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KrakCast News - Busiest.Week.Ever.

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At least 100 topics in the news the week, including the close of the Katowice climate conference, hydrogen, VAT fraud in Poland, Wisła Kraków staring into the abyss, sound quality at the Tauron arena, 5G coming to Poland, snow tires (???), the government survives a pointless attack, free rides on trams and filming movies in Krakow. Ok, more like 9 subjects but you get the idea. 

KrakCast Interview - A real journalist joins us to talk about the Polish media

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The issue of the media landscape in Poland is complex and requires expert knowledge, so we thought it would be better to bring someone who actually knows what they're talking about into the studio. Robert Socha is an investigative journalist with TVN and he joined us for a discussion of some of the controversial topics currently surrounding the Polish print and broadcast media. Listen and get his fascinating insights into the world of the reporters who influence the way we understand the world around us. 

KrakCast News - Climate chaos, Wałęsa wears a t-shirt to a funeral, fat Polish kids and more

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The news starts with a discussion of how the climate conference in Katowice may be saving the planet but it's killing us here in Krakow. Then it's a double dose of Wałęsa, talk about inactive kids, kiosks, trams, alcohol sales and...garbage? 

Talking beer & tasting beer with the owner of The House of Beer

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What better guest to have for a show about beer than the man behind The House of Beer? Piotr Sienkiewicz, owner of one of Krakow's most famous bars, joins us to chat about the local beer culture, describe the process of making beer and drink a lot of it with us. Like, really a lot. Don't listen to this episode while driving!

https://houseofbeerkrakow.com/

 

KrakCast News - Diplomatic disputes, Katowice conferences, Christmas for kids, markets & mountains and more…

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A discussion of controversial comments from the American ambassador to Poland starts this edition of the news before we move on to the big climate conference in Katowice. Then it's time to cover two lesser-known holidays we're celebrating this week, Andrzejki and Santa Claus Day. Talk then turns to the Krakow Christmas market in the main square and the very divisive topic of hot wine. Also, Dave gets to vent his intense hatred of mountain climbers. 

KrakCast Review - 1983 on Netflix - Opinions after the first three episodes

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Netflix has made its first series just for the Polish market and it's kind of a big deal. We've watched the first three (of eight) episodes and this is what we think so far. Spoilers (and breasts) ahead! 

We'll publish a full review on the entire series next week. 

(Not even close to) Everything you need to know about the Polish national anthem

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"Poland Is Not Yet Lost", but you will be when you start reading the words to the Polish national anthem. Join us as we go marching, marching with Dąbrowski and try to understand just what the hell is going on as we cross the Vistula, cross the Warta and take an example from Bonaparte. Wait, what? 

KrakCast News - Warsaw Kombat, Grand Theft Wisła, The Last of ARS and more

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Wałęsa vs. Kaczyński (again), winners & losers in Krakow's new city budget, Wisła Kraków can't pay their bills (again), more records at the Krakow airport, hate for cyclists in the Planty (again), huge new fines for dog owners, no more ARS and long-dead huge animals - it's all in this week's KrakCast News!  

 
 

KrakCast RANTONYM - Why Polish weddings are great

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First, the name. We've already done several rants on things we don't like, including the Polish inability to stand in line, foods that should be banned and the incredible lack of coins in Poland. We wanted to balance those out with things that we do like, but couldn't think of a good word for the opposite of "rant". We needed the antonym of "rant" and Dave came up with "rantonym". He's very proud of it. So here's our first rantonym, about why we like Polish weddings. 

KrakCast News - Higher tram ticket prices, new street signs, the sexy side of St. Mary’s church and more

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Had enough of hearing about the marches in Warsaw last week? That's too bad because that's where we start this week before moving on to a number of bits and pieces in this week's KrakCast News. More changes in tram & bus ticket prices, Krakow finally gets some decent street signs, St. Mary's church goes places it's never been before and yet another mention of Nazis—all that and more is waiting for you! 

KrakCast News - Whining about the Polish elections, electing to try Polish wine, Netflix goes native and more

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The News starts out with a post-mortem on an election round that both sides say they won, and they're both right. After that, it's a ramble through Polish wines, another day off in Poland, Netflix making original Polish content, war games, the Independence Day march in Warsaw, badass moustaches, Katyn statues and...that's enough, isn't it? 

