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Where to Find LIve Streaming Public Radio programs on the Web. Listen to Public Radio and NPR via Your Computer, Your PDA, or Your Smart Phone!

How to Listen to Any Program on Public Radio and NPR at Almost Any Time... On Your Computer!

There are dozens and dozens of wonderfully informative and/or entertaining programs being broadcast on Public Radio. Most of the time we LISTEN to these programs on our radio... often while driving somewhere in our cars. Programs such as "A Prairie Home Companion," "Fresh Air," "From the Top," "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz," "This American Life," "Car Talk," "Says You!," "All Things Considered", and others have helped many folks thoroughly enjoy what otherwise might be a tedious drive.

However, with the advent of the Internet, more and more people are listening to NPR programming via their computers, PDA's and even some Smart Phones.

Here's how to easily find NPR programs you want to hear when you want to hear them

The Many Ways to Listen to National Public Radio

Locate a Local NPR Radio Station Near You by Zipcode

Print Out a Complete List of NPR Radio Stations (PDF File)

List of NPR Radio Stations.

American Public Media Programs includes such favorites as Prairie Home Companion, Marketplace, and The Splendid Table.

Public Radio International (PRI) "... we invite listeners to hear a different voice with content that provides unique perspectives on our interdependent world. Partnering with public media's most talented producers and hosts, we offer distinctly global voices on PRI's "The World" and BBC World Service. We offer singular, diverse voices on "The Tavis Smiley Show." We present voices of culture, contemporary American life and artistry on 'This American Life' and 'Studio 360' from PRI and WNYC." And we provide decidedly fresh takes on "WireTap" and "The Sound of Young America."..." "... features schedule listings for thousands of public radio stations and programs around the world. Follow the audio links to hear your favorite programs and discover new ones..." Public Radio Podcast Directory

Favorite Public Radio Programs You Can Listen to on the Web

A Prairie Home Companion "... There has been plenty of adventure in the past 30-plus years — broadcasts from Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany, Iceland and almost every one of the 50 states; wonderful performers, little-known and world-renowned; standing ovations and stares of bewilderment. We've missed planes, coped with lost luggage, dodged swooping bats and hungry mosquitoes, plodded through blizzards, and flown by the seat of our pants. Today, A Prairie Home Companion is heard by more than 4 million listeners each week on some 590 public radio stations, and abroad on America One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East...."

Car Talk Weekly hour long show with the Click and Clack brothers. Always entertaining. Always informative. Always totally irreverent.

This American Life "... There's a theme to each episode, and a variety of stories on that theme. It's mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always. There's lots more to the show, but, like we said, it's sort of hard to describe...."

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me "... weekly hour-long quiz program. Each week on the radio you can test your knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world while figuring out what's real news and what's made up...."

Live and Streaming Music Programs on Public Radio

Allegro! a directory of streaming musical public radio programs. "... can help you locate and listen to these audio streams, no matter where you are in the world. You may be able to hear your favorite variety, classical, jazz, ethnic, or folk music programs at several different times during the day and week...."

All Songs Considered

Echoes "... is a daily two-hour music soundscape, distributed by Public Radio International and broadcast on 130 radio stations from Maine to California. With host John Diliberto, a writer for Billboard, Pulse and other magazines, Echoes brings together a wide array of styles, from acoustic to electronic, jazz to space music, the avant-garde to rock. Echoes is a sound that is cross-cultural and trans-millennial, merging cultures and forms, technology and tradition, the ancient past and the possible future...."

From the Top "... the preeminent showcase for America’s best young musicians..... Each program provides a compelling and entertaining window into the world of a diverse group of young people, who pursue life with passion, determination, and joy...."

Folk Alley "... strives to bring folk music to the world via the Internet, reaching across the miles and the generations to provide global exposure for an art form with long-standing tradition and a loyal fan community..."

Hearts of Space (per Wikipedia) "... featuring music of a contemplative nature drawn largely from the ambient, New Age and electronic genres, while also including classical, world, Celtic, experimental, and other music selections..."


Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz "... Jazz legend Marian McPartland continues to showcase the world's top musicians on NPR's longest-running and most widely carried jazz program..."

Mountain Stage "Where musicians come to play"2 hour live performance concert broadcast weekly ... usually from West Virginia.

