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.
In Pulse this week, we'll find out the future of rural areas in Africa, hear how more and more Kenyans are turning to solar power to meet their energy needs, and we'll take look at the issue of skin lightening among school girls in Ghana. All that in this jam-packed edition of Pulse.
For the fourth year running, the number of drug-related deaths in Germany has risen. According to a report published Monday in the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, 1333 people died as a result of illegal drugs. The basis for the majority of these deaths is addiction, and this week’s show will look into various facets of addiction, starting with the reward system in the human brain.
NTDs are diseases that science can cure and eliminate, and an international summit is taking place in Geneva to help make that happen. The task is truly gargantuan, and we're not there yet, but it's already been one of the most successful and impressive fights staged by the international community.
It's all about artificial intelligence - the rise of our machine overlords. What's going to happen? When's it going to happen? Or has it already happened? We're going to delve into these and - a number of other questions - with some of the most progressive minds out there.
According to research conducted in Switzerland, Sweden and Germany, spiders eat more meat each year than humans do, and they could easily eat the human race each year - more than once! Spiders are not only hungry, however; they are incredibly adaptable, arguably terrifying, and understudied. With that in mind, Spectrum is all about these amazing arachnids this week.
Murders, suicides, mass shootings: more people die as a result of guns in the US than in any other high-income country. Scientists say their research into gun violence would help reduce the number of deaths, if it was properly funded. Also on the program: radioactive wild boars in the Czech Republic, and being woken up by an electric shock.
Scientists are trying to find bigger storage options for renewable energy. Everyone from car companies to research scientists exploring possibilities. Also on Spectrum: The first carbon-neutral community in Britain and how power pylons birds are electrocuting our birds.