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
10:39 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Fear Of Fear Itself: 5 New 'Phobias'

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 2:09 pm

Everybody knows about triskaidekaphobia — fear of the number 13. Much has been written about the condition, including a thorough examination by NPR and this triskaideka treatise at

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The Protojournalist
9:18 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Surfing Dogs: An Instant Conversation

So a dog and a goat went surfing and...
Michael Schrager

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 5:55 am

Starter: Hey, can your dog surf? I heard that about 75 dogs competed in the Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon in early September at Del Mar Dog Beach near San Diego. Several thousand people showed up to watch the seaside circus sponsored by the Helen Woodward Animal Center and Blue Buffalo pet foods. It's a gnarly contest – featuring bone-gnawing, teeth-gnashing surf dogs.

Here's another pic:

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The Protojournalist
12:29 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Never-Ending Stories: Commerce Versus Conservation

A lone bison in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, near where fracking has become standard practice.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 11:13 am

Writing in the Washington Post recently, Darryl Fears points out that sometime during September, the U.S.

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The Protojournalist
7:40 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Haiku In The News: The New $100 Bill

Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 2:24 pm

"It's certainly one

of the most valuable

bills to counterfeit."

Currency expert Ben Mazzotta of the Fletcher School at Tufts University, speaking to CBSMiami/CNN about the U.S. Treasury Department's efforts to create a newly designed $100 note that is more difficult to replicate.

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The Protojournalist
4:44 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

The Customization Of You — And Everything Else


Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 11:16 am

While reading this story on the customization of everything, YOU would discover that it's even possible these days to make yourself the subject of an NPR news story on customization.

In other words, you are reading the story that you are co-writing – about yourself.

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The Protojournalist
5:59 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Quick Question: Can Only The Rich Be President?

Donald Trump says he is considering running for president in 2016.
Robin Marchant Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 12:31 pm

Do you have to be rich to be president of the United States of America?

Donald Trump told ABC News recently that he might run for president in 2016 and that he is qualified because, among other reasons, he has amassed a net worth of more than $10 billion. "I'd spend a lot" on a campaign, he says. "I'd spend whatever it took."

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The Protojournalist
10:10 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Falling Out Of Love With President Obama

President Obama discusses Syria options in the Oval Office of the White House on Monday.
The White House Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 1:20 pm

With confrontation in Syria looming, uncertainties about new health care rules arising, evidence of privacy invasion emerging and other generally unsettling issues swirling around, people's feelings about President Obama are all over the map.

Some folks on Facebook — and a number of other Americans — who were at one time supporters of the president are full of questions.

"Before triggering more bloodshed and war in Syria, why not work to get Assad indicted by The Hague," writes one politically involved Virginian who worked his tail off for Obama in 2008.

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The Protojournalist
5:47 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Gone Tomorrow: Don't Mess With Texas Wildflowers

Poppy mallow.
W.D and Dolphia Bransford Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 10:13 am

For variegated reasons – urban sprawl, large-scale farming, invasive plants and human thoughtlessness – wildflowers in America are vanishing.

Which is a shame.

In Texas, for instance, bloomspotting in the vast expanse of the Lone Starscape can be like birdwatching. Amid the dun and dust of desert and field, flora can surprise, delight, astonish.

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The Protojournalist
11:05 am
Sat August 31, 2013

The Rise And Fall Of Slackers


Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 11:15 am

As we pause this Labor Day weekend to celebrate the Great American Worker, we can't help but wonder: Whatever happened to the Great American Slacker?

It wasn't that long ago that slackers ruled the earth. OK, maybe ruled is a bit over the top because slackers, by definition, didn't really rule — or try very hard or take full responsibility. Whatever. But they sure were omnipresent there for a while.

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The Protojournalist
4:07 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Elevator Pitch: Contrarian Entrepreneurs


Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 2:35 pm

Worthless, Impossible, and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value is a just-published book about the perils and rewards of being a self-starter.

Written by Daniel Isenberg, who teaches at Babson Global, and published by Harvard Business Review, the work has received some serious notices and blurbs.

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