Monday, January 30, 2012

Radio Prague Today 1.30.2012

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Sports News 30.1.2012

The Australian Open ended with mixed blessings for the Czech players, the happiest of whom was doubtless Radek Štěpánek. Unseeded Štěpánek and Leander Paes of India won the men's doubles tournament, defeating the defending champions, the American Bryan twins, 7-6, 6-2. With that, Karviná native Štěpánek leapt forward 68 places in the rankings to world 23rd, two places behind his compatriot František Čermák.

Czechs keep their options open in Brussels

After much controversy at home on whether the Czech Republic should join the euro-zone's emerging fiscal compact, the Czech government delegation headed for Monday's key EU summit in Brussels determined to keep its options open. In the midst of continuing discord on the subject, there is just one thing Czech politicians heartily agree on – they want to have a finger in the pie.

Documentary filmmaker Martin Dušek on why his native region continues to inspire him

Martin Dušek, who often works with co-director Ondřej Provazník, is a two-time winner of the main prize at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, the Czech Republic's most prestigious documentary award. His films "A Town Called Hermitage" and "Coal in the Soul" were both shot in the former Sudetenland in North Bohemia, a border region whose Sudeten German inhabitants were expelled from Czechoslovakia after the war. Martin Dušek 's latest film deals with his own Sudeten German heritage – in a humorous and provocative way. I caught up the director to speak about why this part of country continues to inspire him and how he discovered his love for making documentaries.