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Czech Folk-Rock: Catching Up With Čechomor

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 07.18.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Čechomor marked their 25th year as a band in 2013, and they celebrated with another live concert and recording project, their most ambitious in a career of ambitious projects: a massive outdoor concert in the stunning medieval town of Český Krumlov.

Gothic, Baroque and Mostly Folk: Music from Central Europe

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 07.11.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

I spent two weeks in June wandering around Prague and Budapest, seeing the sights and looking for folk and folk-inspired music. I came back with a satchel of CDs, some of which I'll share here in a series of posts.

50 Cities You Should See In Your Lifetime

minube | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel
minube

With our ever-expanding bucket lists, it's sometimes easy to lose sight of the essentials. Well, we've gone to the community of travelers at minube.ne...

The Unbearable Lightness of Prague

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.20.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

If Prague were a planet, circling and spinning past the sun, it would be one that sends back light to those who take the time to look. A Mercury or Mars, let's say. Rich and purple and alert for steps upon its soil.

Just In Case It Matters: Agnieszka Holland Ignites Burning Bush

Dan Lybarger | Posted 06.13.2014 | Arts
Dan Lybarger

Sometimes a revolution can be started by a seemingly futile act. That's the premise behind the Czech miniseries Burning Bush, which made its American debut this week. It's playing theatrically in New York and can also be viewed on Fandor.com. Kino Lorber will be distributing the DVD release.

The Czech Republic and the EU: Democracy Without Democrats

Jiri Pehe | Posted 06.10.2014 | World
Jiri Pehe

When, in 2003, some 78 percent of Czechs voted in in favor of joining the European Union, the mood in the country was optimistic. The country's economy had shown impressive growth rates; foreign investment had been booming. Joining the EU on May 1, 2004, was seen as a symbolic step underlining successful reforms that had been adopted during the process of accession. On the 10th anniversary of accession, the mood is far less optimistic. According to the latest surveys, about two-thirds of Czechs do not trust the EU, citing too much bureaucracy and overregulation as the main problems of the EU.

BB and Me: Bel Ami Boys

Matthew Terrell | Posted 06.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

I lived in Prague for a year of graduate school in 2008 and 2009, and I marveled at the tantalizing gay boys I found in the city. After years of watching Bel Ami porn, I expected wild Slavic demigods, but I found the local gay community to be more reserved than their international reputation would suggest.

Lost and Found in Translation

Marjorie Freimuth | Posted 07.30.2014 | Travel
Marjorie Freimuth

From my adult students, I hear hectic work stories and anecdotes about their spouses and children, and I've congratulated them on birthdays and babies. And yet, all of this takes place in my linguistic comfort zone, not theirs.

The 19 Most Stunning Sacred Places Around the World

minube | Posted 07.20.2014 | Travel
minube

From mountaintop monasteries to super-modern temples, these amazing places will make you believe.

U.S.A., Russia and the Missile Shield

Aurelia Condrat | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Aurelia Condrat

On February 4, 2010, the Supreme Council of National Defense of Romania approved the installation of the missile shield at Deveselu, in Olt County. This shield is meant to defend all states that benefit from it and protect them against possible missile attacks.

You Won't Believe How Close This Man Came To Being Killed By A Train

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Weird News

It simply does not get any closer than this! A 77-year-old man in the Czech Republic town of Rájec-Jestřebí was captured on CCTV having a train ...

The Sound of Music in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
John Feffer

The break-up of Czechoslovakia was generally amicable. Two-third of everything went to the Czech Republic and one-third to Slovakia, the formula based on the relative populations.

Putin Is Right: Democracy Is a Threat

Ben Barber | Posted 06.21.2014 | World
Ben Barber

But it took years for Russians to develop their sixth senses about being propagandized. Perhaps they are backing Putin in the polls because they are out of practice after 20 years of relative freedom?

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

David Briggs | Posted 06.14.2014 | 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 06.08.2014 | 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 05.28.2014 | 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 05.10.2014 | 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 05.08.2014 | 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 05.04.2014 | 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 05.03.2014 | 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 04.26.2014 | 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 04.23.2014 | 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 04.19.2014 | 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.