Saturday, November 12, 2011

Radio Prague Today 11.12.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

John Banville: claiming Kafka as an Irish writer

A few days ago the Booker Prize winning Irish writer John Banville was in Prague, to receive one of Europe's most coveted literary awards, the Franz Kafka Prize. David Vaughan took the opportunity to talk to the writer about his work and his fascination with the cultural and literary world of Central Europe.

"My first love was a drill": building the socialist state

After the communist coup, Czechoslovak Radio was at the political vanguard and transformed into a tool of propaganda. One of the first big changes at Radio Prague was that our familiar call signal from Dvořák's New World Symphony was replaced by a stirring socialist anthem – "Ku předu levá". The words are simple: "Left foot forwards, left foot forwards, and never a backwards step." All broadcasts acquired a political hue. Here, for example, is a factory worker, talking about his first love:

Science Journal 12.11.2011

In this month's Science Journal we talk to the Czech psychologists who monitored the participants in the Mars 500 experiment, and also to the discoverers of a hitherto unknown, tick-borne disease.