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


#74: Destination: Brno
Aug 6 • 11 min
Join Pete and Travis for a road trip to Moravia in the Czech Republic to explore the city of Brno. Take in the museums, castle, fireworks, and battle re-enactments that make Brno so unique. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
#73: Interview with LingoNative App co-creator Andrew Jandacek
Apr 11 • 28 min
Join us for an interview with Andrew Jandacek, the co-developer of the Czech/English mobile app called LingoNative. We will talk about the need for this type of app assistance “on-the-go” as well as his personal story of an American adapting to his…
Pete and Trav’s Podcastnik Year Six!
Mar 3 • 70 min
Pete and Travis have been podcasting for 6 years! With new shows like Past Access and Podcastnik and tons of guests and collaborations in the past year. We give a behind-the-scenes on what we’ve been working on and an overall State of the Podcast. Here’s…
#71: Baseball in Czechia
Jan 22 • 5 min
Baseball in the Czech Republic from little league to semi-pro. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Flight Over Bohemia
Dec 5, 2018 • 6 min
As seen on our Bohemican YouTube channel, come along with me and my son as we see the Bohemian landscape and castles from a different perspective. It is Autumn Beroun, Czech Republic. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
A Tour of Christmas in Prague
Dec 4, 2018 • 7 min
Noted as one of the best Christmastime destinations for tourists worldwide, Prague has a magic unique to herself. Join me on a tour through the Czech capital of a Hundred Spires this holiday season.. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The Battle of Austerlitz
Dec 4, 2018 • 25 min
The Battle of Austerlitz, also known at the Battle of the Three Emperor, was a huge victory for Napoleon and the Grand Army of France. The Russians and Austrians square off against Napoleon in lower Moravia in what today is the Czech Republic. We take you…
#67: Our 5 Year Anniversary Show
Mar 22, 2018 • 62 min
Join Pete and Travis in celebrating our 5 year anniversary for the Bohemican Podcast and the History of Alchemy Podcast. Tune-in for our take on the past few years, our thanks to our listeners, and our plans for the Podcastnik Network. ​Thank you all for…
#66: An Interview with Sam Beckwith of PraguePig.com
Sep 17, 2017 • 25 min
Join us for some tea and conversation with writer and satirist Sam Beckwith, the creator of PraguePig.com. His expat viewpoint provides a perfect mirror to all the Czech stories not reported in the mainstream media. Celebrities, traditions, and the…
#65: The Accidental Hero: Lt. Col. Matt Konop
May 6, 2017 • 17 min
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…
#64: (ČARODEJNICE) The Spring Czech Tradition of Witch Burning
May 1, 2017 • 10 min
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,…
#63: To Dance the Night Away: Czech Ball Season
Feb 18, 2017 • 14 min
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…
#62: 2017 Preview Show
Jan 15, 2017 • 21 min
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
#61: Veselé Vánoce: A Czech Christmas
Jan 4, 2017 • 13 min
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.…
#60: Celebrating Saint Martin’s Day
Nov 18, 2016 • 30 min
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…
#59: Anthropoid Movie Review
Oct 8, 2016 • 40 min
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…
#58: Our American Trip
Aug 13, 2016 • 13 min
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.…
#57: Czech Food
Jun 30, 2016 • 14 min
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 For information regarding your data…
#56: Tomas Bat’a: The Czech “Henry Ford” of Shoes
Jun 7, 2016 • 56 min
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…
#55: Czech Cottage Life
May 21, 2016 • 9 min
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. For information regarding your data…
#54: “The Exchange” on the Agora Podcast Network
May 8, 2016 • 61 min
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…
#53: Tuzeks and Czech Life Behind the Iron Curtain
Apr 3, 2016 • 64 min
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,…
Bohemican Bedtime Stories 3: Tales from Old Jewish Prague
Mar 26, 2016 • 18 min
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…
#52: Alphonse Mucha’s Art Nouveau Phenomenon
Mar 25, 2016 • 40 min
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…
#51: Cyril, Methodius, and Greater Moravia
Mar 3, 2016 • 70 min
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,…
Bohemican Bedtime Stories 2: Prague Castle
Feb 6, 2016 • 16 min
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. For…
Bohemican Bedtime Stories: Charles Bridge
Jan 17, 2016 • 17 min
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…
Czechs in the Great War: The Battle of Dukla 1914-15
Jan 16, 2016 • 38 min
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…
#50: An End of an Era: Czech First Republic and the Munich Agreement
Jan 9, 2016 • 28 min
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…
#49: Our 2016 Preview Show
Jan 7, 2016 • 29 min
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…
#48: Texas Czechs: Come and Take It
Dec 11, 2015 • 81 min
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
#47: Faust and the Devil
Sep 28, 2015 • 23 min
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…
#46: Jan Mydlar: Prague’s Executioner
Sep 27, 2015 • 30 min
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…
#45: The Prague Pub Crawl
Sep 15, 2015 • 26 min
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…
#44: Behind the Curtain of Podcasting
Aug 5, 2015 • 42 min
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. For information…
Destination: Stara Boleslav
Aug 4, 2015 • 12 min
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,…
43: Podcasting with China History Host Laszlo Montgomery
Jun 15, 2015 • 20 min
Travis Dow had a chance to meet up with Laszlo from the China History Podcast who was temporarily in the Bay Area and swung by for tea. On this evening’s Bohemican Podcast we listen in to a chat about history, podcasting, and listener questions for Travis…
#42: The Swedes Are Coming!!!
