Saturday, August 25, 2012

Radio Prague Today 8.25.2012

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Mailbox 25.8.2012

Today in Mailbox: Response to Radio Prague programmes, answers to our mystery Czech listeners' quiz. Listeners quoted: Stephen Hrebenach, Jaroslaw Jedrzejczak, Colin Law, Zara Modu, Charles Konecny, Syed Ali Akbar.

"Biggest of all is human freedom": Jaroslav Hutka and the Velvet Revolution

Last week we heard how a song, Marta Kubišová's "A Prayer for Marta", came to symbolize the period of the Velvet Revolution. But there were other songs and singers who also captured the spirit of the time. One of them was Jaroslav Hutka. After signing Charter 77, he had been bullied into exile in 1978, and all his songs and recordings banned. As soon as the revolution of November 1989 began, he came back home, and in one of the most moving moments of the period, he appeared at the vast demonstration held on Prague's Letná Plain on November 25.

Urban cycling accelerates in Prague, with some speed bumps

The past few years have seen a rapid increase in the number of cyclists in Prague. As Praguers become more concerned with healthy living and the environment, more and more of them choose to cycle both for recreation and daily travel.