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News Now is a quick and easy way to hear the latest news from NPR.

This simple app creates a playlist of the most recent NPR audio stories, beginning with the hourly news. Playback automatically continues to the next story, or listeners can tap a headline and jump to a particular story.

• Starts automatically, just launch and listen.
• Jump to any point in a story by touching and dragging the playback bar.
• Remembers the stories you've heard and won't automatically play them again.

News Now works great with AirPlay and is compatible with headphone playback controls and Control Center.

This app was built by an NPR member and is powered by the NPR API. The developer is not affiliated with NPR.

What's New

Version 3.0

Complete rewrite of News Now to support iOS 11.

New features:
- Pull-to-refresh news feed
- 15-second rewind on lock screen
- Story image on lock screen
- Support for more screen sizes
- Improved caching and preloading

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5

22 Ratings

22 Ratings



Seriously thank you for updating this to be iOS 11 compatible just when I had lost all hope in continuing to use the best NPR app. Nothing is more simple, fast and convenient in getting the tops news. MAJOR REQUEST: back in the old days, it was possible to share a specific story by tap and holding on a story, which brought up the share sheet. PLEASE BRING THIS BACK, that would make this near perfect. Minor request: if you can somehow add an option to automatically play from different topics or programs, this would be a monster (a good one).

Much easier to use than NPR's own apps


I use this app every single day and I love it. This elegant, nicely designed app makes it possible to do exactly what I want to do: hear NPR news. It doesn't clog up the app with things I don't need. It's a cleaner approach than NPR's own apps and as a bonus, it looks better, too.

I have been using News Now for 3 years and I still use it daily. Unlike NPR One, it lets me select stories and doesn't pad my experience with things I don't want.

Please update!


I believe the next time I do an iOS update on my phone this app will no longer work? If so I am so sad. This is a great app. I have listened to it every morning for well over a year. Will there be an update?

September 2017: THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! You have updated this App 😄😄. Now I can update my phone etc. without losing this Ap. You're the best 💋!

Developer Response

I hope to update this app to work with iOS 11, but unfortunately the way I wrote it originally will require me to completely rewrite it. I may not be able to do that before iOS 11 comes out. This is good motivation!


Simon King
6.3 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Simon King


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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