harvested rapeseed has increased by over 20 % in comparison to last year. Potatoes have seen one of the worst harvests in the Czech Republic in monitoring history, with yields of around 557,000 tons. Czech Radio reports that only in 2013 and 2015 was the amount lower, although the planted area has slightly decreased to almost 23,000 hectares.

South Korea's KHNP currently best placed for completion of nuclear units, says Drábová

Radio Prague |
16 October 2018

A number of companies are in the running for lucrative contracts to build new nuclear units in the Czech Republic. Now the head of the State Office for Nuclear Safety says that a South Korean firm looks best placed to get the job. Dana Drábová says KHNP currently has the best references in regards to finishing construction on time and on budget.

Analyst: Poor ANO showing reflects Senate's counterweight role - and Babis's lack of respect for chamber

Radio Prague |
16 October 2018

The Civic Democrats and the Mayors and Independents gained 10 and seven seats, respectively, in elections to one-third of seats in the Senate that concluded at the weekend. In stark contrast, governing parties ANO and the Social Democrats won only one mandate apiece. Though ANO's poor showing has vexed leader Andrej Babiš, the outcome was not unexpected, says political scientist Petr Just.

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