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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

KrakCast Discussion – Does Poland need another public holiday?

2 days ago

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. 

KrakCast News – Will you get medical care from Zabka?

4 days ago

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. 

KrakCast News – Same-sex unions soon in Poland?

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!

KrakCast Discussion – Is the government trying make TVN shut up?

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. 

KrakCast News – Poland‘s border with Belarus is suddenly...different

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!!!

KrakCast Interview — An old-school paper map of Krakow impresses in the digital age

Monday Aug 23, 2021

Tom Bonneau from tourism startup Goodtime Monty visited us to talk about how his new map for visitors to Krakow combines the best of old and new. How is a nice folded map better than burying your face in a phone all day when you're looking around a new city? Listen and find out — and pick one up for yourself soon!

KrakCast Discussion – Remember Nasza Klasa?

Tuesday Aug 17, 2021

One of the iconic names of the early days of internet culture in Poland was quietly turned off for good recently. If you don't know about Nasza Klasa or how big it was before it got killed by Facebook, listen and travel back in time to the ancient, prehistoric days of about 15 years ago. 

KrakCast Interview – Great wines from Poland? Yes, and just a day trip from Krakow.

Wednesday Aug 11, 2021

Winemaker Marcin Miszczak is the owner, manager and everything guy at Winnica Jura, a vineyard just outside of Krakow. He joined us to talk about what it takes to start making wines here and the Polish wine industry generally. Grab a glass and listen as Marcin explains the ins and outs of whites and reds and more!

KrakCast Short Histories – The Warsaw Uprising

Thursday Aug 05, 2021

August 1st was the 77th anniversary of one of the most important events of World War II. Listen as we discuss what happened and why it plays such a huge part in the way Poland sees itself and its own history. 

KrakCast Discussion – Poland's system for entering High Schools

Friday Jul 30, 2021

About 350,000 Polish students recently took an exam that determines where they go to High School after finishing the 8th grade. Should 15-year-olds be faced with such pressure? Did you know what you wanted to do with your life when you were that age? Listen as we discuss the pros and cons of this aspect of the Polish education system. 

KrakCast News – Jumping On Cop Car Guy - hero or idiot?

Tuesday Jul 27, 2021

Obviously, we have to start with Jumping On Cop Car Guy before we get to other news, including too many Polish Olympic swimmers, drowning season in Poland, teenagers love TVP, Polish universities for Polish students, fake cocaine in the Rynek, banning fireworks and when trams & buses collide. 

KrakCast Discussion – Doing something about Poland's horrible road safety record

Friday Jul 23, 2021

Several particularly horrific recent car accidents have led the government to propose new penalties for drunk and dangerous driving. Will this do anything to change Poland's notoriously poor road safety conditions? Listen and learn just how the government plans to punish the people who make driving here such a risk. 

KrakCast News – Do some people just look "Polish"?

Tuesday Jul 20, 2021

After spending way too much talking about the weather, we finally get around to what students study at Polish universities, births are down during COVID, Wolt (not to be confused with Bolt) will bring everything to your door in 15 min, the genetic map of Poles and more. 

KrakCast Discussion – Donald Tusk Part 2 - The Revenge, The Two Towers, Reactivated, 2 Fast 2 Furious

Saturday Jul 17, 2021

One of the biggest figures of the last twenty years of Polish politics is making a return to the stage, but does anyone care? Listen as we discuss what Donald Tusk's decision might mean for his party and the next round of elections. Will the sequel be better than the original or will it be a Police Academy-style embarrassment? Get some popcorn and make your own decision!

KrakCast News – The last time we ever discuss horses in the Rynek

Wednesday Jul 14, 2021

After mentioning the return of The Witcher and the debut of The Office, we move on to Carrefour wanting out of Poland, full-auto Zabkas, horses in the heat, paramedics want a pay raise (who doesn't?), Krakow the Green City and jobs for parking attendants and tram drivers. 

KrakCast Chat - A nutritionist's view of the Polish diet

Thursday Jul 08, 2021

Our friend Sarah is a trained and certified nutritionist, so we invited her to join us for a discussion about the modern Polish diet and some of the ways it has changed in recent years. Listen and start feeling either really hungry or really guilty, depending on what's in your kitchen. 

KrakCast Chat – A real estate pro explains the insanity of the Krakow property market

Tuesday Jul 06, 2021

We brought in someone who actually knows what they're talking about to discuss one of our favorite topics—the gravity-defying recent rise in prices for property in Krakow. Listen as we cover the many reasons why it often feels like we're living in Manhattan or central Tokyo while we still earn like we live in...well, you know the rest. 

KrakCast Chat - Should Poland just stop playing football?

Thursday Jul 01, 2021

Every two years, we go through the same cycle, moving from "POLSKA, GOLA!" to "YOU SUCK!" in about a week. Poland's performance at the European Championships has us wondering if maybe it's time to try some other sport. Listen as we detail the last 20 years of almost constant embarrassment and ask why countries with a fraction of Poland's population are so much better. 

KrakCast News - Should Krakow be covered with cameras?

Tuesday Jun 29, 2021

The extreme weather is our start this week before moving on to boar wars, census people at your door, doctors on strike, cameras all over the city keep us safe or possibly not and Galeria Plaza finally dies. 

KrakCast Chat - Getting a driver's license in Poland

Friday Jun 25, 2021

Given how hard the test is, every driver in Poland should be a God-level driving expert so...why aren't they? That's one of our many questions about the whole strange process of getting a driver's license in Poland. Listen as our friend Sarah describes her experience and how she answered the question about saving someone who was about to die. Wait, what? 


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