Friday, August 12, 2011

Radio Prague Today 8.12.2011

Articles posted on today

Churches accept government's restitution proposal

More than twenty years after the fall of communism the Czech Republic stands another chance to establish a new relationship between the state and the country's churches and redress the wrongs of the past. Church representatives on Thursday accepted the government's proposal for property restitution and a gradual phasing out of financial contributions from state coffers.

Business News 12.8.2011

In today's business news: A debate on tax reform has been postponed due to a dispute over flat expense deductions between the prime minister and the finance minister, the bankrupt betting giant Sazka is to be sold in a public tender, grocery chains launch online discount coupons, the Czech Tourism agency announces a campaign targeting gay and lesbian travelers, and an American journal finds that Czech banknotes have some of the world's highest levels of a potentially dangerous chemical.

Pavel Bobek – Part 2

For a lot of Czechs, Pavel Bobek is THE voice of country pop, thanks to his hugely popular Czech-language versions of hits by U.S. singers like John Denver and Kris Kristofferson. He is also a trained architect, and was a close friend of Jan Kaplický, who died in 2009 after a long and fruitless struggle to have one of his plans realised in Prague. In this, the second part of a two-part interview, Pavel Bobek speaks about Kaplický and aspects of his own career. But first he discusses his love of Johnny Cash, whose songs he recorded on his most recent LP.