NPR has updated their linking policy:
NPR : The Ombudsman at National Public Radio
Okay, I think we understand now that NPR policy needed some revision.
I spotted this via rc3.org.
The policy still says they reserve the right to withdraw permission to link to their site. The only problem is that it still isn’t theirs to give or take. Oh well, better than nothing. The wording about welcoming and encouraging linking in general is in the right spirit at least.