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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

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Blood for Blood. Or a Heifer or Two (audio)
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Blood for Blood. Or a Heifer or Two (audio)

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In Chechnya, the centuries-old Caucasian honour code is slowly being eroded by the bloody politics of Ramzan Kadyrov. Original publication by Wojciech Jagielski. Read by Richard Greenhill.
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Be Like Anastasia. Life in a New Age Slavic Homestead (audio)
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Be Like Anastasia. Life in a New Age Slavic Homestead (audio)

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Anastasianism (or the Ringing Cedars) is a new age religious movement that started in Russia. We visit one of its kinship homesteads to find out how to heal the human civilization. Original publication by Ewa Pawlik. Read by Annie Krasińska.
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Six Feet Above the Ground. A Brief Overview of Tree-Top Living (audio)
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Six Feet Above the Ground. A Brief Overview of Tree-Top Living (audio)

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Our ancestors lived in trees millions of years ago. Perhaps that’s why humans seem intent on returning to them. Original publication by Łukasz Stępnik. Read by Andy Edwins.
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A Communist LSD Trip. The Story of Czechoslovak Acid (audio)
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A Communist LSD Trip. The Story of Czechoslovak Acid (audio)

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In the 1960s, LSD was legally available across Czechoslovakia. A writer recounts the story of how a communist state became the leading manufacturer of a psychedelic drug. Original text written by Aleksander Kaczorowski. Read by Richard Greenhill.
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Lessons in Detachment with Szaszkiewiczowa (audio)
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Lessons in Detachment with Szaszkiewiczowa (audio)

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At the ripe old age of 96, Poland’s oldest blogger describes the art of sarcasm and scathing comebacks. Original publication by Irena "Kika" Szaszkiewiczowa. Read by Mark Bence.

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What Are You Reading, Mr President? (audio)

What Are You Reading, Mr President? (audio)

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We imagine a world in which politicians read books, leading to a greater capacity for imagination, truth, and caring for the country. Original publication by Paulina Wilk. Read by Annie Krasińska.
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An Archive of Taste. The Lingering Memory of Flavour (audio)
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An Archive of Taste. The Lingering Memory of Flavour (audio)

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Food isn’t simply a gustatory experience. It can also evoke associations with people and places, taking us on an emotional trip down memory lane. Original publication by Monika Kucia. Read by Erika Oley-Trojanowska.
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The Door (audio)
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The Door (audio)

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About 10 years ago, a door appeared behind the church’s side altar. We don’t know what happened behind that door, but we do know that it was life-changing. A short story set in the Polish countryside. Original publication by Magda Kiełbowicz. Read by Mark Ordon.
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The Woes of Pope Frances. An Alternative Papal History (audio)
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The Woes of Pope Frances. An Alternative Papal History (audio)

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We present you with an alternative history of the Roman Catholic Church led by a woman, Pope Frances. Original publication by Adam Węgłowski. Read by Erika Oley-Trojanowska.
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What Do We Need Memory For? (audio)
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What Do We Need Memory For? (audio)

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In an age of populism, nationalism and rapid change, we should cherish the gift of memory and learn from the past. Original publication by Włodek Goldkorn. Read by John Beauchamp.
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Yoga for the Voice. Why Singing Is Good for the Mind (audio)
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Yoga for the Voice. Why Singing Is Good for the Mind (audio)

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From Gregorian chant to Buddhist mantras, a writer explores the therapeutic properties of singing. Original publication by Aleksandra Reszelska. Read by Nathaniel Espino.
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When Women Had the Field. The Story of Women’s Football (audio)
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When Women Had the Field. The Story of Women’s Football (audio)

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Women’s football thrived at British filling factories during World War I, attracting incredible crowds. Yet a few years after the war, women were banned from playing the sport. Original publication by Piotr Żelazny. Read by Konstancja Dangel.
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A Cap and a Stem. The Culinary Rewards of Mushroom Foraging (audio)
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A Cap and a Stem. The Culinary Rewards of Mushroom Foraging (audio)

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The versatility and rich flavour of mushrooms makes them an excellent cooking ingredient. It’s hardly surprising that mushroom-picking is an essential part of traditional Slavic culture. Original publication by Monika Kucia. Read by Erika Oley-Trojanowska.
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Kid-splosion! Awkward Encounters with Children's Questions (audio)
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Kid-splosion! Awkward Encounters with Children's Questions (audio)

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To mark International Children’s Day, Grzegorz Kasdepke presents a selection of remarks from young readers, demonstrating great curiosity and destructive power. Read by D. J. Sax.
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The Studio Was Her Entire World. The Late Fame of Geta Brătescu (audio)
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The Studio Was Her Entire World. The Late Fame of Geta Brătescu (audio)

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Geta Brătescu is a Romanian artist who made a great impression on us during the last Venice Biennale. We tell the story of an exceptional figure, who became an international star only in her eighties. Read by Nathaniel Espino.
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Archaic and Eternal Time in the Mediterranean Sea (audio)
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Archaic and Eternal Time in the Mediterranean Sea (audio)

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The Mediterranean Sea is a crossroads of the dispossessed, a place that bears witness to both watery deaths and renewed lives. Jarosław Mikołajewski reflects on its timelessness, and what it might reveal about humanity.