NPR gets about 2% of its direct funding from the U.S. government, through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For NPR's member stations, CPB funding is about 10% of their total, with other federal, state, and local government sources kicking in another 6%. This relatively tiny piece of money has been called "a critical cornerstone of public media." That was the stated position of Vivian Schiller-the NPR CEO up until today, when she was forced out, thanks to that government funding. [Gawker]
Actually, even if NPR can scrape by without the funding, the local radio stations that host the programming cannot. This applies in triplicate to rural radio stations. It isn't cheap to get NPR and PRI programming on the station, let alone be a able to host that along with local news. I think I heard about a handful of in-depth stories about the local radio station struggles. Where was that? Oh, on NPR. I don't see right-wing talk shows that are syndicated just about everywhere on this patch of grass giving a rat's ass about local public stations.