Podcasts are video and audio programs that can be streamed or downloaded on computers, smartphones and personal music players via the Internet.
The term "podcast" is a portmanteau of the words "broadcast" and "iPod", the name of a popular portable MP3 player. Most podcasts are produced exclusively for an online audience, though some TV shows and radio programs are also available as podcasts. Podcasts offer a wide range in themes and formats, from news reports to storytelling programs to comedy shows.
Technology gets blamed for many things - from causing obesity, to a reduction in our ability to communicate with each other - but could it also be leading to evolutionary changes? Specifically, are our hands changing as a response to tools and gadgets such as smartphones? Also, we talk about how the city of Chicago is struggling with a growing problem with rats.
What can DNA tell us about what an unknown perpetrator looks like? A whole lot, but only if the law allows it. Germany has some of the strictest legislation with regard to how DNA analysis can be used. Why? DW talks to Peter Schneider, the head of Germany's Spurenkommission, an umbrella group of the country's leading forensic institutions.
Germany is on the verge of expanding the use of DNA analysis in criminal investigations - and we're going to hear from someone who's greatly responsible for that. Also, we go to the root of the problem of fake news, and we are going to drive through the new double-decker tunnel in the Dutch city of Maastricht.
On Spectrum this week with host Jessie Wingard: are you addicted to your smartphone? We head along to an addiction prevention class with a difference. We talk sex - a Danish travel company is encouraging people to have sex and says, why not bring the kids? And, we take a look at clothing that actively cools you down.
Today on Pulse, we find out what lengths Africans in Germany go to get their favourite foods from the continent. We meet Tanzania’s albino women of courage. And, we talk about the extremes some African governments will go to to block social media. All that and more on this jam-packed edition of Pulse with host Jessie Wingard.
Avian flu is on the march in Germany and Europe once more - but there's a crucial difference between this strain of bird flu and the one that came before it. DW checks in with the German National Institute for Animal Health to find out what we have to fear from the highly viral outbreak.
Today on Spectrum - is what you eat during pregnancy harming your baby for life? Plus, we head along to Germany’s first HIV research center. Meet a Senegalese woman doing her bit for the environment – by designing a novel smartphone app. And, are driverless cars the way of the future? All that and more on this jam-packed edition with host Jessie Wingard.
On Pulse this week we take a look at what it’s like for the South African students who have been forced to use different ways of studying after universities closed due to violent protests. We will also hear of how Kenyan graduates are having a hard time finding a job in their field of study, and what they are now up to.
We’ve crammed lots into this packed, new look, new sounding edition of Pulse. We ask what African-Americans in the US think about the upcoming election; meet some aspiring young people in southern Africa setting their sights on bringing about much-needed change, and, host Jessie Wingard talks ‘White Savior Complex’ following the release of a parody music video featuring five white missionaries.
On this week’s edition of Pulse, we broach the subject of sex, look through the lens of black artists and meet a Senegalese woman doing her bit for the environment – by designing a novel smartphone app. Plus, an online community in Kenya is blogging for change.