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LIT - Čas proměn’ (Time of Changes) w/Mark Baker

LIT - Čas proměn’ (Time of Changes) w/Mark Baker

July 29, 2021

LIT - Čas proměn' (Time of Changes) w/Mark Baker

Guest: Mark Baker, journalist and author - new book Čas proměn' out now!

Writer Mark Baker has been in the region for most of his life, writing new articles, guide books for Fodor's and Lonely Planet, a blog and much more. When he was asked to evaluate the time of the Velvet Revolution from his own perspective, it gave him a chance to visit and re-evaluate that period of history as well as hid own life.  The result is Čas proměn', a personal look at a time when history became very personal indeed for a large swath of Europe.

SECTIONS

01:40 - The rationale for the book

04:47 - 1989 in a nutshell

10:18 - 1990 is an underappreciated year

16:13 - 1991-92: The Prague Post & difficult times

18:25 - Chill out, past Mark

21:39 - Left bank of the 90s

25:48 - The Globe café & bookstore

33:23 - Ghosts & memory

37:00 - Call it "The Changes"

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

More Info:

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  • 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 - In the Gallery w/Camille Hunt

ARTS - In the Gallery w/Camille Hunt

July 15, 2021

ARTS - In the Gallery w/Camille Hunt

Guest: Camille Hunt, co-owner of Hunt Kastner Gallery

*To see some images along with the talk, check out the video version on our YouTube channel.*

There's a lot of art in Prague, but what is it, exactly, that galleries do for contemporary artists? One of the owners of Hunt Kastner Gallery in Žižkov talks about the multiple roles of the gallerist, what exactly a collector is collecting, art fairs and more about modern art here in the Czech capital. Whether you're in the art world or just art world curious, there's a lot of interesting stuff in this conversation.

SECTIONS

01:40 - A French Canadian (not a French-Canadian), a Czech-forward gallery

05:26 - Far more than just wall space

10:17 - Come on in (Instagram-friendly)

13:38 - A gallerist's work is never done

18:06 - All's fair at the art fair

19:28 - Eye of the beholder - what collector's collect

23:19 - What is contemporary Czech art?

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

More Info:

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

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Other Podcasts by Derek DeWitt

  • DIGITAL SIGNAGE DONE RIGHT - Winner of the 2021 AVA Gold Award for Best Podcast Series and the 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.
LATER - Modern Architecture in Prague w/David Černý

LATER - Modern Architecture in Prague w/David Černý

July 1, 2021

LATER - Modern Architecture in Prague w/David Černý

Guest: David Černý - artist, sculptor, architect, pilot

World-renowned Czech artist David Černý joins us for our one year anniversary episode, talking about how he got into art but mainly about the large-scale architectural projects he has planned here in Prague. Along the way, we talk about other modern buildings in the city, including some that will never get made at all.

*See images & videos of the buildings and projects mentioned here (and more) in the video version on our YouTube channel (recommended!)*

SECTIONS

01:11 - I was going to be a jet pilot

05:26 - Time is an essential part, kinetic sculptures

08:08 - Black N' Arch projects: Fragment

10:08 - Top Tower

14:35 - The Dancing House, proposal for Slav Epic Pavilion

16:23 - Zlíchov Distillery (Lihovar), Dog in Dock Winery in Veselí nad Moravou, other projects large & small (including a baby)

19:44 - Modern architecture hits and misses (Kotva, Hlavní Nádraží new terminal, Myslbek, Euro Palace, Nová Scéna of the National Theatre), UNESCO and the Pankrác skyscrapers

23:27 - The Blob - Jan Kaplický's neofuturist proposal for a new National Library

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

More info on stuff talked about:

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

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Other Podcasts by Derek DeWitt

  • DIGITAL SIGNAGE DONE RIGHT - Winner of the 2021 AVA Gold Award for Best Podcast Series and the 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 - David Černý in Prague

TOUR - David Černý in Prague

June 17, 2021

TOUR - David Černý in Prague

For images of all the works mentioned here, see the video version out our YouTube channel.

Sculptor David Černý is perhaps the most notorious Czech artist today, with a sarcastic and sardonic wit that informs his large-scale, often kinetic, works. Subtle, he ain't. He's got 22 works here in Prague, and we'll take a tour of them all in this episode, going all the way back to beginning of his career through works from 2020. You can try to see them all in one day (takes about six hours) or in separate sections. Includes directions and area info as well.

SECTIONS

01:46 - The tour layout

02:29 - PART ONE - Outlying Areas (3)

02:31 - In Utero (2009)

04:10 - London Booster (2012)

06:11 - Beetle (Brouk) (2020)

06:58 - PART TWO - The City Centre (12)

07:07 - Babies on Žižkov Tower (2000, 2019)

10:12 - Horse (St. Wenceslas) (1999)

11:58 - "K" (Head of Franz Kafka, K on Sun) (2014)

13:48 - Women on a House (2004?)

