I don't know what NPR is like in other states, but in NH it's pretty well-funded by the public (including businesses) and has to be as it receives very little funding from the state anyway.
My advice to Ricardo is to leave Nebraska. He could go back to school, perhaps even go back for more cheaply if his state chooses to invest in state universities with money they save by printing very faint memos on very thin paper stock.
Educate thyself Ricardo!
- The State of Nebraska