Reviews For NPR News Now

I really like keeping up with events and I really like the presentation and broadcasters, but I don't understand why some clips are played more than once. I subscribe and listen to all releases. I don't need to hear clips more than once.
Fox's hourly podcast is much better
No more npr podcasts
Very timely and succint news summary. I love listening to it after work and in the morning.
I listen to this podcast first thing every morning to see what's happening today and on my way home every night to hear what happened. Absolutely fantastic and quick way to get informed. Subscribe!
I listen to this and Up First during my commute to work in the morning to keep myself updated. I've successfully converted my roommate into a regular listener as well. I appreciate the mix of political, social, pop culture, and market news.
If you can't have a radio on at work, here's a great way to catch up.
I understand that ads are a fact of life on podcasts. And that's OK! You need to fund somehow and I don't mind a 30 second ad at the beginning. But PLEASE lose the NPR ads that you run for weeks at a time as the same ad. I like NPR and can find my own podcasts. I don't mind hearing ads sometimes if there is something new but the same ad every.single.time for weeks on a podcast this short is driving me insane. Good news coverage, both domestic and international. Would prefer fewer repeats hour to hour and more new segments, but wouldn't be surprised if there are production constraints.
With all the important things happening in the world, don't waste our time w ridiculous state basketball news.
I primarily use this podcast to download the most recent episode before my commute each morning but I refresh and listen multiple times a day. I love it.
I love this podcast. The hourly updates are often the only way I get my news. Great coverage and to the point. A must have.

