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Smart Speakers

Learn how to listen to IPR News, IPR Classical, and IPR Studio One through your smart speakers.
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Smart speakers make listening to Iowa Public Radio even easier. Just use your voice!

One of the easiest ways to listen to IPR is using voice commands with your smart speaker. They're a great way to listen to all of your favorite IPR News, Classical, and Studio One programs⁠—including several of our podcasts!

You can find IPR content on Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple HomePod devices. Each brand has a different set of options available, so check below for the right commands for your device. 

NOTE: If a command on one device isn't listed for another device, that device does not have an equivalent listening option.

Smart speaker commands for streaming

Amazon Alexa:
IPR stream skills:
"Alexa, play Iowa Public Radio News"
"Alexa, play Iowa Public Radio Classical"
"Alexa, play Iowa Public Radio Studio One"

NPR stream skills:
"Alexa, play Morning Edition"
"Alexa, play News," then say "NPR," then say your ZIP code
"Alexa, play NPR One"

Google Home:
"OK Google, play WSUI"
"OK Google, play Iowa Public Radio Classical"
"OK Google, play Iowa Public Radio Studio One from TuneIn"

Apple HomePod:
"Hey Siri, play the station NPR News - IPR News"

Smart speaker commands for podcast listening

Amazon Alexa:
"Alexa, play the latest episode of River to River podcast"
"Alexa, play the latest episode of Talk of Iowa podcast"
"Alexa, play the latest episode of Under the Golden Dome podcast"
"Alexa, play the latest episode of Caucus Land podcast"

Google Home:
"OK Google, play the latest episode of River to River podcast"
"OK Google, play the latest episode of Talk of Iowa podcast"
"OK Google, play the latest episode of Under the Golden Dome podcast"
"OK Google, play the latest episode of Caucus Land podcast"

Apple HomePod:
"Hey Siri, play the latest episode of River to River podcast"
"Hey Siri, play the latest episode of Talk of Iowa podcast"

Troubleshooting smart speaker commands


Question: Why does my smart speaker wake up when it hears someone say Alexa, OK Google, or Hey Siri.

  • Answer: 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 can trigger them to wake up or attempt to follow a command.

Question: Will you offer other skills?

  • Answer: We continue to work to improve our smart speaker skills and offer the most useful option for you to listen. If you have suggestions for improvements, please e-mail us and let us know!

Question: I'm having issues getting your streams to play right through TuneIn using my Alexa devices. What can I do?

  • Answer: We aren't able to directly control your streaming experience using TuneIn and other platforms. If you're listening via your smart speakers using the TuneIn speaker commands and have an issue, we recommend you directly contact them here. We recommend you use our IPR smart speaker commands for Alexa devices, as listed above.

Question: Why can’t I play IPR Classical or IPR Studio One on my HomePod?

  • Answer: 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.