May 31, 2015 • 24 min
The Thirty Years War was a brutal and bloody conflict in Europe. Many say the war started in Prague with the defenestrations, yet now the battle has come to the doorstep of Bohemia. The Swedish army, also comprised of ruthless mercenaries, launched an…
Bohemican Youtube Channel: Alchemy (Show One & Two)
May 13, 2015 • 15 min
Our first simucast of the Bohemican Audio Podcast and our new Youtube Channel. We take you to a real Golden Age Alchemy lab deep under Old Town Prague. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
#40: Casanova’s Final Years in Bohemia
Feb 16, 2015 • 18 min
Giacomo Casanova was an 18th century Italian playboy and favorite among the who’s who of European social circles. This adventurer and author had many exploits that were written in his autobiography, Histoire de ma vie, towards the twilight of his days.…
#39: Ugly Wednesday: U.S. Bombing of Prague
Feb 3, 2015 • 28 min
February 14, 1945 - The closing months of fighting in Europe during World War Two proved to be very deadly as the Allies marched towards Berlin. The mid-February 1945 mission to destroy Dresden, Germany is still a point of historical contention to this…
#38: Great Women in Czech History
Jan 15, 2015 • 23 min
The Bohemican Podcast examines the lives of three powerful woman in Czech history. From the mists of myth and legend to the humbleness of serving the poor and destitute, these women of Bohemia were determined and dedicated to their respective causes. The…
#37: Czech Christmas Eve Celebration
Dec 25, 2014 • 30 min
VESELE VANOCE to our Bohemican podcast listeners this holiday season. Tonight we invite you to join us for a Czech Christmas Eve celebration full of singing, fairy tales, and preparation for a special dinner. We will provide a tour across the Republic to…
#36: Listener Mail
Dec 6, 2014 • 42 min
As the Bohemican podcast nears our two year anniversary, we thought it best to dedicate an episode to responding to listener mail from around the world. We are very fortunate to have a loyal and vocal audience that spands over 15 nations worldwide.…
#35: Sir Nicholas Winton and the Kindertransport to Freedom
Nov 10, 2014 • 21 min
The Czech Republic honored Sir Nicholas Winton with the Order of the White Lion in October of 2014. This 105-year-old U.K. citizen received this award for his work to rescue 669 Czech children from the growing dangers of Nazi Germany in 1938 and ‘39.…
#34: The Battle of White Mountain (Bila Hora)
Oct 15, 2014 • 28 min
The Thirty Years’ War ravaged Europe through the mid-17th century. The seeds that were laid with the defenestration of Prague and the subsequent near-by battle of Bila Hora, or White Mountain, created a religious and political firestorm. The Bohemican…
#33: Enemies of the State: The Vojna Prison & Labor Camp
Sep 26, 2014 • 17 min
The Vojna Prison was one of the largest forced labor camps in 1950’s Czechoslovakia. The newly entrenched communist government began the work of imprisoning thousands of Czech citizens on the grounds of treason against the state. Anyone deemed a threat to…
#32: A Tour of Prague Zoo
Sep 17, 2014 • 29 min
Lions, tigers, and Medveds! Yep, in this episode the Bohemican Podcast takes you on a tour of the Prague Zoo. Not only will we show you the animals, but we will glance over the history of the park. The Prague Zoo was a sanctuary for at risk animals during…
Destination: City of Strakonice: Bagpipes, Beer, and Fez Hats
Aug 31, 2014 • 22 min
Every two years, the city Strakonice plays host to the International Bagpipe Festival and the Bohemican Podcast gives you a front seat. We will also look into the other aspects of Strakonice that make this town unique. Grab a Dudak pivo, put on your fez…
Destination: Tolstejn Castle and the Robber Knights
Aug 17, 2014 • 14 min
Located in the Liberec Region, Tolstejn Castle is a “living” 15th century ruin. It is recognized as one of the more popular tourist destinations for castle enthusiasts. Hike, bike, or drive to this northern Czech Republic ruin and you will be rewarded…
#31: Battle of Chlum 1866: The Killing Fields of Koniggratz
Jul 21, 2014 • 25 min
