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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11:13am

Fri July 11, 2014
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A Surge In Concierges

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:12 am

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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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7:03am

Fri July 4, 2014
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Bored On The Fourth Of July? Try These Movies

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:10 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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11:13am

Thu July 3, 2014
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Freedom To NOT Celebrate Independence Day

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 2:41 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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11:13am

Mon June 30, 2014
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America's Search For Meming

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 2:58 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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11:13am

Wed June 25, 2014
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Why America May Be Ready For Some Futbol

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 3:07 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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11:13am

Sat June 21, 2014
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The Runner-Up Religions Of America

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:30 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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11:13am

Tue June 17, 2014
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A Native American Take On Tornadoes

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 7:50 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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11:13am

Wed June 11, 2014
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5 TV Shows That Deserve Another Chance

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 9:05 pm

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

11:13am

Mon June 9, 2014
The Protojournalist

Fashion For The Germophobe

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 8:55 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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11:11am

Wed June 4, 2014
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Should There Be A University Of Politics?

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 7:07 pm

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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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11:13am

Tue May 27, 2014
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Art In A Jar 2: Details, Details

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 11:17 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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11:13am

Wed May 21, 2014
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Bewildered By Bilderberg

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 9:10 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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11:13am

Sat May 17, 2014
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5 Fab Fads That Just Faded Away

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 3:02 pm

Fads sweep across America like thunderstorms.

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11:16am

Wed May 14, 2014
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The 2014 Club Sandwich Index

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:06 am

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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7:01pm

Thu May 8, 2014
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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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11:13am

Thu May 1, 2014
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The State Department Is 'Deeply Concerned'

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 11:14 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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11:17am

Tue April 29, 2014
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A Life Story In 6 Songs — Part 3

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 6:50 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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3:33pm

Sun April 27, 2014
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Keeping An Eye On The KKK

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 6:48 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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11:20am

Thu April 24, 2014
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Tweet Suits: Social Media And The Law

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 9:29 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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11:13am

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

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 9:30 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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11:13am

Mon April 14, 2014
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The Grumpy Point: When A Man Turns 70

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 10:39 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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11:19am

Fri April 11, 2014
The Protojournalist

4 Strange Sports In America's Past

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 10:39 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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11:13am

Tue April 1, 2014
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5 April Fools' Pranks Gone Bad

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 7:25 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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7:13pm

Sat March 29, 2014
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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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11:13am

Wed March 26, 2014
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What Winter Will Be Like In 100 Years

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 5:57 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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11:13am

Tue March 25, 2014
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A Life Story In 6 Songs — Part 2

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 5:39 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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11:13am

Sat March 22, 2014
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American Libraries Learn To Read Teenagers

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 5:12 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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1:11pm

Thu March 13, 2014
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Forget Speed-Reading. Here's Speed-Writing

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 4:43 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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11:13am

Thu March 13, 2014
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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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11:13am

Mon March 10, 2014
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I Just Hate Rants

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 6:18 am

istockphoto

I hate rants.

I can't stand it when people spew and spit and spout off. I hate when folks fume and fulminate. I hate when people go on and on about what they hate, especially superficial problems

* Like when you have to wash all the food off your plate before putting it in a dishwasher – a machine allegedly designed to keep you from having to wash all the food off your plate.

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