High quality live stream of WBUR’s local, national and world news content, plus on-demand programs and podcasts like On Point, Here & Now, Only A Game, Radio Boston, Modern Love and Dear Sugar.


• Elegant, intuitive listening experience with all your favorite WBUR and NPR programs and podcasts
• 24/7 livestream of WBUR’s radio programming
• Save programs for later listening
• Never miss a moment of your favorite shows with a seamless rewind function to programs already in progress
• Simple mobile donation option
• Track listening history

The WBUR Listen app is free, so please consider supporting us with a donation. The app is funded by your generous contributions.

iOS Features, in detail

LISTEN (home)

• live stream
• schedule
• recently listened to programs
• on demand program list

NOW PLAYING (audio player)

• equalizer to navigate back to audio player
• buffer/progress bar
• scrub forward/back
• jump forward/back 15s
• play/pause
• sleep timer
• live stream
• details about program
• DVR go back to start of program
• Donate
• on demand stream
• details about program/episode
• save for later
• share
• on demand offline play
• details about program/episode
• save for later
• share
• donate
• browse the app while audio is playing

DVR functionality

• scrub or rewind back to start of currently airing program
• at end of program, shift user to currently airing program
• start current program if user resumes play after being paused for 4+ hours
• notify user if they scrub back to a point before the 6 hour buffer (for long programs)


• donate heart on NOW PLAYING screen
• first time donation: show terms
• first time donation: allow user to change donation amount
• initiate text message to send donation
• future donation: one tap to text message donation
• manage donation amount in SETTINGS
• record of all submitted donations in HISTORY


• programs and podcasts
• Notifications for new episodes
• episode list (by date)
• episode details
• play episode & continue playing down list of episodes (up to 10 hrs)
• save episode
• more info > episode details


• toggle on new episode notifications for a program or podcast

SAVE FOR LATER (on demand only)

• save on demand episodes bookmarks them to be listened to later
• list of saved episodes on saved screen
• play episode (if available)
• continue playing down the list of saved episodes (up to 10 hrs)
• download episode for offline play


• download individual saved episodes for offline play
• SETTING to automatically download saved episodes downloads all future saved episodes automatically


• usage stats
• hours listened
• number of episodes saved
• number of times donated
• listening history
• historical list of all episodes listened to in chronological order by date
• on demand
• name of program + name of episode
• more info > episode details
• play episode (if available)
• live programming
• name of program + Live Stream
• visit program on demand page (if available)
• donation history
• historical list of all donations in chronological order by month
• summary of total amount donated by month
• on demand
• name of program + name of episode
• more info > episode details
• play episode (if available)
• live programming
• name of program + Live Stream
• visit program on demand page (if available)


• automatically download toggle
• default donation amount
• Watch onboarding video
• About
• Contact Us

What’s New

Version 4.0.8

Updated audio player for more consistent live stream playback. Minor bug fixes to improve stability.

Ratings and Reviews

2.5 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

jveiga42 ,

App keeps shutting down

Use to love WBUR’s app, but I’m having an ongoing problem with it shutting down while in use. I use it mostly for podcasts and find It’s very sporadic about when it wants to work. I can choose the podcast and look at the available episodes, but as soon as I try to load the content it exits out of the app entirely. This has been happening for months both after my phone has been on or when I first turn on my phone in the morning. I’ve tried reinstalling it and closing it after a “failure to launch”. Unfortunately nothing seems to deliver the content most of the time. I really like the app and features, but it’s getting to the point where I may just stop trying altogether. Hopefully someone will figure out a solution soon.

David in Phoenix ,


Love the app and WBUR, especially Here and Now, with this app will not work correctly. It worked fine for maybe a year and then an update screwed it up. It works great the first time I open it up in place for a while but then eventually it starts closing if I switch between topics. Then it takes three or four tries to open it and have it load the program. Each time the app just abruptly crashes in the process of failing to load the stream.

Cheap b**** ,

Always some kind of problem

As much as I love and continue to use this app, there seems to always be some issue with it, whether it skips fragments of a program, or just plain won’t stream the live audio, or it crashes. Currently, it’s crashing when I try to play live audio. I also suspect that running it recently affected my phone’s ability to make or receive phone calls. I had to reboot my phone to get my calling ability back. I did recently update my iOS to 12.1 and that may have triggered some bug. But at this moment, the app will only play content from the program list. It will not play live programming and it keeps crashing. Please fix your app! Thanks!


60.9 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

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

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