Saturday, July 7, 2012

Radio Prague Today 7.7.2012

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Science Journal 7.7.2012

In this edition of Science Journal, two interviews with Czech scientists who have recently published two very different articles in the prestigious American journal Nature, one mapping biodiversity mathematically, and one fighting HIV.

Olga Walló: a Bohemian tale

In Czech Books this week, David Vaughan meets the poet and novelist, Olga Walló. In recent years she has become something of a literary phenomenon in the Czech Republic, even though she was over fifty when her first novel was published in 1998. Prior to that, she was better known as a translator and dubbing director, a career which she describes as a form of "inner emigration" from communism. Her novels are strongly autobiographical and Václav Havel has described them as a way of "tracing the path which our nation travelled not so long ago."

Perestroika passes Czechoslovakia by

When Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in the Soviet Union, it heralded a revolution in Soviet-American relations. At a series of high-profile summits, beginning in Geneva in 1985, a growing personal trust developed between the Soviet and American leaders. Here is President Reagan – from the Czech Radio archives - in Moscow on June 1 1988: