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NPR Podcasts Directory


Visit the new NPR Podcast Directory, featuring podcasts from NPR and an exciting cross-section of content produced by local NPR stations from around the country, as well as from several other public radio producers.


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Podcasting Basics

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Podcasting Basics

What is podcasting?

Podcasting makes an audio file, typically an MP3 file, available online for downloading via an automatic "feed." You can then hear the podcast whenever you want from your computer or a portable media player.

What do I need to hear podcasts?

The first thing you need is podcast subscription software. Your options include the latest version of Apple's iTunes (which has the software built in), or other services such as Odeo or iPodder, to manage your podcast subscriptions. At this point, you will already be able to listen to podcast audio from your computer (provided your computer has a sound card and can play MP3 audio files). If you want to also make your podcasts portable, you will need to transfer them from your computer to a portable media device.

How do I subscribe to a podcast?

To subscribe to any podcast(s) listed below, click the [+] next to each listing to view the [POD] link and description. Right-click this link (or Control-click in MacOS) and select "Copy Link Location" or "Copy Shortcut." You may then paste the link into your podcasting software.

How do I unsubscribe from a podcast?

If you wish to unsubscribe from a podcast, please be sure to delete the entire feed entry (not just the individual audio editions) in your subscription management software. If you no longer regularly listen to a particular podcast, clearing that feed helps us contain costs associated with our podcasting service.

I subscribed to a podcast. Why don't I hear anything?

First, be sure that you have audio player software; then, verify that the correct audio file was downloaded to your computer. You may need to modify the update settings in your podcasting software to ensure that this process occurs automatically. Next, check the update times in the description and make sure that a new edition should have been posted. If an audio file is not present and the feed time has passed, please contact NPR.


Programs and Schedules

Which content does NPR offer as podcasts?

NPR offers several types of podcasts. Some podcasts aggregate stories based around popular themes, such as books or music. Others highlight select individual features from popular NPR programs (e.g., the Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, or the 'Roundtable' segment from News & Notes with Ed Gordon). We are also offering one podcast of content not associated with any radio program (All Songs Considered). Along with the content above, the NPR podcast directory features an exciting cross-section of content produced by local NPR stations from around the country, as well as from several other public radio producers.

Why is NPR not podcasting newsmagazines such as Morning Edition or All Things Considered in their entirety?

Among other considerations, many NPR stations incorporate local stories as they air nationally produced newsmagazines; we are currently unable to integrate local and national content into a combined podcast, and thus cannot reflect the radio experience listeners enjoy -- and expect -- in their individual markets. Additionally, podcasting full-length daily programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered could be extremely expensive, and we are still working out the economic model to support podcasting.

As a first experiment, however, we are now podcasting the weekly news quiz program Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!.

Additionally, the stations that produce several other signature programs for NPR are also podcasting those programs in their entirety; these include On The Media from WNYC, The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU, Latino USA from KUT and Only A Game from WBUR.

Can I access older content in NPR's podcasts?

Our current system does not generate podcasts featuring archival material. Once you subscribe to a podcast(s), you will receive the most current edition of the podcast(s) and older versions will be erased. If you wish to enjoy archived material, we encourage you to visit the NPR.org archives, which feature years of archival material available via streaming audio.

Where can I find podcasts from my local station?

In the NPR podcast directory, select "Provider." Check the menu for your local station's call letters (such as WXYZ-FM). If your local station does not appear, it is likely that it is not currently podcasting any of its on-air programming. If you find a public radio podcast that is not listed in the NPR podcast directory, please contact us so we can include it.

Using NPR's Podcasts

Can I burn CDs from NPR's podcasts?

Yes, you may burn CDs containing a limited amount of content from NPR's podcasts for your personal, non-commercial use only. See our terms of use.

Can I post NPR audio files on my Web site or share them with my friends?

You may post links to NPR's podcasts or share links to NPR's podcasts with your friends, as long as the linking does not (a) suggest that NPR promotes or endorses any third party's causes, ideas, Web sites, products or services, or (b) use NPR content for inappropriate commercial purposes. However, you may not display or distribute the audio files themselves without NPR's prior written permission. See our terms of use.

Can I link to NPR's podcasts from my Web site or blog?

Yes, as long as the linking does not (a) suggest that NPR promotes or endorses any third party's causes, ideas, Web sites, products or services, or (b) use NPR content for inappropriate commercial purposes. See our terms of use.

Why do NPR's podcasts have corporate sponsors?

NPR has accepted corporate sponsorship to help offset production and delivery costs. Corporate sponsorships within NPR podcasts adhere to the same standards as those you hear on the radio. To help demonstrate your support for NPR's podcasts, you can also become a member of your local NPR station.

How much does it cost to use NPR's podcasts?

NPR's podcasts are free for you to use, but expensive to produce and serve. To help support NPR's podcasts, you can become a member of your local NPR station.

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