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KrakCast Discussion – Why does Polish Wikipedia suck?

Have you noticed that entries in the Polish version of Wikipedia are often much less complete than the English version, even for subjects related to Poland? Our totally non-scientific research seems to indicate that even many Poles go to the English version first. Why is there such a difference in quality between Polish Wikipedia and the English version?  

KrakCast Interview – Queerowy Maj & the Krakow Pride March

Two organizers from Queerowy Maj joined us to talk about the Krakow Pride March, other events associated with it and "Queer culture" in Poland generally. Listen as we discuss all this and several issues from recent news stories involving the LGBTQ community. 

KrakCast Short Histories – Polish Flag Day

May 2 is Polish Flag Day. Can we get almost twenty minutes of conversation out of a simple flag with just two colors? Listen and find out!

KrakCast News – McDonald’s opens in Wadowice, chaos ensues

The news is back and after a brief discussion of when we'll all die, we move on to TWO stories about McDonald's, strawberry season is (almost) here, calling 112, Master's Degrees in Fraud, 1000zł notes, border & hotel controls this weekend and more. 

KrakCast Discussion – Higher income taxes are coming, is that good or bad?

A recent survey found that an income tax rate of 50% has a lot of support among voters. Then again, so does a reduction in tax rates. The PiS government is working on a new personal income tax structure to reflect the increase in wages that has taken place over the last ten years. Listen as we discuss the current laws and what might take their place. 

KrakCast Short Histories – The Mounds of Kraków

Each of the four mounds in Krakow comes from a unique era in its history and has an interesting story to share. Listen as we go from west to east, covering the basics of each of the city's four man-made hills (on top of natural hills). 

KrakCast Interview – Mormons in Krakow

We're starting a series of episodes dedicated to talking with people from different faith communities in Krakow and we get started with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, better known to many as The Mormon Church. Listen as our guest tells about his conversion to the church, what being a Mormon is all about and what it's like to try to convert others. 

KrakCast Discussion – Has the Polish government handled the COVID crisis well?

With nearly 3m infected and more than 61k dead, it's easy to say that the Polish government has been a disaster when it comes to COVID. But what would you have done differently? Listen as we discuss if it's fair to criticize Poland for not doing more. 

KrakCast News – Pink Boxes and free tampons

The news is back with an opening about the weather that sounds ridiculous today with snow on the ground. Then it's on to the annual discussion about what to do with Plac Nowy, "Pink Boxes", lots of new taxes and penalties, landlords get screwed or not (depending on how you look at it), the census gets a rough start, ads for Ukrainians in Polish and REALLY old people get free money. 

KrakCast Interview – Sex therapy with a sex therapist

Our favorite psychologist and sex therapist, Antonina Dębogórska, returns to talk about Polish attitudes towards sex, sex education in Poland and answer various questions that we really need answers to. For a friend, obviously. 

KrakCast Discussion - Blasphemy, insulting politicians and free speech in Poland

Several current and recent legal cases have highlighted the issue of the limits of free speech in Poland when it comes to offending religious feelings, political authorities and the Polish state. Listen as we discuss what happened, who's in trouble for what and where you can and cannot draw a penis. 

KrakCast Discussion – Smoking in Poland

Local governments around the country are dealing with the issue of smoking on balconies, and that got us thinking about Polish smoking habits more generally. Join us for a discussion of some interesting stats that show just how much Poles smoke and how those numbers compare to the recent past. 

KrakCast Discussion – The 2021 Polish Census

You may not have heard about it, but it's time for the government to count us again. The census forms have some interesting questions about who you are, where you live, who lives with you and a lot more. Join us for a chat about what you can expect from the 2021 Polish Census. 

KrakCast Interview – Yolk Coworking Space

Our friends Max & Michał from the best coworking space in Krakow dropped by to talk about remote work in the age of covid, the growing market for coworking spaces, the kind of people you'll find there and much more. Listen and see how easy it is to get out of your kitchen and into a great environment for (net)working. 

KrakCast Discussion – Amazon v. Allegro early impressions went live at the beginning of the month to start an epic, Godzilla vs. King Kong battle with Allegro for supremacy in the Polish e-commerce market. Join us for a discussion of our first impressions of Amazon's Polish page and the differences between the two services. 

KrakCast News – Should the city pay for in vitro treatments?

We're locked down this week, talking about the cancelled Easter market, homeless people and prisoners with Covid, cheating the tram ticket inspectors, paying for in vitro treatment and the tragic (welcome?) closure of a cat cafe.

KrakCast Discussion – Is “murzyn” a bad word?

The Polish Language Council recently decided that "murzyn" is an offensive word, which comes as a surprise to millions of Poles who don't think of it that way at all. If we shouldn't use that word, then what word should we use? Is it time to reconsider what's offensive and what isn't or is everyone getting too sensitive? 

KrakCast Short Histories – The Krakow Jewish Ghetto

March 13 was the 78th anniversary of the liquidation of the Krakow Jewish Ghetto. Listen as we describe its short history and how it is and isn't commemorated in the neighborhood of Podgórze. 

KrakCast News - What’s wrong with BMW drivers in Poland?

Gabi's back for the news so you know IT IS ON!!! We start with the (maybe) decline of Netflix in Poland, COVID tests from Biedronka, Krakow's "Manhattan" development, new private student dormitories, dangerous Polish roads and BMW drivers, deposits on plastic bottles coming soon, 25% of the country is retired or disabled and more. 

KrakCast Discussion – Fundraising campaigns to send sick children abroad for treatment

We often see requests for donations to help children with severe health problems to get treatment abroad posted on social media, on the street and even on television. Listen as we discuss why they can't get treatment in Poland, what this means in a country with nationalized healthcare and a program that allows everyone to help those in need. 

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