If you love watching documentaries then there is a good chance that you also really love listening to National Public Radio (NPR). With a diverse range of programming from the “Mystery Science Shows,” to the even-handed political discussion on “Talk of the Nation,” to the hilarious “Click and Clack Car Talk,” there is really something for everyone on NPR.
For many people NPR is the station they choose when they are stuck in traffic on a slow grind home. Whether you tune-in at home, in the car, or even download a mobile app such as NPR Road Trip – Station Finder for Android or the NPR Station Finder for iPhone to locate NPR stations while on long road trips there is bound to be a favorite show that you don’t want to miss. Thanks to the Internet, you don’t have to keep your NPR addiction confined to the car anymore. You can listen live online anytime and you can also download radio shows and listen to them whenever you want!
HOW TO LISTEN TO NPR RADIO ONLINE
To listen to NPR online you simply go to their website and click “listen” on the top menu bar. Here you have 3 options:
- Listen to NPR radio online via the 24-Hour programming stream
- Hear the latest NPR radio shows
- Grab the latest news updates
If you run out of time listening to their latest show, not to worry you can login to your NPR account and simply add the show to your “playlist” and come back and listen later. The other great feature in the “playlist” area is that you have the ability to email a story to a friend, so they can either listen to the story, add it to their playlist, or download it for their listening pleasure.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO NPR RADIO PODCASTS
One of the best things about NPR radio online is the timeless nature of its content. Many of the stories about the arts, the sciences, or about people in general will be as fascinating today as they are tomorrow. With over 50 different radio stations pumping out stories 24 hours a day there is no shortage of great content and it is all aggregated together on NPR’s website.
To view the vast library of NPR Podcasts simply go to their website and click “Podcasts” in the top right hand corner of the navigation menu. You can subscribe to the podcast either through iTunes, Yahoo, or select your favorite podcasting tool. If you have RealPlayer, you can also click the download MP3/4 button and save the shows to your RealPlayer library then you can listen to them whenever you want online or transfer the MP3s to a mobile device and listen to them on-the-go. If you don’t have RealPlayer, you can download it free by clicking on the orange button in the top right corner of this page.
3 GREAT NPR RADIO SHOWS AVAILABLE VIA PODCAST
NPR Radio online really does have something for everyone. If you don’t have a favorite NPR show, here are three shows worth checking out.
1. Click and Clack Car Talk
Let’s be honest you don’t even have to like cars or even own a car to love Car Talk! This is a wickedly funny 60-minute laugh fest hosted by two auto-mechanic brothers from Boston (Tom and Ray Magliozzi) that is simply pure genius. This is an iconic NPR show, possibly one of the best radio shows of all time. If you haven’t listened to the Car Talk NPR radio show then you definitely need to!
Here is the rub, after 25 years on NPR public radio and over 1,200 live shows Click And Clack are finally turning off the ignition. But never fear the duo is recycling the best of Car Talk NPR radio shows for you to listen to every Saturday. Plus if you go directly to Click and Clack’s website you can download albums of their best stories on iTunes.
The show is updated and available to listen to online via podcast at 3 p.m. EST on Saturdays.
2. NPR Mystery Science Podcasts
This NPR radio show has a great section of stories for people who are fascinated with nature and science. From stories about the effects of global warming on the polar icecap to how to grow tasty winter tomatoes it’s impossible to listen to the science stories on NPR radio and not become informed about the world in which you live.
You can download any stories you like and organize them in your Real Player library, so you have them on those rainy wintery days when there really is nothing interesting on television.
3. NPR Children’s Podcasts
Last but not least there are a number of great shows for children available on NPR radio online that you can listen to and download. You can’t help but think that a few hours a week listening to NPR would make your child infinitely smarter. From NPR’ s backseat book club to Children’s Fun Story-time to Science Fridays NPR radio makes learning fun for kids.
There is so much great content on NPR and so many different stations that it is impossible to stay current with all the shows 100% of the time. Listening to NPR radio online is a great way to catch-up on all your favorite shows and even discover a few new ones. Subscribe to your favorite shows, download them into your RealPlayer library and organize them into categories that make them easy to find when your NPR cravings come calling.
What’s your favorite NPR show? Let us know in the comments below.