Smart Speakers

One of the easiest ways to listen to IPR is using voice commands with your smart speaker. Smart speakers are ready to use off the shelf and take little time to get connected and ready to use - meaning just about anyone can use them with only a little time investment. They're also a great way to listen to all your favorite IPR news, Classical, and Studio One content - including several of our podcasts! 

Right now, you can find IPR content on Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple HomePod devices. However, each brand has a different set of options available. 

Here’s what you say to start listening to IPR on your smart speakers:

Amazon Alexa

Google Home

Apple HomePod

"Alexa, play Morning Edition" NA - The latest hour of Morning Edition isn't available on Google devices NA - The latest hour of Morning Edition isn't available on Apple devices

“Alexa, play Iowa Public Radio News”

“OK Google, play WSUI”

“Hey Siri, play the station NPR News – IPR News”

“Alexa, play Iowa Public Radio Classical”

“OK Google, play Iowa Public Radio Classical”

NA – our Classical stream isn’t available on the HomePod

“Alexa, play Iowa Public Radio Studio One”

“OK Google, play Iowa Public Radio Studio One from TuneIn”

NA – our Studio One stream isn’t available on the HomePod

If you want to listen to our podcasts on your smart speakers, try these commands:

Amazon Alexa

Google Home

Apple HomePod

“Alexa, play the latest episode of River to River podcast”

“OK Google, play the latest episode of River to River podcast”

“Hey Siri, play the latest River to River podcast”

“Alexa, play the latest episode of Talk of Iowa podcast”

“OK Google, play the latest episode of Talk of Iowa podcast”

“Alexa, play the latest Talk of Iowa podcast”

“Alexa, play the latest episode of Under the Golden Dome podcast”

“OK Google, play the latest episode of Under the Golden Dome podcast”

No command at this time

"Alexa, play the latest episode of Caucus Land podcast"

"OK Google, play the latest episode of Caucus Land podcast" No command at this time

Troubleshooting your smart speakers:
Issue: Why does my smart speaker wake up when it hears someone say Alexa, OK Google, or Hey Siri.
Your smart speakers are constantly listening, and their voice recognition is broadly set to be listening for any command of “Alexa, “OK (or Hey) Google,” or “Hey Siri.” If your speaker hears those commands from any audio source (other people in your house, an announcer on the TV or radio), that could trigger them to wake up or attempt to follow a command. We’ve tried our hardest to avoid saying any of the start commands on-air because we know this is frustrating and can cause you issues. While it occasionally may happen, we continue to be diligent about minimizing these instances.

Issue: Will you offer other skills?
We continue to look into improving our smart speaker skills and offer the most useful option for you to listen through yours. If you have suggestions for improvements, please e-mail us and let us know!

Issue: Why can’t I play IPR Classical or IPR Studio One on my HomePod?
We currently aren’t able to offer IPR Classical or IPR Studio One through Apple Music. If we were able to offer them, you’d be able to listen through your HomePod.