Podcasting Resources

 


What is Podcasting?

German Podcasts


What is Podcasting?

The short answer: The word comes from a combination of "broadcast" with "ipod."

Podcasts are (often homemade) audio/radio shows on culture, news, life, etc. that are made available for download on the internet. You can then put them put on a portable mp3 player and take them with you wherever you go. Basically, the "receiver" program (iPodder, for example) checks for and downloads mp3 podcasts which are then transferred to your player when you sync it with your computer.

This is a great opportunity for foreign language learning, since up-to-date content (by native speakers) is available on a regular basis and can be taken with you wherever you go. Note: you don't necessarily need an ipod for this. You can use pretty much any mp3 player or even your desktop computer to listen to podcasts. However, we do not recommend listening to your desktop on the bus or at the gym.

The long(er) answer: take a look at the wikipedia entry on podcasting, a Wired article on podcasting, and a
short (and fairly patronizing) film on podcasting.

Download the iPodder podcast receiver here for free. You will need this program (or one like it) to download the podcasts.
To subscribe to programs, you can either go through the program's provided directory, or you can copy the URLs of the podcasts into the program. URLs of some German podcasts are listed below, as in a German language podcast directory. Please note: neither the Language Learning Center nor the UW is responsible for the content of the podcasts.

Please follow the directions for downloading and installing the iPodder program on their website.

German Language Podcasts

German Podcast Portal (directory)
http://www.podcast.de

Paste the following URLs (http://____) into your podcast receiver program to subscribe to the programs.

Books on tape
http://www.buchfunk.de/buchfunk.xml

Audible Blog (various topics)
http://www.audibleblog.de/wp-rss2.php

Blogs
Swiss podcast
http://www.swisspodcast.ch/swisspodcast/wp-rss2.php

from Austria
Marios Pla.net
http://mariosplanet.podhost.de/rss

Wolfgang Harrer (Deutsche Welle)'s Blog
Interviews in English, commentary in German.
http://feeds.feedburner.com/dw-world/harrerpodcast

Film
Cinestar FM
( Interviews with contemporary film stars in Germany)
http://cinestarfm.podspot.de/rss

Kino im Kopf. Filme der Woche.
Film reviews/reports.
http://feeds.feedburner.com/kinoimkopf

Sports
Fussball podcast
http://www.rudern1.de/RSS/podcast_f1.php

Science
Wahnhoffs wunderbare Welt der Wissenschaft http://wissenschaft.wanhoff.de/podcast.xml

Business
Abendteuerbusiness
http://www.visionintoaction.de/podcast/rss.php

News
Radio rss
http://www.radio-rss.de/mp3/live/pcast.xml

Music
New noise edition (punk and alternative music)
http://feeds.feedburner.com/Newnoiseedition