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MISC - Money Matters

MISC - Money Matters

January 13, 2022

MISC - Money Matters

Money makes the world go round, but who and what is on our money? This episode looks at the figures and icons Czechs have decided are worthy of being immortalized on their currency, and by extension we'll learn a little about the story this country tells itself about itself. 

SECTIONS

01:33 - To walk in money

02:20 - Current coins, the Czech Lion, the Crown of Wenceslaus

06:52 - Notes, some of the 100 greatest Czechs

07:08 - 100Kč - Charles IV

08:43 - 200Kč - Jan Amos Komenský

10:16 - 500Kč - Božena Němcová

12:36 - 1000Kč - František Palacký

15:42 - 2000Kč - Emmy Destinn (Ema Destinnová)

17:07 - 5000Kč - Tomáš Garrigue (T. G.) Masaryk

18:08 - Old 20Kč & 50Kč notes - Otakar I Přemysl & St. Agnes of Bohemia (Svatá Anežka Česká)

20:21 - Late Czechoslovak notes - Pavol Országh-Hviezdoslav, Komenský, Ľudovít Štúr. peasants, SNP partisans & Bedřich Smetana

25:24 - Earlier Czechoslovak notes - Jan Žižka, SNP & Russians, youths

26:38 - Post WWII currency, the Communist coat of arms, post-Velvet Revolution commemorative 10 Kč coins (TGM, Milan Rastislav Štefánik, Alois Rašín)

28:26 - What about the Euro?

33:35 - Foreign currency & ATMs

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

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GLUG - That’s the Spirit(s)

GLUG - That’s the Spirit(s)

December 30, 2021

GLUG - That's the Spirit(s)

We've talked about the oldest pub in Prague, beer and wine - now it's time to dive in to the spirit world with a look at some of the liquors Czechs like to drink. 

SECTIONS

01:22 - Al-kul & distillation, a very brief history of booze in Europe

03:42 - Slivovice - fruit brandies

07:41 - Becherovka - angry Christmas

11:32 - Fernet Stock - crushed bedbugs

16:24 - Tuzemák - cancer-causing fake rum

18:40 - Zelená - liquid toothpaste

21:49 - Absinthe - the green fairy

27:49 - Vaječný likér (Czech Nog) & Algerian Coffee

29:54 - Grog (tea & rum), Svařák (mulled wine), Punč (mulled wine & fruit juice), Medovina (mead)

31:56 - Houba (Coke & red wine), Cider

33:47 - Rum, whisky & more

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

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ARTS - Bear Educational Theatre

ARTS - Bear Educational Theatre

December 16, 2021

ARTS - The Bear Educational Theatre

Guest: David Fisher, artistic director & founder of the Bear Educational Theatre

David Fisher has gone from being at the fringes of the theatrical to having his own theatre company - but he considers himself a teacher more than anything else. he talks about how the Bear came about, how it works, why it's different from "evening theatre", and how they are adapting and adjusting to an online world due to the pandemic.

SECTIONS

01:49 - Storytelling through teaching & theatre

05:36 - Early Prague Theatre: Misery Loves Company & Black Box

07:13 - The Bear begins

10:53 - The Bear hits the road, bare bones; the perfect English lesson

22:56 - Overlapping skill sets

28:22 - Drama Therapy & other variations

30:20 - Going online & interactive

38:56 - I don't really want actors

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

Lapsus Linguae: 2016 was the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, not his birth.

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NOW - proFem

NOW - proFem

December 2, 2021

NOW - proFem

Guest: Eva Michálková, project manager for proFem – centrum pro oběti domácího a sexuálního násilí, o.p.s.

Like most European countries, the Czech Republic is pretty humanist. And yet, sexual harassment & violence continue to be problems, with more than 50% of Czech women reporting sexual harassment and/or violence. The organization proFem offers help in a number of ways, including a new infoline, counseling, and even legal help. We talk about the problem here in CZ, some historical context, the evils of Easter and how things are, hopefully, changing for the better.

SECTIONS

02:01 - What is proFem?

03:31 - Feminism in a Czech context

07:03 - Feminism under Communism

09:21 - Research into sexual harassment & violence in CZ

14:30 - The normalization of rape culture

18:53 - Context & history matter

21:13 - Harassment on public transportation, at work, at home

27:42 - Easter is problematic

33:45 - Trouble at home

39:31 - proFem's infoline & services

47:21 - Volunteer opportunities

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

More info:

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FOLKS - Comedy & Quizzes w/Luke Ryan

FOLKS - Comedy & Quizzes w/Luke Ryan

November 18, 2021

FOLKS - Comedy & Quizzes w/Luke Ryan

Guest: Luke Ryan, quizmaster at James Joyce Pub, writer & host of the Inquizition podcast, founder of Comedy Prague

Dublin-born Luke Ryan is all about making people laugh, and reminds us that comedy is work. We talk about the pub quiz scene in Prague, how to succeed in stand-up comedy, different styles of humour and much, much more.

The video version of this episode is also a scavenger hunt trivia game - 33 questions you can find the answers to in past episodes of Prague Times. List your numbered answers in the comments sections of on our Facebook, Twitter or Buy Me a Coffee page, or in comments for this episode on YouTube. The highest score gets a special prize!

SECTIONS

01:43 - Ya gotta love Prague

04:56 - Quizmaster at James Joyce

12:28 - The ins & outs of Prague pub quizzes

16:19 - All are welcome

17:40 - The Inquizition Podcast

20:27 - Stand-up & Comedy Prague

25:17 - Comedy workshops, what makes a comedian

33:23 - Comedy styles, how to be a comic

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

More Info:

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EATS - Kohoutek

EATS - Kohoutek

November 4, 2021

EATS - Kohoutek w/Gianluca Pini

Guest: Gianluca Pini, co-owner of Kohoutek

A new place in town serves up Italian-style cockerel, while also offering a number of fun things to peruse and purchase. Gianluca Pini talks about how and why they got started, living in Prague, striving for authenticity, creating a modern concept and more.