5/5

By ConnieT
Keep one episode at the top of my feed.
They've plummeted into the dregs of extremest, far-right, corporate punditry. As a lifetime member, i am extremely disappointed with their demise.
I listen a couple times a day- keeps me informed with very little time commitment- if you listened just when you went to the bathroom you'd be a well informed American!!
Nice a clean: 5 minutes every hour of what is going on.
Loving this podcast. Gives just enough news without going far too down the rabbit hole with opinion or junk pieces.
There have been other hourly news updates and those channels have left the episodes up for at least 24 hours. Are that many people who update thei account every hour? If you are going through with the effort to post something leave it up for awhile.
This is the perfect podcast for a short update on what's going on during the day. My only wish would be for more news on international affairs.
I enjoy this app for quick news updates during the day. My only gripe: it has ads for other NPR podcasts (which is OK), but they are at a super low volume. You either have to deal with barely audible speech for 25 seconds or turn up the volume and risk being blasted by the next podcast if you forget to turn it back down).
Honestly, I’m not religious about listening to these. They download and delete on the hour for me, so I don’t think about them when they’re gone. But when I need that little hit of what’s going on in the world, these are the best I could ask for.
Love this podcast!! I begin every day by listening to this podcast. It's a quick synopsis of what is going on, and it's an easy way to stay plugged in.
Podcast content is not bad but NPR still seems to have some technical problems. For example, the newscast for the past 4 days has been the exact same 5 minute summary just retitled. Not quite as bad as when the previous iteration (the 7am news summary) was discontinued without notice but frustrating nonetheless.
This is a quick little blurb. I have it setup to download the one most recent only. It's like having your assistant keeping you up to date on news affairs. The World This Week by the BBC World Service is another (longer) one for people interested in staying in the know.
NPR only leaves one episode up at a time. it would be nice if they left several hours worth of episodes up as i don't update my iTunes every hour.
Quick blurbs of current news from all over the world. Updated daily. Good to listen to on the way to work, showering, or during lunch.
I start my day every day with this podcast. It delivers the news I need to know in a short time so that even on the busiest days I know what's happening around the globe!
Super annoying full of advertising and marketing. Some of the newsreaders can barely read and speak (Jack Spear) or have speech impediments. Awful. Furthermore, it comes with really annoying ads and promotions. My twitchy finger is hovering near the delete button :)
I listen to this while brushing my teeth in the morning and again as I leave the office in the afternoon. Brief, well-edited, and articulate--it keeps me informed.
Just letting you know there is no new podcast since 7/17/2015 12AM ET.
NPR talks about the most up to date news both of the US and the world. This updates every hour, so you are always getting the latest news. There are zero advertisements. The segment usually goes five minutes, and gives no opinions.
I do like this podcast - however this one, along with many of the story of the day podcasts only have the Ad on the front end of the podcast with no content. It is even listed as being 12 seconds long. I have heard of people not having this problem with other podcast apps, but I am unable to load them on a work computer. I agree with the previous comment that this seems like a production issue that needs resolving.
The news you're going to get on here is fantastic. A brief summary of everything you need to know. However, the podcast itself is plagued by glitches, which make it unreliable. Sometimes it won't update for a day or two. Sometimes it runs the "sponsored by" message for Story Corps and then cuts off, leaving silence for the rest of the 5 minutes. When it works, it's great! When it doesn't, it frustrating because there is no idea of when it will be up and running again.
I have listened to the NPR hourly news through iTunes for years, and loved it! But lately, the morning & weekend episodes do not play for me correctly when downloaded through the iTunes store. I get the advertisement of the day, then a squeaky "fast forwarding" noise, and then the rest of the podcast is silence. If I listen to the same podcast through Stitcher, it is okay. None of my other podcasts have this issue, so I presume it is a production issue with NPR so I am giving feedback.
Let's face it. Who has time to watch the news for more than a few seconds? We all read the headlines to catch up. Well, NPR Hourly Newscast is just that, a podcast of the headlines and a small synopsis of the story. It is every hour, and it is Excellent! Keep up the great work, NPR. For all those who actually work for a living, you save us all some time.
I enjoy this podcast for it keeping me up to date on all the happenings around the world!
For the best use case, subscribe in iTunes, set checking to hourly, and enjoy. It may repeat, that's because there may not be new news to report. I also create a smart playlist and play it on my AppleTV along with other news podcasts. The new artwork is much better and cleaner, especially on the AppleTV.
I can't blame NPR for not updating this newsbrief every hour or day on weekends. But I don't understand how the most recent podcast to update is 3 days older than the one I had downloaded 2 days ago on same iPhone.
This podcast fails to update frequently enough anymore. It use to get updated by 10 minutes after the hour, but now goes for half a day or more without updates.
I would love to be able to listen to this podcast on my way to work, but what's the point in listening to news that's a day old. Really have a hard time trying to figure out why NPR can't get their podcasts uploaded sooner. Very annoying.
One often has to wait twenty minutes after the hour to get it. This is an issue separate from the outdated iTunes directories--this podcast goes out late to NPR's feed.
The "Hourly" Updates via iPod v.5 are many hours old, while (simultaneous) via iTunes v10.5... downloads most recent hour most of the day, but does stop updating at times too.
For the hourly news summary, it is 9 hours behind. Please look into that.
NPR: Please fix the update servers. Some of your podcasts, including this one, haven't been getting pushed out. This is supposed to be an hourly news update. The 8 a.m. podcast is the latest one available. That's nine hours.
Always been great to have these podcasted updates but lately they have been several hours late to update.
Love NPR news, but after the iOS 5 update, iTunes doesn't get timely updates. Updates are fine on iTunes on my computer.
High quality and timely, I have now listened to these for years on the radio and now as a podcast. Thanks NPR!
Well done news summaries. But in the past several weeks technical problems have interrupted the podcast. Five Stars for content; recently One Star for reliability of service.
[edit] NPR seems to have caught onto the problem and now the Hourly News Summary truly is hourly; it's updating properly now. Thank you NPR! [/edit] This podcast is usually a great one. I like having an hourly news summary ready to go on my ipod. Unfortunately, it seems that the NPR servers have had a hiccup... the podcast isn't being updated. Instead, every "hourly" update is exactly the same, and has been the same since late last week. So, that's approximately 96 "updates" that actually aren't. The date and time have been updated but the actual content of the news summary is the exactly the same. Hopefully NPR catches this and fixes the issue soon!
Had been listening to this podcast daily for a long time and loved it. However, it got worse in recent weeks. First, there was no podcast update for a few days a couple of weeks ago. And now the podcasts labeled current have the same content as the one from 5 days ago!! What's going on? This is unbelievable.