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
11:13 am
Tue June 17, 2014

A Native American Take On Tornadoes

1904-05. Red Stone Church Built Winter
Courtesy of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Musuem of Natural History, University of Oklahoma

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 7:50 am

While tornadoes continue to tear across America's midsection — taking lives and destroying property — we continue to search for explanations of the phenomenon, in hopes of developing better warning systems and protection.

But after decades of research, funded by decamillions of dollars, the fundamentals of wind funnels remain somewhat mysterious.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Wed June 11, 2014

5 TV Shows That Deserve Another Chance

LeVar Burton, the face of Reading Rainbow.
From the Reading Rainbow website

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 9:05 pm

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Fashion For The Germophobe

Courtesy of Mouth Shutters

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 8:55 am

Can you feel it?

Like discrete clouds beginning to gather before a storm.

Not a trend, really. Not yet. But a tendency toward a trend. A trendency.

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The Protojournalist
11:11 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Should There Be A University Of Politics?

iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 7:07 pm

In France, many high-level politicians — such as Prime Ministers Francois Hollande, Jacques Chirac and Valery Giscard d'Estaing — developed their statecraft skills at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Art In A Jar 2: Details, Details

Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 11:17 am

When we posted the first Art in a Jar in April, we learned a couple of lessons: 1) Folks liked the idea. 2) The puzzle was way too easy.

So we try, try again.

The Puzzle

The challenge: Guess the masterpiece — by looking at its pieces — in the jar.

Please post your guesses in the comments section.

The Expert

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Bewildered By Bilderberg

An anti-surveillance protester stands outside the Bilderberg conference last year in Watford, England. This year the conference may be in Denmark.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 9:10 am

The Bilderberg annual conference is convening at the end of May in Denmark. Or so it's reported.

For folks who have never heard of Bilderberg, it's an invitation-only confab of high-powered people who jawbone about world issues. Its mission, according to its official website, is at once simple and complex: "to foster dialogue between Europe and North America."

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The Protojournalist
11:25 am
Sat May 17, 2014

5 Fab Fads That Just Faded Away

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 3:02 pm

Fads sweep across America like thunderstorms.

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The Protojournalist
11:16 am
Wed May 14, 2014

The 2014 Club Sandwich Index

Monkey Business Images iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:06 am

The club sandwich — a mouthwatering mélange of meats, cheeses and salad greens double-stacked among three slices of mayo-slathered bread or toast — is a portable picnic for one. A movable feast.

"I order a club sandwich all the time," the late comedian Mitch Hedberg quipped. "And I'm not even a member."

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The Protojournalist
11:16 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Would A Pol By Any Other Name Smell As Sweet?

Blythe spirit: Bill Clinton in 2000.
The White House Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 4:12 pm

With all the talk in contemporary American politics about game changers ... what about name changers?

Through the years there have been elected officials who were born with different names from the ones that were on the ballots. The politicians changed their names for all kinds of reasons.

But in the end, does the name of a politician make a difference to the electorate?

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The Protojournalist
5:05 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

13 Spliffy Jobs In The Marijuana Industry

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 7:01 pm

Say what you will about the morality of marijuana, now that 21 U.S. states — and the District of Columbia — have passed some type of pot-friendly legalization, selling weed is big business.

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The Protojournalist
11:29 am
Thu May 1, 2014

The State Department Is 'Deeply Concerned'

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee in 2010.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 11:14 am

Considering the month of April alone, the State Department said it was "deeply concerned" about each of these situations: justice in Turkey; peaceful challenges of official Chinese policies; restrictions of freedom in Egypt; a Ugandan raid on a U.S.-funded medical facility; the humanitarian crisis in Burma and certain actions of the Republika Srpska, among other various and diverse issues — many extremely serious.

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The Protojournalist
11:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

A Life Story In 6 Songs — Part 3

Erica Werner and Perry, the parrot
Erica Werner

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 6:50 pm

To a lot of us, music is essential. So are animals. Often the two coincide, as we discovered when we asked people to Tell Us The 6 Songs Of Your Life.

For folks of a certain age, How Much Is That Doggy in the Window? is the first song they remember. Cat lovers cite Our House by Crosby, Stills and Nash, which refers to "two cats in the yard." The Bob Marley song Three Little Birds is a favorite of many.

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The Protojournalist
3:33 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Keeping An Eye On The KKK

CHRIS KNIGHT ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 6:48 am

Just when you think the Ku Klux Klan – with its sordid history of racism and violence – is a thing of the past, it rears its ugly, white-sheet-hooded head.

In the aftermath of the tragic killings at Jewish Community Centers in Kansas City on April 13 – and reports that the accused gunman belonged to a KKK group in North Carolina – you wanted to see if there is other news about the KKK in contemporary America.

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The Protojournalist
11:20 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Tweet Suits: Social Media And The Law

Levent Konuk istockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 9:29 am

In the past several years, as more and more people are connected through more and more social media, the idea of turning personal grievances into class actions has been popping up, well, more and more.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Google Frecking: The Week In Pandas

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 9:30 am

What a week it's been for giant pandas. We know because for the past seven days, we have been Google Frecking for pandas.

Google Frecking is an info-gathering game we devised — at the suggestion of our creative editor — for drilling a little deeper into a subject that intrigues us. In this case: pandas.

Last weekend we set up a Google Alert for pandas. We directed Google to send us news about pandas "when it happens" and we asked for "all results."

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The Protojournalist
11:35 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Art In A Jar: A Puzzle In Blue, Yellow And Shred

Jim Tuttle npr

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 1:11 pm

The Puzzle

The challenge: Guess the masterpiece — by looking at its pieces — in the jar.

Can you identify a great painting by a random arrangement of details? Can you find the whole not in the sum of the parts, but in some of the parts?

Please post your guesses in the comment section.

The Idea

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Mon April 14, 2014

The Grumpy Point: When A Man Turns 70

istockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 10:39 am

The approximate moment when grumpiness kicks in for men, according to a recently released report, is around age 70.

Then you'd better get off his lawn.

Researchers found that as men grow older — from, say, 50 on — they have fewer obstacles and annoyances to worry about in life and, furthermore, they are more equipped to deal with adversity. But around age 70, life — or at least the perception of happiness — begins to go downhill.

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The Protojournalist
11:19 am
Fri April 11, 2014

4 Strange Sports In America's Past

IFP istockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 10:39 am

In recent pursuits, we have come upon accounts of once-practiced — and somewhat, shall we say, curious — sports that have long since faded into obscurity.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Truth-Seeking In The Age Of Speculation

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 10:38 am

The marvel-filled Information Age is also turning out to be the muddled-up Epoch of Conjecture. The Era of Error.

Seemingly, we know everything. What is not in Wikipedia can be found through Google. And what Google can't scrape up, the National Security Agency — or international hackers — can. Through crowdsourcing, we can solve crimes and answer questions.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Tue April 1, 2014

5 April Fools' Pranks Gone Bad

Yanik Chauvin istockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 7:25 pm

Perhaps in a calmer, more innocent era — if there ever was such a thing — April Fools' jokes made more sense. Nowadays the world seems overrun with Impractical Jokers, Crank Yankers and Ali G-type tricksters. And gags that once might have made us smile make us just, well, gag.

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