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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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Electricity and Fear

Electricity and Fear
The Trouble with Nuclear Energy

Magazine / science
After the disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima, mention of nuclear power plants is met with strong public trepidation. But, in the face of climate catastrophe, might this be our most feasible energy source? Andrzej Krajewski

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The Queen of Backyard Games
cross-border reportage

The Queen of Backyard Games
A European Witch Hunt

Reading / society
What does it mean to be a witch in 21st-century Europe? Our new cross-border reportage tries to answer this question by looking for the granddaughters of the witches that Europe was never able to burn. The heroes of the final part include the Kraków-based artist and activist Cecylia Malik. Ada Petriczko
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A National Asana

A National Asana
Yoga Branches Across Poland

Magazine / society
Back in the early 1980s, “Przekrój” was already instructing our younger readers on the yogic tree pose. But the history of yoga in Poland dates way back to the early 20th century with one Wincenty Lutosławski. Ewa Pawlik

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Miss Gienia

Miss Gienia
Memories of School Dinners

Reading / society
The school canteen menu in Poland is full of traditional comfort food. That same home-made feeling of culinary nostalgia can also be found in the country’s milk bars. Marta Zboralska

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Could Have
Poematic

Could Have

Reading / literature
A poem by a Polish Nobel Prize winner, translated by Stanisław Barańczak and Clare Cavanagh. Wisława Szymborska
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The Lift Looks After the Washing Machine

The Lift Looks After the Washing Machine
Self-Automation in a Household Appliance Warehouse

Reading / society
Europe’s tallest high-bay warehouse processes 120 pallets every hour. Remarkably, it’s managed by only three human employees. Our correspondent explores its intelligent design. Agata Romaniuk
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Cartoons

Cartoons

Marek Raczkowski's drawings
Discover what Polish humour is about. Check out Marek Raczkowski's cartoons translated by Marek Kazmierski.

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Obrazek
Igor Kubik
Artwork / Illustrations
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20th July 1969

20th July 1969
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1969, a certain Mr Armstrong touched down on the moon and spoke about a giant leap for mankind, but how was all of this observed in communist Poland? Adam Węgłowski

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July in History

July in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of July. Adam Węgłowski
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Following the Example of Nature

Following the Example of Nature
Six Inventions Inspired by the Natural World

Magazine / science
Sometimes, nature is simply ahead of us humans. We present six scientific developments that take their cue from plants and animals. prof. Paweł Kafarski
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Death, or a Cannonball Jump

Death, or a Cannonball Jump
An Innocent Discussion About Death

Reading / society
In this edition of “Conversations from the Playground”, Ewa Pawlik talks to Lu and her friends about that ever-so-autumnal subject: death. Ewa Pawlik

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Skyborne Whales

Skyborne Whales
The Rise (and Fall) of the Airship

Magazine / culture
Airships – those long, cylindrical balloons that cruise through the sky – seem like a relic of a bygone era. But, with the climate now high on the agenda, they might be making an unexpected comeback. Andrzej Krajewski
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Finding Peace Through Yoga

Finding Peace Through Yoga
A Way for Veterans to Combat Trauma

Reading / society
VEToga is a yoga programme developed specifically for war veterans. It was designed by Justin Blazejewski, who began to experience PTSD after 10 years of military service. Jowita Kiwnik Pargana

Opinion
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Miha
Mazzini

COVID-19 Has Transposed Us to the Future

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My Visor

Matthew
Coachinger
Matthew Coachinger
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

The World Can Be Changed

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Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change
Mind the climate

Greta Thunberg: Let’s Use Nature to Fight Climate Change

Media / Video
All around us are magic machines that suck carbon out of the air, cost very little and build themselves. Trees – in all their gorgeous variety and spectacular beauty – can make a massive difference to the world, if we accept one condition: we have to leave fossil fuels in the ground, where they belong.
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The Limits of Clean Energy
Mind the climate

The Limits of Clean Energy

Magazine / science
If the world isn’t careful, renewable energy could become as destructive as fossil fuels. Jason Hickel
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What Comes After the Flood?
Mind the climate

What Comes After the Flood?
An Interview with Marcin Popkiewicz

Magazine / science
Marcin Popkiewicz, co-founder of a Polish climate science portal, talks about ecotourism, the fight against disinformation, and a possible future world. Łukasz Kaniewski
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A Rightful Balance
Mind the climate

A Rightful Balance
Environmentalism in the Films of Studio Ghibli

Reading / culture
Studio Ghibli – the Japanese animation film studio – may be known for its fluffy mascots such as Totoro, but beneath this cute veneer are a series of films with serious ecological concerns. Serena Scateni

Audio

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What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

Media / Audio
American acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton takes us on a sound trip to the first quiet park on Earth, where we can hear the gentle sounds of the Zabalo River, nestled deep in the Amazon rainforest.
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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Media / Audio
We have more in common with cats and dogs than some people think – especially when it comes to cheekily deceiving each other. Original text by Ludwika Włodek.
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The Oak Chronicles ♫

The Oak Chronicles ♫

Media / Audio
An encounter with an ancient oak tree named Bartek, as experienced and retold by a biologist and poet. Original text by Urszula Zajączkowska.
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Media / Audio
Closed terrariums are currently in vogue for urban gardeners, but their history runs all the way back to 19th-century botany. Original text by Joanna Dobkowska.

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Summer Meditations
Healthy Living

Summer Meditations

Reading / society
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the summer months. Julia E.  Wahl
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Are we morally obligated to meditate?
healthy living

Are we morally obligated to meditate?

Magazine / science
A growing body of neuroscience research shows that meditation can make us better to each other. Sigal Samuel
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This incredible meditation will help solve your existential dread
healthy living

This incredible meditation will help solve your existential dread

Magazine / society
Existential dread, meet astronomical wonder. Scotty Hendricks
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Why You Should Find Time to Be Alone With Yourself

Why You Should Find Time to Be Alone With Yourself

Magazine / society
Don’t confuse loneliness with time by yourself. Micaela Marini Higgs