Saturday, February 2, 2013

Radio Prague Today 2.2.2013

Articles posted today

Jitka Sloupová and the return of political theatre to the Czech stage

For some years after the fall of communism, Czech audiences avoided any kind of theatre that might have been perceived as political. After decades of putting up with politics at every level of life, they had simply had enough. But today political drama is back with a vengeance. With a mixture of masochism and schadenfreude, Czech audiences are relishing new plays and productions that comment on contemporary political life with biting satire. David Vaughan reports.

Magazine 2.2.2013

In this edition of Magazine: the new president 'flips the bird'; some voters opt for cartoon character the Little Mole; Václav Klaus falls for a prank call; and Katka forgets the pickle.

The long shadow of Dr Beneš

The first ever direct presidential election brought renewed focus on a trauma that continues to haunt Czech society even sixty years after it occurred. The forced deportations of some three million Germans from Czechoslovakia after the end of WWII still divide Czech society, as does the historical role of Czechoslovak president Edvard Beneš, who sanctioned the move.