Linton Weeks

Linton Weeks joined NPR in the summer of 2008, as its national correspondent for Digital News. He immediately hit the campaign trail, covering the Democratic and Republican National Conventions; fact-checking the debates; and exploring the candidates, the issues and the electorate.

Weeks is originally from Tennessee, and graduated from Rhodes College in 1976. He was the founding editor of Southern Magazine in 1986. The magazine was bought — and crushed — in 1989 by Time-Warner. In 1990, he was named managing editor of The Washington Post's Sunday magazine. Four years later, he became the first director of the newspaper's website, Washingtonpost.com. From 1995 until 2008, he was a staff writer in the Style section of The Washington Post.

He currently lives in a suburb of Washington with the artist Jan Taylor Weeks. In 2009, they created The Stone and Holt Weeks Foundation to honor their beloved sons.

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The Protojournalist
11:24 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Hillary Exhilaration Helps Energize Generation Z

Supporters of Hillary Clinton wait as pro-Clinton volunteers hand out posters and bumper stickers at George Washington University in Washington on June 13.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 4:31 pm

Question young, first-time voters about whom they will be supporting in the 2016 presidential election — via a callout on NPR's Facebook page — and you will receive more than 700 all-over-the-map responses.

Some thoughtful, some insightful. And a heck of a lot filled with what can only be called Hillary Exhilaration.

Especially among the young women of Generation Z — cultural shorthand for the cohort born in the mid-'90s or later.

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The Protojournalist
11:17 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Growing Business — Show Us Your Desk Plant

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Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 9:21 am

Post a photo of the plant on your desk in the Comments section below.

That's right: The plant the boss wants you to take home ...

Now you can explain — with some research to back you up — that having greenery in your workspace makes you more productive. And how a ficus near the phone or a lily by the laptop helps grow business.

And maybe your supervisor will make like a plant — and leave.

Rooting Out The Problem

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Your Email Double: A Classic Digital Dilemma

Ron Chapple Stock istockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 1:45 pm

Now that the term Digital World has become redundant, we are able to make mistakes and encounter entanglements that no human — even Shakespeare --could ever have imagined.

Email doubles, for instance. Nearly everyone — even those of us with unusual names — has run into the dilemma. An email double who shares our name.

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The Protojournalist
11:21 am
Fri September 5, 2014

We Don't Finish Anything Anym ...

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 9:40 pm

Speaking recently about a state proposal to abandon the Common Core standards in North Carolina public schools, Vance County, N.C., district Superintendent Ronald Gregory opined in the Henderson Daily Dispatch, "I don't know what's wrong with these people. ... To me, it's like we never finish anything we start."

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Sat August 30, 2014

The National Museum Of American Everybodystory

Darlene Wagner, Kelley Winters and Monica Helms.
Courtesy of Monica Helms

The National Museum of American History ... or Herstory ... or Everybodystory — whatever you feel it should be called — is expanding its collection of objects and archival materials representing the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Is There Such A Thing As A 'Good Psychopath'?

kuzmafoto.com iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 4:16 pm

Oxymoronic, isn't it, the idea of a "good psychopath"?

But in their just published book, The Good Psychopath's Guide to Success, Andy McNab and Kevin Dutton argue that relying on some psychopathic traits can lead to a more successful life.

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The Protojournalist
11:32 am
Tue August 19, 2014

What Exactly Is That Birdlike Thing?

The hummingbird moth — Hemaris thysbe.
Courtesy of Elena Tartaglia

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 3:36 pm

For years I was convinced that there exists among us a strange, unidentified species of animal — something between bug and bird — jetting around gardens and flowers and trees.

Not too long ago one of these natural UFOs buzzed past me in broad daylight. Too big to be a bee, too itty-bitty to be a bird. Slow enough to glimpse, but too fast to identify.

Not exactly a hummingbird ...

Nor a bumblebee ...

What the heck was it?

The mystery was finally solved when a friend told me about ...

... the hummingbird moth.

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The Protojournalist
11:21 am
Fri August 15, 2014

What Your Junk Drawer Reveals About You

Kit Yarrow's junk drawer.
Kit Yarrow

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 5:58 am

The Great American Junk Drawer can be an accidental time capsule, a haphazard scrap heap, a curious box of memories and meaninglessness. It can also serve as a Rorschachian reflection of your life.

