After spending much of my youth abroad I came back to Prague in my late teens to study at Charles University and I knew right away that this was the city I wanted to call home. Joining Radio Prague in 1986 was a lucky break. I was there to see the crowds welcoming Gorbi at Ruzyne Airport, I found myself reporting on the fall of the Iron Curtain and getting my first taste of adrenalin. Ever since, it has been an exciting road to tread. And when the generally fascinating world of politics becomes too much I balance it out with whacky human interest stories from the Czech Republic hoping to raise a smile somewhere on the other side of the globe.
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Czechia in 30 minutes (April 22, 2023)
From South Africa to Zlín: Brian Jakubec on rediscovering the Bata legacy that shaped his life.
From South Africa to Zlín: Brian Jakubec on rediscovering the Bata legacy that shaped his life
Brian Jakubec was born in South Africa, but his life was shaped by events that took place in far-away Czechoslovakia when his father joined the Bata shoe empire.
University study: Czechs waste 10 percent of the food they buy
On average, every Czech throws away roughly 70 kilograms of food a year. In an effort to get them to stop, economists have now calculated just how much money they waste.
New memorial commemorates victims of Ploština massacre
On April 19, 1945, the Ploština settlement in Moravia was destroyed by the Nazis for having supported the anti-Nazi resistance. A new memorial commemorates the victims.
President Pavel urges young Romanies to follow their dreams and inspire others
President Petr Pavel and the First Lady received a group of Romany high school and university students at Prague Castle, encouraging them to follow their dreams.
Public outcry over planned abolition of 300 post offices across Czechia
The government has nodded to the planned closure of 300 post offices around the country. Czech Post is in the red, due to a marked drop in demand for its services.
Czechia to get Children’s Ombudsman in 2024
Czechia is one of the last countries in the European Union which still lacks a Children’s Ombudsman. The post should be established early next year.
Moravian village gets unique wooden chapel thanks to crowdfunding effort
The small Moravian village of Nesvačilka, which lacked a house of prayer for over 300 years, will soon have its own unique wooden chapel.
Czech app helps new moms overcome “baby blues”
The Kogito app, launched 18 months ago, is a form of “first aid” for new moms suffering from post natal depression.
Czech officials say IOC recommendation “mockery of Olympics spirit”
Czechia says IOC’s recommendation to allow individual athletes from Russia and Belarus take part in sports competitions is a mockery of the Olympics spirit.