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.
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.
The World Health Organisation says breast cancer is the cause of more than half a million deaths each year. Could anti-inflammatory drugs be the next step in preventing it? Also, we analyse the style and substance of US President Donald Trump’s language.
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.