The Bohemican Podcast takes to the field of battle for a 2014 re-enactment of the Battle of Chlum. This decisive battle of the Austro-Prussian War took place on July 3, 1866 in the Bohemian fields near Hradec Kralove (Koniggratz). This 19th century…
#30: The Masin Brothers: Freedom Fighters or Terrorists
Jul 2, 2014 • 23 min
Some Czechs called them stone cold murders while others named them heroes of the oppressed. The Masin brother’s left a divided legacy among the Czech people during their escape from communist controlled Czechoslovakia in the early 1950s. The two brothers,…
#29: Czech Legends and Fairy Tales
Jun 10, 2014 • 27 min
The Bohemican Podcast explores the telling of ancient legends and fairy tales connected to the Czech people. The cultural and historical significance to the oral and written traditions are presented in this edition with the re-telling of several Czech…
#28: Klement Gottwald: Stalin’s Protege in Power
May 18, 2014 • 12 min
We examine Czechoslovakia’s first Communist President and consistently voted “Worst Czech Leader”, Klement Gottwald. What many would call a “true believer” in the socialist construct, Gottwald helped the communist party gain a foot-hold in Czechoslovak…
#27: Pilsen’s “Thank You America” Liberation Festival
May 3, 2014 • 20 min
It is 1945…again. At least it is in the Czech city of Pilsen every May 8th. The Bohemican podcast will take you back to the last few weeks of World War Two when the American infantry liberated western Czechoslovakia. We will also provide information on…
#26: The Czech Spring Rite of Witch Burning
Apr 22, 2014 • 19 min
The Czechs and Moravians usher in the Spring on the last night of April by burning a “straw witch” at a celebration known as Carodejnice. Celebrated throughout many nations in Europe, the burning of the witches is a time to eat, drink, and be…
#25: Czech Easter, Passover, and Ancient Traditions
Apr 3, 2014 • 29 min
Springtime has come to the Czech Republic. It is a time of religious observance and ancient Czech traditions. It is not uncommon to see bands of young men stumbling through the town with homemade whips in their hands looking for a young lady to swack. It…
#24: Lafayette’s Escape from Olomouc Prison
Mar 15, 2014 • 20 min
The American War for Independence was over and the French Revolution Reign of Terror was in full bloom. A hero of both nations was under lock and key in the prison fortress of Olomouc in Northern Moravia (today’s Eastern part of the Czech Republic). The…
Destination: Karlstein Castle and Region
Mar 12, 2014 • 22 min
The Bohemican Podcast makes a side trip to one of the more recognized castles in Central Europe: Karlstein Castle. We will walk through the gothic gates of this 14th century stronghold and repository for some of the most important relics in all of…
#23: Podcast Year in Review
Mar 2, 2014 • 40 min
The Bohemican Podcast and the History of Alchemy Podcast reached a milestone of one full year completed. Travis Dow and I want to thank our listeners and fellow podcasters for their feedback to our respective programs. On this edition of the Bohemican…
Czechs and the Great War: Death From Above
Feb 11, 2014 • 23 min
On Part Three of the Czechs in the Great War, we will present the top World War One flying aces that claimed Czech roots flying for the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Our spotlight shines upon several amazing Czechs that revolutionized flight tactics and…
Destination: Houska Castle and the Pit to Hell
Jan 29, 2014 • 25 min
Houska Castle is generally known as the most haunted castle in all of Bohemia. A large gash in the limestone rock opened up a “bottomless pit” sometime in the 12th century. A holy chapel was built on the site to cover this “Pit to Hell” and later a castle…
Destination: Konopiste Castle
Jan 12, 2014 • 12 min
Konopiste Castle has roots that date back to the late 13th century. The castle began as a French Gothic style before is current appearance that took shape in the early twentieth century. Purchased in 1887 by Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand, Konopiste Castle…
Czechs and The Great War: FlashPoint
Jan 6, 2014 • 22 min
