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  • Episode #63: To Dance the Night Away: Czech Ball Season February 19, 2017
    It is not just Vienna who has all the fun during the winter Ball season. Prague and cities all across the Czech Republic hold magnificent Balls in February and March. Tonight we will take you through all the steps of getting ready for the Ball, from dance lessons to proper attire. Lace up those dancing shoes, put on your long white gloves, and get ready to d […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #62: 2017 Preview Show January 16, 2017
    Join us of a recap of 2016 and preview for what is to come in 2017 on the Bohemican Podcast. Pete and Travis will go over show stats, top 5 shows, and read emails to the program.
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #61: Veselé Vánoce: A Czech Christmas January 4, 2017
    It is Christmastime again in the Czech Republic and we will take you on a tour of the Prague Christmas market and offer you a seat at the Christmas Eve dinner table. Join Pete and his children as they wait for the Christmas carp and avoid the golden pig. Tune in and you will see what that means. Veselé Vánoce!!!
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #60: Celebrating Saint Martin's Day November 18, 2016
    Tonight we will walk you through the Saint Martin's Day traditions, instruct you on how to cook a traditional roasted goose, and provide you a seat at the table for young wine and a roasted goose celebration in downtown Prague. ​ Get your handcrafted lanterns ready....we explore the celebrations of Saint Martin's Day.
    Peter Collman

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  • Episode #63: To Dance the Night Away: Czech Ball Season February 19, 2017
    It is not just Vienna who has all the fun during the winter Ball season. Prague and cities all across the Czech Republic hold magnificent Balls in February and March. Tonight we will take you through all the steps of getting ready for the Ball, from dance lessons to proper attire. Lace up those dancing shoes, put on your long white gloves, and get ready to d […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #62: 2017 Preview Show January 16, 2017
    Join us of a recap of 2016 and preview for what is to come in 2017 on the Bohemican Podcast. Pete and Travis will go over show stats, top 5 shows, and read emails to the program.
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #61: Veselé Vánoce: A Czech Christmas January 4, 2017
    It is Christmastime again in the Czech Republic and we will take you on a tour of the Prague Christmas market and offer you a seat at the Christmas Eve dinner table. Join Pete and his children as they wait for the Christmas carp and avoid the golden pig. Tune in and you will see what that means. Veselé Vánoce!!!
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #60: Celebrating Saint Martin's Day November 18, 2016
    Tonight we will walk you through the Saint Martin's Day traditions, instruct you on how to cook a traditional roasted goose, and provide you a seat at the table for young wine and a roasted goose celebration in downtown Prague. ​ Get your handcrafted lanterns ready....we explore the celebrations of Saint Martin's Day.
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #59: Anthropoid Movie Review October 8, 2016
    The Bohemican Podcast reviews the Sean Ellis film "Anthropoid" after the Prague film premiere on September 28, 2016. We talk of the historical background of the movie and how the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich had an immeasurable effect on the Nazi hierarchy and the Czech lands.
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #58: Our American Trip August 13, 2016
    Welcome to a special travel journal of our trip back home to America. On this episode, my kids and I will provide insight to the differences between Czech and American culture and highlight our vacation stops in D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and Michigan. This is our American vacation!
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #57: Czech Food June 30, 2016
    An episode way over due. On tonight's Bohemican Podcast, we talk Czech food in many forms and interview Czechs and expats on their favorite dishes. Pull up a chair, grab your favorite pivo, and dig in! Dobro chut
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #56: Tomas Bat’a: The Czech “Henry Ford” of Shoes June 7, 2016
    On this episode of the Bohemican Podcast, we explore the life and times of Czech business innovators Tomas and Antonin Bat’a of Zlin, Czechoslovakia. Through two world wars and a communist take over, the Bat’a name survives to this very day. This is more than a story about Czech shoes. It is a story of good business sense, innovation, and perseverance. From […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #55: Czech Cottage Life May 21, 2016
    Czech cottage life is a tradition that goes back generations. It is a way to re-connect with nature in winter and summer. ​We will take you on a trip to the rivers and mountains to feel Czech cottage life, first hand.
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #54: "The Exchange" on the Agora Podcast Network May 8, 2016
    Fellow Agora Podcaster and friend, Thomas Daly, interviews Pete Collman and Travis Dow on their podcast exploits with the Podcastnik programs produced by this duo. As the host of American Biography, Thomas Daly focuses on the ins and outs of podcasting and the lives of these two podcasters.
