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HERE - 13 More Ghost Stories with Raymond Johnston

HERE - 13 More Ghost Stories with Raymond Johnston

October 22, 2020

HERE - 13 More Ghost Stories with Raymond Johnston

Guest: Raymond Johnston, Journalist and author of the Ghost Map

Prague's one of the most haunted cities in Europe, so it was an easy task to find 13 scary stories for Halloween to amaze, delight and frighten you. Follow along using Raymond's interactive ghost map, or just settle back and listen to tales about ghosts, pirates, mermaids, water sprites, beheadings, barbers, a werewolf, a very slow zombie, a very shy vampire and more.

SECTIONS

01:51 - North to South

02:12 - The Ghoul of Stromovka (Holešovice)

04:17 - The Werewolf of the Stag Moat (below Prague Castle)

06:45 - The Invisible Nun (Malá Strana)

09:10 - Headless Laura (Malá Strana)

12:08 - Kabourek, the Water Sprite (Malá Strana)

15:02 - The Mad Barber of Karlova Street (Staré Město)

17:51 - The Headless Templar of Liliova Street (Staré Město)

21:08 - The Pirate Red Goat & Black Lilly (Petrská čtvrť)

23:54 - The Mermaid of V Tůních (Nové Město)

27:41 - The Devil Chef (Nové Město)

31:08 - The Well-Dressed Solider (Vyšehrad)

33:41 - Vampire Lick It Up Bloody Knee (Žižkov)

37:41 - The White Lady of Záběhlice Chateau (Záběhlice)

40:03 - Sources for Stories

 

Music by Fanette Ronjat

 

Things mentioned in this episode:

For events in Prague, go to the Facebook page The Prague Haps 

Follow us on social for extras:

Other Podcasts by Derek DeWitt

  • DIGITAL SIGNAGE DONE RIGHT - Winner of 2020 Communicator Award of Excellence for Podcasts Series-Corporate Communications and on numerous top 10 podcast lists. 
  • CONSPIRACY CLEARINGHOUSE - A rather skeptical look at conspiracies and mysteries. Each episode will examine conspiracy theories, most of which are not true, a few of which might be a little bit true and even a couple that turned out, in fact, to be true. This is the podcast that dares to look behind the curtain that’s behind the curtain.
FOLKS - News, Nuance & the 90s with Douglas Lytle

FOLKS - News, Nuance & the 90s with Douglas Lytle

October 8, 2020

FOLKS - News, Nuance & the 90s with Douglas Lytle

Guest: Douglas Lytle, Editor for Bloomberg Intelligence, former editor/reporter at Dow Jones, former reporter at the Wall Street Journal, former editor at Prague Post, author of Pink Tanks and Velvet Hangovers: An American in Prague

Douglas Lytle came to Prague in 1990 on something of a whim. The city and the country have since become a permanent part of his life. He talks about the news industry here, life in Prague in the 90s, Czech politics and culture, and more in this this part reminiscence, part analysis.

SECTIONS

01:48 - Early Days in the Early 90s - teaching, Prognosis, Alan Levy & Prague Post

05:00 - Prague Post Takes Off, Making Ends Meet, Pink Tanks and Velvet Hangovers: An American in Prague

08:37 - Finding the Story, the Left Bank of the 90s, Prague vs. Budapest

13:50 - Americans Colonize Prague, Doug Leaves & Returns, CZ in Transition - Economics & Politics

19:13 - Coming to Understand the Czechs (a bit), the Battle of White Mountain, Small Country Syndrome

25:07 - Jára Cimrman & Mythmaking, Prague Embraces Cosmopolitanism

29:20 - Prague Continues to Change

32:48 - The Czech News Scene Today

36:50 - The Czechs Are Pretty Lucky but a Reckoning with Communism Is a Good Idea

39:52 - Frank Zappa Gives Advice

 

Music by Fanette Ronjat

 

Check out Doug's book

See also

 

For events in Prague, go to the Facebook page The Prague Haps 

Follow us on social for extras:

Other Podcasts by Derek DeWitt

  • DIGITAL SIGNAGE DONE RIGHT - Winner of 2020 Communicator Award of Excellence for Podcasts Series-Corporate Communications and on numerous top 10 podcast lists. 
  • CONSPIRACY CLEARINGHOUSE - A rather skeptical look at conspiracies and mysteries. Each episode will examine conspiracy theories, most of which are not true, a few of which might be a little bit true and even a couple that turned out, in fact, to be true. This is the podcast that dares to look behind the curtain that’s behind the curtain.