15:04 - Sigmund Freud (1997)

16:33 - Václav Havel Memorial Plaque (2012)

17:39 - Embryo (2008)

18:42 - Gesture (2013) [now gone]

19:20 - Streams (Piss, Pissing Men) (2004)

20:37 - Quo Vadis (1990)

22:08 - Babies on Kampa (2008)

22:51 - Mlýnská Kavárna bar top (2011)

23:19 - Torso of a Tank (2018) [plus info on Pink Tank (Tank Number 23)]

29:07 - PART THREE - Prague 5 (6)

29:21 - Brown Nosing (2003) at the FUTURA Gallery

31:08 - Maso (Red Cars) (2007) at MeetFactory

32:49 - Speederman (2014) & Pegas (Pegasus) (2017)

34:14 - Trifot (2016) & Cyberdog (2018) at the Czech Photo Center

36:28 - BONUS: Monument to the Russian Liberation Army (2020) on Řeporyjské náměstí

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

More Info:

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

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Other Podcasts by Derek DeWitt

  • DIGITAL SIGNAGE DONE RIGHT - Winner of the 2021 AVA Gold Award for Best Podcast Series and the 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.
THERE - 6 UNESCO Sites in CZ

THERE - 6 UNESCO Sites in CZ

June 3, 2021

THERE - 6 UNESCO Sites in CZ

See pictures of these places in the video version of this episode on our YouTube channel.

The Czech Republic isn't very big, but it's got more castles & chateaux per square kilometer in the world, some very well-preserved towns and scads of history. We also have 14 (and counting) UNESCO World Heritage sites. Today we take a look at the first six to make it on that list.

SECTIONS

02:18 - What is the UNESCO World Heritage List and who cares?

04:26 - Historic Centre of Prague (1992) & Průhonický park

08:12 - Český Krumlov (1992)

09:51 - Telč (1992)

11:32 - Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk, Zelená Hora (1994)

13:45 - Kutná Hora (1995)

17:15 - The Cathedral of Our Lady & the Bone Church at Sedlec

20:57 - In the area: Kolín, Konárovice (Crispin Glover's house), Čáslav, Vysoká near Miskovice

26:33 - Transport options for Kutná Hora (plus beer & food)

27:47 - Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape (1996) -Lichtensteins Amok!

29:15 - Some of the follies (Kolonáda na Rajstně, Belveder, Dianin chrám, Apollónův chrám, Kaple sv. Huberta, Hraniční zámeček, Tři Grácie, Janův hrad, Zámeček Pohansko, Obelisk, Maurská vodárna, Akvadukt)

32:38 - The Minaret (Minaret v lednickém zámeckém parku)

33:33 - The towns of Lednice and Valtice in the wine country, plus getting there

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

More Info:

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

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Other Podcasts by Derek DeWitt

  • DIGITAL SIGNAGE DONE RIGHT - Winner of the 2021 AVA Gold Award for Best Podcast Series and the 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.

 

 

EATS - Cookin’ Up a Storm w/Isaac Starobin

EATS - Cookin’ Up a Storm w/Isaac Starobin

May 20, 2021

EATS - Cookin' Up a Storm w/Isaac Starobin

It's a classic immigrant story - move to a new place, miss certain food items, make those food items. Isaac Starobin is bringing a taste of New York to Prague, experimenting like crazy and having a fine time while doing it. Not even the pandemic shutdown can contain what he is doing with Dirty Dog Barbeque, Cali Brothers, and Bohemia Bagel. And there are plenty more tricks up his sleeve.

SECTIONS

01:52 - Manifest(o) Destiny - NYC to Prague (starts & stops, ZOOna, Dirty Dog, Manifesto)

06:28 - Make what you want to eat

08:40 - Goulash or bust - Czech tastes evolve

12:07 - Feelings & food (and treat your people right)

19:23 - March 2020 = crisis mode

26:59 - Patron to partner - Bringing New York to Prague (Cali Bros., revitalizing Bohemia Bagel, ghost concepts)

34:42 - Kotva Backyard - Subs & bagels in the centre

36:53 - Gastro is a lifestyle (and chili ice cream)

 

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

 

See the video version of this episode on our YouTube channel for some mouthwatering pictures as well. #foodporn

More info: 

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 the 2021 AVA Gold Award for Best Podcast Series and the 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.
GLUG - A Czech Beer Primer

GLUG - A Czech Beer Primer

May 6, 2021

GLUG - A Czech Beer Primer

Beer - it's central to Czech social life, history and identity. Pretty much any Honza walking down the street just knows certain things about beer, having grown up in a culture saturated with it. This episode aims to give you the same background knowledge, so that you, too, can be on the same page as the locals. At least when it comes to the good stuff.

