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Connecting the Pack

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"Connecting the Pack" is a podcast from WKNC 88.1 FM HD-1/HD-2 that allows international students to share their unique stories and how they have ended up studying at NC State.
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The private library of the late Czech writer, translator and publisher Josef Škvorecký will soon open to the public in his home town of Náchod in north Bohemia. The town hall acquired the library and other items from Škvorecký’s family in Toronto, where the famous writer settled with his wife after the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.…
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World War II, Cold War borders and more recently Russia’s full invasion of Ukraine – the “Czech hedgehog” has been common to all of them. The anti-tank obstacle made of metal beams is, as the name suggests, a Czech invention and dates back to the 1930s, when it was intended for border protection.
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Playlist T.Markakis - Street Beat (Original Mix) Fouk – Coffee Sculptured Music - Midnight Talk Tony Deledda - Ride the Wave (HUGEhands Remix) David Silver - The World In One Place Most Some - Feel It MacLo - Bring It Back [GLBDOM] Off The Cuff - Shake (Brian Tappert Extended Rework) Mo Cream - Luv for D (Main Vocal) ColorJaxx, Andre Espeut - Sound…
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Czech MPs have approved broader rights for people in same-sex unions. However in a vote on Wednesday they stopped short of approving same-sex marriage or equal rights when it comes to adoption. I discussed the news with Czeslaw Walek, the head of Jsme fér /We Are Fair, a group pushing for marriage equality for many years.…
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In this episode of connecting the pack, I speak to 2 French students who are currently pursuing an exchange year at NC State university. Romane Guibert and Lenah Simon have studied in France together and went on an exchange opportunity to South Africa and then decided to spend their senior year in Raleigh. We discuss some of the experiences they’ve…
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An unusual research study is currently underway at Prague’s FAMU film school, focusing on the effect of sound on video game players. As part of the project, organised together with the Medical Faculty, participants are asked to play a horror video game while their vital functions are monitored. I discussed the project with Tomáš Oramus from the Dep…
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Two comedies written by dissident playwright Pavel Kohout in the 1970s with the intention of being performed in private in peoples’ homes are being revived by the MANA theatre in Prague's Vršovice district – but not on a regular theatre stage. Instead, the plays are being staged in two small spaces that are evocative of the environments where they …
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The Paris summit on Ukraine appears to have kicked into action a Czech plan to purchase badly needed ammunition for Ukraine outside of the EU. After struggling to secure international funding for the project, Prime Minister Petr Fiala announced on Monday that 15 EU member states are now willing to back the purchase.…
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The Paris summit on Ukraine appears to have kicked into action a Czech plan to purchase badly needed ammunition for Ukraine outside of the EU. After struggling to secure international funding for the project, Prime Minister Petr Fiala announced on Monday that 15 EU member states are now willing to back the purchase.…
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Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala is set to host his counterparts Slovakia, Poland and Hungary in Prague on Tuesday. The meeting of the Visegrad Four leaders comes against a backdrop of calls to cancel the summit after Slovakia’s Robert Fico made a speech widely seen as pro-Russian. I discussed the V4 today with Mats Braun, head of the Institute for …
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Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala is set to host his counterparts Slovakia, Poland and Hungary in Prague on Tuesday. The meeting of the Visegrad Four leaders comes against a backdrop of calls to cancel the summit after Slovakia’s Robert Fico made a speech widely seen as pro-Russian. I discussed the V4 today with Mats Braun, head of the Institute for …
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This episode explores the story of Anet Bucilova, a student from the Czech Republic who decided to pursue a 4-year degree in the US. Anet shares with us the story behind her decision to pursue a degree in the US and her story of being a cheerleader. Throughout the episode, we learn more about the education system in the Czech republic, the differen…
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Preparations are in full swing for the annual international book fair and literary festival Book World Prague , which gets underway in May. Organizers have just announced that this year’s edition will honour the centenary of Franz Kafka. Unlike in previous years, the guest of honour won’t be just one country, but German-language literature as a who…
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A sex help line operated by the National Institute of Mental Health, which initially focused on sexual behavior and dysfunctions, has now been upgraded to cover sexual orientation and gender identity. I asked the institute’s Adam Schreier to explain what the National Helpline for Sexual and Gender Health offers and who it is meant to serve.…
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Czechia took in roughly half a million Ukrainians following Russia’s full-scale invasion of their country two years ago. Many of these refugees have been young people, and to find out something about this generation’s lives here – and their outlooks for the future – I invited two 20-year-olds, Mariia Kostenko and Mykola Pashkov, into our studios.…
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