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #53: Tuzeks and Czech Life Behind the Iron Curtain April 3, 2016
    On this episode of the Bohemican Podcast, we take a trip back in time and revisit life in Czechoslovakia under communist rule. We will be joined by The Eastern Border podcast host, Kristaps Andrejsons as we discuss the black market, joining the party, keeping your head down, and shopping at the local tuzek.
    Peter Collman
  • Bohemican Bedtime Stories 3: Tales from Old Jewish Prague March 26, 2016
    In our third special bedtime stories episode, my son Nathanael and I will talk about the history and legends of Old Jewish Prague. From the Jewish protector made of clay, to a water goblin of the Vltava River, Prague's Jewish community has a long and storied past. Join us tonight for a few stories before bedtime.
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #52: Alphonse Mucha's Art Nouveau Phenomenon March 25, 2016
    Alphonse Mucha was "the" Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist of his time. He was known best for his distinct style. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards, and designs. His Slav Epic paintings were used as a pan slavic unifying movement and an illustrated history for the Czech and Moravian peoples. The Czec […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #51: Cyril, Methodius, and Greater Moravia March 3, 2016
    The kingdom of Greater Moravia, in what is today the Czech Republic, was a high water mark for self governance of the Czech, Moravian, and Slovak peoples. The leadership of several strong rulers of the day and the influence of two Christian brothers, allowed Greater Moravia to thrive for brief moment in history. Tonight we talk about the influence on religio […]
    Peter Collman
  • Bohemican Bedtime Stories 2: Prague Castle February 6, 2016
    Join us for our second installment of the telling of Czech legends connected to the Prague Castle area. We will discuss the stories of the bells of St. Vitus, the mourning of King Charles IV, and the mystery of Prince Wenceslas' mother, Drahomira.
    Peter Collman
  • Bohemican Bedtime Stories: Charles Bridge January 17, 2016
    On our first edition of Bohemican Bedtime Stories we will explore several legends about the Charles Bridge in Prague. One of my favorite times of the day is spending the last few moments of the evening reading to my boy. I will read three well-known stories to my son, Nathanael, as we get ready for bedtime. The Builder of Charles Bridge. The Bridge of Eggs a […]
    Peter Collman
  • Czechs in the Great War: The Battle of Dukla 1914-15 January 16, 2016
    The Austria-Hungarian Empire had their hands full against the Russians in the fall of 1914 outside of Warsaw, Poland. By the winter of 1915, the defense of the Fortress Przemyśl took its toll as harsh winter conditions set in. The embedded Czech soldiers fought off the Russian siege, frostbite, starvation, and disease while deep in the Carpathian Mountains. […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #50: An End of an Era: Czech First Republic and the Munich Agreement January 9, 2016
    The end of World War One saw the creation of Czechoslovakia and the first republic. The Czechs were finding their collective identity and global footing when the Third Reich appeared on the scene. The Czechs and Slovaks were bartered away for the hope of "peace in our time" to appease Hitler. What would follow would lead Czechoslovakia back to prot […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #49: Our 2016 Preview Show January 7, 2016
    This 30 minute review of 2015 and preview of 2016 covers all of our podcast programs from the Bohemican Podcast to the History of Alchemy, History of Germany, and multiple collaborative projects with other great shows. Pete and Travis highlight the new topics to explore in 2016 as well as the exciting "side-projects" available for our listeners and […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #48: Texas Czechs: Come and Take It December 11, 2015
    The guys from the "Come and Take It" podcast interview Travis and I about living in the Czech Republic and the contributions that Czech immigrants made to American culture in the great state of Texas.
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #47: Faust and the Devil September 28, 2015
    On a special episode of the Bohemican podcast, we welcome the History of Alchemy podcast listeners with a topic focused on alchemy, a deal with the devil, and alchemical legend spanning nearly 600 years. Johannes Faust was more a myth than a man but his legend helped to inspire alchemical discoveries and create unforgettable ghost stories here in Prague well […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #46: Jan Mydlar: Prague's Executioner September 27, 2015
    Jan Mydlar led an eventful life in the 17th century. He was well respected at his gruesome occupation as Prague's Old Town executioner. His story is of lost love, a cruel twist of fate, and being a harbinger of the subjugation of the Czech people. Join us as we introduce you to this 17th century man behind the cowl of death, Jan Mydlar.
