Saturday, March 5, 2011

Radio Prague Today 3.5.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Hundreds of people have gathered in Prague in protest against the government's pension reform.

Hundreds of people have gathered in Prague in protest against the government's pension reform.

Two men have died in a house fire in Lovosice, in the north of the country.

Two men have died in a house fire in Lovosice, in the north of the country.

With 13 nominations, the political thriller Walking Too Fast is the hot favourite for the annual Czech Lion film awards that will be handed out on Saturday.

With 13 nominations, the political thriller Walking Too Fast is the hot favourite for the annual Czech Lion film awards that will be handed out on Saturday.

The Czech Republic's men tennis team is leading 2:1 over Kazakhstan in the first round of the Davis Cup.

The Czech Republic's men tennis team is leading 2:1 over Kazakhstan in the first round of the Davis Cup.

Czech athlete Denisa Rosolová has sensationally won gold in 400 metres at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Paris.

Czech athlete Denisa Rosolová has sensationally won gold in 400 metres at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Paris.

Věra Chase: death, strawberries and a dip in the Baltic

Věra Chase is one of the most original voices in contemporary Czech writing. She has just finished putting together a collection of her poetry, both new poems and old, some dating back 25 years, to when Věra was a teenager during the dying days of communist Czechoslovakia. Her writing is intensely physical, full of energy and irony, and over the years has lost none of its freshness, or as one critic humorously puts it – stickiness. David Vaughan looks at the collection and meets its author.

Karel Čapek's enduring message

Internationally the Czech writer Karel Čapek is best known as the inventor of the term "robot" in his 1920 play R.U.R. With his novels, stories and plays combining humour, satire and a strong humanist vision, Karel Čapek was hugely popular in pre-war Czechoslovakia. But this was a time when Hitler's Germany was casting a dark shadow over Central Europe and it is hardly surprising that one of the few recordings of Čapek in our archives - speaking on Christmas Eve 1937 - does not bear a cheerful message.