Cory Doctorow, NPR’s principal critic during this whole linking debacle, still finds plenty to dislike about NPR’s revised policy. The latest article in Wired also includes some of his comments.

WFUV’s folkie listeners and the New York Botanical Garden’s orchid-lovers conflicted politely at yesterday’s FCC hearing in the Bronx, giving the New York Times lots of material for cultural stereotyping. The issue: WFUV’s half-built tower, which the Garden says ruins the skyline. Herewith: WFUV’s side and the Garden’s side. Nothing about the tower has been easy: its federal subsidy was held up by First Amendment issues.

Responding to widespread criticism (see posts below), NPR revised its linking policy today. You no longer need to request permission to link to its site. But NPR still seeks to bar framing of its pages, and says it reserves the right to withdraw permission for any link.

Charlie Rose had open-heart surgery June 25 to repair a faulty valve, reports USA Today. The talk-show host could be back to work within a week, says his exec producer (second item).

With CPB money, WNET launches African American World, a website about the AfAm experience that isn’t an adjunct of any particular TV show. The site is planned so that other stations can integrate it into their websites.

Reacting to a Providence Journal editorial suggesting the merger of Rhode Island’s WSBE with Boston’s WGBH, Rhode Island pubcaster Susan Farmer says the Journal might as well be swallowed by the Boston Globe!

The Online Journalism Review joins in condemning NPR’s linking policy. Also, BoingBoinger Cory Doctorow and NPR ombud Jeffrey Dvorkin both appeared on Minnesota Public Radio’s Future Tense to discuss the controversy. (RealAudio required.)

Former U.S. Treasury Sec. Robert Rubin will be the first guest on MPT’s newly revamped Wall Street Week with Fortune, says the L.A. Times.

A Baltimore Sun article attempts to capture the frantic activity behind the scenes at A Prairie Home Companion.