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Humility, the Religious-Secular Divide and the 'Very Survival of Western Society'

David Briggs | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The idea that there are different forms of belief and unbelief, and that many people are on a common journey to greater understanding, shines through Halik's writing and his work in promoting dialogue among religious and secular individuals.

Egon Erwin Kisch on the Frontlines of the First World War

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 04.08.2014 | Books
Franz-Stefan Gady

The date in the diary is Sunday, August 16, 1914. The attack on Serbia by Austro-Hungarian Forces had only commenced four days previously. The keeper of the diary was 29 years old Egon Erwin Kisch, an Austrian soldier in the 11th Imperial and Royal Infantry Regiment.

Tales of the Fantastic

John Feffer | Posted 03.28.2014 | World
John Feffer

Journalist Daniel Kumermann and I talked about the fall of Communism, how his unfamiliarity with a fax machine nearly wrecked the Velvet Revolution, his criticisms of Vaclav Klaus, and why the world should listen to Donald Rumsfeld and prepare for unknown unknowns.

Wacking Girls' Bums, Egg Contests and Bready Lambs: Unusual Easter Traditions in the Czech Republic

Discover France Adventures | Posted 03.10.2014 | Travel
Discover France Adventures

Leaning against the sides of the wooden market stalls are sticks festooned with coloured ribbons on the top. Made of braided willow branches, these sticks serve a very important role in an unusual Czech tradition.

Televising Religion in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

We talked about the challenges of being a pastor under Communism, his involvement in the revolutionary changes in 1989, his best and worst programming moments, and why he agrees with Soren Kierkegaard that when everything is Christian, nothing is Christian.

Addressing Nuclear Power in Eastern Europe

John Feffer | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

The issue of nuclear energy has been particularly contentious in the Czech Republic. The plant at Temelin, which was planned by the Communist government, originally had the same design as the one at Chernobyl.

OTP's Guide to Partying Your Ass Off in Prague

Off Track Planet | Posted 03.03.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Prague's party scene is more beer and jazz, less ecstasy and techno. Although not as cheap as it once was, Prague's beer-brewing skills are amongst the best on the planet and you can still party like a king on a peasant's budget.

Monarchy as Metaphor in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

There is a party that supports the transformation of the government into a constitutional monarchy, but it has been described as "one of the parties that could fit in an elevator." But the principle of monarchy has appeal beyond the programs of specific parties.

The Czech Culture of Corruption

John Feffer | Posted 02.21.2014 | World
John Feffer

When Havel became president of Czechoslovakia at the end of 1989 -- and later, the president of the Czech Republic -- he became a powerful symbol of a new era of politics. Surely the country would "live in truth" as long as it had a president of unimpeachable character. On the practical, day-to-day matters of politics and economics, however, Havel was not as influential.

Engendering Change in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
John Feffer

The Communist governments and the oppositions shared at least one feature in common: they were overwhelmingly male.

Behind the Velvet Revolution

John Feffer | Posted 04.18.2014 | World
John Feffer

Whichever version of this key event is true, the Velvet Revolution wouldn't have proceeded without the network of dissidents who had been patiently preparing for just such an opportunity.

Human Locomotion Theatre in Prague: The Story of Eadweard Muybridge

Jesse Seaver | Posted 04.13.2014 | Travel
Jesse Seaver

If you are a lover of modern dance and multimedia theater you should add this show to your list to try and catch.

Building a New Economy in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 04.12.2014 | World
John Feffer

Especially after the financial crisis in 2008 and the Eurozone crisis of the following year, many people in East-Central Europe are again looking for alternative economic strategies.

Prague Wows With a Cornucopia of Stunning 20th-Century Architecture and Design Gems

Bob Richter | Posted 04.10.2014 | Travel
Bob Richter

It's impossible to nail down my favorite parts of Prague in one post, so I thought I'd focus on my favorite examples of architecture and design in the city: Cubist, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

From Greens to Guns in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 04.05.2014 | World
John Feffer

When Communism collapsed in East-Central Europe, it should have been a golden opportunity for the Greens. Newly enfranchised voters were looking for something new. They were skeptical of old-style parties.

All Politics Is Local -- Also in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 03.25.2014 | World
John Feffer

Petr Bratsky is a firm believer in the importance of the local. He is currently in the Czech Senate, affiliated with the Civic Democratic Party founded by Vaclav Klaus in 1991 on the center right of the political spectrum.

The End of Claustrophobia

John Feffer | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
John Feffer

In the novel The Year of the Frog, the narrator sinks into a funk over the claustrophobia that has closed over his life. It's the 1980s in Czechoslovakia, and Communism stretches as far into the future as the eye can see.

Rethinking Democracy in Europe

John Feffer | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
John Feffer

A generation of East-Central Europeans has grown up without any firsthand experience of Communism. Not surprisingly, this generation looks at their world differently from their parents.

In Search of Elusive Growth: Making the Most of R&D Tax Incentives

OECD | Posted 03.02.2014 | Business
OECD

Finding new sources of growth right now is tough. Innovation -- which fosters competitiveness, productivity, and job creation -- can help but with budgets stretched to the limit how can governments boost innovation in their economies?

Trial Upon Trial

John Feffer | Posted 03.01.2014 | World
John Feffer

Anyone born in Prague later in the 20th century would also understand Kafka and The Trial all too well. Consider, for instance, the Slansky show trial that took place in Prague in 1952.

Slovakia's Pendulum Swing

John Feffer | Posted 02.22.2014 | World
John Feffer

We talked about the role Slovaks played in the Velvet Revolution, the effort to join NATO, and how rock bands can help out at critical moment in a political uprising.

Creating a Parallel Society in the GDR

John Feffer | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
John Feffer

One of the key contributions of the Polish opposition movement was its concept of living "as if." This "as if" approach greatly influenced opposition movements elsewhere in the Soviet bloc. In East Germany, for instance, Gerd Poppe was deeply involved in the transition from the conspiratorial work of the 1970s to the more open organizing of the 1980s.

Expanding the Fourth Estate in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
John Feffer

When Communism collapsed in 1989 in East-Central Europe, many industries collapsed with it. Factories closed, workers were out of jobs, and economies shrank. But one sector of the economy grew: the media.

My Heroes Are Dying!

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The examples and lessons of the heroes that emerged at the end of the last century are more relevant than ever to the real and projected fears, threats, and challenges facing us in this one.

David Cerny: Portrait of an Artist as a Young Provocateur

John Feffer | Posted 02.07.2014 | Arts
John Feffer

One night in the spring of 1991, David Cerny painted the tank pink. "Of course, it was a political statement and at the same time it was an artistic action," Cerny told Radio Praha. "And it was a lot of fun." He told me a different story in an interview in his favorite pub in Prague back in February.