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KrakCast Chat – Quiet in Kazimierz & Happy Passover

Jonathan Ornstein from the Krakow JCC joins us for a short chat about what it's like in Kazimierz during the Coronapocalypse, the cancellation of this year's Jewish Festival and a quick explanation of what Passover is all about. 

KrakCast News – Our first episode in quarantine!

Even we had to follow the rules this week and stay away from each other but, as is so often the case, the internet saved the day. In this week's KrakCast News, we talk about the upcoming (maybe?) Presidential election, saving Krakow's pigeons (or not?), the latest restrictions on what we can do (is there anything left?) and more, all from the comfort of our own homes. 

KrakCast News – Keep your distance

In this episode of the CoronaCast, we cover the some of the local, national and international developments in the current crisis along with the latest announcements about things we can't do anymore. Stay safe, everybody!

KrakCast Discussion – Price gouging during coronovirus

Suddenly small bottles of hand sanitizer cost 25zl. Is this a crime or just the way prices work? In this episode we talk about the prices of things when everyone wants them in a time of crisis. Is it immoral or wrong? Is it just the way the world works? All of the above or something else? 

KrakCast Discussion – Too early to blame someone for the Coronavirus? Too bad.

Some people claim it's too early to talk about whom to what to blame for the outbreak and spread of the Coronavirus. Those people are wrong. In this episode, we start pointing fingers and ultimately all of us look in the same (eastern) direction. 

KrakCast News – Does “self quarantine” really work?

In this episode of the CoronaCast, we talk about closed borders, people with flexible definitions of "self-quarantine", Krakow's disinfectant bath and a few other aspects of the current crisis. After that, it's some local news, including exploding food trucks and your chance to ride a pimped-out Wawelo bike. 

KrakCast News – News in a time of Covid-19

The Corona-Chronicles return! At at a time of crisis fearless journalism is required (John has a rash), we don our Hazmat suits and set off to Krakcast Towers in our never-ending quest for the truth, and a few beers. We discuss the latest updates, and try to strike an optimistic (ish) stance on how we can all come together and not hold hands to solve this crisis!

KrakCast News – All Corona, all the time

A special edition of KrakCast News this week to cover some aspects of the Corona virus situation here in Krakow and nationally. Was closing the schools a good idea? Cinemas? What's next? In other news (there is other news, right?) we talk about changes at TVP, new boat taxis in Krakow, a new car for our Eternal Mayor and more. Stay safe, everybody! 

KrakCast Technology – 5G comes to Poland

Deep down in your soul, you know that 4G just isn't enough. That's why the arrival of 5G wireless technology is such a big deal. In this episode, we discuss what the introduction of the 5G standard in Poland means for us, how it will change our lives (or not) and if it will kill us (wait, what?).  

KrakCast News – Coronavirus coverage in the Polish media

It's hard to keep up with developments in the spread of the Coronavirus, but that's our start this week. After that, we confuse two major rail projects in Krakow before talking about exploding trams (and why do we have trams that are 50+ years old?), farmers and the smog problem (what?), big money for public television, an obscure former Polish head of state dies and a guy is cutting women's hair for some reason. 

KrakCast Short History - Walenty Badylak and the well in the Rynek

Here's a landmark that you've seen but do you know the story behind it? Walenty Badylak set himself on fire on this spot 40 years ago to protest the Polish government's silence on the subject of Katyn and communist oppression more generally. Listen and learn about this fascinating chapter of local history and the tragic events of the life of the man who "couldn't live a lie". 

KrakCast News – No Coronavirus in Krakow yet, but the cancellations are here

A LOT to talk about this week, starting with an overly friendly lecturer at UJ. After that, it's lucky thirteen for retirees, the Coronavirus starts to hit Krakow's tourism, the price of being drunk goes up, Krakow's hottest fugitive gets caught, Park of Poland is run by idiots, Tesco might get a lot taller, Eurovision Junior is coming to Krakow, the Krakow derby or possibly darby this week, guns at the Krakow airport and more. 

Our 200th episode! Strange things Poles believe and do

We got the idea for our 200th episode from a listener who reminded us that there are things that Poles and non-Poles feel VERY different about. Listen as we discuss the phantom effects of Halny (IT'S ALL IN YOUR HEAD!!!), wonder why Poland is obsessed with liver health (WTF???), ask why you scratch coins on ticket machines (IT DOES NOTHING!!!), stand in line for "special" pączki and sausages (THEY'RE ALL THE SAME!!!) and more. 

KrakCast News – Amazon to flow in Poland

The big news this week is the (unofficial) announcement that Amazon is coming to Poland, so get your credit cards ready. After that, we talk about trams coming back to Florianska street, water trams on the Wisła, a new bridge from Galeria Kazimierz to Zabłocie and more other bridges possibly coming soon, pro- and anti-LGBT sign wars, a huge kidnapping story that quickly, uh, disappeared and a guy you probably don't want to sit next to on the bus. 

KrakCast Weekend – Surprise Irish Election Results

It's KrakCast Weekend, so it's time to talk about other things than our usual all-Poland-all-the-time format. In this episode we look at the shock result in the recent elections in Ireland. Our very own Dave, whose passport qualifies him as an expert (ok, not really), takes us through the various shades of green in the Irish political landscape while offering his own theories on what happened. 

KrakCast News – Something stinks in MPK. Seriously.

Lots of interesting things in the news this week, starting (eventually) with a new runway at the Krakow airport, a tragedy causes a renewed focus on building codes, a crackdown on VAT fraud, interesting details about the company that checks tickets on Krakow buses and trams, a new campaign to make people "Repect Krakow!", quiet shopping hours at Ikea, President Duda has a psycho fan and MPK is really shitty. 

Krakcast (Double) Profile - Józef Piłsudski and Roman Dmowski

Two of the most controversial and important statesmen of their time, the Józef Piłsudski / Roman Dmowski story is key to understanding the birth and importance of the Second Polish Republic. 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 Profile – Pope John Paul II

How have we done so many episodes without talking about Pope John Paul II? Probably because it's impossible to discuss everything about his incredible life in less than a hundred hours, which would be a really long show. Listen as we pick the highlights of the life of of arguably the famous Pole of them all. Also, no matter what Dave says, JPII died on April 2, 2005, not April 1.  


We start out with some welcome news about a Sunday shopping ban hack brought to you by the forward-thinking tech wizards at...Lewiatan? Then it's on to the rent-a-bikes that disappeared and will reappear, LOT costs aLOT of money, a date for the Presidential election is set, a rambling (even by our standards) update on tensions with the EU, heavy Mittal in Nowa Huta and...Reindeer Man.

KrakCast Profile – Marie Skłodowska-Curie

We profile the Nobel G.O.A.T. herself, Marie Skłodowska Curie. Her extraordinary scientific achievements, captivating life story and her place in the great pantheon of scientists are the topic of this episode, listen as we desperately try and convey complex Physics and Chemistry history and of course why the hell everyone outside of Poland thinks she is French??!!