NPR News

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Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media
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Wide-ranging, expanded access to solid radio news programs.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to listen to and discuss news and current events. The app lets them go in-depth into news and reporting from National Public Radio. Kids can listen live to the service's hourly news report, browse news and culture stories, and create a custom playlist of interesting content. They can learn about international issues as well as U.S.-based news, and some of the specific programs focus on topics such as economics, science, and culture. Text and audio can be easily saved for offline use, making it easy to stay informed with or without Internet access. It's exciting to be able to listen to, read, and view stories that take the radio giant's audio content into a rich, expanded visual format.

Ease of Play

With thumbnail access to individual stories and radio content only a click away, it's easy to browse hours of high-quality content.


National and international news sometimes features stories of violence.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

It's possible that daily news stories or stories from the arts and life section might include content related to drinking, drugs, or smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that NPR News is an app that allows kids to browse, read, and listen to NPR stories and programs, either live or archived. Kids also can save stories for offline listening on their devices. There are no filters and there's no special kid-friendly content, meaning parents and kids may want to listen together and discuss complex news stories and current events. 

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Parent of a 12-year-old Written byPBSFanFromChile March 21, 2018

The best way to listen live your local NPR station.

This app is very interesting. You can stream live your local NPR station in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. Go to the stations section, locate your call le... Continue reading

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What's it about?

NPR NEWS gives kids and parents an all-access pass to National Public Radio's current and archived news stories. Kids can browse stories by subject -- such as U.S. news, world news, or art news -- or by date, and each story offers a text- and image-enhanced look at stories from the radio. Kids also can access NPR's hourly newscast and stream NPR programs such as "All Things Considered" or "Planet Money" on demand.

Is it any good?

This app offers great access to radio content and great expanded information for each of its stories through text, images, links, and video. It's exciting to discover text and images that add dimension to the audio, and it's especially helpful to have the chance to both read and listen to stories to understand their content. (Kids who learn differently may appreciate it as well.) The audio and news reading options are strong on their own; having both in one app makes for a stellar experience.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • National Public Radio is only one of many news outlets. How might other news channels present the same information differently? 

  • Some important news stories develop and change over several days or weeks. Talk to your kids about how news stories change over time? How are stories presented differently as they develop? 

  • Do you think it's important to keep up with current events? Why?

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