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

Wed November 27, 2013
The Protojournalist

Project Xpat: A Seoul Food Holiday

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 1:31 pm

Jessica Osborne, in green sweater, celebrates Thanksgiving with friends in Seoul.
Haley Wan

For many Americans, Thanksgiving is more about people than pumpkin pie.

And for many Americans observing the special day in other countries — since pumpkin pie can be hard to come by — the people around them play a more prominent role.

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3:33pm

Tue November 26, 2013
The Protojournalist

Project XPat: Turkey Ball In Djibouti

Baseball in Djibouti
Rachel Pieh Jones

Here in the States, many folks play American-made football — touch, not tackle — on Thanksgiving Day after the megameal.

But in other parts of the world, no one will be the wiser if you make a substitution — and play American-made baseball. Turkey Ball instead of Turkey Bowl, perhaps?

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11:13am

Tue November 26, 2013
The Protojournalist

Project Xpat: No Tinned Pumpkin

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 12:00 pm

Rowan Crutchlow, at age 3, helping to make her great-grandmother's pie cust.
Kelly Crutchlow

Recipes, like memories, transcend place and time. Wherever American Kelly Crutchlow lives, she brings along remembrances of her family and their ways of observing Thanksgiving.

Today Kelly, who is originally from Iowa, is living near Coventry, England, with her British husband, Adam, and their two children, Rowan, 4, and Ewan, 2.

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4:14pm

Mon November 25, 2013
The Protojournalist

Project Xpat: Not So Chilly In Chile

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 4:21 pm

A circle of Thanksgiving celebrants in Santiago, Chile.
Amy Bell

As American expatriate Amy Bell points out, a Thanksgiving celebration does not always depend on falling leaves and falling temperatures. It depends on being full of thanks.

In Chile, Thanksgiving "falls on the brink of summertime," says Amy, a science teacher at an international school in Santiago. "Unfortunately, we don't have the day off from work, so my crew of American expats gather on the following Saturday to enjoy a full day of eating, drinking and gratitude."

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11:13am

Mon November 25, 2013
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Project Xpat: Homage In Catalonia

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 3:16 pm

Janine Denny of New York readies the Thanksgiving table in Spain
Regan Watson

Sometimes you carry Old Thanksgiving Traditions with you around the world; sometimes you make up Old Thanksgiving Traditions right on the spot.

Regan Watson — an American expat from San Diego now living in Barcelona, Spain — and her friends are creating a few rituals that we homelanders might want to consider.

"For years I had hosted Thanksgiving at my shared Barcelona apartment," Regan says, but "my oven was a bit too small for the 9-kilo turkey that I had to special order."

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5:24am

Sat November 23, 2013
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Project Xpat: Thanksgiving In Faraway Lands

Originally published on Sun November 24, 2013 11:29 am

Evy Gedlinske, last Thanksgiving.
Michelle Lin

For many Americans, the Thanksgiving holiday – with its site-specific sounds, smells, tastes, colors and rituals – is a meaningful, memory-making must-do kind of thing.

Even – maybe, especially – for those Americans living in other countries.

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11:56am

Fri November 22, 2013
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Project Xpat: Exploring The Expatriate Life

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 4:20 pm

Expatriate Ernest Hemingway, 1923
National Archives, via Wikimedia Commons

Funny thing about being an American living away from America: It makes you think more about what it means to be an American.

But which is the dominant sentiment? Absence makes the heart grow fonder? Or out of sight, out of mind? The answer depends on a lot of variables.

Over the years, various people and projects have explored those variables: the mechanics and meanings of expatriation.

One of America's most notable expatriates, novelist Ernest Hemingway, examined the notion from many angles in the 1920s.

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11:18am

Thu November 21, 2013
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Project Xpat: Recalling Thanksgivings Abroad

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 8:31 am

Kate Brantley in Lille, France, 2012.
Kate Brantley

When we asked American members of the NPR community who are living in other countries to let us in on their plans for Thanksgiving 2013, we received hundreds and hundreds of responses.

Some expatriates say they plan to trot out the turkey and dressing and Mama Stamberg's cranberry relish. Others say they don't plan to celebrate one whit. Many folks sent us stories and photos of past Thanksgivings spent abroad.

Here are a few examples:

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11:13am

Wed November 13, 2013
The Protojournalist

Who Were You When JFK Was Shot?

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 8:53 pm

A composite image of Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, Randall Kennedy and James Billington.
Courtesy of Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, Randall Kennedy and James Billington

The usual question for Americans on an Anniversary of National Significance is: Where Were You When...?

Where Were You When you learned that: Martin Luther King Jr. had been shot on April 4 in 1968? Neil Armstrong walked on the moon on July 21, 1969? The twin towers of the World Trade Center were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001?

But there is another question of orientation: Who Were You When ... a certain nation-changing event occurred?

This is who I was — 50 years ago this month — when I heard that President John F. Kennedy had been shot.

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3:04pm

Thu October 31, 2013
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Peak Halloween: Is The Holiday Over The Hill?

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 5:13 pm

Barbara Helgason iStockphoto.com

Is Halloween — our national October obsession with candy, costumes and decorations — over and done?

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11:13am

Wed October 30, 2013
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Haiku In The News: Reality In Riyadh

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 4:15 pm

A Saudi woman walks past vehicles stopping at a traffic light in Riyadh, where there is a government ban on women driving.
Fayez Nureldine AFP/Getty Images

Poetry is important. And the hope for this standing feature of The Protojournalist is that by searching for a poetic nugget in the constant rush of news we can slow down for a moment and contemplate what the news story really means.

Like finding a lovely pebble in a mountain stream. Or a dropped earring on a crowded sidewalk.

Haiku in the News — you can find other examples here — is not designed to be a trivial thing.

Gray Lady Poems

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1:07pm

Tue September 24, 2013
The Protojournalist

Why Are Most Rampage Shooters Men?

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 2:29 pm

A makeshift memorial hangs on a lamp post across the street from the Washington Navy Yard, on Sept. 20.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Aaron Alexis, the man who police say killed more than a dozen people at the Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 16, has joined a heinous parade of mass murdering shooters, nearly all men.

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11:48am

Thu September 19, 2013
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Are There Too Many 'Hillionaires' In Washington?

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 12:08 pm

House Oversight Committee chairman and megamillionaire Darrell Issa is reportedly worth more than $355 million.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Capitol Hill is rife with rich people — "hillionaires," if you will.

Writing in The New York Times, Nicholas Carnes, a public policy professor at Duke University, points out that millionaires show up in only 3 percent of American families. But more than 60 percent of the Senate, most members of the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court — and the president himself — are millionaires.

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12:29pm

Mon August 12, 2013
The Protojournalist

Baseball Danger: An Instant Conversation

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals gestures toward the pitcher after being hit by a pitch in a game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on Aug. 6 in Washington, D.C.
Greg Fiume Getty Images

Starter: You know, with all the talk in recent years of "bounty hits" — tackles designed to knock opposing players out of professional football games — among players in the NFL, it may be easy to forget that professional baseball players have a similar system that, in a way, could be even more dangerous: It's called retaliation.

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11:13am

Wed July 10, 2013
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Elevator Pitch: Why Care About Washington?

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 11:24 am

wbeem via Flickr

­­My friend Mark Leibovich — a New York Times reporter — has written a book about the inner watchworkings of Power Washington called This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital. Among the incestuous cognoscenti of the Capital City, This Town has more buzz than a top-bar beehive.

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