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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10:13am

Fri October 24, 2014
The Protojournalist

Halloween High Jinks For Fun And Nonprofits

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 1:15 pm

Evelyn FitzGerald, 2 months old, is in a Princess Leia — of Star Wars renown — costume made from recycled clothes by her mother Shenandoah Brettell of El Segundo, Calif. "I made the wig out of yarn and the belt out of felt," says Shenandoah, who listens to NPR member station KPCC.
Shenandoah Brettell

Making costumes from secondhand stuff is a part of the Halloween scene in 2014, according to Goodwill. We call it boocycling.

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10:15am

Thu October 23, 2014
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Girl Scouts Look For A Way Out Of The Woods

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 11:11 am

Girl Scouts model contemporary uniforms.
From Girl Scouts of the USA website

The Girl Scouts organization wants s'more — members and leaders, that is.

Membership in Girl Scouts of the USA is on the decline. In the past year, according to the group's official blog, there has been a significant drop nationwide — down 400,000 girls and adults — from 3.2 million to 2.8 million.

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10:13am

Sat October 18, 2014
The Protojournalist

America's Boo-It-Yourself Halloween Spirit

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 1:39 pm

Pretend to be a pineapple.
Jeff Mindell

How about we call it boocycling — putting together an adult's or child's costume using recycled, thrift-store clothing?

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10:25am

Wed October 15, 2014
The Protojournalist

What Is Really Tearing America Apart

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 10:16 am

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What separates Americans the most?

Race ... religion ... gender ...

According to Shanto Iyengar, a political scientist at Stanford University, often the most divisive aspect of contemporary society is: politics.

Divided We Stand

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10:16am

Thu October 9, 2014
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Wrong! 3 Recent Reports That May Surprise You

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 1:13 pm

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From the ancient Greek thinker Democritus who reportedly said, "We know nothing really; for truth lies deep down," to the recent problem-solving advice from Entrepreneur, "Assume Everything Is Wrong," we have to constantly be reminded to be skeptical. And that the one thing we do know is that we don't always know what we think we know.

As neophyte reporters are often told: "If your mother says she loves you, check it out."

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10:13am

Sat October 4, 2014
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Broken Art: The Closing Of A Washington Museum

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 10:18 am

Necessary steps: A mourner dressed in period clothes for the Corcoran's mock funeral.
Photo by Caroline Lacey

Recently the Corcoran Gallery of Art in downtown Washington — just across the street from the White House — closed its doors.

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10:35am

Thu October 2, 2014
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The Outhouse — And Other Rooms — Get A 21st Century Makeover

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 12:51 pm

Sonoma Retreat by Aidlin Darling
Marion Brenner Courtesy of ASLA

Americans are discovering — or rediscovering — the allure of outdoor living, according to a 2014 survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Whether the instinct stems from a primordial desire to reconnect with the natural world or to disconnect from in-house clutter and chaos, people who can afford it are transporting traditional indoor areas — kitchens, dining rooms, bedrooms, entertainment centers — outside.

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10:13am

Fri September 26, 2014
The Protojournalist

Show-And-Tell: Show Us Your Angry Face

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 2:47 pm

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You know the look. After all, the Angry Face, according to a recent study, is pretty much the same all over the world.

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10:24am

Mon September 22, 2014
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Hillary Exhilaration Helps Energize Generation Z

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 3:31 pm

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

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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10:13am

Wed September 17, 2014
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Growing Business — Show Us Your Desk Plant

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 8:21 am

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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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10:13am

Fri September 12, 2014
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Your Email Double: A Classic Digital Dilemma

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

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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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10:13am

Thu August 21, 2014
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Is There Such A Thing As A 'Good Psychopath'?

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 3:16 pm

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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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10:32am

Tue August 19, 2014
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What Exactly Is That Birdlike Thing?

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 2:36 pm

The hummingbird moth — Hemaris thysbe.
Courtesy of Elena Tartaglia

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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10:16am

Fri August 15, 2014
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What Your Junk Drawer Reveals About You

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 4:58 am

Kit Yarrow's junk drawer.
Kit Yarrow

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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10:16am

Tue August 12, 2014
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The Bush/Obama Quiz: What's The Difference?

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 6:18 pm

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

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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