WNYC / Discover

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  • Last update: 2 years ago
  • Version: 3.0.15
  • Size: 95.0 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Author: New York Public Radio
  • Content rating: Rated 4+
  • Languages: English
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Join the New York conversation with the new WNYC app to hear the best live and on-demand news, commentary, cultural reporting, storytelling and music from the world of public radio. Listen to our live broadcast or save podcasts to your playlist for offline listening. With our Discover feature, tell us what interests you and how much time you have and we’ll download a custom playlist for you of segments and full episodes from the best shows in public radio. With the WNYC app, you have access to the most timely and talked-about local and national headlines from WNYC, NPR and other publishers.

WNYC is the flagship public radio station of New York City. We produce a range of original and innovative broadcast news, talk and culture programs including The Brian Lehrer Show, The Leonard Lopate Show and The Takeaway (a co-production with Public Radio International).

Our on-demand content includes award-winning shows from WNYC Studios, like Radiolab, the Peabody Award-winning show about curiosity and natural science; and Freakonomics Radio, the popular podcast that explores "the hidden side of everything."

WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including 2 Dope Queens, On The Media, Death, Sex & Money, Note to Self, Radiolab Presents: More Perfect, Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin, Only Human and more.

The WNYC app also includes popular podcasts like This American Life, Money Talking, On Being, Fresh Air, and Ask Me Another.

Installing the app also gives you access to a range of additional WNYC live streams like The Jonathan Channel, our 24/7 broadcast dedicated to The Great American Songbook; and episodic live broadcasts of popular and independent musicians performing in the Soundcheck studio.

WNYC is a listener-supported public radio station. Your financial support helps make possible our programming, broadcasting and digital innovation. You can find our donation form in the app menu.

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  • A
    Broken update. Erases app data (starred shows, unplayed/played status, saved shows). Also, pauses when app loses focus (such that one can't switch to any other app during playback, it even pauses when the lock screen button is pressed. I'm quite upset about losing play data that, I presume, is not backed up "in the cloud" to WNYC's servers and is irretrievable. Unfortunately, even with the memory and patience to assign such statuses, this "major" update failed to provide any new and useful functionality, such as a way to manually change an episode's played/unplayed status. I fear this app will go the way of This American Life (app), which similarly released a "ground-up" update a couple of years back that hosed user data and introduced new bugs. And then wasn't updated further (at least not in the following year or so). If no WNYC app update comes in the following days, will try migrating to Spotify, which carries many of the same shows, but prevents these software update mishaps by backing up user data to their cloud. They also have the resources to make more complete updates on a more aggressive schedule. ...I don't like that there is basically a monopoly on good streaming services. But if Spotify is the only one that can do the job... WNYC I love you, but you're bringing me down.
  • C
    Others reviewers out there have said the same thing, but I wanted to add my own comments here in hopes that the content owners will see the large number of negative reviews and get the developer of this app to do something. The content available with this app is amazing. The app itself looks good, but has a lot of issues. The most irritating of these issues is that it crashes constantly, or just stops playing and you have to drag it out of your pocket every five minutes and fiddle with it to get it to play. Also, saving content for later listening is really irritating. You have to click to "show more" a hundred times if you're trying to listen to old podcasts, and when you actually listen to saved content it doesn't move it to a "listened to" section when you're done so whenever you finish a saved show it just starts right up again listening to the first show on your list (or something else random that you've already listened to) WNYC, get your developers to fix this app please!!!
  • j
    I had to vice it at least two stars because I like WNYC so much - I am a sustaining member. I couldn't give it more than two because its such a hassle trying to get it to recognizing Bluetooth. Sometime even closing the app and restarting - and listening to the sponsorship message again is too darn aggravating. Last point: please, please check before you read me that sponsorship message to see if I've heard it three time in the last four minutes. The constant religion when I drive into a new cell does NOT make me well disposed to your sponsors.

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