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

2.6 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

Auryn17 ,

It’s ok but glitchy

It’s an ok app. I really like listening to news in the background as I work. Sometimes the app won’t load right, sometimes it gets stuck when trying to catch up to current stream when it’s been paused. It’s annoying- one time it even started looping and would just play the same 10 seconds over and over again. It’s super simple to use though, and when it works right it’s good

chesbay ,

Loved the app, but ....Edited / Revised app runs great!

WBUR app was a real pleasure with a wide selection of NPR programs. It would take a while to load. The past few weeks I am just getting a blank page and no programming. Hopefully this is a temporary problem?

Editing to bump up to 5 stars. I’ve had this great app on my iPad for years and love it. A broad and eclectic gathering of excellent programs. In my last review I said that my major “dislike” was that the app took a long time to load programs. Shortly thereafter I thought I should delete and reload App. I did so and it runs great! Thanks so much for this excellent App!

I suggest if anyone is having problems with performance, delete and reload.

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.

App Privacy

The developer, 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


  • Family Sharing

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

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