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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10:15am

Wed December 10, 2014
The Protojournalist

Begun The Christmas Tree War Has

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 1:03 pm

Artificial Christmas tree.
iStockphoto

When it comes to Christmas trees, which kind of symbol do you prefer — real or artificial? In recent stat-studded news stories, Americans seem to be conflicted, but leaning toward artificiality.

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10:25am

Fri December 5, 2014
The Protojournalist

The Fine Art Of Deception

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 7:26 pm

An anamorphic installation portrait of Malian actor Sotigui Kouyate by French artist Bernard Pras.
From YouTube

Fooling the eye — with trick-niques like anamorphic sculpture, trompe l'oeil paintings and other optical illusions — is a centuries-old artistic pursuit.

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10:13am

Thu November 27, 2014
The Protojournalist

Wacky Wrestlers Of Yesteryear

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 3:37 am

Two men wrestle in a ring full of smelt during the Smelt Carnival in Marinette, Wis., in 1939.
Wisconsin Historical Society

Hoodslam — a popular spectacle that is staged monthly in Oakland, Calif. — is described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "part wrestling show, part carnival act and all comedy."

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4:51am

Sun November 23, 2014
The Protojournalist

When Thanksgiving Was Weird

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 9:05 am

Oddest thing: Thanksgiving in turn-of-the-20th century America used to look a heckuva lot like Halloween.

People — young and old — got all dressed up and staged costumed crawls through the streets. In Los Angeles, Chicago and other places around the country, newspapers ran stories of folks wearing elaborate masks and cloth veils. Thanksgiving mask balls were held in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Montesano, Wash., and points in between.

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10:13am

Tue November 18, 2014
The Protojournalist

Who Won The Civil War? Tough Question

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 8:41 pm

History quiz: Students on campus.
YouTube

The old joke used to be: Who is buried in Grant's tomb?

Now it's not so funny anymore.

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10:13am

Sat November 15, 2014
The Protojournalist

The Wondrous World Of Tom Thumb Weddings

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 8:20 am

Alex George and Lilliana Bremerkamp pretend to get married in a 2008 Tom Thumb wedding.
Robert LaRouche Courtesy of Holly Bremerkamp

When the "bride" and "groom" walk down the aisle in a Tom Thumb Wedding — as they did just a few weeks ago at the Fellowship Baptist Church on Staten Island in New York — they are:

1) Often not much taller than the backs of the church pews.

2) Paying homage to a pair of 19th century celebrities.

3) Acting out an American ritual with roots stretching back more than 150 years.

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10:17am

Thu November 13, 2014
The Protojournalist

8 Epic Eating Contests In American History

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 1:51 pm

Pie eating contest in 1921.
Library of Congress

As America enters the holiday season, chowing down at a crowded table can become a competitive experience. What was once confined to friendly wagers has blossomed into a full-blown industry.

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10:16am

Wed November 5, 2014
The Protojournalist

The Strange Dating Games Of 1914

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 10:14 am

With a peck of new tech in development, Upstart reports recently, "the dating game may never be the same."

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10:15am

Wed October 29, 2014
The Protojournalist

Halloween For Adults: A Scary History

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 12:03 pm

For Halloween 2014, the National Retail Federation predicts, some 75 million adults will put on costumes. Reuters is reporting that haunted houses for adults are in demand this year, and some 20 percent of celebrants over the age of 18 plan to visit one.

Are adults adulterating Halloween?

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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
The Protojournalist

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

iStockphoto

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
The Protojournalist

Wrong! 3 Recent Reports That May Surprise You

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

Carlos Caetano istockphoto.com

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
The Protojournalist

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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