This year, 150,000 subscribers signed up to receive Cards Against Humanity’s Eight Sensible Gifts for Hanukkah. For the first three nights, we sent everybody an identical pair of socks, which everybody loved and thought was hilarious.
Today, we gave $150,000 of your money to WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR member station.
Chicago Public Media is responsible for many of our favorite shows like This American Life, Serial, Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, Sound Opinions, and Re:Sound.
About 70% of Americans believe that NPR and PBS receive 1% or more of the federal government’s budget, and a recent CNN/Opinion Research poll found that 7% of Americans believe that public broadcasting receives 50% or more of the federal budget, or about 1.8 trillion dollars. Those Americans are idiots; their favorite movie is probably Crash.
In reality, funding for public television and radio makes up just 0.014% of the federal budget, with radio only receiving 26% of that. (For reference, this is less than Congress spent on Abrams tanks that the Army specifically asked them not to buy).
But this got us thinking...