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.


The Protojournalist
9:30 am
Thu August 8, 2013

The End Of Football As We Know It

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 10:31 am

The Kickoff

It happens every year — air cools, leaves change, Americans talk about the demise of football. This year there may be more talk than usual, for several reasons, such as:

1st Down

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The Protojournalist
9:23 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Hoo Boy! A Hamlet Full Of Hobos

Two hobos walking the rails.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 10:19 am

The streets of America today are lined with — politically incorrectly speaking — hobos, tramps and bums who are out of work, out of luck, out of money, out of hope.

But what exactly is the difference between a hobo, a tramp and a bum?

For one thing: Hobos hold an annual gathering in Britt, Iowa.

This year's National Hobo Convention will be held this week. There will be hobo poetry, a hobo parade, the coronation of a Hobo King and Queen, and more.

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The Protojournalist
8:50 am
Thu August 8, 2013

A 6-Pack Of Beer Summits

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 10:13 am

Attempting to put the kibosh on their kerfuffle, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky made a peace offering this week to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The two Republicans have been fussing and fuming over governmental spying and spending.

"Anytime he would like to come down and sit at a pub right around the corner from the Senate — we'll have a beer," Paul told Neal Cavuto of Fox News.

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The Protojournalist
10:39 am
Wed August 7, 2013

The Anthony Weiner Personality Test

Anthony Weiner, a candidate for New York City mayor, answers questions about sexting at a press conference on July 23.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 10:13 am

To find out if you are compatible with the former Democratic congressman from New York and candidate for mayor of New York City, put down your selfie camera and take this simple quiz. If you can pick Weiner's actual quote from the choices given, you two just might get along.

1. Choose a saying that exemplifies your personality:
a. "I never take my shirt off."
b. "I have no interest in younger people."
c. "Quit isn't the way we roll."

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The Protojournalist
11:20 am
Fri August 2, 2013

The Secret Meanings Of Tattoos

beana_cheese Flickr

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 4:26 pm

Concerned that some professional football players may be sporting gang-related tattoos, the NFL is calling in people who are experts in reading the meanings of body ink, CBS Sports reports.

Tattoos may be skin deep, but their significance sometimes goes deeper. The messages sent by body art are an individual's self-expression, but there are recurring motifs that can often tell you something about the wearer.

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The Protojournalist
11:23 am
Tue July 30, 2013

The Wackiest Water Slides In America

Dolphin Plunge
Jason Collier Aquatica By Seaworld

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 10:14 am

Now THIS Is A Slide Show

For summer planning purposes — and porpoises — we turned to the folks at the World Waterpark Association to give us a list of the Wackiest Water Slides in America. We also asked them to consider geographic diversity. They highlighted seven, and here they are, with critical reviews:

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The Protojournalist
12:01 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

5 Faces Of Nerdfighters

Linton Weeks NPR

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 10:13 am

Springing from affection for the posts of VlogBrothers John and Hank Green — and a love of geekitude in general — the Nerdfighters is an eclectic online community.

Occasionally, local chapters gather in real life to chat about favorite games, movies and TV shows, and superheroes. They give each other the Nerdfighter salute (see above) and say "DFTBA," which stands for Don't forget to be awesome.

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The Protojournalist
8:47 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

A Little Old American Bonsai

A Hinoki cypress at Brussel Martin's bonsai nursery in Mississippi. He has nurtured it for 40 years, which is half its life. "I turned down $40,000 for it a year ago," Martin says. "It is worth twice that. I call it Big Bertha."
Courtesy of Brussel's Bonsai

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 10:13 am

A News Story In Tanka


For cypress tree in

Olive Branch, Mississippi,

80 years of age

Someone has a yen to pay

Forty thou — grower says Noh.


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The Protojournalist
8:22 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Culture War Cookbook, With Soup Recipes

Ed Markey and his wife, Dr. Susan Blumenthal, contribute a recipe called Mass-paragus Soup.
Winslow Townson AP

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 12:11 pm

Sometimes it feels like this country is so torn apart by political partisanship that people from the two major parties just cannot agree on anything — including food.

In an attempt to find commonalities, we are putting together recipes for a Culture War Cookbook. If folks from both sides of the aisle can sidle up to a table together and appreciate each other's victuals, maybe they can eventually learn to appreciate each other's viewpoints.

Rather than stew about them.

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The Protojournalist
2:50 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Civil Obedience: Defusing A Heated Moment

Protesters angry at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of black teen Trayvon Martin march through the streets of downtown Los Angeles, July 16.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 10:43 am

America is showing its seams, its disunion.

In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin case, a long, sweltering summer of protests and protestations is upon us. People with variegated viewpoints have taken to the streets and airwaves to vent. For some, the not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman was the end of the story; for others it was the beginning.

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