 

HERE - New Town, New Jerusalem with Raymond Johnston

HERE - New Town, New Jerusalem with Raymond Johnston

September 24, 2020

HERE - New Town, New Jerusalem with Raymond Johnston

Guest: Raymond Johnston, Journalist

Prague's Nové Město (New Town) is only new in comparison to other parts of town. Founded by Emperor Charles IV in 1378, it was actually intended to be a substitute for Jerusalem - a place where the Second Coming could happen in comfort and style. Journalist Raymond Johnston talks about this as well as other interesting facts about New Town. We'll visit Karlovo náměstí, the holy relics that used to be there, Prague's mystical city plan, a pagan grove that's now a tram stop, a street that may be an accident and historical helmets, just to name a few items.

SECTIONS

01:49 - Charles IV's Plans for Prague's New Town as a Jerusalem Substitute, Karlovo náměstí as the Center, Home to a Lot of Holy Relics (including the Spear of Destiny)

06:33 - Prague's Mystical City Plan

09:31 - Former Pagan Sites Incorporated into New Town

11:01 - Nekázanka Street, Wenceslas Square, the Statue of Wenceslas

 

Music by Fanette Ronjat

For events in Prague, go to the Facebook page The Prague Haps 

Follow us on social for extras:

Other Podcasts by Derek DeWitt

  • DIGITAL SIGNAGE DONE RIGHT - Winner of 2020 Communicator Award of Excellence for Podcasts Series-Corporate Communications and on numerous top 10 podcast lists. 
  • CONSPIRACY CLEARINGHOUSE - A rather skeptical look at conspiracies and mysteries. Each episode will examine conspiracy theories, most of which are not true, a few of which might be a little bit true and even a couple that turned out, in fact, to be true. This is the podcast that dares to look behind the curtain that’s behind the curtain.
THEN - Duking It Out Among the Přemyslids (1061-1167)

THEN - Duking It Out Among the Přemyslids (1061-1167)

September 10, 2020

THEN 05 - Duking It Out Among the Přemyslids (1061-1167)

Host: Derek DeWitt

Přemyslid ambitions continue to make things interesting. Vratislav gets a lance, Soběslav gets to hold a cup, Crusades are joined and avoided, Vladislav goes on walkabout, the Gothic period starts and Prague gets a new bridge. And just when it looks like things are finally going to calm down, they don't.

SECTIONS

00:58 - Vratislav II - Help the Germans, Get a Golden Lance

02:00 - The First KING, Brother Troubles, the Vyšehrad Chapter, also Son Troubles

04:35 - Konrád I (Brněnský), Duke for Eight Whole Months

04:47 - Břetislav II - Out With the Old Ways, the First Crusade 

05:49 - Bořivoj II, Round 1 - Ambitious Relatives & Problems from Abroad

07:25 - Svatopluk - Ganged Up On & the Vršovci Make Another Appearance

08:18 - Vladislav I, Round 1 - Cooperative Dukedom

09:22 - Bořivoj II, Round 2 - Maybe He Was Just a Jerk

10:28 - Vladislav I, Round 2 - Getting Stuff Done

11:40 - Soběslav I - Otto the Black Challenges, More German Trouble, Further Challenges & Intrigues

13:46 - Soběslav Hold the Cup, Germans Welcomed Back

15:27 - Vladislav II (One of Many Vladislavs), Vladislav II Takes a Trip, Crusades Aplenty

19:00 - Vladislav II & HRE Frederick Barbarossa Make a Deal, Duke Vladislav II Becomes the Second KING, the Judith Bridge Gets Started in Prague

 

Slip of the Tongue: At 13:42, I said Břetislav remained Duke, but I meant Soběslav. These darned names! 

