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2013 By the numbers

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Dec 17, 2013 5:04 PM

As 2013 wraps up, NPR asked its reporters and producers for the numbers that tell the story of 2013 -- numbers that crystallize an important idea or trend from this year. Their answers ranged from ZERO (Twitter's revenue) to A TRILLION (the total owed in U.S. student debt). We think if you really understand each number and what it means, you'll understand something important about the world in 2013.

Approximately 30 stories are planned, and a social media callout with the hashtag #nprnoty invites you to share the most important number of their year. (Three from a dad of triplets? $36,000 in wedding expenses? 48 resumes sent out before finding the perfect job?)

The series begins Sunday, December 15, on Weekend Edition, and airs across the Morning Edition and All Things Considered on witf through the end of the year.

A few story examples:

  • Ted Robbins on the 500,000 unauthorized immigrants who have not applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
  • Julie Rovner on the 6 people who successfully signed up on healthcare.gov on launch day.
  • Hansi Lo Wang on the 9 movies this year made by black filmmakers that have black protagonists.
  • Yuki Noguchi on the 13% increase in U.S. median housing price over 2012.
  • Tamara Keith on the 2 billion dollars in salary paid to government workers for NOT working during the shutdown.
  • Deborah Amos on the 11,000 children killed in the Syrian conflict.

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