Slovakia Today is an English language current affairs magazine bringing you the best from Slovakia. Our daily broadcast covers the latest from politics, society, arts and culture, business, science, healthcare and sports. Coming to you from Bratislava, from the studios of Radio Slovakia International – the foreign language channel of the public broadcaster RTVS. Making Slovakia heard to the world!
Bright city nights and the problem of ‘light pollution’; Helpful tips from a foreign language teacher. (22.6.2021 16:00)
One of the ironies of scientific progress is the way in which new technologies can sometimes get in the way of each other. This phenomenon is clearly seen in the case of modern city lights causing problems for astronomical researchers, giving rise to a relatively new term that’s used more and more often these days: ‘light pollution’. Jonathan speaks with František Kundracik, a light pollution researcher at the Physics, Maths and Informatics faculty of Bratislava’s Comenius University, about this very modern problem, and what he and his colleagues have been doing to mitigate its impact. Repeat: Are you trying to learn Slovak or some other language? Lýdia Machová – a language teacher who speaks nine languages herself – has some tips for you, in particular how to recognise the crucial difference between expecting to be taught a language, and actively learning one.
Suburbanisation in Slovakia. Slovakia at EURO 2020. Beekeeping. (21.6.2021 16:00)
News and Topical issue. In the first story of today, Elena Seeber will discuss the phenomenon of suburbanisation in the Slovak context with geographer Martin Šveda. On Friday, Slovakia played its 2. match at Euro 2020 against Sweden. Zuzana Botíková will therefore look at the highlights of this match in the second story of today. And finally, we will discuss the tradition of beekeeping in Slovakia.
RERUN: How the Silné Reči stand-up comedy group survived the lockdowns. COVID-19 pandemic and orphanages in Slovakia. (18.6.2021 16:00)
News and Topical Issue. RERUN: Ján Gordulič and Jakub Ťapák of Silné Reči, the largest stand-up comedy formation in Slovakia, told us how the pandemic lockdowns looked for them. Viliam Gyurke Director of the Studienka Center for children and families, which used to be an orphanage, explains how they have battled throughout lockdown and the pandemic situation.
Meadow of gratitude. From orphanage to the world. (17.6.2021 16:00)
Saving a meadow in Petržalka, the largest Slovak housing estate, for an alluvial forest. A fascinating life story of a Slovak Roma boy.
Revisiting EURO 1976. International Day of Rusyns. (16.6.2021 16:00)
European football fans have their eyes glued to their TV screens these days. And so do Slovaks, who are following the results of their national team. On the show today we will speak about Slovakia’s EURO 2020 adventure as well as look a bit to the past, when Czechoslovakia was the best European football team. Later on the show we will speak about the Rusyns, who celebrated their day on June 12.
Why there’s a ‘ring of fire’ around an ‘annular’ solar eclipse; What nuclear physics can tell us about the birth of the Universe (15.6.2021 16:00)
Just last week certain parts of the world witnessed a very specific type of astronomical event, called an ‘annular’ solar eclipse. This happens when the moon passes directly over the centre of the sun but does not cover it completely, leaving a so-called ‘ring of fire’ visible around the edge. Patrik Čechvala, a PhD astronomy student at Bratislava’s Comenius University whose research is focused on high-energy cosmic and gamma rays, explains why it is that an eclipse of this type sometimes occurs instead of a total solar eclipse; tells us about a few other astronomical events we can look forward to in the future; and offers tips on good websites and apps that can help us understand and visualise what’s happening in the sky. Repeat: Brano Sitar is a nuclear scientist who has worked closely for the past 25 years with the international organisation CERN, where cutting-edge research on sub-atomic particles is giving scientists new insights into the very first moment of the existence of the Universe, less than a microsecond after the Big Bang.