Great points. Along with K-12 let me add public libraries.
While adding yet another line to the tax return does not seem right Cindy does have a point. Not everyone uses NPR like the library. Rural electrification and Rural telephone are good examples.
I do think NPR could get more public funding. Local radio and TV stations should be encouraged to produce more material. They have the equipment. Sometimes all good people need is the equipment and space to do great things.