Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Radio Prague Today 4.17.2013

Articles posted today

New documentary Crooks reveals abuse and manipulation of elderly people during product demonstration trips

A new documentary called Šmejdi, or Crooks, focuses on the phenomenon of so-called product demonstration excursions. On these trips, especially elderly people are often abused and manipulated into buying overpriced products. The film, which premiered in Prague on Tuesday, has already sparked a debate among lawmakers about tightening the rules and increasing the penalties for such practices. The film's producer, Hana Třeštíková, describes what goes on these trips.

Czech Republic assesses security situation following Boston attack

Many people around the world, including in the Czech Republic, were shocked and saddened to learn of the Boston Marathon bombing on Monday which killed three people and injured more than 170 others. In the Czech Republic, security has been heighted at some sites, such as the US Embassy. In response to Monday, it will also be boosted during Prague's own marathon next month.

Writers' fest "downsized" but bringing Pamuk to Prague

Wednesday sees the launch of the 23rd Prague Writers' Festival, whose highlights will include appearances by one of the most important guests the event has ever brought to the Czech capital: the Noble Prize-winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk. However, problems surrounding funding mean that this year's festival will be the shortest to date.