Live radio, podcasts, and shows from Chicago's NPR Station, WBEZ. Now supports CarPlay.

The WBEZ app brings you radio anytime, anywhere – on your terms. With hundreds of shows, stories and podcasts available at the tap of a finger, the best audio news and storytelling is ready and waiting whether you’re on the bus, at work or on the run. Plus you’ll never miss a minute when you rewind the radio to go back in time and listen to shows that just aired with our revolutionary rePlayer.

WBEZ now supports CarPlay, so you can stream live radio, podcasts, and shows you missed from CarPlay interfaces.

What’s New

Version 8.0.0

WBEZ now supports CarPlay. Stream WBEZ 91.5 or Vocalo 91.1 directly from CarPlay interfaces. You can also browse podcasts and replay shows you missed from the airwaves.

We also added support for audio scrubbing. So you can easily skip forward or backward in whatever audio you're listening to.

Finally we have streamlined the homepage to make shows more accessible, updated the UI and added several bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

Brailey68 ,

Will play for 5 minutes then stops

Was excited to be able to listen to WBEZ on my dog walks. Trouble is it will play for 5 minutes then stop. I have to hit play again and am missing stories. Please fix I have an iPhone that runs software 14.4.2.

daveK:Scientist ,

Annoying buffering, data sucking

I’m a huge BEZ fan and loyal contributor. And while I find the app delay/ad annoying at the start and restart of programming, I assume that’s for data buffering to smoothen the listening experience. What is really troublesome now though, is that suddenly the app is sucking up lots of data. Normally, my mere 6GB monthly plan has been far more than enough data, as I’m usually only using cellular data to any appreciable degree during my bike commuting (about 60’ round trip). Last month, however, the BEZ app sucked up all my data in less than two weeks, so I was throttled by AT&T for the rest of the month. Now starting this month’s data cycle, I’m already on the same path with the BEZ app using 1.2GB in less than two days of commuting. Perhaps the app just isn’t meant for the latest iPhone and iOS ;-)


Vibrasprout ,

Buggy recently

Love the app but question the developer support—recently I have been getting audio glitches, like audio skipping back and repeating a few seconds. Since iOS 14 the app will not play more than about 1 minute of audio without stopping, requiring play to be tapped repeatedly.

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