The year was 1914 and Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were attending meetings in Sarajevo to bring forth Serb and Slavic unification in the Austrian-Hungarian Empire when Serb separatists gunned down the couple. This “flashpoint” sparked a…
#22: Czech Christmas Traditions
Dec 17, 2013 • 32 min
Czechs celebrate their Christmas time traditions with a passion. From St. Nicholas Day through Christmas Eve, Czechs practice age old activities such as waiting for Baby Jesus to deliver the Christmas tree and presents to the unique Christmas dinner of…
#21: Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV of Bohemia
Dec 9, 2013 • 23 min
Charles IV ushered in the golden age of Bohemia and left his mark on medieval Europe. He was named Holy Roman Emperor in April of 1355 and he dedicated his life to reform the city of Prague into a shining jewel of Central Europa. Charles IV gave the…
#19: The Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich and the Aftermath
Nov 30, 2013 • 48 min
Operation Anthropoid was organized to rid the Czech people of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, Reinhard Heydrich in May of 1942. The assassination attempt was successful but proved costly. Hitler’s retribution was swift and complete as his forces…
#20: The National Passion of Czech Hockey
Nov 30, 2013 • 23 min
The Czechs have a love affair with the sport of hockey that rivals the game’s super powers of Canada and Sweden. From the the success in the Winter Olympic games to the local rinks of the Extra Liga, the Czechs know hockey and respect the game. Tonight we…
Czechs and The Great War: Winds of War
Nov 26, 2013 • 28 min
On the first episode of our special Bohemican Podcast series called Czechs in the Great War, we will set the table with the numerous events and conditions that led to the outbreak of World War One. The Czech people are caught in the middle of the conflict…
#18: The Velvet Revolution
Nov 17, 2013 • 25 min
November 17, 1989 marks an important benchmark in Czech history. On this day a peaceful student protest in Prague ended in riot police suppression. By week’s end some 500,000 people filled the streets to oppose the Communist status quo. The Velvet…
#17: Jara Chimrman: The man, the myth, the legend
Nov 13, 2013 • 8 min
This is the original “International Man of Mystery”. He is the most famous Czech in history for accomplishments ranging from discovering the North Pole to inventing the telephone. Many believe this famous man of the late 19th century helped shape the 20th…
#16: Czech Witches, Dungeons, Vampires, and the Occult
Oct 20, 2013 • 40 min
The Czech Republic is a land full of legend and lore. As the days grow short this Fall and the nights last longer, dark stories of witches and vampires seem to creep up among visitors and expats. Halloween is upon us here in Prague and we will examine…
Destination: Kutna Hora
Sep 1, 2013 • 17 min
This destination episode takes us to the Medieval silver mining boom town of Kutna Hora just east of Prague. We will lead you through the streets of this amazing town and introduce you to St. Barbara Church, the silver depository of the Italian Court, and…
#15: The Vampire Graveyard of Celakovice
Aug 19, 2013 • 19 min
In a small Czech town called Celakovice there remains a lingering tale of the un-dead. Archaeologists have discovered a vampire graveyard that contains 14 medieval human remains, buried with anti-vampire techniques that date back to the early 11th…
Destination: Krivoklat Castle
Aug 14, 2013 • 15 min
This 13th century hunting castle, served as a Bohemian statement of strength, a residence of the future Holy Roman Emperor, and a prison during the 16th century. Our destination episode takes us on a 30 minute drive west of Prague to see one of the oldest…
#14: Prague Spring and Jan Palach
Aug 4, 2013 • 33 min
The late 1960’s were a time of social and political upheaval around the world and Prague was no exception. In 1968, the Czechoslovakian people were pushing for more openness with the West and the concept of “Socialism with a face” was in vogue. With the…
#13: The Life and Death of Jan Hus
Jul 15, 2013 • 44 min