 

Music by Fanette Ronjat

 

NEXT UP: Long Live the King (Again) (1167-1230)

PREVIOUS: Sibling Rivalry on Steroids (999-1061)

 

For events in Prague, go to the Facebook page The Prague Haps 

Follow us on social for extras:

Other Podcasts by Derek DeWitt

  • DIGITAL SIGNAGE DONE RIGHT - Winner of 2020 Communicator Award of Excellence for Podcasts Series-Corporate Communications and on numerous top 10 podcast lists. 
  • CONSPIRACY CLEARINGHOUSE - A rather skeptical look at conspiracies and mysteries. Each episode will examine conspiracy theories, most of which are not true, a few of which might be a little bit true and even a couple that turned out, in fact, to be true. This is the podcast that dares to look behind the curtain that’s behind the curtain.
ARTS - Czech Cinema with Ryan Keating (Lambert)

ARTS - Czech Cinema with Ryan Keating (Lambert)

August 27, 2020

ARTS - Czech Cinema with Ryan Keating (Lambert)

Guest: Film journalist Ryan Keating of the Movie Barf cinema blog

Cinema is a big deal here in the Czech Republic - Czechs have been innovators in the field since the beginning, many films and TV shows are filmed here, and more and more independent cinema establishments are opening up around Prague. We talk about the Movie Barf blog, new places for film buffs, why Czech hate popcorn, subtitles vs dubbing, the Czechoslovak New Wave, the surreal animation of Jan Švankmajer, modern Czech movies and more.

SECTIONS

01:36 - What's with the Name(s)?

04:25 - Movie Barf - a Blog, a Brand, Movie Barf Mondays at Edison Filmhub

07:00 - New Film Spots in Town & the Kino Kavárna Makes a Comeback (Sort Of), the Popcorn Situation is Dire

09:17 - Subtitles vs Dubbing in CZ and Elsewhere

14:13 - Juxtareading - a Lazy Form of Dubbing

15:20 - Czech Cinema's Influence - the Czechoslovak New Wave, Jan Švankmajer, Karel Zeman

19:40 - Contemporary Mainstream Czech Films

24:08 - "The Painted Bird"

27:18 - More Risks, Please

 

Music by Fanette Ronjat

 

Check out Movie Barf

Places & People mentioned in this episode:

 

For events in Prague, go to the Facebook page The Prague Haps 

Follow us on social for extras:

Other Podcasts by Derek DeWitt

  • DIGITAL SIGNAGE DONE RIGHT - Winner of 2020 Communicator Award of Excellence for Podcasts Series-Corporate Communications and on numerous top 10 podcast lists. 
  • CONSPIRACY CLEARINGHOUSE - A rather skeptical look at conspiracies and mysteries. Each episode will examine conspiracy theories, most of which are not true, a few of which might be a little bit true and even a couple that turned out, in fact, to be true. This is the podcast that dares to look behind the curtain that’s behind the curtain.
TOUR - 10 More Old Town Tales

TOUR - 10 More Old Town Tales

August 6, 2020

TOUR - 10 More Old Town Tales

Host: Derek DeWitt

The Old Town is full of interesting stories and history, and now's a great time to check it out. Here's a tour with more stories you may not know about true love, jealousy, modern beer, mockery, pride and much more. These stories and legends are always all around us, if we only know where to look.

This tour can be combined with the previous TOUR episode into one long tour. This episode is sponsored by our friends at Venue, which is right near where the tour ends.

TOUR

01:39 - Start intro, in front of the Estates Theatre. Info in previous TOUR episode

02:24 - THE VEIL GIVEN TWICE FOR LOVE - Karolinum - Ovocný trh 3-5

04:44 - THE HOUSE OF THE BLACK MADONNA - Ovocný trh 19

06:59 - THE ROPEMAKER'S WIFE - Provaznická 3

10:24 - THE LITTLE BRIDGE - Můstek Metro Station

11:53 - THE CUBIST LAMPPOST - Jungmannovo náměstí

13:04 - U PINKASU - Jungmannovo náměstí 15/16

15:44 - THE FRANCISCAN GARDENS - entrances off Jungmannovo náměstí and Pasáž Světozor

16:50 - PALACE ADRIA - Jungmannova 31

18:24 - THE PETRIFIED BOY - Church of St. Martin-in-the-Wall, Martinská 8

21:05 - THE RING INSIDE THE FISH - V Kotcích

 

Music by Fanette Ronjat

PREVIOUS: 10 Old Town Tales

 

This episode sponsored by VENUE

For a conversation with Venue co-owner Karina Korenblun, click here

Places mentioned in this episode:

For events in Prague, go to the Facebook page The Prague Haps 

Follow us on social for extras:

Other Podcasts by Derek DeWitt

  • DIGITAL SIGNAGE DONE RIGHT - Winner of 2020 Communicator Award of Excellence for Podcasts Series-Corporate Communications and on numerous top 10 podcast lists. 
  • CONSPIRACY CLEARINGHOUSE - A rather skeptical look at conspiracies and mysteries. Each episode will examine conspiracy theories, most of which are not true, a few of which might be a little bit true and even a couple that turned out, in fact, to be true. This is the podcast that dares to look behind the curtain that’s behind the curtain.

