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
Mon July 15, 2013

The United Stats Of America

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 11:22 am

When the annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game is played Tuesday night in New York, it will be a time to:

1) take a breath and celebrate America's dirt-and-grasseous pastime.

2) acknowledge that America has been invaded, infiltrated, overrun and is now overlorded by "statheads" — people who yearn to quantify everything.

Maybe it should be called the All-Stat Game.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Puzzlers' Convention: A Story In Two Puzzles

(The National Puzzlers' League prides itself on being able to solve all kinds of puzzles.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Elevator Pitch: Why Care About Washington?

wbeem via Flickr

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 11:24 am

­­My friend Mark Leibovich — a New York Times reporter — has written a book about the inner watchworkings of Power Washington called This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital. Among the incestuous cognoscenti of the Capital City, This Town has more buzz than a top-bar beehive.

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The Protojournalist
11:24 am
Tue July 9, 2013

What's Next, A Preschool Of Law?

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 11:38 am

Perhaps you've seen the signs in your town: Preschool of the Arts.

There are variations in Ellington, Conn.; New York, N.Y.; Wilmington, N.C.; and other U.S. cities.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Mon July 8, 2013

The Life Of Paula Deen: In A Four-Course Menu

Cooking show host Paula Deen visits FOX Studios in December.
Slaven Vlasic Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 3:19 pm

Appetizer: Hogs In A Sleeping Bag

These hearty kielbasas, partially hidden in puff pastries, represent Paula Deen's first catering company The Bag Lady — begun in 1989. It offered "lunch and love" ... in a bag.

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The Protojournalist
4:39 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Elevator Pitch: To Abolish The U.S. Constitution

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 6:40 am

Asked to make a 30-second case for On Constitutional Disobedience — his 2013 book that advocates abolishing the U.S. Constitution — Louis Michael Seidman, a constitutional law professor at Georgetown University Law Center, says:

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The Protojournalist
11:24 am
Wed July 3, 2013

The 'Sex Change' Operation For Cats

Like a circus parade, the cutting-edge pet stories just keep coming.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Celebrating Divorce With Fireworks

For some, divorce is a painful event; for others, it's like Independence Day — a time for revelry. "I've been in the fireworks business since 1995," says Harry Gilliam of Skylighter pyrotechnics in Virginia. "My divorce was finalized in 2001.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Planning For The Apocalypse: One Necessity

You've seen the lists of Things to Hoard Before the Apocalypse.

Nearly every survivalist checklist includes fresh water and nonperishable food. Gold is on a lot of lists. As well as weapons.

For visionary Joel Garreau, one of the most important items that many preppers forget is ... toilet paper.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Sun June 30, 2013

Haiku In The News: NASCAR Style

Danica Patrick at Kentucky Speedway on June 28, 2013 in Sparta, Kentucky.
Chris Trotman Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 30, 2013 11:33 am

"Plenty of people

Say bad things about me. I

See it on Twitter."

— NASCAR driver Danica Patrick responding to criticism, according to UPI.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Wanna Talk Gunsmack? Ok, Shoot

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 5:10 pm

For a nation dealing with serious and tragic firearms issues — trying to balance personal rights with potential lethality — we use guns an awful lot. Metaphorically speaking. Football teams employ pistol formations and shotgun offenses.

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The Protojournalist
11:15 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Curious Cases Of Food Concocting

Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 12:46 pm

Maybe it was the Coney Island with cheese and grape jelly that put you off hot dogs for so many years. Maybe you had a bad bout with Jello and whipped cream. Strange food combinations can be life-enhancing; ask devotees of peanut butter cups.

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The Protojournalist
12:04 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Weird Public Library Stuff: Check It Out

Olivia, a 5-year-old Angolan colobus monkey, at the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Sure, at certain public libraries around the country you can check out ebooks and audiobooks and DVDs and iPads and Nooks and Kindles. Paintings to hang on your walls at home? Yep. Bridal magazines? Yep, those too. You can also check out a bunch of strange stuff, including:

1) A fishing pole from the Erie County Public Library in Erie, Pa.

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The Protojournalist
11:43 am
Tue June 25, 2013

The Obama Report Card: Best And Worst

NICHOLAS KAMM AFP/Getty Images

Arguably, Barack Obama is the best president in American history, says Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, because Obama "has managed to do what no African-American ...

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The Protojournalist
11:18 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Colonial America's Oldest Unsolved Murder

Preservation Virginia (Jamestown Rediscovery Project)

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 12:51 pm

When archaeologists in Virginia uncovered the skeletal remains in 1996 of one of Jamestown's first settlers — a young European male designated as JR102C in the catalog — they said he was the victim in what was perhaps Colonial America's oldest unsolved murder.

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The Protojournalist
2:53 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Xtreme Goes Mainstream

Does extreme mean anything anymore? Take the X Games. When the competitions began in 1995, the idea of defying gravity with skate- and snowboards was fringey and far out. Now the X games seem to come around every month or so. Snowboarder Shaun White has chewing gum named for him. Extreme weather happens nearly every day. Political extremists get elected all the time.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Haiku In The News: Chinese Food

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee on June 21, 2012, in Washington, D.C.
Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 8:37 pm

"How much of China

Owning our food supply is

Enough, is too much?"

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), commenting on the proposed sale of Virginia-based Smithfield Foods to Chinese-owned Shuanghui on CNBC, June 20, 2013

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Haiku In The News: Obama In Berlin

Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 1:24 pm

"Citizens who choose ...

To be defined by a wall,

or ... to tear it down. "

From Remarks by President Obama at the Brandenburg Gate. June 19, 2013.

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(If you find examples of Haiku in the News, please send them to: protojournalist@npr.org)

The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Scandalgate: A DIY, All-Purpose News Story

Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Good grief.

Scandals seem to swarm around American presidents like yellow jackets around a state park picnic table.

In fact, administration after administration has spent its second term swatting away falsehoods — and true tales — of miscreancy.

And so patterns have emerged. This happens, then that happens and eventually — well, you know how it works.

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The Protojournalist
11:23 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Betting On 'Table Stakes'

In the poker world, table stakes is a term that puts a limit on bets. In other worlds, it usually connotes the basic necessities. The table stakes for a baseball player: a ball, a bat and a glove.

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