Jan Hus was a Czech priest and philosopher and was known to be the first church reformer of the early 15th century. His viewpoint on the Catholic Church and her priests sparked a backlash that led to his excommunication and later execution in 1419. The…
#12: Sokol: A Movement That Defined a Nation
Jun 27, 2013 • 19 min
Sokol (Falcon in English) is a people’s movement that began in the 19th century in the Czech lands. With it’s athletic foundation centered around gymnastics, Sokol’s patriotic ideals helped to establish a revival of the “Czech Identity”. Membership soared…
Destination: Cesky Krumlov
Jun 20, 2013 • 22 min
In our first “Destination Special Edition” episode, we will take a tour of beautiful Cesky Krumlov in Southern Bohemia. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a favorite destination for foreign travelers and we will bring you first hand insight to the top…
#11: The Martyrdom of John of Nepomuk
May 31, 2013 • 24 min
His historical name was Jan Velflan from Pomuku. Most know him as Saint Jan of Nepomuk, the martyred archbishop that was thrown to his death over Prague’s Charles Bridge in 1393. We will examine this 14th century Czech martyr and the various legends…
#10: The Life of St. Wenceslaus, Duke of Bohemia
May 22, 2013 • 38 min
This Bohemian Prince was murdered before taking the throne yet his dedication to his faith and to his people solidified his place atop all Czech historical figures. On this episode of the Bohemican Podcast, we will examine his short life, conversion to…
#9: The Knights Templar in Prague
May 5, 2013 • 31 min
The Knights Templar have roots across Europe and here in Bohemia. Before their disbanding and punishment inflicted by the Holy Church, the Knights Templar had a foothold in Prague. On this episode, we will walk through Prague and point out what remains of…
#8: The Czech Viewpoint of Foreigners
Apr 14, 2013 • 56 min
The Czech people have been greatly influenced by their European neighbors through the centuries. Many speculate that these influences have colored and shaped their viewpoint on the world around them. Foreign political pressures have, at times, isolated…
#7: Jewish Prague
Mar 21, 2013 • 40 min
The history of the Jewish people in Prague is one of triumph and heartbreak, setbacks and survival. Long an integral part of the citizenry of Prague, the Jewish community adapted to various regal mandates and survived horrible medieval pogroms. Rabbi…
#6: A Backpacker’s Guide to Eastern Europe
Mar 1, 2013 • 53 min
My co-host, Travis Dow, from the History of Alchemy Podcasts, details his adventure speaking Yiddish in the Ukraine and ignorantly overcoming Transnistrian separatists in Moldova. This interview will highlight some of the differences between Central and…
#5: The Life of St. Adalbert of Prague
Feb 20, 2013 • 33 min
St. Adalbert of Prague was a 10th century Benedictine monk, Bishop, and martyr. His influence on converting the Central European people to Christianity made him a true missionary of the Word. We will follow this Patron Saint of Poland and Hungary along…
#4: Na zdravi: Beer in Bohemia
Feb 17, 2013 • 39 min
Na Zdravi­!!! Beer production in Bohemia has a long tradition and several large contributions to the beer drinking world. We will explain the history of Pislner Pivo, talk of the process, and take a “field trip” to a local Prague pub for a first hand…
#3: Rudolph II (Part Two)
Feb 14, 2013 • 31 min
In part two of a two-part program, we focus upon Rudolph II’s manic interest in alchemy and the occult. His tolerance of religious practices allowed for an “open door policy” to scientific and artistic outcasts throughout Europa. His interactions and…
#1: The Dark History of Underground Prague
Feb 12, 2013 • 48 min
Prague has a well-documented history spanning hundreds of years. Sometimes this history is dark and foreboding. This is especially true of Prague’s underground. Beneath the city streets of today, a forgotten part of Prague still lingers. Our first show…
#2: Rudolph II, (Part One)
Feb 9, 2013 • 45 min
Emperor Rudolph II, of the Hapsburg Dynasty, ruled his empire from Prague in the 16th Century. His reign ushered in an era of scientific discovery and artistic freedom. Episode #2 of this two part program focuses on Rudolph II’s youth and rise to power,…