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KrakCast News – Are nurses in Poland underpaid?

The news starts with Poland giving the finger to Brussels, at least for the moment. We then move on to nurses threatening to go on strike, the feria school holiday gets changed, stores are reopening soon (maybe?), bus & tram tickets prices go up (again) and John rants about his hatred of student discounts (again). 

KrakCast Review – Boże Ciało (Corpus Christi)

We're perfectly split in our opinions of the 2019 Polish film "Boże Ciało", with two for and two against. Listen and be the deciding vote about this Oscar-nominated, blue-filtered tale of a fake priest. 

KrakCast Profile – Jan Karski

Netflix recently added an excellent documentary about Polish diplomat Jan Karski. Charged with informing the outside world about what was going on in Poland during WWII, he repeatedly risked his life while personally witnessing one of the darkest chapters of human history. Listen as we discuss the documentary and the incredible story it tells.   

KrakCast News – Krakow gets ready for the European Games (the what?)

After a COVID update and a discussion of a possible vaccine, this week's news turns to the latest lovers' quarrel between Poland and the EU, Independence Day marches, Duda's Trump tweet, the Olympics that no one's heard of come to Krakow and more.  

KrakCast News - Krakow’s restaurants are dying

You'll NEVER guess what we start our show with in this week of lockdowns and red zones and whatever the new term is for global doom. After that it's the end of restaurants, the beginning of food delivery empires, Christmas is canceled and a jewelry heist in Bonarka.

KrakCast Discussion – The abortion protests

Our team goes from zero to 20% female today with a special guest who joins us for a talk about the protests that have taken place across the country over the last two weeks. Listen as we calmly make our points and peacefully disagree. Nah, just kidding. 

KrakCast News – No candles this year

On this week's CovidCast, we start with the closing of cemeteries, ventilator numbers, death stats & other happy news, Duda gets Corona-ed, a different kind of New Year's Eve celebration this year, cereal killers and more. 

KrakCast Weekend – The US Presidential Election

You may have heard about an upcoming election in America, it's kind of a big deal. In this episode, we go off-topic to chat about the showdown that everyone's tired of hearing about and also cannot stop talking about. 

KrakCast News – A ray of hope for Poland’s pitiful potato chip aisle?

After establishing that the time change totally sucks and introducing our special guest, we talk about our new red zone reality, how much longer schools can function, the big court ruling on abortion, Poland's (latest) new political party, returning statues and Dave's temporary joy over an alternative to Poland's three-flavor chip/crisp monopoly. 

KrakCast News – Gym? No, officer, this is a store. And a church.

The news starts with a COVID quarantine for Poland's PM before joining the highway to the red zone (does anyone know that song now?), a WWII bomb goes boom, Poland and Ukraine discuss their gas problems, Allegro goes public, the national political scandal of the week, a gym gets creative in dealing with Corona restrictions, yet another plan to change Plac Nowy and more. 

KrakCast Discussion – The Wielopole Kantor Gang

There's an interesting criminal trial going on in Krakow right now and it's producing information about the local organized crime scene. Listen as we discuss crime in Krakow generally before focusing on the incredible story of a money exchange office in the center of town and its connections to a huge criminal enterprise. 

KrakCast News –Nowa Huta now with no huta

We start with some good sporting news this week, Poland's first Grand Slam tennis champion, before moving on to the bad news, including masks for everyone, the closing of the steelworks in Nowa Huta, more chaos on ul. Dietla and nice trees that have to go before going back to some more good sporting news (for some people). 

KrakCast Discussion – Kraków’s Eternal Mayor, Jacek Majchrowski

In his apparently permanent role as Mayor of our city, Jacek Majchrowski has seen (and earned) a lot. Listen as we list the biographical highlights of Krakow's long-serving boss and try to discover his key to political success and obvious invincibility. Oh, and his multiple sources of questionable income. 

KrakCast News –Statues on bridge to disappear because reasons

The news starts with an expansion of Krakow's airport and LOT's financial problems before moving on to a new reality for Uber, a Corona update, the new Polish cabinet, bridge statues, a reason to celebrate on Dluga street, Unity Centre is done and our first Nazi story in ages. 

KrakCast Interview – Alex Băcica of the Krakow Dragoons FC

This week we have a very special interview with Founder and President of Krakow Dragoons FC, Alex Băcica. Alex joins us in the studio to talk all about the Krakow Sunday League, taking the Dragoons into the professional ranks and all the frustrations and elations of amateur football. Dave also treats Alex to several long history lessons about the Krakow Sunday League, which we are sure he enjoyed thoroughly! Check it out.

KrakCast News – The Dark Knight Returns

It's a slightly truncated news this week, with public transport first up, then local Eurovision winner in mugging shocker followed by Russian's laundering money through Poland. We conclude with a deep dive on this week's massive news that Jaroslaw Kaczynski is considering re-entering the cabinet. Is he trying to keep Ziobro and Morawiecki from killing each other? Is he about to clear house? Does this set up the long awaited Ziobro power play? Listen as we fill the airwaves with theories and mirth.

KrakCast News – The European Games come to Krakow #sowhat

This week we discuss The EuroOlympics or WeenieGames as John calls them, corruption accusations against a former minister, a debate on mask enforcement and last but not least much talk of Putins Pipe. That wasn't last, we talk about other stuff but summaries are tough so just have a listen.

KrakCast Discussion – Who makes Krakow’s best burgers?

From VERY humble origins, the burger scene in Krakow has grown to a point where there's now an upscale burger place on every corner. Ok, not literally but almost. Listen to a brief recent history of how we went from gross to gourmet and see if you agree with our picks for Best Burger in Krakow. 

KrakCast News – Krakow’s new (planned) nightlife spot?

We start with one of our favorite subjects (tram ticket prices) before moving on to criminal balloon investigations, a new casino in town, Dolnych Mylnow's possible replacement in Zablocie, the strange lack of a good train connection to Zakopane, US troops in Poznan and more. 

KrakCast Short History – The Wawel Chakra

Forget about hospitals, doctors and pharmacies—all the healing power you need in Krakow can be found under Wawel Castle, in the form of our very own chakra stone! Or possibly not. Listen as we discuss this little-known source of mystical power that may or may not exist. 

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