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, 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.



Sat June 21, 2014
The Protojournalist

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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Tue June 17, 2014
The Protojournalist

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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Wed June 11, 2014
The Protojournalist

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


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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Wed June 4, 2014
The Protojournalist

Should There Be A University Of Politics?

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 7:07 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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Tue May 27, 2014
The Protojournalist

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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Wed May 21, 2014
The Protojournalist

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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Sat May 17, 2014
The Protojournalist

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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Wed May 14, 2014
The Protojournalist

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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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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Thu May 1, 2014
The Protojournalist

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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Tue April 29, 2014
The Protojournalist

What's The Secret To Pouring Ketchup? Know Your Physics

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 12:02 pm

TED-Ed YouTube


Sun April 27, 2014
The Protojournalist

Keeping An Eye On The KKK

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


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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Thu April 24, 2014
The Protojournalist

Tweet Suits: Social Media And The Law

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

Levent Konuk

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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Sun April 20, 2014
The Protojournalist

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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