I’m a bit of a news junky, but lately the news is just dragging me down. Someone else died, people lost jobs, and a baseball player took steroids. It’s gotten to a point to where I don’t even enjoy reading/listening to it anymore. It’s not advancing my life at all… just making my existence seem pretty fortunate compared to others. I guess that’s a good thing.
Lately I’ve turned to podcasts, the slightly more colorful delivery method of the news that I so crave. I spent hours digging through iTunes looking for the next greatest news-like show, until one day I found Radiolab.
Radiolab, for those of you that are unaware, is the greatest thing to ever happen to the radio. The show is a limited edition show, but it’s available, in its entirety, for free on iTunes. Amazing. Unfortunately, I’ve now listened to everything that they have ever put on the air, so I had to find another muse. I turned to This American Life and it’s fascinating stories of Americana… or whatever you want to call it. I then realized something that I hadn’t ever before. I’ve fully transformed into a deep thought craving adult… am I ready?
Yes… the truth hurts. I am now one of those people– the post-grad NPR/world music listening crowd that tries to eat healthy and read books. What I didn’t expect was I am in the majority here. Looking at the top free news apps on iTunes today, I found NPR news sitting pretty at #1. I had to have it.
It turns out that the NPR News app is pretty darn amazing. Not only does it show you the news, but it gives you access to every NPR station in America, along with ‘On Demand’ broadcasts of older episodes. With ‘On Demand’, I can not only listen to the regularly aired episodes of Radiolab, but also the Radiolab ‘shorts’ that you previously had to download or get off the website. The kicker is that you can do all this while reading the news of the day… creating a possible brain damaging information overload. Watch yourself.
So, loyal 148apps readers, I implore you to pick up the NPR News app… it’ll change your life. Well, maybe not your life, but at least your commute. For the price of a glass of tap water at Panera Bread, this one is a must have.