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New to NPR One? Kick-Start Your Listening with These Shows

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NPR One connects you to a stream of public radio news, stories and podcasts curated just for you. Whether you’re looking for informing news, engaging storytelling or surprising content, NPR One has something for everyone. It’s easy: Using your Contour Voice Remote, simply say “NPR,”to launch the app. You can also access NPR One in the “Apps” section of the Contour guide.

Are you completely new to NPR One? Here’s a list of the must-listen shows you need to hear.

Newsworthy

Get the scoop that matters to you. Using “Find a Station”, you can select from several local channels. Love New York City happenings? Check out WNYC. Midwesterners can tune into Michigan Radio while Angelenos prefer KCRW.

For breaking local and national news, check out The Brian Lehrer Show or 1Aa daily conversation about the most important issues with context and insight from journalist Joshua Johnson. Feeling news fatigue? 1A’s Friday Roundup provides the perfect weekly summary of the biggest headlines.

Pop Culture

There’s so much going on in the world of pop culture and celebrity — it’s hard to keep up! Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively roundtable discussion of what’s trending and impacting culture from NPR’s editors.

For a deeper dive beyond the headlines, The New Yorker Radio Hour features a weekly mix of in-depth interviews and profiles from The New Yorker’s editor, David Remnick. Veteran interviewer Terry Gross offers insightful and one-of-a-kind interviews from your favorite notables for Fresh Air.

Like your pop culture with a little competition? Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! is a weekly quiz program where you test your knowledge against celebrities and public figures like singer Garth Brooks, actor Neil Patrick Harris and reality star Kim Kardashian.

Stories You’ll Share

There’s nothing better than hearing a story that you just have to share. This American Life is one of the most long-running radio shows for a reason. Ira Glass shares heartfelt stories around a weekly theme, like love, forgiveness and hope. Notable contributors include Sarah Koenig, humorist David Sedaris, comedian Hasan Minhaj and filmmaker Mira Nair. Head to the show’s website for recommendations from Ira and his team to get started.

Storytelling…with a beat. Glynn Washington takes dramatic tales and pairs them with killer music for a compelling show called Snap Judgment. If you like stories with a darker twist, don’t miss Snap’s Spooked ; real tales of ghosts, spirits and things that go bump in the night.

Ever wonder why packets of M&Ms aren’t the same size or why gyms serve pizza? Planet Money takes big themes we see in finance and the economy and explains it in a way anyone can understand.

Some stories aren’t easy to talk about. In Death, Sex & Money, Anna Sale addresses the big questions and hard choices about the things we “think about a lot, and need to talk about more.”

Bingeworthy

Some stories are so good, you can’t stop at one episode. Sarah Koenig’s Serial is one story, told week by week. Season one went viral — at the watercooler and beyond — with the case of Adnan Syed.

S Town investigates the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. So whodunit? You’ll have to listen to all seven chapters to find out.



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