The late Joan Kroc was last year’s most generous donor, reports the Chronicle of Philanthropy. She gave more than three-quarters of her estate to the Salvation Army and her second-largest gift of $200 million went to NPR.

Pointing pointedly in the direction of Janet Jackson’s chest, PBS chief Pat Mitchell painted public broadcasting as a “safe haven” for families with kids in yesterday’s House appropriations hearing on CPB funding, the Hollywood Reporter reported.

A Wired article looks at “Walkman Busting”, an occasional segment on public radio’s The Next Big Thing.

The Pacifica network has wrapped up elections for its station boards and national board, the first to be held since activists gained control of the network in 2001.

Jim Russell, executive producer of the forthcoming Public Radio Weekend, takes another stab at explaining the sound and feel of the show.

NPR Ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin addresses Wal-Mart’s underwriting on NPR and a spoof of The Passion that upset some listeners in his latest “Media Matters” column.

The LA Times reports that trustees of the Coast Community College District, the licensee of KOCE, are considering whether to keep the Orange County public TV station, rather than proceed with a sale that religious broadcaster Daystar Television Network has threatened to challenge in court.

The American Psychological Association called on federal regulators to restrict advertising to children aged eight and younger. Research indicates that young kids aren’t able to critically interpret television ads, the association said in a report issued yesterday. Their gullibility, combined with aggressive marketing to children, contributes to the youth obesity epidemic.

Common Cause is urging people to ask their lawmakers to support public broadcasting.