SECTIONS

01:35 - A brief history of beer

03:19 - Serious business - purity laws, brewing boom, brewing bust, breweries bounce back

06:48 - A matter of degrees

07:38 - How to make beer

11:58 - Beer styles (lager vs ale)

13:25 - Dark & light

14:33 - Hops to it

15:22 - Czech beer brands

21:34 - Budvar vs. Budweiser

27:57 - Post Velvet Revolution

28:45 - The proper pour (and types of pours)

33:38 - Czech pub culture & habits

 

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

 

See the video version of this episode on our YouTube channel for some enticing pictures as well

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 - Dog Walks Prague w/Karen O’Rourke

HERE - Dog Walks Prague w/Karen O’Rourke

April 22, 2021

HERE - Dog Walks Prague w/Karen O'Rourke

Guest: Karen O' Rourke, author of Dog Walks Prague

Prague's already gone to the dogs - they're welcome everywhere. And they need to go walkies, as do their humans. Karen O'Rourke believes in the benefits of hiking and dog ownership so much, she's created a group for walkers, written a book about dogs walks in and out of Prague, and is working on a second book. She shares her ideas, some details and some of her favourite walks, both in Prague and out.

Video version (with pictures!) on our YouTube channel.

SECTIONS

01:54 - Walking + dogs = happiness

07:41 - Dog Walks Prague - Prokopák Paradise (Prague 5)

11:00 - At our doorstep: wild horses, Milovice (50km NE of Prague), biodiversity, Cibulka (Prague 5) and Motol Forest

13:02 - THERE: Lochovice, Plešivecký hřeben & Fabian's Garden (50km SW or Prague); Lake Mácha & Mouse Island (75km north of Prague), Kokořín (40km north of Prague), Václav Nebeský & Božena Němcová and Ratibořice (130 km east of Prague)

15:50 - A plaque on your house - Čapek Villa (Vinohrady, Prague 2), Klamovka & Lenka Reinerová (Prague 5)

17:20 - Dog Walks Prague 2 - writers and more; Karel Jaromír Erben, the Wedding Shirt & Velhartice (145km SW of Prague), hiking trails in CZ

19:45 - You don't have to have a dog (but it helps) - Dog Walks Prague FB group, extinct volcanoes (Říp & Milešovská) & Píšťany (37-80km north of Prague), a multi-cultural experience

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

More info (plus links in the Sections section above)

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.
XOVER - UFOs in Czecho w/Sam Beckwith

XOVER - UFOs in Czecho w/Sam Beckwith

April 14, 2021

XOVER - UFOs in Czecho w/Sam Beckwith

Guest: Sam Beckwith, editor of Prague Pig

The Czech Lands have had their fair share of UFO sightings over the centuries, including wingless capsules, flaming wheels, weird organic drones, tiny balls, giant figures, sliver men and more. It's time to delve into some high weirdness in Central Europe.

This is a special extra episode as part of a crossover with our sister podcast Conspiracy Clearinghouse, which has it's 1st year anniversary today! 

SECTIONS

01:37 - UFOs as cultural phenomenon, as narratives

07:29 - Projekt Záře

09:06 - Vranov nad Dyjí - the most famous Czech sighting

13:26 - A saucer too far - Communists hate mysteries, Nazi UFO in Prague

15:39 - Centuries of sightings - flaming wheels, time-displaced tanks

19:36 - Slatiny, 1938, the Číhošť Miracle, Loose lips get you killed

21:27 - Ostružná Nová Ves - a teeny spacecraft that sucks, Miličín - balls and figures in Czech Siberia, Don't call me stupid

26:08 - Aliens tour our spa towns, The summer of '93 - sightings all over, including Svitavy

30:20 - The Silver Men (Stříbrňáci)

32:15 - Crop circles, Fidel's cigars, Are you normal?

36:12 - Universe People (Vesmírní lidé sil světla) - a Czech and Slovak UFO church

38:10 - Ashtar Galactic Command

40:54 - The Spooky Book and other Czech Forteana (coming soon!)

 

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

 

More on these topics

 

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 - Democrats Abroad with Julia Bryan

FOLKS - Democrats Abroad with Julia Bryan

April 8, 2021

FOLKS - Democrats Abroad with Julia Bryan

Guest: Julia Bryan, Global Chair for Democrats Abroad

Just because you're an American living outside the country, you can still vote. And you should. Organizations like Democrats Abroad are here to help make it as easy a process as it can be. We also talk about the Electoral College, HR1, the filibuster, her blog and more. Plus handy links for voters abroad from several countries in the episode notes. 

SECTIONS

01:59 - Democrats Abroad - a stateless state party

04:35 - Your vote does count

06:16 - The Electoral College is archaic

07:29 - D.C. should be a state

08:09 - From Bohemia Bagel to global chair and success in 2020

12:15 - Come for a year, stay forever

16:22 - Kolo Kolo Mlynsky

17:43 - Getting involved in DA

21:28 - All politics is local

23:54 - HR1 - the For the People Act

25:56 - Bust the filibuster

28:56 - They're on your side

 

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

 

More on topics discussed

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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