NPR Fun Facts


One of the great joys of listening to NPR is not knowing where the next story will take me. Will it be the Steppes of Mongolia? A prison in Alabama? The inside of the Federal Reserve?

Often embedded within these pieces are facts, figures, and fascinating trivia; but the smooth, dulcet tones of the reporter distract me, allowing the information to slip out the back. I will attempt to collect these morsels of hard data and post them here.

If you hear something, share something. But only the facts; not subjective thoughts, loose approximations, or unprovable claims.

Link: Only 32 million people in India pay taxes.

This despite a population of 1.2 billion. India’s population is projected to overtake China’s in 15 years, and the country has more poor citizens than the 26 poorest African countries combined.

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Link: The first recorded instance of Supreme Court justices attending the State of the Union was in 1957.

From that period forward, they attended in force. Up until 1980 there were at least eight justices, on average, there. It has fallen off since 1980, and particularly in the - the early 2000s; Justice Breyer alone was in attendance at three of the addresses.

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