Friday, August 19, 2011

Radio Prague Today 8.19.2011

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James Stafford – Author of The Sorrowful Putto of Prague

In this week's Arts, my guest is Welsh writer James Stafford, the author of a wonderfully irreverent new webcomic The Sorrowful Putto of Prague. The comic tells the story of a 400-year-old putto (or cherub) named Xavier living in the city and it has captured the attention of both Czech and English-language readers. After looking up the site myself, I was curious to learn more about Xavier and his world. Luckily James Stafford – who is not usually based in Prague – was able to come to the studio to discuss the project.

Business News 19.8.2011

Reuters says Czech ministries want free emissions vouchers for power producers; economy grew by 2.4% in the last quarter; the court approves the sale of Sazka by tender; woeful 2Q results for ČEZ; and the central bank says the country will have met the conditions for adopting the euro next year.

Former Czech TV correspondent's book explores Russian perspective on August 21 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia

Ahead of the 43-year anniversary of Czechoslovakia's invasion by the Soviet Union and her main allies on August 21, a new book offers a hitherto little explored perspective on this traumatic chapter of Czech history. Titled "Invasion 1968. The Russian View", it explores Russians' attitudes towards the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia and the trauma that some of the Soviet soldiers involved in it experienced in its wake. Sarah Borufka spoke to the editor, former Russian correspondent for Czech TV Josef Pazderka, about the Russian experience of the historic event, their view of the 1968 invasion today and what inspired him to put the book together in the first place.