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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9:22am

Fri July 11, 2014
The Protojournalist

A Surge In Concierges

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 6:12 am

iStockphoto

Steve Sims is the founder of Bluefish, a luxury concierge service that takes care of rich people. As Steve posted on Reddit recently: "We've arranged everything from supersonic military jet flights in Russia, submersible dives in the Atlantic Ocean to view the Titanic, sunsets in the Serengeti, deep-sea dives with great whites, performing with rock stars, to flights into space for our clients."

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5:03am

Fri July 4, 2014
The Protojournalist

Bored On The Fourth Of July? Try These Movies

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 6:10 am

A promotional image for Jaws.
Universal The Kobal Collection

Cinema sites abound with lists such as Top 10 Movies ForThe Fourth Of July from Forbes and 12 Patriotic Movies by the Los Angeles Times. After all, Hollywood knows that Americans love to celebrate American celebrations.

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9:13am

Thu July 3, 2014
The Protojournalist

Freedom To NOT Celebrate Independence Day

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 12:41 pm

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
Library of Congress

Celebrating Independence Day on July Fourth is as American as burgers and dogs on the grill, lemonade in plastic cups, apple pie on paper plates, baseball, fireworks and Sousa marches.

Except for those Americans who don't celebrate it at all.

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9:19am

Mon June 30, 2014
The Protojournalist

America's Search For Meming

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 12:58 pm

KnowYourMeme.com and Library of Congress

One reason Internet memes — the quirky photos with societal observations that are passed along like genes or around like germs — work so well, is that they tap into something of the moment, a fleeting notion that captures the here and now.

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9:26am

Wed June 25, 2014
The Protojournalist

Why America May Be Ready For Some Futbol

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 1:07 pm

William West AFP/Getty Images

Ante-millennium America was ho-hum about soccer as a sport, because it is a game with: nonstop motion, international players, loose rules and corruption, low expectations of scoring and an imprecise ending.

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9:13am

Sat June 21, 2014
The Protojournalist

The Runner-Up Religions Of America

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 6:30 am

Courtesy of the ASARB

Glance at the map above, Second Largest Religious Tradition in Each State 2010, and you will see that Buddhism (orange), Judaism (pink) and Islam (blue) are the runner-up religions across the country.

No surprises there. But can you believe that Hindu (dark orange) is the No. 2 tradition in Arizona and Delaware, and that Baha'i (green) ranks second in South Carolina?

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9:13am

Tue June 17, 2014
The Protojournalist

A Native American Take On Tornadoes

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:50 am

1904-05. Red Stone Church Built Winter
Courtesy of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Musuem of Natural History, University of Oklahoma

While tornadoes continue to tear across America's midsection — taking lives and destroying property — we continue to search for explanations of the phenomenon, in hopes of developing better warning systems and protection.

But after decades of research, funded by decamillions of dollars, the fundamentals of wind funnels remain somewhat mysterious.

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9:13am

Wed June 11, 2014
The Protojournalist

5 TV Shows That Deserve Another Chance

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 7:05 pm

LeVar Burton, the face of Reading Rainbow.
From the Reading Rainbow website

9:13am

Mon June 9, 2014
The Protojournalist

Fashion For The Germophobe

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 6:55 am

Courtesy of Mouth Shutters

Can you feel it?

Like discrete clouds beginning to gather before a storm.

Not a trend, really. Not yet. But a tendency toward a trend. A trendency.

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9:11am

Wed June 4, 2014
The Protojournalist

Should There Be A University Of Politics?

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 5:07 pm

iStockphoto

In France, many high-level politicians — such as Prime Ministers Francois Hollande, Jacques Chirac and Valery Giscard d'Estaing — developed their statecraft skills at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration.

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9:13am

Tue May 27, 2014
The Protojournalist

Art In A Jar 2: Details, Details

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 9:17 am

Jim Tuttle NPR

When we posted the first Art in a Jar in April, we learned a couple of lessons: 1) Folks liked the idea. 2) The puzzle was way too easy.

So we try, try again.

The Puzzle

The challenge: Guess the masterpiece — by looking at its pieces — in the jar.

Please post your guesses in the comments section.

The Expert

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9:13am

Wed May 21, 2014
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Bewildered By Bilderberg

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 7:10 am

An anti-surveillance protester stands outside the Bilderberg conference last year in Watford, England. This year the conference may be in Denmark.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

The Bilderberg annual conference is convening at the end of May in Denmark. Or so it's reported.

For folks who have never heard of Bilderberg, it's an invitation-only confab of high-powered people who jawbone about world issues. Its mission, according to its official website, is at once simple and complex: "to foster dialogue between Europe and North America."

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9:25am

Sat May 17, 2014
The Protojournalist

5 Fab Fads That Just Faded Away

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 1:02 pm

Fads sweep across America like thunderstorms.

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9:16am

Wed May 14, 2014
The Protojournalist

The 2014 Club Sandwich Index

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:06 pm

Monkey Business Images iStockphoto

The club sandwich — a mouthwatering mélange of meats, cheeses and salad greens double-stacked among three slices of mayo-slathered bread or toast — is a portable picnic for one. A movable feast.

"I order a club sandwich all the time," the late comedian Mitch Hedberg quipped. "And I'm not even a member."

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5:01pm

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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9:29am

Thu May 1, 2014
The Protojournalist

The State Department Is 'Deeply Concerned'

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:14 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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9:17am

Tue April 29, 2014
The Protojournalist

A Life Story In 6 Songs — Part 3

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:50 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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1:33pm

Sun April 27, 2014
The Protojournalist

Keeping An Eye On The KKK

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 4:48 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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9:20am

Thu April 24, 2014
The Protojournalist

Tweet Suits: Social Media And The Law

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 7:29 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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9:13am

Sun April 20, 2014
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Google Frecking: The Week In Pandas

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 7:30 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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