The best of NPR’s content in your pocket: read the latest breaking news, stream your local public radio stations, and hear your favorite NPR shows and podcasts. The NPR App is in your hands, wherever you go.

Tap into a world of stories with on-demand access to the best of NPR content—news, live radio streams, programs, and podcasts. Never miss a beat with hourly newscasts, breaking news alerts, and story feeds filtered by topic. With the NPR app, home feels close enough to touch. Stream your local station to hear the stories that matter in your community.


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Hear local and national newscasts and receive breaking news alerts.
Stream your local radio station from wherever you are.
Listen to America’s top conversations from NPR’s award-winning news programs, Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
Enjoy on-demand access to your favorite podcasts, including NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and Planet Money.
You can now support the station in your community with a simple, easy tap to visit their donation page.

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What's New

Version 4.2.0

The playlist is back! We heard your feedback and we’re excited to (re-)introduce a playlist feature that lets you curate your own NPR listening experience.

With this new iteration of the playlist, you can:

• Listen to your playlist continuously and hands-free
• Add stories from popular programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered
• Add episodes of your favorite NPR and Member Station podcasts
• Add audio from individual stories
• Edit your playlist to remove a single item, delete the entire list or re-order your items
• See how many items are in your playlist and the total duration of the current list

Thanks to all of the users who shared feedback on the playlist feature and participated in research as we developed this feature. As always, we welcome your feedback and actively put it to use in each release. Please keep it coming!

Ratings and Reviews

2.8 out of 5
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Already miss the Old App

I should have known better than to go with the new NPR app that replaced NPR News. There was so much to love about it. Although I do Support my local NPR Station, I also like to browse, including locally produced programs from other parts of the country, which are not carried by my local station. That was easy to do in the old app. I simply brought up the station, and chose an on-demand program. These shows were displayed alongside the live streams. In addition , I could create a Favorites list, and even add items to a playlist for later use. In the new version, all of these features are gone. Now, the only way to get on-demand material from other stations seems to involve changing one’s favorite station; and, even if you do that, you then have to go to a separate On-Demand tab to get such material, and there are fewer choices of podcasts and topics. For instance, on the old app, I could go to WUNC (not my local station), and listen to podcasts from The People’s Pharmacy. Now, even by making that station my favorite, I found very few choices—and The People’s Pharmacy wasn’t one of them. Then, I had to reset my favorite station; then, to get back to where I was (if it wasn’t my local station), I had to go to Recently Streamed, and _hope to find it there. I hope I will grow to like the new app better, but don’t count on it. The reason I even gave it 4 stars is that I’m a huge fan of NPR.


Bring the NPR News app back, please

The new NPR app seems designed like the NPR One app, which is really unfortunate. On the old NPR News app, I could create my own playlists, listening to these three stories but not that one. That functionality has all been removed from the new (and certainly not improved) NPR app. Sometimes I might want to listen to most of one day’s All Things Considered program, but would (for example) delete the sports stories because I just don’t care about them. With the change to this new NPR app, it’s not possible to curate my own NPR playlist. It’s frustrating that NPR’s “digital” department thinks that this is what their listeners want.

The new NPR app is much less listener-friendly and makes it more difficult to seek out new/interesting content. It is still easy to find Morning Edition or All Things Considered—but it is very difficult to find the off-the-wall and obscure programs produced by smaller NPR member stations across the country. The old NPR News app was great for that.

Ugh. I gave up on using NPR One years ago because I didn’t like how that program “decided” for me what it thought I would want to listen to. I was an active user of the NPR News app for years and years. I used the Playlist feature on a daily basis. It was a very frustrating morning to be forced into using this new NPR app that has taken away much of the functionality of the old NPR News app. Please bring the old NPR News app back!


4.x release is useless garbage, bring back the old app!

The latest release is a train wreck. We live for the news and I even used to work for an NPR affiliate, and the 4.0 update has destroyed our relationship with NPR in our home. The old app was crashy, slow and quirky but functional. We love NPR so much we put up with it. We used to listen constantly, curating our own playlist with a few taps on even a 5 year old phone and it worked fine. One day I hear cries from the shower, what happened to the NPR app? I find out there's an update, saw some bad reviews, rushed to turn off automatic updates on my iPhone, but not in time. The fact that the old version is gone without warning and replaced with something missing the only meaningful feature of the app is completely irresponsible. The new app seems to do basically one thing which is to stream some tiny subset of NPR content in a predetermined order without the ability to decide in advance what I listen to while showering, driving, running, etc. This is torture after getting accustomed to the playlist feature for the last several years. I have read every review here and this is basically the consensus about the 4.0 app. I have searched for an alternative, to find nothing. I may write one myself as my next side project. Until then, goodbye NPR, just when we need you most. I beg whoever is in charge to bring back the old app, immediately. Update: Just installed latest version and it crashed on startup. Deleted.


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