By now, many of us have found little tricks for coping with life in quarantine, savoring a dash of humor or a virtual journey to a far-flung world. From our respective homes, New Yorker staff members have been seeking new ways to deliver the insight, comfort, and escape that you look for in our pages. When you can’t hold the magazine or look at a screen, we now offer an option that doesn’t require reaching for your glasses: audio.

We’re excited to announce that narrated stories are now available in the New Yorker Today app, along with podcasts and The New Yorker Radio Hour. Each week, several features from the magazine and our Web site are recorded for listeners, with offerings that range from news and cultural coverage to fiction and poetry. All new recordings can be played directly from the Today app, through the Top Stories feed, making it easy to listen to The New Yorker’s latest as you go about your day. Recent recordings include Susan B. Glasser’s weekly column from Washington, Emily Nussbaum’s Profile of Fiona Apple, and George Saunders’s latest short story, read by the author himself.

The Today app’s new audio player allows you to adjust the listening experience to your liking, speeding up or slowing down, rewinding, and even displaying the text version of the story—or the episode details, for podcasts—in case you’d like to read along. If you prefer to browse your device’s other offerings (or perhaps go for a masked walk) while you listen, the audio will continue to play in the background. Consider it the app’s version of social distancing.

To get started, download the New Yorker Today app for free, or update to the latest version—audio is available on devices with iOS 11 or newer systems. Happy listening!



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