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Listening to NPR with Alexa

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Your smart speaker just got smarter. With a few simple commands, you can access the entire world of NPR – all the latest news, newest podcasts, and discussions of the day. Give any of the utterances below a try and hear NPR's critically acclaimed, audio-rich stories come alive on your Alexa-enabled device.

Print or download a PDF of all the NPR-friendly commands currently available on Alexa.

Here are some general commands:

"Alexa, play NPR."
Stream your local public radio station, live.

"Alexa, play the latest news from NPR."
Hear the latest 5-minute newscast, updated every hour.

"Alexa, play [any public radio station's name or call letters]."
Stream live from any public radio station by saying the station name or call letters, i.e., "Alexa, play WAMU" or "Alexa, play Nashville Public radio." To find any NPR member station in the country, check out

"Alexa, play [podcast name] podcast."

Play the latest episode of a specific podcast. Be sure to say "podcast" after the show name.

Maximize your Listening with NPR One

NPR One is an audio app that connects you to a stream of public radio news, stories, and podcasts based on what you like. By enabling NPR One on Alexa, you can enjoy that same personalized flow of local and national stories while going about your daily routine, hands-free.

To put the breadth of public radio in your control, just search for NPR One in the Alexa app's skill store. Or say "Alexa, enable NPR One" and she'll send a card to your Alexa app to help you get started. From there, follow the prompts to launch into your customized listening experience.

Below are all of the NPR One-enabled commands currently available on your Amazon Echo:

"Alexa, play NPR One"
Hear the latest local and national news, and a flow of thoughtfully hand-curated stories.

"Alexa, ask NPR One to play the latest news"
Hear the latest 3-minute newscast, updated every hour.

"Alexa, ask NPR One to play [podcast name] podcast."

Play the latest episode of a specific podcast. Be sure to say "podcast" after the show name.

"Alexa, ask NPR One to recommend a podcast."
Listen to standout podcast episodes curated by our editors, and shows picked just for you.

"Alexa, skip."
Skip the current story and help inform future stories you get served. Read more about NPR One's personalization algorithm.

"Alexa, ask NPR One to mark as interesting"
Mark a story as interesting and help inform future stories you get served.

"Alexa, ask NPR One to [fast–forward or rewind]"
Rewind or fast-forward by seconds or minutes – however long you prefer.

"Alexa, ask NPR One for details"
Get details about the story currently playing.

Add NPR to your Flash Briefing

With Flash Briefings, you can get personalized updates from your favorite news, weather, sports, and entertainment sources by saying "Alexa, play my Flash Briefing" or "Alexa, play the news." To add NPR Hourly News Summary or Up First, NPR's 10-minute morning news podcast, to your Flash Briefing lineup, follow one of these three simple steps:

  1. Say "Alexa, enable NPR Hourly News Summary" or "Alexa, enable Up First"
  2. Go to the NPR News Now and Up First pages on Amazon and click "Manage Flash Briefing" to enable the skills.
  3. Open your Amazon Alexa app. In the drop-down menu, go to Settings. Scroll down and tap the bar that says Flash Briefing. Tap Get more Flash Briefing content at the top and search for "NPR." Scroll down until you see the tabs for NPR News Now and Up First. Tap either or both and on the next screen, tap the button that says Enable.

Bam, you're all set.


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