The Žižkov television tower in Prague, once voted the world’s
second-ugliest building, will host a virtual space launch this Saturday
evening – thanks to an ambitious videomapping project. Filip Liška, who
came up with the idea, says the tower is the ideal stand-in for the real
Apollo 11 launcher, from which astronauts embarked on the first Moon
landing, 50 years ago.
With three books published just last year, Marek Toman is currently one of
the most prolific Czech authors. He last spoke to Radio Prague almost three
years ago after he published a novel narrated by a building – Černín
Palace, seat of the Czech Foreign Ministry. Since then, he has written two
other novels closely connected to historical Prague.
In Magazine: Prague among top 20 most visited cities in the world; police
officers complain their bulletproof vests aren’t bulletproof; a minor
takes two buses on a joyride; a Czech bug enthusiast boasts a 10cm
cockroach and the most bizarre things Czechs leave behind in taxis.
Hello and welcome to a fresh edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s Czech
language course in which you can learn Czech idioms with the help of song
lyrics. Today’s song, sung by Markéta Konvičková, is called Z ráje
jsem utekla – I ran away from heaven. The words to listen out for are
ráj and peklo.
Spotlight this week comes from Uherské Hradiště, a charming picturesque
town in south-east Moravia. Like so many places in this part of the world,
Uherské Hradiště has a rich and complex history. As tour guide Lenka
Kornelová explains, the town was established nearly eight centuries ago in
reaction to the turbulent events of that time and the city actually gets
its name - meaning "Hungarian Fortress" - from this period.
Pavel Kohout is an economist who seems seldom out of the media. He recently
created a stir when he announced he was leaving the government’s advisory
committee, NERV, and criticised government willingness to tackle
multi-billion crown corruption in public tenders. That furore appears to
have blown over and Mr. Kohout seems on course to give further advice to
the government and the new political party, Public Affairs.
The Czech Foreign Minister has announced a wide ranging review of foreign
policy to take account both of changes in the Czech Republic and those in
the wider world. The review comes with the jury still out on whether a more
streamlined EU foreign policy can deliver, the outcome of Afghanistan still
unclear and questions still up in the air about relations with Russia.
This week one of the country’s most famous annual music festivals,
Colours of Ostrava, took place in the largest city of Czech Silesia. This
year the festival boasted some truly major artists, including the legendary
rock band The Cure, as well as Florence + The Machine, Rag’n’Bone Man
and Mogwai. While the festival’s international line-up made it attractive
to wide audiences, many of the country’s leading musicians also performed
at the event. In this week’s Sunday Music Show we introduce you to some
of their most famous tracks.
In the second edition of our summer mini-series, Radio Prague pays a visit to U
Veselíků, one of Prague’s oldest outdoor pools. The family-owned
swimming pool located in the Divoká Šárka valley opened back in the
1930s and offers an ideal refuge from the scorching heat of the summer
The 1969 moon landing glued millions of people around the world to their TV
sets 50 years ago. For Czechs and Slovaks, this historic event had a
special, bittersweet, taste. Vít Pohanka spoke to two Czech journalists
who had the unique opportunity to cover the Apollo flight both from the USA
The Czech company Tatra Trucks will supply 328 chassis for military
vehicles in a deal worth more than CZK 1 billion, the Kopřivnice based
manufacturer announced in a press release on Friday. The company says that
the deal, its largest this so far this year, could be developer further.
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The sixty veterans taking part in the Retro Prague Historic Rally, an
annual mass ride of historic automobiles from Slovakia to the Czech
Republic, covered approximately 700 kilometres in the course of the
three-day event. The Praga Alfa, produced in 1922, was the oldest car
there. The rally attracted participants from the Czech Republic, Slovakia,
Germany and the United States.
Animator Gene Deitch settled in Prague almost 60 years ago and directed Tom
and Jerry and Popeye cartoons behind the Iron Curtain for the US market.
The small number of other Americans who moved here in the communist period
were one subject we discussed in the second half of an extensive interview.
Linguist and budding historian Martin Neudörfl is on a mission to codify
and save two languages from extinction: Sercquiais, a Norman dialect from
the Channel Island of Sark only four people speak as natives, and Šumava
Bavarian, the West Germanic language of his ancestors from Český Krumlov
– where he’s helped revive the Schwarzenberg guard, of which he is the
youngest captain in history and official archivist.
A child survivor of the Holocaust who was interned at Terezin at the tender
age of five, Vera Egermayer could be forgiven for wanting to forget the
past. Instead, like so many other Holocaust survivors, she has devoted a
great deal of her time to sharing her story in order to make sure that the
tragic lessons of WWII are kept alive for future generations. When she last
spoke to Radio Prague in 2013, from her home in New Zealand, she had a
dream: to build a memorial honouring the one and a half million children
killed during the Holocaust. That dream has since come true and Vera
visited Radio Prague’s studio recently to share her feelings.