Prague, Czechia

Prague, Czechia

Thursday, 18 July, 2024

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, home of the world’s best beer, stunning architecture, and oh, yeah: ancient secrets.

Initially settled by Slavs, the area now known as the Czech Republic was then made up of two kingdoms: Moravia and Bohemia. By the ninth century, it was part of the Holy Roman Empire. Fast forward a few hundred years, and the region came under the rule of the Habsburgs until that empire fell at the end of WWI.

Between the two world wars, there was a brief, golden era of independence when the Czech identity soared. Truly Czech art, language, music, and writing were all the rage. It was a time of democracy, optimism, and creative output — but then WWII brought the Nazi occupation and, after that, the communist regime until 1989.

What’s bad for everyday life is excellent for storytelling. The tales inspired by Prague include daring rebellion, Slavic folklore, love of democracy, and an affection for a darker, but still humorous, perspective on life.

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In this episode, we talk about why we love our adopted home city. Then we discuss books we love, including two that transported us directly into communist territory during the Cold War, crime stories that explore the shadowy side of Prague, a fresh look at two Czech heroes of WWII, and more. Get ready to be hit in the feelings. We also chat with travel writer Mark Baker who gives us the inside story on the city’s bookshops, spies, and ghosts. (show notes / transcript)

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The Glass Room

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Honest Guide Prague

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The Lost Wife

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Prague: Artěl Style

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Prague Noir

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The Prague Sonata

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Prague Spring

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Rick Steves Prague & The Czech Republic

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The Riddle of Prague

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Secret Prague

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The Woman From Prague

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