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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

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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Episode #50: An End of an Era: Czech First Republic and the Munich Agreement  

The end of World War One saw the creation of Czechoslovakia and the first republic. The Czechs were finding their collective identity and global footing when the Third Reich appeared on the scene. The Czechs and Slovaks were bartered away for the hope of "peace in our time" to appease Hitler. What would follow would lead Czechoslovakia back to protectorate status under Nazi Germany and later, the Soviet Union. It was the end of the first republic and an end of an era.

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Episode #49: Our 2016 Preview Show  

This 30 minute review of 2015 and preview of 2016 covers all of our podcast programs from the Bohemican Podcast to the History of Alchemy, History of Germany, and multiple collaborative projects with other great shows. Pete and Travis highlight the new topics to explore in 2016 as well as the exciting "side-projects" available for our listeners and viewers on the Bohemican YouTube Channel.

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Episode #48: Texas Czechs: Come and Take It  

The guys from the "Come and Take It" podcast interview Travis and I about living in the Czech Republic and the contributions that Czech immigrants made to American culture in the great state of Texas.

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Episode #47: Faust and the Devil  

On a special episode of the Bohemican podcast, we welcome the History of Alchemy podcast listeners with a topic focused on alchemy, a deal with the devil, and alchemical legend spanning nearly 600 years. Johannes Faust was more a myth than a man but his legend helped to inspire alchemical discoveries and create unforgettable ghost stories here in Prague well after his supposed death. A modern day archaeological find in Germany may give proof that this man really did exist. Tonight we present the legend of Faust and the Devil.

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Episode #46: Jan Mydlar: Prague's Executioner  

Jan Mydlar led an eventful life in the 17th century. He was well respected at his gruesome occupation as Prague's Old Town executioner. His story is of lost love, a cruel twist of fate, and being a harbinger of the subjugation of the Czech people. Join us as we introduce you to this 17th century man behind the cowl of death, Jan Mydlar.

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Episode #45: The Prague Pub Crawl  

Join us for a tour of some of Prague's more unique pubs. We will take a variety of dives and celebrated watering holes throughout the city. We will recount the now defunct party tram, discuss the best Czech pub food, and introduce you to some Czech pub etiquette. Pull up a seat and order some Olomouc cheese and a cold pivo... the pub crawl starts now!

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Episode #44: Behind the Curtain of Podcasting  

Join us tonight as Travis Dow interviews Der Buddler of the Secret Cabinet Podcast to talk shop on all things behind the mic. We will discuss the research, setup, cost, and know how on how to start up a podcast within the genre of history.

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Destination: Stara Boleslav  

Stara Boleslav was the site of the murder of Saint Vaclav, or Wenceslas, some 1000 years ago. The patron Saint of the Czech People met his untimely death at the hands of his brother on the steps of the Chapel that carries his name today. This small town, located just east of Prague, is also a pilgrimage site for thousands.

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