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.
Canada marks its 150th birthday with a party this week, but many indigenous people are not in the mood to celebrate. We go to the Colombian jungle where coca plants - the base for cocaine - are still thriving despite the peace deal with FARC rebels. We'll also hear about blind baseball fans in South Korea who put together a popular podcast about their favorite sport.
Baseball is quite a popular pastime in South Korea. And there's a very popular podcast, too, where sport lovers talk about the week in baseball. Thing is though, they've never actually seen a match themselves - they are blind. But that doesn't keep them from enjoying the games.
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.