Song of the Day

The Thistle & Shamrock "Created in the foothills of the Scottish highlands .... award-winning radio host Fiona Ritchie explores evolving music from Celtic roots in Europe and North America. You'll hear well-established and newly emerging recording artists along with in-studio guests, all surveying familiar territory and leading you to more distant landscapes and genres...."

World Cafe "Presenting new and significant music and the artists who create it." Hosted by David Dye.

World of Opera



NPR: National Public Radio Homepage "... an internationally acclaimed producer and distributor of noncommercial news, talk, and entertainment programming. A privately supported, not-for-profit membership organization, NPR serves a growing audience of 26 million Americans each week in partnership with more than 860 independently operated, noncommercial public radio stations. Each NPR Member Station serves local listeners with a distinctive combination of national and local programming. With original online content and audio streaming, offers hourly newscasts, special features and ten years of archived audio and information...."

At a Glance: Public Radio Talk Shows

Fresh Air with Terry Gross "... the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Each week nearly 4.5 million people tune in to the show's intimate conversations broadcast on more than 450 National Public Radio (NPR) stations across the country, as well as in Europe on the World Radio Network.
The one-hour program features Terry Gross' in-depth interviews with prominent cultural and entertainment figures, as well as distinguished experts on current affairs and news. Though Fresh Air has been categorized as a "talk show," it hardly fits the mold. Its 1994 Peabody Award citation credits Fresh Air with "probing questions, revelatory interviews and unusual insights." And a variety of top publications count Gross among the country's leading interviewers...."

"... the appeal of the individual interviews mirrors the value of the writings of the authors. Philip Roth, for example, is hilarious but with a deeper level of thought-provoking observations underneath the surface. Allen Ginsberg is idiosyncratic and eccentric in a way that can be both compelling and strangely unsettling. Norman Mailer is reflective but more interested in displaying his inflated, grandiose ego. John Updike speaks with polished style and has absolutely nothing of interest to say. The Davids, Sedaris and Rakoff, amuse with impious wit. Fran Lebowitz amuses with lonely, cheerless wit...."

Here and Now "... In a typical week, the show will cover not only all the big news stories, but also the stories behind the stories, or some of the less crucial but equally intriguing things happening in the world. Did I say typical? In fact, there’s nothing typical about it...."

On Point with Tom Ashbrook "... two hours broadcast daily across the country on NPR, hosted by award-winning journalist Tom Ashbrook. The show’s lively conversation covers everything from breaking news to ancient poetry, with newsmakers, thinkers, journalists, artists, scientists and ordinary citizens from around the world. Broadcast live from 10 a.m. to noon ET, with listener call-in..."

Marketplace "...The International Magazine of Business and Finance... a unique program, one which could appeal to listeners who weren't attracted to the usual business fare... produced on the West Coast, to give it access to the Pacific Rim and to encourage it to develop its own voice, a new voice not overwhelmed by the traditionally Eastern-dominated media..."

Morning Edition

All Things Considered Nationally syndicated afternoon news magazine "... Featuring a mix of news, interviews, commentaries, reviews, and offbeat features, "ATC" produces 2 hours of fresh content every day for hundreds of public radio stations around the United States...."

The Diane Rehm Show "... has offered listeners thoughtful and lively conversations on an array of topics with many of the most distinguished people of our times...."

On The Media

Talk of the Nation "... Journalist Neal Conan leads a productive exchange of ideas and opinions on the issues that dominate the news landscape. From politics and public service to education, religion, music and healthcare, Talk of the Nation offers call-in listeners the opportunity to join enlightening discussions with decision-makers, authors, academicians, and artists from around the world...." Follow on Twitter. Blog of the Nation.

Talk of the Nation's 'Science Friday' "... we focus on science topics that are in the news and try to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand. Panels of expert guests join Science Friday's host, Ira Flatow, a veteran science journalist, to discuss science - and to take questions from listeners during the call-in portion of the program...."

Tell Me More

The Infinite Mind

The Splendid Table "... providing listeners and browsers abundant information on food preparation, appreciation, and culture..." Hosted by respected authority on food Lynne Rossetto Kasper.

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Weekend Edition Sunday


Market Place

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