 

THEN - Sibling Rivalry on Steroids (999-1061)

THEN - Sibling Rivalry on Steroids (999-1061)

July 30, 2020

THEN 04 - Sibling Rivalry on Steroids (999-1061)

Host: Derek DeWitt

Now things REALLY heat up in Bohemia, with warts, rebellions, blindings, castrations, whole families getting wiped out and lots more fun. You'd think things would calm down after all that, but you'd be wrong. It's Game of Thrones without the dragons!

SECTIONS

00:55 - Boleslav III the Red(head)/Blind

01:42 - Vladivoj, Puppet of Polish Bolesław the Brave and Alcoholic

02:02 - Boleslav III Returns, now Boleslav the Red, and then Blind (but this time, really)

03:08 - Bolesław the Brave (Boleslav Chrabrý of the Piast Dynasty) Becomes Boleslav IV

03:30 - Jaromír, Round One - Don't Trust Your Brother

04:53 - Oldřich, Round One - Don't Annoy the Emperor

06:14 - Jaromír, Round Two - Don't Trust Your Nephews

06:47 - Oldřich, Round Two - Don't Trust Anybody

07:37 - Břetislav I, the Bohemian Achilles - Changes the Rules of Succession, Which Cause More Trouble for Quite a While

10:41 - Spytihněv II -  A Weird, Angry Guy

 

Music by Fanette Ronjat 

  

NEXT UP: Duking It Out Among the Přemyslids (1061-1167)

PREVIOUS: Back to Bohemia - The House of Přemyslid (870-999)

 

For events in Prague, go to the Facebook page The Prague Haps 

Follow us on social for extras:

 

Other Podcasts by Derek DeWitt

  • DIGITAL SIGNAGE DONE RIGHT - Winner of 2020 Communicator Award of Excellence for Podcasts Series-Corporate Communications and on numerous top 10 podcast lists. 
  • CONSPIRACY CLEARINGHOUSE - A rather skeptical look at conspiracies and mysteries. Each episode will examine conspiracy theories, most of which are not true, a few of which might be a little bit true and even a couple that turned out, in fact, to be true. This is the podcast that dares to look behind the curtain that’s behind the curtain.
FOLKS - We Are All Locals with Karina Korenblum

FOLKS - We Are All Locals with Karina Korenblum

July 30, 2020

FOLKS - We Are All Locals with Karina Korenblum

Guest: Karina Korenblum, Co-Owner of Venue Cafe, Sales & Distribution Consultant for Grandview Castle Entertainment, and Sales & Acquisitions Consultant for Cercamon

Karina Korenblum is a Colombian who came to Prague after living in Paris and Berlin. She has worked in the independent film industry and is co-owner of Venue, a concept cafe in the Old Town. We talk about life in Prague, and running a business in one of the most touristed places in Europe. We also talk about what, exactly, it means to be a local.

SECTIONS

01:17 - Culture Shock Upon Arrival - Brunch, the Czech Language and Independent Film

05:19 - A Cafe in the Center - Increasing Options and Defining "Good" Service

10:09 - It's Not All Tourist Traps

10:58 - The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Egalitarian Cultural Access 

11:44 - Tradition Meets Modernity - A Woman in a Male-Dominated Business World

13:35 - The Paradoxes of Quarantine

16:20 - Are You a Local?

17:02 - Places Like Kasárna Karlín Point the Way to the Future

19:45 - Experience the City Differently (Zažít Město Jinak)

 

Music by Fanette Ronjat 

 

Check out Venue

For two TOUR episodes looking at Old Town, sponsored by Venue, click here and here.