You know what we're talking about: The drawer of detritus. The has-been bin. That roll-out repository where you toss your odds and ends. Sometimes very odd odds and ends. Sometimes whatnot never to be seen again.

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The Protojournalist
11:16 am
Tue August 12, 2014

The Bush/Obama Quiz: What's The Difference?

Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Alex Wong/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 7:18 pm

Perhaps this is the sound of history repeating itself.

In the early days of his first term, President Obama was painted as "the anti-Bush" and many of his ideas — for instance his foreign policy and his approach to global terrorism — were considered non-Bushesque initiatives.

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11:21 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Slow Walkers May Be On Their Way To Dementia

Ralph Hoppe istockphoto.com

Originally published on Sat August 2, 2014 12:15 pm

Wait a minute. Weren't we told by Simon and Garfunkel: "Slow down, you move too fast. You've got to make the morning last"?

And by some other philosopher to "stop and smell the roses"?

Now we learn from new research that walking slow can be a bad thing — or at least reveal that you might be slouching toward Alzheimer's.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Desk Desk Evolution

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Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 10:55 am

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The Protojournalist
11:24 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Smartsongs: Refrains The Brain Retains

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 3:54 pm

Now that Weird Al week is long past, we can mull over the merits — and demerits — of Al Yankovic's new mishmash of novelty music: Mandatory Fun.

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11:13 am
Fri July 25, 2014

The Diagnosis: Politics Fatigue Syndrome

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Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 11:46 am

Politics Fatigue Syndrome — it strikes many people in many ways. Swelling anger. Watery expectations. Sniffling insecurity. That nagging sense of hopelessness when it comes to the efficacy of political action.

Historically, one of the salient symptoms is extreme lethargy. A while back, a reporter from the Atlanta Constitution noted that there was not much interest in the congressional elections in New Hampshire: "The people are utterly tired of politics." The year was 1877.

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The Protojournalist
11:22 am
Fri July 11, 2014

A Surge In Concierges

iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:12 am

Steve Sims is the founder of Bluefish, a luxury concierge service that takes care of rich people. As Steve posted on Reddit recently: "We've arranged everything from supersonic military jet flights in Russia, submersible dives in the Atlantic Ocean to view the Titanic, sunsets in the Serengeti, deep-sea dives with great whites, performing with rock stars, to flights into space for our clients."

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The Protojournalist
7:03 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Bored On The Fourth Of July? Try These Movies

A promotional image for Jaws.
Universal The Kobal Collection

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:10 am

Cinema sites abound with lists such as Top 10 Movies ForThe Fourth Of July from Forbes and 12 Patriotic Movies by the Los Angeles Times. After all, Hollywood knows that Americans love to celebrate American celebrations.

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11:13 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Freedom To NOT Celebrate Independence Day

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 2:41 pm

Celebrating Independence Day on July Fourth is as American as burgers and dogs on the grill, lemonade in plastic cups, apple pie on paper plates, baseball, fireworks and Sousa marches.

Except for those Americans who don't celebrate it at all.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Wed July 2, 2014

5 Fast, Flashy Fireworks Facts

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 7:07 am

Fireworks can be:

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The Protojournalist
11:19 am
Mon June 30, 2014

America's Search For Meming

KnowYourMeme.com and Library of Congress

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 2:58 pm

One reason Internet memes — the quirky photos with societal observations that are passed along like genes or around like germs — work so well, is that they tap into something of the moment, a fleeting notion that captures the here and now.

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11:26 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Why America May Be Ready For Some Futbol

William West AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 3:07 pm

Ante-millennium America was ho-hum about soccer as a sport, because it is a game with: nonstop motion, international players, loose rules and corruption, low expectations of scoring and an imprecise ending.

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11:13 am
Sat June 21, 2014

The Runner-Up Religions Of America

Courtesy of the ASARB

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:30 am

Glance at the map above, Second Largest Religious Tradition in Each State 2010, and you will see that Buddhism (orange), Judaism (pink) and Islam (blue) are the runner-up religions across the country.

No surprises there. But can you believe that Hindu (dark orange) is the No. 2 tradition in Arizona and Delaware, and that Baha'i (green) ranks second in South Carolina?

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