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #45: The Prague Pub Crawl September 15, 2015
    Join us for a tour of some of Prague's more unique pubs. We will take a variety of dives and celebrated watering holes throughout the city. We will recount the now defunct party tram, discuss the best Czech pub food, and introduce you to some Czech pub etiquette. Pull up a seat and order some Olomouc cheese and a cold pivo... the pub crawl starts now! […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #44: Behind the Curtain of Podcasting August 5, 2015
    Join us tonight as Travis Dow interviews Der Buddler of the Secret Cabinet Podcast to talk shop on all things behind the mic. We will discuss the research, setup, cost, and know how on how to start up a podcast within the genre of history.
    Peter Collman
  • Destination: Stara Boleslav August 4, 2015
    Stara Boleslav was the site of the murder of Saint Vaclav, or Wenceslas, some 1000 years ago. The patron Saint of the Czech People met his untimely death at the hands of his brother on the steps of the Chapel that carries his name today. This small town, located just east of Prague, is also a pilgrimage site for thousands.
    Peter Collman
  • Episode 43: Podcasting with China History Host Laszlo Montgomery June 15, 2015
    Travis Dow had a chance to meet up with Laszlo from the China History Podcast who was temporarily in the Bay Area and swung by for tea. On this evening's Bohemican Podcast we listen in to a chat about history, podcasting, and listener questions for Travis and Laszlo . The questions came from the HISTORY PODCASTS Facebook group. You can find Laszlo’s exc […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #42: The Swedes Are Coming!!! May 31, 2015
    The Thirty Years War was a brutal and bloody conflict in Europe. Many say the war started in Prague with the defenestrations, yet now the battle has come to the doorstep of Bohemia. The Swedish army, also comprised of ruthless mercenaries, launched an all-out attack on Prague. A determined army of citizens are the only thing stopping the Swedes from burning […]
    Peter Collman
  • Bohemican Youtube Channel: Alchemy (Show One & Two) May 13, 2015
    Our first simucast of the Bohemican Audio Podcast and our new Youtube Channel. We take you to a real Golden Age Alchemy lab deep under Old Town Prague.
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #40: Casanova's Final Years in Bohemia February 16, 2015
    Giacomo Casanova was an 18th century Italian playboy and favorite among the who's who of European social circles. This adventurer and author had many exploits that were written in his autobiography, Histoire de ma vie, towards the twilight of his days. This extensive autobiography was finished when Casanova resided in the Castle of Dux or the Château Du […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #39: Ugly Wednesday: U.S. Bombing of Prague February 3, 2015
    February 14, 1945 - The closing months of fighting in Europe during World War Two proved to be very deadly as the Allies marched towards Berlin. The mid-February 1945 mission to destroy Dresden, Germany is still a point of historical contention to this day. However, many outside of the Czech Republic don't know of the reason why Prague is connected to t […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #38: Great Women in Czech History January 15, 2015
    The Bohemican Podcast examines the lives of three powerful woman in Czech history. From the mists of myth and legend to the humbleness of serving the poor and destitute, these women of Bohemia were determined and dedicated to their respective causes. The ancient Pagan Princess Libuse forged a new kingdom on the banks of the Vltava and foretold of the creatio […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #37: Czech Christmas Eve Celebration December 25, 2014
    VESELE VANOCE to our Bohemican podcast listeners this holiday season. Tonight we invite you to join us for a Czech Christmas Eve celebration full of singing, fairy tales, and preparation for a special dinner. We will provide a tour across the Republic to visit various city Christmas markets and a stop over to see the feeding of the Cesky Krumlov bears. Chris […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #36: Listener Mail December 6, 2014
    As the Bohemican podcast nears our two year anniversary, we thought it best to dedicate an episode to responding to listener mail from around the world. We are very fortunate to have a loyal and vocal audience that spands over 15 nations worldwide. Listener comments help our show to improve and we hope to receive more emails as the Bohemican podcast enters y […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #35: Sir Nicholas Winton and the Kindertransport to Freedom November 10, 2014
    The Czech Republic honored Sir Nicholas Winton with the Order of the White Lion in October of 2014. This 105-year-old U.K. citizen received this award for his work to rescue 669 Czech children from the growing dangers of Nazi Germany in 1938 and '39. Today, over 6000 individuals can, in part, thank their existence to Sir Winton and the others to organiz […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #34: The Battle of White Mountain (Bila Hora) October 15, 2014
    The Thirty Years' War ravaged Europe through the mid-17th century. The seeds that were laid with the defenestration of Prague and the subsequent near-by battle of Bila Hora, or White Mountain, created a religious and political firestorm. The Bohemican podcast will take you step-by-step through the battle, visit the 2014 re-enactment in Prague, and summa […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #33: Enemies of the State: The Vojna Prison & Labor Camp September 26, 2014
    The Vojna Prison was one of the largest forced labor camps in 1950's Czechoslovakia. The newly entrenched communist government began the work of imprisoning thousands of Czech citizens on the grounds of treason against the state. Anyone deemed a threat to the new order was sentenced to years of forced labor in the uranium mines of Vojna, just south of P […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #32: A Tour of Prague Zoo September 17, 2014
    Lions, tigers, and Medveds! Yep, in this episode the Bohemican Podcast takes you on a tour of the Prague Zoo. Not only will we show you the animals, but we will glance over the history of the park. The Prague Zoo was a sanctuary for at risk animals during bombing raids in World War Two and survived one of the worst floods in European history in 2002. Grabs t […]
    Peter Collman
  • Destination: City of Strakonice: Bagpipes, Beer, and Fez Hats August 31, 2014
    Every two years, the city Strakonice plays host to the International Bagpipe Festival and the Bohemican Podcast gives you a front seat. We will also look into the other aspects of Strakonice that make this town unique. Grab a Dudak pivo, put on your fez hat, and get ready for some bagpipes.
