National Public Radio (NPR) is a domestic radio service supported by a combination of funding from the U.S. Government as well as donations made by listeners. It is rather (in)famous for its regular on-air pledge drives as well as auctions and other fundraisers conducted by their affiliates. Although the network does not technically allow advertising they do make regular announcements regarding corporate and private sponsorship. The network is heard on thousands of (mostly) small FM radio stations across the country.
Concentrating mainly on news and politics, with some entertainment news and a great number of in-depth interviews thrown-in, NPR has long been a favorite news source for the more left-leaning segment of an increasingly politically fragmented news media. Its programs stand in stark contrast to the vast majority of talk radio networkd that feature conservative talk radio show hosts. Ironically, the network’s most popular news show is Morning Edition, which is the #2 most listened to radio show in the country, right between Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. NPR’s afternoon drive-time show All Things Considered is currently the nation’s 4th most popular, right behind The Dave Ramsey Show.
While many NPR affiliates produce much of their own programming, the network has a special national feed that streams news, live events and some of their talk radio and informational programming. Launched in 2007, the stream broadcasts 24/7 and is available either via their website using an Adobe Flash player or as a .PLS file, which makes it tuneable by most internet radios as well as a variety of software-based players across multiple computer/electronics devices and operating systems.
Although the program schedule of the national news stream is obviously subject to change, the broadcaster lists a general programming schedule on its website at http://www.npr.org/audiohelp/progstream.html. Since this feed is intended for the East Coast of the United States, programs that are not LIVE may be carried up to 3 hours earlier than on local NPR stations, depending upon the time zone you happen to live in.