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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The Protojournalist
9:19 am
Mon June 30, 2014

America's Search For Meming

KnowYourMeme.com and Library of Congress

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

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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The Protojournalist
9:26 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Why America May Be Ready For Some Futbol

William West AFP/Getty Images

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

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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The Protojournalist
9:13 am
Sat June 21, 2014

The Runner-Up Religions Of America

Courtesy of the ASARB

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

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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The Protojournalist
9:13 am
Tue June 17, 2014

A Native American Take On Tornadoes

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

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

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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The Protojournalist
9:13 am
Wed June 11, 2014

5 TV Shows That Deserve Another Chance

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

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

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The Protojournalist
9:13 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Fashion For The Germophobe

Courtesy of Mouth Shutters

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

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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The Protojournalist
9:11 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Should There Be A University Of Politics?

iStockphoto

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

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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The Protojournalist
9:13 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Art In A Jar 2: Details, Details

Jim Tuttle NPR

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

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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The Protojournalist
9:13 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Bewildered By Bilderberg

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

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

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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The Protojournalist
9:25 am
Sat May 17, 2014

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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