    Peter Collman
  • Destination: Tolstejn Castle and the Robber Knights August 17, 2014
    Located in the Liberec Region, Tolstejn Castle is a "living" 15th century ruin. It is recognized as one of the more popular tourist destinations for castle enthusiasts. Hike, bike, or drive to this northern Czech Republic ruin and you will be rewarded with good beer and food from the pub and maybe, just maybe, find the hidden treasure of Robber Kni […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #31: Battle of Chlum 1866: The Killing Fields of Koniggratz July 21, 2014
    The Bohemican Podcast takes to the field of battle for a 2014 re-enactment of the Battle of Chlum. This decisive battle of the Austro-Prussian War took place on July 3, 1866 in the Bohemian fields near Hradec Kralove (Koniggratz). This 19th century “killing field” would see over 40,000 killed, wounded, or captured by battle’s end.
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #30: The Masin Brothers: Freedom Fighters or Terrorists July 2, 2014
    Some Czechs called them stone cold murders while others named them heroes of the oppressed. The Masin brother's left a divided legacy among the Czech people during their escape from communist controlled Czechoslovakia in the early 1950s. The two brothers, Josef and Ctirad, led a ragtag "Group of Five" that believed they could start a Czech res […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #29: Czech Legends and Fairy Tales June 10, 2014
    The Bohemican Podcast explores the telling of ancient legends and fairy tales connected to the Czech people. The cultural and historical significance to the oral and written traditions are presented in this edition with the re-telling of several Czech stories.
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #28: Klement Gottwald: Stalin's Protege in Power May 18, 2014
    We examine Czechoslovakia's first Communist President and consistently voted "Worst Czech Leader", Klement Gottwald. What many would call a "true believer" in the socialist construct, Gottwald helped the communist party gain a foot-hold in Czechoslovak politics following World War Two with a political coup backed by Moscow. During th […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #27: Pilsen's "Thank You America" Liberation Festival May 3, 2014
    It is 1945...again. At least it is in the Czech city of Pilsen every May 8th. The Bohemican podcast will take you back to the last few weeks of World War Two when the American infantry liberated western Czechoslovakia. We will also provide information on how the city of Pilsen commemorates this benchmark in their history with the annual "Thank You Ameri […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #26: The Czech Spring Rite of Witch Burning April 22, 2014
    The Czechs and Moravians usher in the Spring on the last night of April by burning a "straw witch" at a celebration known as Carodejnice. Celebrated throughout many nations in Europe, the burning of the witches is a time to eat, drink, and be merry.....winter is over. We will look at the beginnings of this ancient festival and of the dark history o […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #25: Czech Easter, Passover, and Ancient Traditions April 3, 2014
    Springtime has come to the Czech Republic. It is a time of religious observance and ancient Czech traditions. It is not uncommon to see bands of young men stumbling through the town with homemade whips in their hands looking for a young lady to swack. It is also common to see Czechs file into churches and synagogues worshiping with their brothers and sisters […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #24: Lafayette's Escape from Olomouc Prison March 15, 2014
    The American War for Independence was over and the French Revolution Reign of Terror was in full bloom. A hero of both nations was under lock and key in the prison fortress of Olomouc in Northern Moravia (today’s Eastern part of the Czech Republic). The Marquis de Lafayette was languishing in this Austrian prison when a German and a young American hatched […]
    Peter Collman
  • Destination: Karlstein Castle and Region March 12, 2014
    The Bohemican Podcast makes a side trip to one of the more recognized castles in Central Europe: Karlstein Castle. We will walk through the gothic gates of this 14th century stronghold and repository for some of the most important relics in all of Christendom. Built under the direction of Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, Karlstein Castle is a must visit destin […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #23: Podcast Year in Review March 2, 2014
    The Bohemican Podcast and the History of Alchemy Podcast reached a milestone of one full year completed. Travis Dow and I want to thank our listeners and fellow podcasters for their feedback to our respective programs. On this edition of the Bohemican Podcast, we will both sum up our shows and memories from the past year and give some insight on what is to c […]
    Peter Collman
  • Czechs and the Great War: Death From Above February 11, 2014
    On Part Three of the Czechs in the Great War, we will present the top World War One flying aces that claimed Czech roots flying for the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Our spotlight shines upon several amazing Czechs that revolutionized flight tactics and engineering of early sky warfare.
