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Prague Times goes night night

Prague Times goes night night

April 6, 2022

Hey Prague Times fans,

Regretfully, this podcast has to be put into hibernation for the time being. Too many projects are happening at once and something's gotta give. Unfortunately, that something is this. We will be back, however, in the not-terribly-distant future.

THERE - Yet More UNESCO

THERE - Yet More UNESCO

March 24, 2022

THERE - Yet More UNESCO

We finish off the UNESCO listings for CZ with the most recent additions, all in Bohemia, three of which are shared with other countries. Delve into the history of mining, horses, forests and spas, and get some great weekend getaway ideas.

See a images of these places in the video version of this episode. 

SECTIONS

01:40 - Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří (Ore Mountains) Mining Region - Jáchymov, money, radium, pits and more

07:55 - Landscape for Breeding and Training of Ceremonial Carriage Horses at Kladruby nad Labem - The Great Pardubice Steeplechase, a historical stud farm and more in the area

10:36 - Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe - Jizera Mountains, Ještěd, the Long waterfall, Jablonec nad Nisou, Liberec, Frýdlant

16:33 - The Great Spa Towns of Europe

17:41 - Mariánské Lázně (Marienbad), the Boheminium

21:43 - Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad), drinks and spa wafers, Loket

25:49 - Františkovy Lázně (Franzenbad)

28:52 - The Bohemian Spa triangle area - forests, lookouts, botanical gardens, geological parks, chateaus, the Spiral Tower of Krásno, Cheb (Eger)

30:52 - A quick recap of all 16 CZ UNESCO sites

  • 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

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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.
THEN - Charles IV

THEN - Charles IV

February 24, 2022

THEN - Charles IV (1346-1378)

The Luxembourgs now produce the man who would become known as Charles IV - considered by many to be the greatest Czech of all time. He'd found Charles University, commission St. Vitus and Charles Bridge, design New Town, move the capital of the Holy Roman Empire to Prague, build a LOT of castles, and generally do awfully good things for the lands of Bohemia and Moravia. 

SECTIONS

01:10 - A childhood in prison, then in France, a wife, Italian adventures, a throne

04:18 - Another wife, German adventures, the path to Emperorship

06:13 - Urban improvements, Prague becomes the cultural center of Europe, Emperor at last

07:47 - He finds Karlovy Vary, no more Italian adventures, improving Nuremberg, a third wife, lots of castles and a Golden Bull, more infrastructure projects, (finally) a son, a fourth wife, another son

11:02 - The Golden Age - restructuring the HRE, treaties, various land claims, in vino veritas

12:33 - The legacy of Charles IV

  • 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 Silver Davey Award and AVA Gold Award, the 2020 Communicator Award of Excellence 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.
LIT - Prague Books

LIT - Prague Books

February 10, 2022

LIT - Prague Books

Guests: David Humphreys & Melissa Joulwan, Strong Sense of Place podcast

Prague inspires people, and some of those people write books set there. We take a look at some books about the City of 100 Spires as well as some Prague lore with David Humphreys & Melissa Joulwan, who run the Strong Sense of Place podcast.

SECTIONS

01:25 - Prague: the First Episode of SSoP

02:39 - The Prague-Korea connection, living in a simulation, lighting Prague Castle

07:25 - Why they choose the books, Prague Noir

09:12 - The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

11:45 - Prague Spring (and more Mawer)

13:43 - Gottland: Mostly True Stories from Half of Czechoslovakia, Slavic narrative styles

18:27 - HHhH

20:16 - More books about Prague all the time

23:26 - Book shopping is fun

24:32 - Books that Smudge the cat likes, This Is the World: A Global Treasury, cartooning around

26:29 - We live in the future

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

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 Silver Davey Award and AVA Gold Award, the 2020 Communicator Award of Excellence 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 - Strong Sense of Place

FOLKS - Strong Sense of Place

January 27, 2022

FOLKS - Strong Sense of Place

Guests: Melissa Joulwan & David Humphreys, Strong Sense of Place podcast

Books can entertain, inform and even make you want to travel. My guests today run the Strong Sense of Place podcast out of their flat here in Prague which combines the best of reading and travel in one jam-packed website. Go all over the world without ever leaving your home.

SECTIONS

01:49 - The Strong Sense of Place podcast

03:37 - The purpose of the podcast

06:50 - A world tour from home

11:10 - Nerdy organization & gold stars

14:55 - Becoming a reader

18:27 - Kindle a flame for reading

21:40 - Transcribing for empathy

28:22 - Lots of work

29:44 - Cookbooks & roller derby

34:24 - SSOP Reading Atlas. theme episodes, apocalypse novels

39:10 - Favourite books of 2021

40:51 - Telling lies to tell the truth

  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

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 Silver Davey Award and AVA Gold Award, the 2020 Communicator Award of Excellence 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.
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

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 Silver Davey Award and AVA Gold Award, the 2020 Communicator Award of Excellence 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 - 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

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 Silver Davey Award and AVA Gold Award, the 2020 Communicator Award of Excellence 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 - 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.

Related 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 Silver Davey Award and AVA Gold Award, the 2020 Communicator Award of Excellence 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.
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:

Related 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 Silver Davey Award and AVA Gold Award, the 2020 Communicator Award of Excellence 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 - 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:

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 Silver Davey Award and AVA Gold Award, the 2020 Communicator Award of Excellence 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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