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Why do so many Hollywood movies have WTF titles when they are released in Poland? — Episode #359 is available now

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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 – Why do some Hollywood movies get WTF titles in Poland?

6 days ago

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. 

KrakCast Interview – The Pole who fought Muhammad Ali

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. 

KrakCast Interview – The Polish city in Brazil. Wait, what?

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. 

KrakCast News – A press conference, some kind of animal and...

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.  

KrakCast Language Lesson – Brazilian Portuguese

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!

KrakCast News – Adding ”naked” to any news story makes it more interesting

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!

KrakCast Weekend – The rising cost of Netflix in Poland

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). 

KrakCast Discussion – Does Poland need another public holiday?

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. 

KrakCast News – Will you get medical care from Zabka?

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. 

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. 

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