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
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

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!

Newf55 ,

Buffering is terrible

I’m a daily user (sufferer) of this app. The most frustrating thing by far is the buffering (which will sometimes cause a show to stop to rebuffer multiple times). The thing that annoys me the most is that you cannot rewind a program past a certain point - sometimes I can rewind a program a full two hours, but other times I can’t rewind 30 seconds... I was listening to Con Salsa which ends at 3 am - I paused the show at 2:58 to hear the end, and when I clicked play to resume at 3:01 it had timed out and wouldn’t let me rewind to where I had paused it. What an absolute piece of crap.

Fabio Rima ,

Stirring radio

This is message: everybody should listen to this is the best marriage between an alluring cultural feeling and a city so exciting .... Boston!
Every minute is an astonishing hosting if you begin to listen to this radio ... believe me you won’t be able to change station.
Listening to this radio means to become easily more bright and smart, always the best English at your disposal, always the best voice, so smooth and enchanting....
This station, WBUR will be my station for ever! I don’t live in Boston (unfortunately) but thanks to WBUR I feel as I were there.
Thank you WBUR, go ahead ... you deserve our donation! You are able to fill our day.
Fabio Rima


60.9 MB

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



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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