A podcast is an audio file that can be downloaded automatically to your computer, using RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds to your computer. RSS feeds are free content feeds from Web sites, including washingtonpost.com, that contain article headlines, summaries, links to articles, and podcasts.
The word "podcast" is derived from Apple Computer's portable music player, the iPod.
Podcasts are usually downloaded through a program like iTunes onto an iPod using RSS feeds, but they can also be directly downloaded on to a computer, or listened to in streaming format.
There are many different types of podcasts about almost any topic, from cars to comedy to science to sports ... and news! The Washington Post's Sunday Source recently sampled a broad range of podcasts.
Many radio or TV shows are repurposed as podcasts.
You do not need an iPod to listen to podcasts. You can listen to washingtonpost.com podcasts in a few ways.
There is no set time for when podcasts run, but most podcasts update at least once a week. Check back regularly for updates.
All washingtonpost.com podcasts are free.