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KrakCast News – Which is worse in Poland, the drivers or the roads?

This week we talk about some of the new laws (maybe) coming into effect in 2020, including rules that affect job seekers, drivers, pedestrians and anyone who eats sugar (that is, everyone). After that, it's famous paintings, fireworks and 21st century Church donations. 

KrakCast Weekend – Be honest, Star Wars sucks

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, we used to enjoy Star Wars movies. What happened? Listen as we try to use the Jedi mind trick on Dave to convince him that he's wrong to defend the hot mess that the Star Wars universe has become. 

KrakCast News – Poles and fake L4 medical leave

The government knows that about a quarter of everyone on L4 is lying about being ill and it's starting to do something about it. That's one of our topics for this week's News, along with a conversation about how maybe the Conservator conserves too much, ANOTHER new mall in Krakow, a really stupid school Headmaster, even less parking in Krakow's Old Town, new anti-Uber laws coming into effect, the EU lets Poland say "whatevs" to new carbon emissions laws and an update on the ongoing carp situation. 

KrakCast Weekend – “The Irishman”

In this first episode of KrakCast Weekend, we review "The Irishman" from Netflix. Does the cast actually seem younger with anti-aging movie magic? Could Robert DeNiro really kick anyone's ass today? Did we make it to the end without falling asleep? Listen and find out! 

KrakCast Interview – Who’s the “T” in “Pan T.”?

Get ready to hear an incredible story about, well, lots of things. Matthew Tyrmand joins us again to talk about an upcoming film, "Pan T.", which, depending on whom you ask, may or may not be based on the life of Matthew's father, Leopold Tyrmand, an important figure in the history of the Polish jazz scene. Matthew says the film is obviously is based on his father's life and is taking legal action to prove it. Producers of the film say that, um, there are a lot of, like, TOTAL coincidences but the film is about, uh, some other guy. Or something. We get the facts straight from the source and the inside story of what is apparently a good movie that you may or may not be able to see soon.

KrakCast News – Was Tesco Poland unlucky or stupid?

Auschwitz Christmas ornaments on Amazon? Why not! That's our weird start this week before turning to the long, strange death of Tesco in Poland, more bad news for a possible Metro system in Krakow, a tragic accident leaves eight people dead after a gas explosion, lots of gold comes home from the UK, Krakow will spend 6,500,000,000zl next year, Unity Centre is coming along, horse racing on Błonia and Ukrainian border guards are assholes. 

KrakCast News – Black Friday in Poland - WHY?!?!?!

With our special guest commentator this week—Jonathan Ornstein of the Krakow JCC—we start with the bizarre phenomenon of Black Friday in Poland before moving on to other things, like discovering that we apparently live in the most anti-Semitic country IN THE WORLD!!! Then it's Angela Merkel and her upcoming visit to Auschwitz, the obligatory discussion of trains and trams, something about Swiss Francs (some us stopped listening then) and a great story about drunk driving involving a horse. 

KrakCast News – Alcohol & cigarettes to get more expensive (again)

New and higher taxes (it's always higher, isn't it?) on cigarettes and alcohol are our starting point this week before we move on to the related subject of smuggled cigarettes, an unwanted Jan Sobieski statue, yet another "gate" discovery delays renovations on Ul. Krakowska, a stolen bank card gets used a lot, graffiti "artists" get busted, unpaid parking tickets, parliamentary tricks and more. 

KrakCast Discussion – The Sunday shopping ban in 2020

Starting in January, stores will be closed every Sunday (with 7 exceptions throughout the year). Listen as we discuss this controversial law and wonder who the hell wanted it in the first place. 

KrakCast News – TransPORNtation problems

Yeah, the title is too easy but we couldn't resist after a Krakow tram driver was busted for watching porn while working. That's our starting point this week before moving on to Nazis on Netflix, Poland's new Climate Minister, Russian gas, smog and old furnaces, the end of Nowa Huta and an update on Wisła Kraków's tragicomic season. 

KrakCast Profile – Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski is Poland's most famous sports figure and for good reason. Listen as we discuss Dave's major man-crush on the striker and what makes him so amazing (Lewandowski, not Dave). 

KrakCast Discussion – Visa-free travel to the U.S. for Poles

Starting from November 11, Poles no longer need to have a visa to travel to the United States. In this episode we discuss an issue that has long been an obsession in the media and try to decide if no one really cares or if Poland will be empty in six months. 

KrakCast News – Electric scooters killed the bicycle star

We're back after a break and there's a lot to talk about. We start with national news, including death in a Wrocław strip club and Donald Tusk (no connection). After that, it's local Krakow news like the death of bike sharing, the wrong kind of drama at the Bagatela Theater, the end of Dolnych Młynów (again), graffiti and "security" cameras and Wisła Kraków is a disaster (again). 

KrakCast Profile – Andrzej Gołota

Andrzej Gołota was about twelve minutes away from becoming heavyweight champion of the world but his own dumb choices took his career in another direction. His bad habit of fighting dirty returned at the worst possible time and he lost TWO shots at the title in the same bizarre but amusing way before starting a downward spiral that resulted in some of the most embarrassing losses you'll ever see. Listen as we discuss the strange career of Poland's most famous boxer and be a witness to the birth of the term "Penis Punch". 

KrakCast News – From parking to park on ul. Karmelicka?

In our last news in October, we start with a couple of post-election political stories before moving on to small nuclear power plants, more delays on ul. Dietla, the Angel Stradom renovation goes wrong, a new park on ul. Karmelicka, an Australian tries to exchange play money at a kantor and how do kantors make money anyway? 

KrakCast Short Histories – Krakow’s Universities

Ok, we're cheating here a little bit because this is not really a "Short History". It's more of an overview of Krakow's 10,000* universities (* not the actual number). Listen and learn the basics about the most familiar names when it comes to higher education in our city and work your way through the alphabet soup of UJ AGH PK AWF UP OMG LOL ETC. 

KrakCast News – Election recap (yeah, we know we’re late…)

We're talking about election results this week even though we're late to this party. After discussing about fifty different aspects of last week's big news, we move on to blind people and scooters (not ON scooters), a tram line gets cancelled before it exists, the city increases the (low) rent in their properties and a happy ending on Plac Szczepanski. 

KrakCast Short Histories – The Krakow Hejnał

They play it 96 times every day, and you may have heard it once or twice, but do you know what it's all about? Are we commemorating the Mongol raids of the Middle Ages or was the legend created less than 100 years ago for American children? Oh, yeah–spoiler alert. Listen and learn more about the soundtrack to any walk through Krakow's Main Square. 

KrakCast News – Nobel Prizes, tram surprises and tourism rises

We recorded this two days before the elections, so we'll come back to that subject next week. This time, we start by giving Dave credit for predicting the city's response to abandoned scooters before talking about how the trams returned to Bronowice and failed immediately. Then it's Olga Tokarczuk winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, Chinese tourism to Krakow and the Crazy Chicken on the city's coat of arms. 

KrakCast Election Special

It's time to decide who's going to sit in the Polish parliament for the next four years and we're here to talk about the parties, people and issues in play. Get out there and vote! Or don't. You know, whatever...