    Peter Collman
  • Destination: Houska Castle and the Pit to Hell January 29, 2014
    Houska Castle is generally known as the most haunted castle in all of Bohemia. A large gash in the limestone rock opened up a "bottomless pit" sometime in the 12th century. A holy chapel was built on the site to cover this "Pit to Hell" and later a castle was constructed to guard against whatever could come out of that hole. Houska Castle […]
    Peter Collman
  • Destination: Konopiste Castle January 12, 2014
    Konopiste Castle has roots that date back to the late 13th century. The castle began as a French Gothic style before is current appearance that took shape in the early twentieth century. Purchased in 1887 by Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand, Konopiste Castle houses spectacular collections of hunting trophies, medieval weapons, and works of art related to Saint Geor […]
    Peter Collman
  • Czechs and The Great War: FlashPoint January 6, 2014
    The year was 1914 and Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were attending meetings in Sarajevo to bring forth Serb and Slavic unification in the Austrian-Hungarian Empire when Serb separatists gunned down the couple. This “flashpoint” sparked a chain reaction that led to the outbreak of World War One. Join us for our second show on the Great War and th […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #22: Czech Christmas Traditions December 17, 2013
    Czechs celebrate their Christmas time traditions with a passion. From St. Nicholas Day through Christmas Eve, Czechs practice age old activities such as waiting for Baby Jesus to deliver the Christmas tree and presents to the unique Christmas dinner of fried carp. Expats may find these traditions strange yet interesting and hard to ignore. Join us in a festi […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #21: Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV of Bohemia December 9, 2013
    Charles IV ushered in the golden age of Bohemia and left his mark on medieval Europe. He was named Holy Roman Emperor in April of 1355 and he dedicated his life to reform the city of Prague into a shining jewel of Central Europa. Charles IV gave the Bohemian people a sense of importance and worth that helped to solidify him as the most revered leader in Czec […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #20: The National Passion of Czech Hockey November 30, 2013
    The Czechs have a love affair with the sport of hockey that rivals the game's super powers of Canada and Sweden. From the the success in the Winter Olympic games to the local rinks of the Extra Liga, the Czechs know hockey and respect the game. Tonight we drop the puck and explore the relationship between the "Good Old Game" and the Czech peop […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #19: The Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich and the Aftermath November 30, 2013
    Operation Anthropoid was organized to rid the Czech people of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, Reinhard Heydrich in May of 1942. The assassination attempt was successful but proved costly. Hitler's retribution was swift and complete as his forces executed those that collaborated with the operation. The small Czech village of Lidice was razed to […]
    Peter Collman
  • Czechs and The Great War: Winds of War November 26, 2013
    On the first episode of our special Bohemican Podcast series called Czechs in the Great War, we will set the table with the numerous events and conditions that led to the outbreak of World War One. The Czech people are caught in the middle of the conflict and have to choose a side. Some stay loyal to the Austrian-Hungarian Empire while others fight alongside […]
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #18: The Velvet Revolution November 17, 2013
    November 17, 1989 marks an important benchmark in Czech history. On this day a peaceful student protest in Prague ended in riot police suppression. By week's end some 500,000 people filled the streets to oppose the Communist status quo. The Velvet Revolution ended the Socialist Republic and ushered in the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic.
    Peter Collman
  • Episode #17: Jara Chimrman: The man, the myth, the legend November 13, 2013
    This is the original "International Man of Mystery". He is the most famous Czech in history for accomplishments ranging from discovering the North Pole to inventing the telephone. Many believe this famous man of the late 19th century helped shape the 20th century through his inspired yet overshadowed accomplishments. Plays, books, and several film […]
    Peter Collman

 

 

 

 

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