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.
Why German researchers are concerned about the future with Donald Trump in the White House? Also on Spectrum: North and South Korea are divided by far more than political resentment - we're going to look at how differently people in the two Koreas speak. And finally - ever wonder how blue jeans are made? We're going to meet the northernmost producer of jeans in the world - in Norway.
Germany has a new astronaut. Europe has one too. His name is Matthias Maurer, and he looks set to join the heady ranks of Germany's celebrity astronaut Alexander Gerst - "Astro Alex." Also in the show: A mobile telescope is bringing the universe to children in Kenya. Donating money to homeless people – with your credit card. Italy's underwater veggie patch.
A very hungry caterpillar is wiping out cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast. A new way of fighting dengue fever in Indonesia. Everybody has one – a pair of jeans. In Norway a team of young people is producing the blue trousers in an environmentally friendly fashion. That and more, right here on Spectrum.
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.