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KrakCast Discussion –We’re not sure why Poland loves these songs so much

There are certain songs and artists that you hear quite often in Poland that we don't think are played as much elsewhere. That's our impression, anyway. Listen as we go through our list of songs and see if you agree with our theories about why they're strangely popular here and tell us if we missed anything really obvious. 

KrakCast News – Amazon vs. Allegro - Let’s get ready to rumble!

Amazon's decision to (finally) set up shop in the Polish market is in the news this week, along with relaxing COVD restrictions, Tesco sitting on top of a gas-fuelled time bomb, hydrogen-powered buses and start-ups that get millions thrown at them for unknown reasons. 

KrakCast Interview – An Auschwitz tour guide

As a guide at the Auschwitz Museum for nearly thirty years, Wojciech Smoleń has a comprehensive understanding of it that few others do. Listen as we discuss a familiar subject from a very unique perspective and learn some new things about a place that is visited by more than two million people every year. 

KrakCast Short Histories – The Polish role in the past & present success of IKEA

Is there a law that says that 90% of Poles have to furnish their homes with products from IKEA? It certainly seems that way sometimes. Maybe it's because of Poland's long relationship with the meatball merchants. Listen as we look at the history of the deep Polish connections to the Swedish global giant. 

KrakCast News – The Kraków Pigeon Murderer, hero or not?

We start with yet another bike-sharing program (to replace the previous failed bike-sharing program) coming to town soon at the cost of 72 million zloty. After that, it's new tram ticket prices, pigeon murder, idiot mountain hikers and generally stupid winter behavior, the COVID vaccination situation, Primark says no Kraków and a top local cop gets busted at Biedronka. 

KrakCast Discussion – Why does Poland get lower-quality versions of consumer goods?

No, it's not a conspiracy theory—tests have repeatedly shown that there is a measurable difference in quality between the Polish and German versions of many familiar products. Needless to say, Poland (almost) always gets the worse version and we want to know why. Join us for a discussion of this weird-but-true secret of supermarket shelves. 

KrakCast News – Is Kino Kijów the next COVID victim?

Financial problems at the Kino Kijów and old-school cinemas generally are our starting point this week before we move on to new tram lines, accepting fines from cops, restaurants try to save themselves, Poland refuses to be silenced by social media and the "Kraków Olympics" are still a mess. 

KrakCast Discussion – Jerzy Popiełuszko

If you don't know the story of Father Jerzy Popiełuszko, you need to check out Popiełuszko - Messenger of Truth on Netflix right now. Listen as we discuss his incredible story and his place right at the intersection of several powerful historical forces that shaped recent Polish history. 

KrakCast News - Choking on the sugar tax

2021's first news starts with a LOT of complaining about the new sugar tax and taxes generally before moving on to celebrity COVID vaccinations (including a Polish vocabulary lesson), Dave is obsessed with Henry Cavill's legs and instructions on what to do with your pizza boxes. 


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KrakCast News - Looking for a job? Can you play the trumpet?

The UK has a severe COVID problem? Let's quickly import as many people from there as possible! That's our starting point this week before we move on to Presidential penises, a smog update, looking forward to the 2022 Mayoral election, the new alcohol tax, a job opening at St. Mary's Church and the New Year's Eve curfew. 

KrakCast Short Histories – Żabka

PiS might control the government, but everyone knows the REAL power in this country is Żabka. Listen as we discuss the early history and rise of the company that you literally cannot get away from if you spend any time in Poland. 

KrakCast Weekend – Olympic Breakdancing?

In this off-topic Weekend edition, we talk about how different the Olympics have become in recent years. Is breakdancing really an Olympic sport? Is snowboarding? What about all those other sports no one really cares about? 

KrakCast News – It’s time to talk about carp

After a quick discussion of Cyberpunk 2077, we jump into the news, including a makeover for Hala Targowa, park(ing) on Karmelicka, a discussion about trees, Olren buys media, updates on the latest fight with the EU and the mystery of carp. 

KrakCast Interview – Krakow City Council Member Łukasz Wantuch

Krakow's most interesting politician joins us to talk about a long list of the issues that he deals with as a member of the City Council. Listen and learn about billion-dollar budgets, tram ticket prices, electric scooters and more.

KrakCast News – Are Milk Bars another victim of COVID?

News of a coming COVID vaccine is our starting point this week, along with police controls of stores, milk bar struggles, parking at Tauron Arena, Straz Miejska drama, the future of Tesco in Krakow, brothels get busted and a depressing ending with Santa. 

KrakCast Mysteries – Krakow’s metal…street…penis…things

Yes, we know you've seen them. What the hell are they and why do they look like THAT? We have an informed answer to share but we're open to other explanations if you have one. It's time to talk about this mystery of manifestly male metal mirth!

KrakCast Review – Miasto ‘44

We watched "Miasto 44" on Netflix so you don't have to. It's actually not that bad, but could have been so much better. Listen as we discuss the handful of pros and the many cons of this dramatic tale set during the Warsaw Uprising, including what might be the worst acting performance ever. 

KrakCast News – No more using your phone when crossing the street (theoretically…)

SO MUCH to talk about this week, including taxi drivers on strike, Poles are drinking more alcohol, ski industry problems, local and national budget issues, going to Biedronka can be bad for your health, new laws for phone zombies and the classic issue of when to turn the heat on in trams. 

KrakCast Weekend – Shots fired in the Console Wars - PS vs XB

The newest generation of gaming consoles is here (if you can find one), giving us all another reason to stay at home on the couch. Listen as a special guest joins us to discuss what's new, what's interesting and what's vibrating in the latest entries in the never-ending gaming arms race between Sony and Microsoft.  

KrakCast News – Are nurses in Poland underpaid?

The news starts with Poland giving the finger to Brussels, at least for the moment. We then move on to nurses threatening to go on strike, the feria school holiday gets changed, stores are reopening soon (maybe?), bus & tram tickets prices go up (again) and John rants about his hatred of student discounts (again). 

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