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Commentary, opinions, allegations, conspiracy theories, complaints, observations and a few accurate statements about life in Krakow from three guys who mostly know what they're talking about

Episodes

3 days ago

It's like Italian with a slightly harder edge and a dash of Portuguese. Or something. Romanian is a romance language but far removed geographically from its language cousins. Join us for a conversation about how that happened along with some crucial information about your mother's onion. 

5 days ago

After a discussion of Uber prices, we get Gabi's take on the abortion debate in Poland, Donald Tusk's need for speed, a proposal to enable employers to check your COVID status and Poles are spending big money on nice cars (and parking spaces). 

Friday Nov 19, 2021

Why do so many U.S. tv & film productions have a Polish maid? Why are Polish characters always working class and never some rich aristocrat? Join us for a discussion about how it often seems that "Poland" is an easy shortcut for "the part of Europe that isn't rich and cool" for casting directors in Hollyweird and how Poland is viewed as a national "brand". 

Tuesday Nov 16, 2021

The abortion debate is back in the headlines because of a tragic death, the Czechs are mad at a Polish coal mine, thanks to the EU for higher earnings, 20zl becomes 100zl, McDonald's tries to be cool and more McD's talk. 

Friday Nov 12, 2021

Yes, we know Halloween was two weeks ago but what we saw confirms what we've suspected for years — Halloween has become a thing in Poland. From parties for adults to trick-or-treating for kids, listen as we discuss how it grows every year and will continue to do so. 

Tuesday Nov 09, 2021

The news this week starts with time off work for half the population, the situation on the Belarussian border gets even worse, the Independence Day march in Warsaw, the broken stairs behind the bus station, 60,000 new cars on the streets of Krakow and the Polish national football welcomes...Matty Cash?

Saturday Oct 30, 2021

If you're worried that you won't know how to introduce yourself at a party if you find yourself in Iran, you're in luck! Our friend Daniel from Tehran joined us to tell us all about Farsi, also known as Persian, and the many ways it's both similar to and very different from more familiar European languages. Join us for a chat about this fascinating language and learn the best way to REALLY offend someone on your next trip to Iran. 

Tuesday Oct 26, 2021

After a discussion of upcoming holidays and the time change this weekend, we finally get into the news, including the throwdown in Brussels, Krakow's metro system idea is not quite dead yet, everything is more expensive, the cost of Christmas decorations, Zabka delivery and Dr. Mike is a terrible tipper. 

Tuesday Oct 19, 2021

Sometimes Hollywood movie titles aren't translated at all, sometimes they're literally translated and sometimes they get completely new (and bizarre) titles that make you wonder what the hell they were thinking. "Szklana pułapka"? "Elektroniczny morderca"? Listen as we discuss where they get these titles from and how much alcohol was involved. 

Wednesday Oct 13, 2021

Zbigniew Pietrzykowski was an extremely accomplished boxer long before he stepped in the ring with the man who would become arguably the greatest sporting icon of all time. Professor Patrick Vaughan from UJ joins us to discuss a film project that documents the life and career of this fascinating but overlooked part of Polish sporting history. 

Thursday Oct 07, 2021

When you think about places with a large ethnic Polish population, Brazil probably doesn't come to mind. In fact, a city called Curitiba in the far south of that nation is home to one of the largest Polish communities in the world. Listen as we speak to someone from Curitiba and learn about its Polish past and present. 

Monday Oct 04, 2021

Strange news items to talk about this week, including the return of students to Krakow and their optimistic job expectations, the on-again, off-again histories of bike lanes and bridges, a VERY strange press conference in Warsaw, Biedronka's 15-minute promise, more people hate the Sunday shopping ban, the police pretend to be ill and someone in Nowa Huta was collecting bombs.  

Tuesday Sep 28, 2021

In the first part of a new series, we welcome a native speaker of Brazilian Portuguese to talk about the differences with Portuguese-Portuguese, what a Brazilian dog says, the REALLY bad word that makes everything in life better and much more. Thanks for joining us, Pedro! Ouça e aprenda!

Wednesday Sep 22, 2021

This week we talk about new crime stats for Krakow, an e-scooter collides with a tram, too many cars in Krakow, bar & restaurant owners suing the government, COVID shots in schools and NAKED GUY VS. TRAM!

Monday Sep 20, 2021

Netflix is increasing prices on the Polish market (again). We started using it because it was a cheap, legal alternative to *cough* "sharing" *cough* but how long before it becomes too expensive and we go back to *cough* "sharing" again? Listen as we discuss where many people in Poland satisfy their need to binge watch and how things have changed (and might change again). 

Friday Sep 17, 2021

President Duda is considering creating yet another public holiday - December 27th - to commemorate one of Poland's many uprisings. Poland already has 2,785 public holidays (ok, 13, but it feels like a lot more) so do we really need another one? Listen as we go through the existing holidays and compare Poland's days off to what other countries have. 

Tuesday Sep 14, 2021

After too much talk about when people listen to the KrakCast (rarely), we get into medical care from Zabka, PO is still LOL, Krakow isn't so "green" after all, RIP Krakow Plaza (finally), new train stops at Hala Targowa and racing on the autostrada. 

Tuesday Sep 07, 2021

We start with bad and even tragic news this week, with the deteriorating situation on the border with Belarus and the deaths of two young Afghan refugees as a result of eating the wrong mushrooms in a Polish forest. After that, it's Polish support for Moldova in the EU, Donald Tusk says he's for same-sex unions, horrible mineral water now available in Krakow, the census deadline approaches and GIANT CANNIBAL ALIEN SLUGS INVADE POLAND!

Friday Sep 03, 2021

The ruling Law & Justice party would NEVER use government force to silence criticism from independent media, would it? That's the semi-rhetorical question we answer while discussing last month's proposal to ban foreign ownership of media in Poland. 

Tuesday Aug 31, 2021

The news is back with stories about refugees, (ex?) bike lanes, even more concrete in Krakow, back-to-school time, a COVID update, the Rolling Stones and PLEASE BRING FRITOS TO POLAND!!!

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