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30-08-2016 22:40

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TV blockbuster setback following Barrandov fire

30-08-2016 15:12 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: CTK

Photo: CTK

A fire at Prague’s Barrandov film studios has destroyed the set for a blockbuster television series around the Knights Templar in the 14th century which was set to pump over a billion crowns into the local economy. Shooting of Knightfall, a ten part series produced by Hollywood star Jeremy Renner, was due to start last weekend.  More

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Czech energy regulator seeks to spark fall in gas prices for households

30-08-2016 13:49 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Tomáš Adamec Czechs could be forgiven for being confused about how to get the best price for natural gas since the market was flooded with offers from dozens of traders and sellers since it opened up over the last decade. The national energy regulator has now stepped in with a helping hand after its probe uncovered huge price variations.  More

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In Focus

Snail poo paper and other innovations provide inspiration at Prague materials library

30-08-2016 15:59 | Ruth Fraňková

Library of Materials, photo: Veronika Ruppert Snail poo paper, glowing fibre or fabrics made of metal: these are just some of the hundreds of material samples that can be found in the Library of Materials, located at Prague’s district of Břevnov. The aim of MatériO is to serve as an inspiration for students, designers and other creative professions. They can either search its online database or come to the library to be able to touch the samples stacked on its shelves.  More

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One on One

Assassination scene in Anthropoid one of best in movies, says historical adviser Zdeněk Špitálník

29-08-2016 16:23 | Ian Willoughby

'Anthropoid', photo: LD Entertainment Czech viewers will finally get the chance to see Anthropoid at the end of September, when the much-anticipated movie hits cinemas around the country. Exploring the daring operation to assassinate Nazi governor Reinhard Heydrich in Prague in 1942, the film was directed and co-written by Englishman Sean Ellis. However, Anthropoid had considerable Czech input, including from Zdeněk Špitálník of Prague’s Military History Institute, who served as historical adviser on the movie.  More

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Special

Czechoslovakia and India through the archives

27-08-2016 02:01 | David Vaughan

Karel Čapek and František Křižík, photo: archive of Czech Radio In this, the last programme in our series to mark Radio Prague’s 80th birthday, we travel eastwards looking at links between India and Czechoslovakia both before and after the Second World War as captured in our archives. In the 1920s and 30s cultural links were strong, despite the huge differences and distance between the two countries, and many of these links survived even in the time of the Cold War.  More

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Travel Tip

Mělník - delightfuly quirky

27-08-2016 02:01 | Dominik Jůn

Mělník châteaux, photo: Magdalena Kašubová Mělník is a small town just 30 kilometers north of Prague, situated at the point where the Vltava flows into the mighty Elbe river. It’s the kind of place a visitor can easily pass through without actually seeing – or get the wrong impression from a mere cursory glance.  More

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Panorama

Roma-inspired fashion line helps fight prejudice and social exclusion

25-08-2016 15:44 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Official Facebook page of Gypsy MaMa The Gypsy MaMa fashion brand is the work of a Czech NGO which has been very active in helping to improve the living conditions of several thousand Romanies living in one of the country’s biggest socially excluded areas known as the Brno “Bronx”. Gypsy MaMa was established to help young Romanies get a foothold on the labour market by harnessing their creative potential and giving them work experience. More

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Czech Life

Discussing the positives but also danger of drones

20-08-2016 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Czech Television In Czech Life this week our guest is Jakub Karas, the director of the Czech Unmanned Aerial Alliance and an expert on drones who has also published a book on their use. As both professional and hobby drones have caught on, Radio Prague took the opportunity to ask about the possibilities but also potential dangers they represent.  More

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Business

US trade deal loses political backing on both sides of Atlantic

30-08-2016 14:03 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Calvin Teo, CC BY-SA 2.5 Prague was one of the enthusiastic backers of what was once describes as the most ambitious trade deal ever – TTIP or the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Not a vociferous backer certainly, but always there when needed.   More

Finance minister plots smooth rollout of electronic earnings declarations

29-08-2016 14:00 | Chris Johnstone

Electronic cash registers are a flagship policy of ANO leader and finance minister Andrej Babiš and he and his ministry are now in the throes of trying to ensure that the introduction of the controversial appliances to clampdown on tax dodgers goes...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

29-08-2016 13:41 | Chris Johnstone

Sparta Prague, photo: CTK In Sports News: Sparta Prague top football league; striker Matěj Vydra becomes big money Rams signing; Petra Kvitová faces tough first round duel at US Open; and Jan Kopecký triumphs again at Barum Czech Rally Zlín.  More

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Sunday Music Show

Folk band Asonance brings English, Scottish and Irish ballads to Czech audiences

28-08-2016 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Asonance, photo: official website of Asonance During the summer season the country’s castles and chateaux resound with live music as a backdrop to the fencing, dancing, food tasting and hand-craft events that take place there. In addition to medieval music the atmosphere of these historic sites...  More

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Magazine

Magazine

27-08-2016 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Illustrative photo: Ahunt, Public Domain In Magazine: Czech helicopter pilot stops at a petrol station in Slovakia to fill up, a locksmith builds his own ultra-light plane in order to be able to fly to work daily, two Czechs on a twin bike crash a Mercedes in Slovakia, some Zlín employees are...  More

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Arts

LIMBO – THE production to see at this year’s Letní Letná festival

26-08-2016 15:51 | Jan Velinger

LIMBO, photo: archive of the festival The Letní Letná festival of New Circus is back and well underway in the Czech capital. One of the headlining acts this year is LIMBO, a production which has gotten rave reviews, was reportedly seen by Madonna (twice) and, not surprisingly, has sold...  More

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Marketplace

Cycling in Czech Republic viewed as sport rather than means of transport, says Homeport founder

24-08-2016 15:37 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: archive of Homeport The Prague-based company Homeport, which is operating successful bike sharing schemes all around the world, including Great Britain, France or Saudi Arabia, is planning to launch its services in Prague. The company wants to take part in a public tender...  More

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SoundCzech

Heaven and Hell

20-08-2016 02:01 | Clare Profous

Photo: Hansueli Krapf, CC BY-SA 3.0 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....  More

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