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A look into the history, culture, traditions, and people of the Czech Republic from the eyes of two American expats.

Episodes

Introducing Tides of History  

History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme, said Mark Twain. From the fall of the Roman Empire to the rise of the modern world: history ebbs and flows over the centuries, driven by great tides of economic, social, political, religious, and cultural change that shape the world and everyone who lives on it. In this new series from Wondery, PhD historian Patrick Wyman (Fall of Rome) brings the cutting edge of that history to listeners in plain, relatable English. Premieres July 20th.

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Episode #65: The Accidental Hero: Lt. Col. Matt Konop  

It was May 1945 and American forces were freeing the people of western Czechoslovakia from their Nazi overlords. Lieutenant Colonel Matt Konop led several first contact missions into these Czech towns, mainly armed with his knowledge of the Czech language. Just like that, he became a legend. Konop's grandson, Patrick Dewane, has kept the memory of this accidental hero alive with his 90-minute, one-man play. We had a chance to talk with him on the eve of his trip to the Czech Republic for liberation weekend 2017.

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Episode #64: (ČARODEJNICE) The Spring Czech Tradition of Witch Burning  

Every April 30th, Czechs celebrate the coming of Spring by burning a straw witch that symbolizes the hard months of winter. This ancient tradition has roots in many European nations, including Germany, Sweden, and Finland. Grab a beer, a brat to roast, and join us for a night by the bonfire. Čarodejnice is here!

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Episode #63: To Dance the Night Away: Czech Ball Season  

It is not just Vienna who has all the fun during the winter Ball season. Prague and cities all across the Czech Republic hold magnificent Balls in February and March. Tonight we will take you through all the steps of getting ready for the Ball, from dance lessons to proper attire. Lace up those dancing shoes, put on your long white gloves, and get ready to dance the night away.

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Episode #62: 2017 Preview Show  

Join us of a recap of 2016 and preview for what is to come in 2017 on the Bohemican Podcast. Pete and Travis will go over show stats, top 5 shows, and read emails to the program.

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Episode #61: Veselé Vánoce: A Czech Christmas  

It is Christmastime again in the Czech Republic and we will take you on a tour of the Prague Christmas market and offer you a seat at the Christmas Eve dinner table. Join Pete and his children as they wait for the Christmas carp and avoid the golden pig. Tune in and you will see what that means. Veselé Vánoce!!!

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Episode #60: Celebrating Saint Martin's Day  

Tonight we will walk you through the Saint Martin's Day traditions, instruct you on how to cook a traditional roasted goose, and provide you a seat at the table for young wine and a roasted goose celebration in downtown Prague. ​ Get your handcrafted lanterns ready....we explore the celebrations of Saint Martin's Day.

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Episode #59: Anthropoid Movie Review  

The Bohemican Podcast reviews the Sean Ellis film "Anthropoid" after the Prague film premiere on September 28, 2016. We talk of the historical background of the movie and how the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich had an immeasurable effect on the Nazi hierarchy and the Czech lands.

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Episode #58: Our American Trip  

Welcome to a special travel journal of our trip back home to America. On this episode, my kids and I will provide insight to the differences between Czech and American culture and highlight our vacation stops in D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and Michigan. This is our American vacation!

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Episode #57: Czech Food  

An episode way over due. On tonight's Bohemican Podcast, we talk Czech food in many forms and interview Czechs and expats on their favorite dishes. Pull up a chair, grab your favorite pivo, and dig in! Dobro chut

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Episode #56: Tomas Bat’a: The Czech “Henry Ford” of Shoes  

On this episode of the Bohemican Podcast, we explore the life and times of Czech business innovators Tomas and Antonin Bat’a of Zlin, Czechoslovakia. Through two world wars and a communist take over, the Bat’a name survives to this very day. This is more than a story about Czech shoes. It is a story of good business sense, innovation, and perseverance. From the world famous Bat’a price standard to the early use of business air travel, the Bat’a business was second to none in central Europe. Come take a listen to 56 minutes of awesome-ness.

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Episode #55: Czech Cottage Life  

Czech cottage life is a tradition that goes back generations. It is a way to re-connect with nature in winter and summer. ​We will take you on a trip to the rivers and mountains to feel Czech cottage life, first hand.

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Episode #54: "The Exchange" on the Agora Podcast Network  

Fellow Agora Podcaster and friend, Thomas Daly, interviews Pete Collman and Travis Dow on their podcast exploits with the Podcastnik programs produced by this duo. As the host of American Biography, Thomas Daly focuses on the ins and outs of podcasting and the lives of these two podcasters.

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Episode #53: Tuzeks and Czech Life Behind the Iron Curtain  

On this episode of the Bohemican Podcast, we take a trip back in time and revisit life in Czechoslovakia under communist rule. We will be joined by The Eastern Border podcast host, Kristaps Andrejsons as we discuss the black market, joining the party, keeping your head down, and shopping at the local tuzek.

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Bohemican Bedtime Stories 3: Tales from Old Jewish Prague  

In our third special bedtime stories episode, my son Nathanael and I will talk about the history and legends of Old Jewish Prague. From the Jewish protector made of clay, to a water goblin of the Vltava River, Prague's Jewish community has a long and storied past. Join us tonight for a few stories before bedtime.

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Episode #52: Alphonse Mucha's Art Nouveau Phenomenon  

Alphonse Mucha was "the" Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist of his time. He was known best for his distinct style. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards, and designs. His Slav Epic paintings were used as a pan slavic unifying movement and an illustrated history for the Czech and Moravian peoples. The Czechs call him "theirs" and his art is a testament to forward thinking with an historic relevance to the time in which he lived.

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Episode #51: Cyril, Methodius, and Greater Moravia  

The kingdom of Greater Moravia, in what is today the Czech Republic, was a high water mark for self governance of the Czech, Moravian, and Slovak peoples. The leadership of several strong rulers of the day and the influence of two Christian brothers, allowed Greater Moravia to thrive for brief moment in history. Tonight we talk about the influence on religion and language brought by Cyril and Methodius to the Slavic peoples of Central Europe.

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Bohemican Bedtime Stories 2: Prague Castle  

Join us for our second installment of the telling of Czech legends connected to the Prague Castle area. We will discuss the stories of the bells of St. Vitus, the mourning of King Charles IV, and the mystery of Prince Wenceslas' mother, Drahomira.

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Bohemican Bedtime Stories: Charles Bridge  

On our first edition of Bohemican Bedtime Stories we will explore several legends about the Charles Bridge in Prague. One of my favorite times of the day is spending the last few moments of the evening reading to my boy. I will read three well-known stories to my son, Nathanael, as we get ready for bedtime. The Builder of Charles Bridge. The Bridge of Eggs and Cream Cheese. Bruncvik's Sword.

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Czechs in the Great War: The Battle of Dukla 1914-15  

The Austria-Hungarian Empire had their hands full against the Russians in the fall of 1914 outside of Warsaw, Poland. By the winter of 1915, the defense of the Fortress Przemyśl took its toll as harsh winter conditions set in. The embedded Czech soldiers fought off the Russian siege, frostbite, starvation, and disease while deep in the Carpathian Mountains. The Battle of Dukla was the prelude to the utter devastation and horrors that would become common place on World War One battlefronts. Disillusionment of Czech forces under poor Austria-Hungarian leadership would lead to mass desertion and defection to Entente armies.

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