Saturday, February 26, 2011

Radio Prague Today 2.26.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

The Czech foreign ministry is closing its embassy to Libya and telling all Czech citizens to leave the country immediately.

The Czech foreign ministry is closing its embassy to Libya and telling all Czech citizens to leave the country immediately.

Writer Arnošt Lustig has died at the age of 84 after a long illness.

Writer Arnošt Lustig has died at the age of 84 after a long illness.

Former Czech MEP and diplomat Jana Hybaskova has been charged with leading the European Union diplomatic delegation to Iraq.

Former Czech MEP and diplomat Jana Hybaskova has been charged with leading the European Union diplomatic delegation to Iraq.

Communists have met at the grave of former president Klement Gottwald to commemorate the "Victorious February" events that brought the party to power in 1948.

Communists have met at the grave of former president Klement Gottwald to commemorate the "Victorious February" events that brought the party to power in 1948.

A new director has been chosen for the police anti-corruption squad, the daily Právo reports.

A new director has been chosen for the police anti-corruption squad, the daily Právo reports.

News 26.2.2011

News 26.2.2011

Science Journal 26.2.2011

Million-dollar airport scanners get a run for their money from a small, Czech-made device that can sniff out even the smallest traces of explosive and radioactive materials.

Jaroslav Ježek in defence of jazz in 1934

The theme tune for this series is from a song called Aesop and the Ant, and it was composed by one of the legends of twentieth century Czech music. Jaroslav Ježek died in wartime exile in New York at the age of just 35. He is best known for the songs he composed for the famous pre-war satirical cabaret, the Liberated Theatre, and he was also one of the pioneers of Czech jazz, fearlessly crossing the borders between popular and classical music. In November 1934, the young composer – he was 28 at the time - came into the radio and talked about jazz.

There's no room like the ballroom: Waltzing and other classic dances remain popular among young Czechs

What do teenagers do in their spare time? Cha-cha, fox-trot and waltz might not be the first things to come to mind, but here in the Czech Republic, lessons in ballroom dancing are still an important rite of passage for most adolescents.