(Almost) Everything you need to know about how Poland became independent (again) 100 years ago

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November 11th is an important day every year, but this year it has special significance since it marks 100 years of Poland's reestablishment as an independent state (and everyone likes nice round numbers like "100"). Listen as we cover the names, places and events behind the story of how Poland reappeared on the map of Europe after 123 years of non-existence and entered an important new chapter in its complex history. To understand what's going on today, you need to know what happened 100 years ago and this episode of The KrakCast is the perfect place to start. 

KrakCast Rant - Why can’t Poles stand in line?

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Ok, we'll just say it—Poles are good at lots of things, but standing in line is not one of them. There it is. Before you send us hate mail, leave nasty comments or unsubscribe from our page, listen and see if anything we say sounds familiar to you. Then you can send us hate mail, leave nasty comments and unsubscribe from our page. 

Also, do you really use those things that separate your stuff at supermarket checkouts? 

KrakCast News - The shotgun / scattergun approach

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We are all over the place in the News this week, with a slightly different format that lets us cover about 500 subjects in 20 minutes. Ok, more like 10 subjects but you get the idea. Want to buy a used bus? Do you like mountain goats? Are you a big volleyball fan? If so, this week's KrakCast News is definitely for you! 

KrakCast Special - (Almost) Everything you need to know about the Smolensk disaster

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Join us for an in-depth discussion of the tragic and intriguing story of one the most significant events in Polish political history, the 2010 crash of the plane carrying President Lech Kaczyński and 95 other people in Smolensk, Russia. 

KrakCast News - Yeah, that’s what we need—ANOTHER day off…

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The News starts out with the results of local elections last week and the upcoming cage match between Jacek Majchrowski and Małgorzata Wassermann. Talk then turns to the national stage and the next generation of political stars (and if they exist). After that, it's time for our weekly smog update and the miracle wind that saved us, even if just for a day. We kind of finish with the news of a just-discovered holiday, November 12, before trying and failing to bring the news to an orderly conclusion. 

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KrakCast News - It’s officially Smog Season! Also, the Uber Wars & the cost of a church for your wedding…

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You can't spell "Krakow" without s-m-o-g. Ok, maybe you can but the point is that the start of smog season is here. That's our starting point for this week's news before we move on to the questionable legal status of Uber in Poland, more fighting with the EU over the courts and local elections around the country (which took place after we recorded this). We finish with a discussion of the average amount people "donate" to churches in exchange for having nice wedding pictures. 

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KrakCast Special - Disorder in the Courts

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Courtmageddon, Cöurterdämmerung, Courtastrophe. Whatever you call it, the Polish court system, right up to the very highest levels, has been in the eye of a hurricane of controversy recently. One party says that necessary changes have to be made and the other party says it's an attack on Democracy. One side says "KonsTYtucJA" and the other side says "STFU". In this special episode, we take a deep dive into the origins of the conflicts involved in this very complex issue. Pick a side and get ready to file an appeal! 

KrakCast Interview - The Stained Glass Workshop & Museum (Muzeum Witrażu)

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A few months ago, we discovered that there was something on TripAdvisor's "Top 10 Things to Do In Krakow" list that we knew nothing about. To right this wrong, we visited Krakow's Stained Glass Workshop & Museum and invited guide Gabriela Wierzbicka to join us for a discussion about—guess?—stained glass. Listen and find out why the museum is so highly rated on TripAdvisor (because it's awesome), how stained glass is made (carefully) and how the finished product is transported to the customer (extremely carefully). Now there's only one place left on the TripAdvisor list where we haven't been (the "Main Square")! 

https://muzeumwitrazu.pl/language/en/

https://www.facebook.com/muzeumwitrazuwkrakowie

 

KrakCast News - Statues, ugly buildings, Poland has gas, war reparations & everyone’s favourite tiny car

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Time to catch up on stuff you need to know this week, including commemorating Lech Kaczyński (again), the New York Times' attack on architecture in Krakow, where our energy comes from and Poland's (latest) claims for war reparations. After our obligatory weekly discussion of Nazis, we turn to a nostalgic chat about the legendary Fiat 126 "Maluch".