This week we start with an update on the bizarre circumstances of Krakow being awarded the 2023 European Olympics, then move on to an old bridge discovered under ul. Dietla, public transport gets even worse, six babies getting lots of free stuff, Krakow is trying force more kids to get vaccinations, Jagiellonian University is #338!, the alcohol ban is still coming...eventually and why do we see so many naked English asses (arses) in Krakow?
Poland has built an impressive game developer community over the last decade and Marcin Kasz, a game industry observer and general tech guy, joins us to talk about everything from Keanu Reeves to the early days of the Polish gaming scene. You don't have to be a gamer yourself to learn something from this episode, although it might help you to understand John's unfortunate comment about killing hookers in GTA. Ready player one!
The big news this week is that apparently Krakow was awarded the 2023 European Games by accident. Really. We also discuss Krakow's new night Mayor (or was it "nightmare"?), before talking about how the trees in Plac Nowy have to go but the mosquitos can stay, a new pedestrian bridge and a rise in the minimum wage are coming, Dave blames kids for Krakow's traffic and Polish drivers cause traffic accidents abroad and steal tanks at home. It was busy week.
In keeping with our tradition of talking about things with no clear answer and the potential to make both sides of the argument angry, we turn to the subject of Polish demands for reparations from Germany for World War II. Does Germany owe Poland compensation for what happened seventy-five years ago? You decide (but listen to us first!).
Summertime weather is here even if the summer (technically) isn't and it's time to talk about some of the signals—apart from the temperature—that tell us that the seasons have changed. Cops on bikes, strawberries everywhere, dying from the heat inside buses & trams and John's obsession with discovering why Poles stand in line for ice cream are among our topics on this KrakCast Discussion.
So many questions to answer on this week's KrakCast News, including what kind of political coalitions we can expect soon, if it's safe to fly on LOT, what "hate speech" means in Poland and, most importantly, would you eat a beaver burger?
Elections for the EU Parliament were the big story this week, with lots of interesting angles to the results. What happened to the European Coalition? Does PO still exist? Is Wiosna's 6% a great victory or total humiliation? Is the Facebook generation starting to influence elections? In other news, we cover the latest traffic nightmares in Krakow, Polish Unicorn sightings, amber smuggling (really) and wild cows. Yes, wild cows.
Everyone's talking about the documentary that tells us "not to tell anyone". More than twenty million people have watched it since its premier just two weeks ago and it has become the subject of discussions all over the media, both in Poland and abroad. Join us for a chat about our impressions of the film and the subjects it covers and watch it for yourself at the link below. There's also a link to the church document that Dave mentions during the show.
We talk about literally everything this week, starting with flooding in the river, Juvenalia, 500+ for disabilities, Morawiecki's real estate investments, ARS-less Kazimierz, to grill or not to grill, Dolnych Młynów's limited time and more. Ok, maybe we didn't mean "literally" literally.
Some people like the new electric scooters and others don't. Who's to say who's right? We are, and we're here to list the reasons that the plague of electric scooters is a sign of the end of civilization, or at least enough to ruin our day. They say that haters gonna hate, and electric scooters are the perfect target for our anger in this KrakCast Discussion.
Dr. Mike is in the host chair this week as the news starts out with LGBT events in Krakow the Mayor's attitude towards the recent Gay Pride march. Then it's on to obwarzanki celebrations (huh?), Andrzej Duda's birthday & the revival of Fort Trump, Trip Advisor's list of the best hotels in Poland, problems at Krakow's airport, immigration, coal, free museums and...seriously, isn't that enough?
The Matura gets bomb threats, there are basically no open roads in Krakow, the garbage rules are officially trash, Morawiecki's dreams of electric cars, electric scooters will soon kill us all and Auschwitz fashion statements keep us busy this week in the news.
Krakow has no shortage of places to have a drink but Duffy's Irish Bar in Kazimierz stands out from the crowd with its live music, great atmosphere and good times. The man himself, Fergus Duffy, joined us to talk about what it's like to run an Irish bar in Krakow and share the secret behind his success, including the key role of toilets. Just listen, it will make sense.
It's been a while since we talked about Donald Tusk, but we take care of that problem in this episode of the News. You're welcome. After that, it's an update on the ongoing drama around the status of Polish judges, last week's banana-rama of protests, Agnieszka Radwanska & Sebastian Janikowski (separately, not.....oh, just listen), the local government's commitment to flowers & trees, John's allergy problems, Poland's grill culture, including Hala Targowa sausages, and an expensive bike from England is stolen and reappears in...Poznan?
This week, students who want to finish high school must first take the Matura, the school-leaving exam. It's a time of stress and pride and excitement and worry and joy and sorrow and....it's complicated. Join us for a chat on the subject of what the Matura is all about and how it compares to some other systems used elsewhere.
It's been two weeks since the Easter holidays, so it's obviously time for more days off. With three of them in the first three days of May, there's a lot for us to talk about. The next national holiday isn't until June 20—HOW WILL WE SURVIVE FOR SIX WEEKS???
We always say there's a lot to talk about but this week there is seriously a lot to talk about, starting with food trucks in the shadow of Wawel, the return of the balloon that rarely moves, the teacher strike strikes out, Poland loves the EU (or not), Krakow is 10% foreign, the PLAGUE of electric scooters, Wisla hooligans ALLEGEDLY helping the police, Indian bus drivers in Poznan and a very messy ending.
It's a hard blok life for us, here in Poland. This week's news starts out with a discussion of a major feature of the landscape all over the country—old-school apartment blocs (or bloks, if you prefer). Then it's on to Nazi salutes in Krakow (what?), the pigeon plague, parking places, more Wisla Krakow drama, car traffic in Kazimierz, a local tech breakthrough, the Huawei spy story and....oh, just stop reading this and start listening!
It's time to celebrate an occasion we all look forward to—having the day off on Monday. Oh, and Easter. Listen as we compare our experiences celebrating Easter here in Poland and elsewhere around the world.
A lot to talk about in this episode of the news, including the best week ever for Polish students, a new Polish membership card, the Battle of Grunwald (both large and small versions), a stimulating discussion about payroll taxes, Poland becoming the engine (ha!) of growth in the automotive industry, The Witcher movie is finally happening and a quick return to the subject of the new recycling plan in Krakow.