See also

 

For events in Prague, go to the Facebook page The Prague Haps 

Follow us on social for extras:

Other Podcasts by Derek DeWitt

  • DIGITAL SIGNAGE DONE RIGHT - Winner of 2020 Communicator Award of Excellence for Podcasts Series-Corporate Communications and on numerous top 10 podcast lists. 
  • CONSPIRACY CLEARINGHOUSE - A rather skeptical look at conspiracies and mysteries. Each episode will examine conspiracy theories, most of which are not true, a few of which might be a little bit true and even a couple that turned out, in fact, to be true. This is the podcast that dares to look behind the curtain that’s behind the curtain.

 

 

THEN - Back to Bohemia - The House of Přemyslid (870-999)

THEN - Back to Bohemia - The House of Přemyslid (870-999)

July 16, 2020

THEN 03 - Back to Bohemia - The House of Přemyslid (870-999)

Host: Derek DeWitt

The Great Moravian Empire is over, but the fun is just beginning in Bohemia. The Přemyslids fend off external attacks and start internal squabbles, brother kills brother, Christianity makes inroads but not without resistance, one family rises while another falls, but (spoiler) it all finally comes together with one ruler for Bohemia. However, compared to what comes after all this, these are relatively peaceful times. 

SECTIONS

01:28 - Themes of the Era

02:03 - Bořivoj I, First Duke of Bohemia

02:52 - Spytihněv I, the Royal Seat Moves to Prague and Prague Castle Gets Started

04:36 - Vratislav I and His Pretty Unfriendly Wife Drahomíra

05:43 - Václav I - Good (Duke) Wenceslas, 

09:36 - Václav Becomes the Patron Saint of Bohemia

10:28 - Boleslav I the Cruel - Fratricide, Yet Not a Totally Bad Guy

13:17 - Boleslav II the Pious, Bohemia Gets a Bishop, the Slavník family Cause Trouble, the Great Slav Uprising, the Vršovci Help Wipe Out the Slavníks, Vyšehrad is Founded, Bohemia is Finally United Under a Single Ruler

 

Music by Fanette Ronjat 

  

NEXT UP: Sibling Rivalry on Steroids (999-1061)

PREVIOUS: The Great Moravian Empire

 

For events in Prague, go to the Facebook page The Prague Haps 

Follow us on social for extras:

Other Podcasts by Derek DeWitt

  • DIGITAL SIGNAGE DONE RIGHT - Winner of 2020 Communicator Award of Excellence for Podcasts Series-Corporate Communications and on numerous top 10 podcast lists. 
  • CONSPIRACY CLEARINGHOUSE - A rather skeptical look at conspiracies and mysteries. Each episode will examine conspiracy theories, most of which are not true, a few of which might be a little bit true and even a couple that turned out, in fact, to be true. This is the podcast that dares to look behind the curtain that’s behind the curtain.
HERE - Ghosts in Prague with Raymond Johnston

HERE - Ghosts in Prague with Raymond Johnston

July 16, 2020

HERE - Ghosts in Prague with Raymond Johnston

Guest: Raymond Johnston, Journalist

We talk about ghosts with a local expert on the subject, and it should be no surprise that a city that's over 1000 years old has quite a few of them.

SECTIONS

01:26 - Raymond's Ghost Map of Prague

02:58 - The Fiery Turkey of Kampa Island

04:33 - Mills on Kampa

05:31 - More Scary Animals, Including the Devil Rabbit of Bohnice

07:14 - Dead Dead Redemption - the Fiery Carriage, Native American, the Fiery Man of Na Poříčí

09:50 - The Woman with Two Husbands, a WWI ghost story

11:41 - The Gambling Grave Digger

13:35 - The Vampire Panic of the 18th Century

16:08 - The Portal to Another Dimension, the Veil is Thin Here, Prague is the Beating Heart of Europe

 

Music by Fanette Ronjat

 

Things mentioned in this episode:

For events in Prague, go to the Facebook page The Prague Haps 

Follow us on social for extras:

Other Podcasts by Derek DeWitt

  • DIGITAL SIGNAGE DONE RIGHT - Winner of 2020 Communicator Award of Excellence for Podcasts Series-Corporate Communications and on numerous top 10 podcast lists. 
  • CONSPIRACY CLEARINGHOUSE - A rather skeptical look at conspiracies and mysteries. Each episode will examine conspiracy theories, most of which are not true, a few of which might be a little bit true and even a couple that turned out, in fact, to be true. This is the podcast that dares to look behind the curtain that’s behind the curtain.

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