 SECTIONS

01:56 - The why & how of Italian cockerel in Prague

08:16 - Prague, reconstruction in Vinohrady, expanding the concept

14:35 - Doing business in CZ during Covid, delivery services

21:11- A modern approach to gastronomy

24:01- Authentic Italian but also international, Czech with an Italian accent

25:40 - Success measures & the future

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

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TOUR - Prague Haunts 1

TOUR - Prague Haunts 1

October 21, 2021

TOUR - Prague Haunts 1

Prague is reputedly the most haunted city in Europe. Yet it’s not very big, really. So it should not be surprising that there are some areas and streets in town that are heavy with the ghost action.

This is a tour episode designed for you to take yourself to several haunted spots in Prague's Hradčany and Malá Strana districts. You can follow along as you go or listen and take notes to bring with you.

SECTIONS

01:41 - Hradčany - start at U Černého vola, go to Loretánské náměstí

01:56 - Černínský palác - Contract from beyond the grave

04:42 - Bread shoes

07:21 - Dům U Drahomířina sloupu & Drahomira's Column

10:17 - Evil echoes through history

11:22 - The Loreto

12:42 - Origin of the bells

13:50 - The sorrowful widow

15:16 - The song of the bells

16:14 - Inside the Loreto, St. Wilgefortis - the bearded lady

17:29 - Walk to Úvoz

18:07 - The headless monk

19:08 - Walk to Nerudova

19:58 - The headless Swede

21:39 - Statues of Moors at Morzinský palác

22:29 - The devil child at Fragnerova lékárna U Černého orla

23:42 - The white lady of the Lichtenstein Palace

24:39 - Beer break: Malostranská beseda 

25:32 - The skeleton with a nail in its head

27:38 - The obese merchant at Waldštejnská hospoda

30:20 - Ruprecht the bugler

31:15 - Walk to Karmelitská, the Church of Our Lady Victorious and The Infant Jesus of Prague

31:54 - Ghost with a nail in its tongue

34:05 - Grammar snob ghost

34:41 - Walk to Na Prádle and the Church of John the Baptist in the Laundry

35:37 - The miserly widow, the priest & his two goats

37:28 - The headless horse

38:37 - Optional: Pagan grove on Petřín Hill

39:09 - Walk down Újezd, past the Memorial to the Victims of Communism 

39:48 - The Nightmare Horror Bar

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

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HERE - The Long & Short of Prague

HERE - The Long & Short of Prague

October 7, 2021

HERE - The Long & Short of Prague (Superlatives 1)

Prague tops a lot of lists because, well, it's a super place! So why not look at some super superlatives in the city? In this episode, we look at some of the longest and shortest things in Prague.

SECTIONS

01:39 - Prague ranks high on lots of lists

02:54 - Bridges

07:21 - Public transportation - escalator, distance btwn. stations/stops, routes

10:38 - Tunnels

15:52 - Block building

16:40 - A brief history of paneláks

20:57 - Square (inc. a brief history of Václavák)

25:49 - Streets

33:39 - Streams

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

Mentioned in this episode: 

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

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NOW - Re-use, Recycle, Upcycle

NOW - Re-use, Recycle, Upcycle

September 23, 2021

NOW - Re-use, Recycle, Upcycle

Guest: Matouš Pinkava, CEO of nevyhazujto.cz, reuseto.cz & goodooga.cz

The Czech Republic is focused on sustainability and Prague is very much onboard with that. Many initiatives and projects are happening or are in the works, and the future for the city looks pretty green. I talk with Matouš Pinkava, who heads a few such projects in town, about recycling, upcycling, re-use, wishcycling, downcycling and more.

See a video version on our YouTube channel.

Like what we do? Then buy us a beer or three via our Buy Me a Coffee page!

 

SECTIONS

1:31 - Don't throw it away - nevyhazujto.cz, reuseto.cz

05:14 - An easy app, cities get involved

08:09 - Re-use points in Prague give things a second life

14:25 - Circular economy projects in Prague

22:27 - Re-use is the future, Czechs recycle, wishcycling

24:42 - Upcycling, downcycling, supply & demand

26:50 - Goodooga.cz - business get on board with waste prevention and re-use

30:09 - A long way to go but positive change is in the air

  • 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.
GLUG - In Czecho Veritas

GLUG - In Czecho Veritas

September 9, 2021

GLUG - In Czecho Veritas (Czech wine country & culture)

See a video version on our YouTube channel.

Sure, this country is known for beer, but there's also a thriving wine industry here as well. We'll dive into the history, regions, types and celebrations of Czech viticulture culture.

Like what we do? Then buy us a beer or three via our Buy Me a Coffee page!

SECTIONS

01:40 - History of Wine in the Czech Lands

06:39 - Wine Regions

07:07 - Bohemia (Mělník, Litoměřice)

09:34 - Moravia (Slovácko, Velké Pavlovice, Znojmo, Mikulov)

15:01 - Grape varieties

15:38 - White wine grapes

20:18 - Red wine grapes

24:01 - Vinobraní & burčák (plus part of the winemaking process)

29:37 - More of the winemaking process, Sudové víno (cask wine)

31:36 - Vinotéka vs. vinný sklep vs. vinárna

34:16 - Wine vaults (banka vín)

34:53 - Wine trails (vinařské stezky)

36:16 - Bohemia Sekt

42:15 - Wine spritzers (vinný střik)

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

More Info:

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

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  • 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.
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