Ways To Listen

Listen Live:

To listen to our live stream, press the play button on the bottom left hand corner from any page. The audio will continue to play as you move around the site.

On Air Schedule

Our hourly newscast can be found at wbur.org/news.

On Air Frequencies:

  • 90.9 FM, WBUR Boston
  • 92.7 FM, WBUA Cape, Islands and South Coast
  • 89.1 FM, WBUH Brewster


  • Apple iOS: Available for download from iTunes
  • Android: Available for download from the Google Play store

More Ways To Listen


Modern Love

The popular New York Times column, with readings by notable personalities and updates from the essayists themselves.

Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS link

Dear Sugar Radio

The universe has good news for the lost, lonely, and heartsick. Dear Sugar — the cult-favorite advice column — is back.

Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS link

Kind World

A series celebrating acts of kindness and the profound effect they can have on our lives.

Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS link

The Finish Line

WBUR's David Boeri and and Boston Globe's Kevin Cullen cover the Tsarnaev trial and offer sharp insight and analysis.

Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS link

Stylus Radio

A public radio series about sound, music, and listening.

Subscribe: iTunes | StitcherRSS link

Program Podcasts

On Point

From WBUR and NPR, On Point is a daily 2-hour talk show hosted by Tom Ashbrook.

Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS link

Here & Now

NPR's live midday news program.

Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS link

Only A Game

Only A Game is radio for the serious sports fan and the steadfast sports avoider.

Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS link

Radio Boston

Smart conversation about ideas, issues, and people that matter most to the greater Boston area.

Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS link

WBUR's Morning Edition

A podcast of WBUR's Morning Edition broadcast 

Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS link

WBUR's All Things Considered

A podcast of WBUR's All Things Considered broadcast 

Subscribe: RSS link

Audio Help

WBUR offers audio in a variety of formats. If you are new to listening online, here are a few points to help you get started.

1. Get a Player: To play audio on a computer you need a media player installed.  Check your computer to see if you have one of the media players below.  If not select one of the players below or another of the dozens of players freely available on the Web and follow the instructions it gives you to install it on your computer.

Firewalls and Networking issues: Our shoutcast stream is your best bet if listening from work (it uses port 80, the same port used for web surfing).

2. Our Streams: WBUR streams its signal over the internet in three different formats or "codecs":

  • Mp3 stream - Our simple, no frills mp3 medium-quality stream.  We recommend that you use this stream only if you are having trouble with our media player.
  • AAC (iOS/iTunes) - This is a higher quality AAC stream which works especially well on Apple devices.  This is also the stream that you hear when you listen via our media player.
  • Ogg Vorbis - the open source codec. Help with using Ogg Vorbis

You may have noticed that we have several buttons listed below each streaming option (m3u, pls, xspf, and wax).    Depending on the software player you use (winamp, itunes, vlc, quicktime, etc), you may need to try one or more files.   Once you find one that works, you can simply bookmark it for the future.

3. Podcasting Basics: To podcast you need podcasting software on your computer. You'll set that software up to check for new audio from your favorite sources each time you turn your computer on. If there's something new from, say, On Point, the software will download it to your computer. You can then play it on your computer when you feel like it, of plug your mp3 player into your computer and download the audio to your player.

So... what software do I need? Try Apple iTunes or search for one on Google.com.

4. iPhone Apps and Tools