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, 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.


The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Haiku In The News: The Cyrus Family

Miley Cyrus performs at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn on Sunday.
Andrew H. Walker Getty Images for MTV

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 4:08 pm

"Continue to pray

For world peace ... more love, less hate."

— Billy Ray Cyrus

A father's tweet following a recent dance recital by his daughter, Miley.

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11:13 am
Mon August 26, 2013

What Is Going No? Negativity In America

NPR Photoillustration

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 2:47 pm

No, no, no.

A wave of negativism rolls across the land. Many Americans are against instead of for. They would rather stop than start, subtract than add, demolish than build.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Haiku In The News: Chris Christie, Rock Star

Two New Jersey rock stars hang together — Jon Bon Jovi and Gov. Chris Christie — at a Hurricane Sandy relief fund press conference on July 8.
Michael Loccisano Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 1:29 pm

"He was swarmed as he

made his way through the lobby ...

He was a rock star."

New Jersey state Sen. Joe Kyrillos speaking to National Review Online about potential 2016 presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Quick Question: Can Baseball Stop Retaliation?

New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez is hit by a pitch in a game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston on Sunday.
Jared Wickerham Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 11:37 am

Could Major League Baseball abolish retaliation if it chose to?

A recent Protojournalist Instant Conversation, Baseball Danger, addressed the perils of a Major League Baseball pitcher hurling hard balls at a batter in retaliation for some action – a stolen base, a home run, etc. It has long been accepted behavior.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Tue August 20, 2013

5 Odd Things You Can Buy

Roadside trash.

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 1:14 pm

For the person who has everything — or maybe wants everything — we go Windows-shopping at Why I'm Broke, a portal to outrageous gift ideas.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Pondering Black And White In A Colorful World

Ken Bohn San Diego Zoo

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 2:36 pm

Weird, really, that some animals and plants are marked in black and white.

They exist in the multihued landscape like old photos in a Technicolor movie. And they stick out like Rorschachs on a rainbow.

But there is beauty in their plainness. Clarity in their starkness. And often mystery in their evolutionary motion.

Take the giant panda, for instance.

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The Protojournalist
11:15 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Can Adhesive Bandages Be Racist?


Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 2:26 pm

Living in Malawi, Rachel Marie Stone — an American teaching in a seminary — has realized that most adhesive bandages are the peachy, apricottish color of her Caucasian skin.

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The Protojournalist
11:15 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Culture War Cookbook: Drinks For Two

The divide between creationists and evolutionists is wide and woolly. But surely there is something the two sides could agree on.

Perhaps they could agree on two sides. Or two entrees. Or two drinks, for that matter.

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The Protojournalist
11:29 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Baseball Danger: An Instant Conversation

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals gestures toward the pitcher after being hit by a pitch in a game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on Aug. 6 in Washington, D.C.
Greg Fiume Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 12:29 pm

Starter: You know, with all the talk in recent years of "bounty hits" — tackles designed to knock opposing players out of professional football games — among players in the NFL, it may be easy to forget that professional baseball players have a similar system that, in a way, could be even more dangerous: It's called retaliation.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Thu August 8, 2013

These Are Some Views Of Inflatable Things

Enjoying the kiddie pool.
Karen Kuo via Flickr

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 11:47 am

For $50,000, The Associated Press reports, you can stay for a night in an inflatable hotel room — suspended atop a 22-foot-high scissor lift.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Haiku In The News: The News

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 11:40 am

"On the Web, people

don't pay for news and it's too

late for that to change ..."

– Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, new owner of The Washington Post, speaking in 2012 to German paper Berliner Zeitung, and reported by TechCrunch

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The Protojournalist
11:31 am
Tue August 6, 2013

The End Of Football As We Know It

The Kickoff

It happens every year — air cools, leaves change, Americans talk about the demise of football. This year there may be more talk than usual, for several reasons, such as:

1st Down

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The Protojournalist
11:19 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Hoo Boy! A Hamlet Full Of Hobos

Two hobos walking the rails.
Library of Congress

The streets of America today are lined with — politically incorrectly speaking — hobos, tramps and bums who are out of work, out of luck, out of money, out of hope.

But what exactly is the difference between a hobo, a tramp and a bum?

For one thing: Hobos hold an annual gathering in Britt, Iowa.

This year's National Hobo Convention will be held this week. There will be hobo poetry, a hobo parade, the coronation of a Hobo King and Queen, and more.

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The Protojournalist
11:14 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Gender Trenders: Changing Courses In College

Dean Spade, of the Seattle University School of Law.
Courtesy of Dean Spade

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 12:20 pm

On college campuses in America, switching majors has been standard practice for a long time. Switching genders, not so much. But that's, um, changing.

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The Protojournalist
11:22 am
Tue July 30, 2013

The Secret Meanings Of Tattoos

beana_cheese Flickr

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 5:26 pm

Concerned that some professional football players may be sporting gang-related tattoos, the NFL is calling in people who are experts in reading the meanings of body ink, CBS Sports reports.

Tattoos may be skin deep, but their significance sometimes goes deeper. The messages sent by body art are an individual's self-expression, but there are recurring motifs that can often tell you something about the wearer.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Mon July 29, 2013

5 Faces Of Nerdfighters

Linton Weeks NPR

Springing from affection for the posts of VlogBrothers John and Hank Green — and a love of geekitude in general — the Nerdfighters is an eclectic online community.

Occasionally, local chapters gather in real life to chat about favorite games, movies and TV shows, and superheroes. They give each other the Nerdfighter salute (see above) and say "DFTBA," which stands for Don't forget to be awesome.

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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Thu July 25, 2013

A Little Old American Bonsai

A Hinoki cypress at Brussel Martin's bonsai nursery in Mississippi. He has nurtured it for 40 years, which is half its life. "I turned down $40,000 for it a year ago," Martin says. "It is worth twice that. I call it Big Bertha."
Courtesy of Brussel's Bonsai

A News Story In Tanka


For cypress tree in

Olive Branch, Mississippi,

80 years of age

Someone has a yen to pay

Forty thou — grower says Noh.


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The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Culture War Cookbook, With Soup Recipes

Ed Markey and his wife, Dr. Susan Blumenthal, contribute a recipe called Mass-paragus Soup.
Winslow Townson AP

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 1:11 pm

Sometimes it feels like this country is so torn apart by political partisanship that people from the two major parties just cannot agree on anything — including food.

In an attempt to find commonalities, we are putting together recipes for a Culture War Cookbook. If folks from both sides of the aisle can sidle up to a table together and appreciate each other's victuals, maybe they can eventually learn to appreciate each other's viewpoints.

Rather than stew about them.

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The Protojournalist
11:35 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Civil Obedience: Defusing A Heated Moment

Protesters angry at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of black teen Trayvon Martin march through the streets of downtown Los Angeles, July 16.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 11:43 am

America is showing its seams, its disunion.

In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin case, a long, sweltering summer of protests and protestations is upon us. People with variegated viewpoints have taken to the streets and airwaves to vent. For some, the not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman was the end of the story; for others it was the beginning.

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The Protojournalist
3:18 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Monsters On Magazine Covers: A Quick History

In this magazine cover image released by Wenner Media, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears on the cover of the Aug. 1, 2013, issue of Rolling Stone.
Wenner Medi AP

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 3:41 pm

Responding to criticism of putting a photo of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine — a hallowed spot in American culture — the publication's editors posted an explanatory note on the website version of the story. It says: "The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism."

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