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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6:01pm

Thu May 8, 2014
The Protojournalist

13 Spliffy Jobs In The Marijuana Industry

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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10:29am

Thu May 1, 2014
The Protojournalist

The State Department Is 'Deeply Concerned'

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:14 am

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

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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10:13am

Tue April 29, 2014
The Protojournalist

A Life Story In 6 Songs — Part 3

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 5:50 pm

Erica Werner and Perry, the parrot
Erica Werner

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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2:33pm

Sun April 27, 2014
The Protojournalist

Keeping An Eye On The KKK

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 5:48 am

CHRIS KNIGHT ASSOCIATED PRESS

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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10:20am

Thu April 24, 2014
The Protojournalist

Tweet Suits: Social Media And The Law

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 8:29 am

Levent Konuk istockphoto.com

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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10:13am

Sun April 20, 2014
The Protojournalist

Google Frecking: The Week In Pandas

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 8:30 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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10:13am

Mon April 14, 2014
The Protojournalist

The Grumpy Point: When A Man Turns 70

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 9:39 am

istockphoto.com

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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10:13am

Fri April 11, 2014
The Protojournalist

4 Strange Sports In America's Past

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 9:39 am

IFP istockphoto.com

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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10:13am

Tue April 1, 2014
The Protojournalist

5 April Fools' Pranks Gone Bad

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 6:25 pm

Yanik Chauvin istockphoto.com

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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6:13pm

Sat March 29, 2014
The Protojournalist

Vladimir Putin Is Right Out Of A Russian Novel

Russian President Vladimir Putin stands in the shadow of the Fyodor Dostoyevsky monument in Dresden, Germany, 2006.
SEBASTIAN WILLNOW AFP/Getty Images

"Russia is a hypothetical culture. Ruled by despots for most of our history, we are used to living in fiction rather than reality," writes Nina L. Khrushcheva, who teaches international affairs at The New School. She is also the great granddaughter of the late communist leader of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev.

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10:13am

Wed March 26, 2014
The Protojournalist

What Winter Will Be Like In 100 Years

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 4:57 pm

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One of the upsides to the seemingly endless winter of 2014 was that you had time to think.

And to ask futuristic questions, such as: What will the American Winter of 2114 be like?

Here are some of the answers.

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10:13am

Tue March 25, 2014
The Protojournalist

A Life Story In 6 Songs — Part 2

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:39 pm

Laura Thompson

Sifting through the hundreds and hundreds of replies to NPR's request — Tell Us The 6 Songs Of Your Life — we rediscover just how meaningful music can be in our lives, and the supermagical powers that some songs possess.

I Want To Hold Your Hand, for example ...

  • The song "ties into 7th grade mixers," recalls Leon Ritter, 62, of Indiana, and the "realization that girls weren't yucky."
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10:13am

Sat March 22, 2014
The Protojournalist

American Libraries Learn To Read Teenagers

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 4:12 pm

Way, way back in the 20th century, American teenagers turned to the local public library as a great good place to hang out. It was a hotspot for meeting up, and sharing thoughts with, other like-minded people – in books and in the flesh. It was a wormhole in the universe that gave us tunnels into the past and into the future. It was a quiet spot in an ever-noisier world.

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12:11pm

Thu March 13, 2014
The Protojournalist

Forget Speed-Reading. Here's Speed-Writing

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 3:43 am

iStockphoto

Speed-reading all rage. Suddenly many speed-reading apps. Spritz. Spreeder. Others.

Some inspired by method RSVP — rapid serial visual presentation.

"Rather than read words

from left to right,"

says Marc Slater, managing director of Spreeder parent company eReflect.

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10:13am

Thu March 13, 2014
The Protojournalist

FootGolf: A New Sport Explored In 19 Questions

A FootGolfer, in argyle socks.
Courtesy of the AFGL

Springtime. And our thoughts turn to Augusta and lush green courses and a tradition unlike any other.

No not The Masters tournament — FootGolf.

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