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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.

Live radio from your Member station

Say, "Alexa, play NPR" and follow the prompts to localize to your Member station. To change your station, say, "Alexa, ask NPR to change my station."

You can also say, "Alexa, play [any public radio station's name or call letters]," e.g., "Alexa, play WAMU" or "Alexa, play Nashville Public Radio."

Click here to find any NPR Member station in the country.

National and Local News from NPR

Say, "Alexa, play the news from NPR." Follow the prompts to localize to your Member station and hear your personalized mix of national and local stories. This experience is powered by NPR One, so you'll never hear the same story twice. Just log into the NPR Skill to link it with your NPR One mobile app.

While you're listening, you can say things like:

  • "Alexa, skip."
  • "Alexa, ask NPR to change my station."
  • "Alexa, ask NPR what's playing."
  • "Alexa, ask NPR to [fast forward/rewind] by [15 seconds]."
  • "Alexa, ask NPR to mark this as interesting."

For Alexa devices with a screen

Say, "Alexa, play the news from NPR" to receive our visual newscast. Hosted by the same voices you know and love from our daily audio newscast, the NPR visual newscast is updated hourly every weekday morning with the latest headlines and footage for a quick look at what's going on in the news, now.

Wait Wait Quiz

Say, "Alexa, open the Wait Wait Quiz" to play Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me. This interactive game is hosted by Peter Sagal and Bill Kurtis and tests your knowledge of this week's news.

Learn more.


Say, "Alexa, play the podcast [Podcast Name]" to hear the most recent episode of any podcast.

Click here to see all of NPR's podcasts.

Flash Briefings

Learn more about Flash Briefings here. For the full NPR news experience, say, "Alexa, play news from NPR."


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