90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station

    • 4.8 • 1.9K Ratings
    • Free



Listen to WBUR anytime, anywhere. The WBUR App is the best way to get news from Greater Boston and beyond with our live stream and signature podcasts all in one place.

Play, pause, rewind (and play again) live radio shows from the award-winning teams at WBUR and NPR. On Point, Here & Now, Radio Boston, Circle Round, Endless Thread and more are all at your fingertips.

You’ll also:
+ Stay in the know with hourly local and national audio news briefs
+ Hear about new shows, special series and trending stories
+ Listen on demand to your favorite shows like Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Marketplace
+ Download episodes for offline listening

Our journalism is funded by you, our listeners. Thanks for choosing WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station.

What’s New

Version 5.7

Analytics improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

4th Try @ Nickname ,

Finally Works ! ! !

The version that came out about May 15, 2023 works about as well as the version from years ago, which is very good.

It was disturbing to hear the on-air people recommending the new app, which was Much Worse As other reviewers recently wrote, the older version was much better. I am really sorry I updated and I wish I could go back. I can’t find the sleep function, if it is still there. It is especially bad to hear the start-up underwriting announcement yet again after a brief interruption when I am listening to a story. (Yes, I can go back, unlike the GBH app.) Trying to locate the right place in a program is much harder in the new app. Too hard! Why? Why did I trust the on-air advice to update? Who thought this was better?

Papo king ,


*** Edit: issues resolved- thank you!
Previous 2 star review: Loved the old app and much preferred it over my other 2 NPR apps. Wish I had never updated. Now it freezes every time I try to use the 15 second rewind or pause buttons, then I need to close the app, then re-open and have to listen to the opening plea for money over and over again. Really frustrating!

Developer Response ,

Hi. I am sorry the app hasn't met your expectations. The latest version (5.6) improved app stability, buffering issues and improved the rewind and fast forward experience.

parlaiment ,

Great function, rips through battery

There is some great functionality upgrades in new update, such as not auto-pausing when switching Bluetooth source, and holding in cache programs once they conclude. My biggest complaints are bugs in the skip back and ahead functions, and it’s energy consumption. Frequently I hit back 10 seconds to repeat something and it brings me to a completely different part of the show. Also, streaming live, on wifi or network, just rips through my fairly new, healthy battery, about 25% of battery per hour. That said, I love NPR, WBUR, and the ability to pause and rewind live programming has transformed my morning ritual.

App Privacy

The developer, 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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