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The ultimate NPR experience for your iPhone or iPod Touch. Follow local and national news and listen to your favorite NPR stations wherever you are and whenever you want to.
With the NPR News iPhone app, NPR is always on.
- Listen to NPR’s hourly news updates
- Create a playlist of stories
- Hear public radio podcasts on demand
- Read stories while listening to live stations or on demand audio
- Bookmark your favorite stations
- Find stations by location (GPS) or zip code
- Our program guide tells you where your favorite programs are playing live now
- Listen to Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Planet Money, Fresh Air, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and more – anytime, anywhere
Thank you, as always, for supporting public radio.
What's New in Version 3.9.14
We've fixed a few bugs that were causing occasional app crashes
Even if NPR didn't have the OR at the end, the quality of its news is superior to broadsheet news.
I was brought up listening to KCRW, the primary NPR station in Los Angeles… Though it is based in Santa Monica. My perception of news and entertainment was shaped by NPR and PRI like Pasadena's KPCC. Ever since radio stations were deregulated and it was no longer a mandatory requirement for all stations to report news, NPR consistently improve the quality of news it's quality of of affiliates it's entertainment value and best of all it doesn't have any commercials. From what I can tell I feel that NPRas a news organization is the lease by us. Even here in Los Angeles a predominately liberal city. NPR here always makes an attempt to view news from multiple angles and that is why I really do loveNPR is a radio station or NPR as written news which is still very good quality, even if it might be just transcriptions.
A major flaw
I use this app everyday to listen to the news because I ride the bus to and from work. On my way to work I go in and out of wifi zones, especially on campus where the reach of wifi fluctuates as I go past different buildings. The big flaw with the app is that it seems every time the phone loses wifi, the stream stops and then it is unable to resume on its own. The little wheel spins and never starts playing. I'm forced to choose a different stream to force the app to connect and the return to the original stream. This happens 10 to 15 times during a commute. It is infuriating! Especially in the middle of an important story. The only way to avoid this bug is to disable wifi and use cellular data. And if I'm distracted and forget to turn it back on after my trip, I risk overusing the data and end up with overages at the end of the month. Fix this and I'll change my review to 5 stars.
Crashes Unpredictably but Great NPR content
NPR programming quality is excellent, as usual, but this app continues to crash and force the user to reenter iphone password and reopen the app. This has been occurring for more than a year now. Another issue is that Morning Edition repeats podcast stories from the prior day, so I have to manually delete those or listen to them again. By contrast, the WBUR app podcasts do not repeat stories, but their version of Morning Edition is 3 hours since it includes local Boston news; nothing against Boston, as my issue is just length of programming. I do like this app's 5-minute hourly news update to hit major topics throughout the day without needing to visually cruise the NYT or Google news. I've avoided the NPR ONE app b/c I don't want an algorithm deciding my exposure to news (like certain social media apps).