NPR: 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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11:12am

Mon February 3, 2014
The Protojournalist

6 Odd College Courses In America

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 1:21 pm

About college courses, actor Tom Hanks recently told The Star-Ledger: "I had thought, oh, college, you have to take chemistry and stuff and sit there slogging through work in the library. And then it was like, wait, you can go to college and study theater? And act in plays? This is almost a racket."

Check the catalogs at colleges these days and you will see that you can study theater, act in plays and explore a whole lot more.

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11:12am

Tue January 28, 2014
The Protojournalist

Fixing The NFL: Put Robots In The Super Bowl

Cleatus of Fox Sports
Kevin Lynch FOX Sports

Through one lens, the National Football League — on the threshold of Super Bowl XLVIII — looks to be at the top of its game. Revenues are ridiculously high: more than $9 billion a year, CNN reports. Television ratings are roof-piercing: 34 of the 35 most-watched TV shows of autumn 2013 were NFL games, according to the NFL.

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11:12am

Sun January 26, 2014
The Protojournalist

Warning: In Bitter Cold, Beware The 'Umbles'

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 2:03 pm

Icy vortices, trains of snowstorms, treacherous temperatures — many people are having to learn some harsh lessons about harsh weather.

"When the weather is bitter cold," says Dr. Campbell McLaren, "we have to be vigilant — not just to protect ourselves, but those around us."

And we have to watch out for the "umbles."

As an emergency room doctor in northern New Hampshire, McLaren has specialized in hypothermia and other deleterious effects of extreme cold. He speaks in a Scottish brogue — and by telephone and email, he warns against the umbles.

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11:15am

Wed January 22, 2014
The Protojournalist

As Time Goes By, What Makes A Movie Timeless?

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:54 pm

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave. It could become a classic.
Jaap Buitendijk Fox Searchlight Pictures

Awards season is upon us. And on top of us. And all over us with red carpets, acceptance speeches and actor antics.

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11:35am

Fri January 17, 2014
The Protojournalist

News Match Game: Leaders And Tweeters

President Barack Obama at a "Twitter Town Hall" on July 6, 2011 at the White House.
MANDEL NGAN AFP/Getty Images

The votes are in, and President Obama — with 40 million followers on Twitter --is the Leader of the Tweet World, according to the Digital Policy Council's recent report on the use of social media by presidents, potentates and other pooh-bahs.

The Top 5 World Leaders With The Most Followers On Twitter:

1) President Barack Obama of the United States

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11:12am

Wed January 15, 2014
The Protojournalist

Quick Question: Time To Leave Smokers Alone?

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 4:48 pm

Fifty years ago this month, the landmark U.S. Surgeon General's report linking cigarette smoking and lung cancer was released.

Over the past half-century, America has become more and more inhospitable to people who smoke — and to tobacco companies. In a recent statement, the Department of Health and Human Services declares its desire "to make the next generation tobacco-free."

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11:12am

Sat January 11, 2014
The Protojournalist

Tell Us The 6 Songs Of Your Life

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 1:09 pm

.sarahwynne. Flickr

Music. It's been there with us from the beginning — sometimes in the background, sometimes centerstage. We listen. We sing. We play along. We compose. We remember.

We are a species deep into music. And the music is deep into us — especially those of us at NPR, where music is an essential element of everyday existence.

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11:40am

Wed January 8, 2014
The Protojournalist

Can Amazon's Jeff Bezos Save Planet Earth?

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 1:07 pm

Jeff Bezos.
David Ryder Getty Images

Look. Up in the sky — and in that little package with the A-to-Z logo. It's a bird. It's a plane.

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11:13am

Fri December 20, 2013
The Protojournalist

Have Yourself A Tacky Little Christmas

Originally published on Sat December 21, 2013 10:55 am

Solid Color Neckties

Maybe it all started with ugly Christmas sweaters. Or with cheesy inflatable Santas. Or hideously inappropriate tree ornaments. But Christmastime – at least its visible trappings and accoutrements – seems to be getting tackier.

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11:45am

Thu December 19, 2013
The Protojournalist

100 Years Of Solvitude: A Reported Crossword Puzzle

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 3:17 pm

Word-Cross creator, 1938.
Bettmann/Corbis

Created by a British-American wordsmith, the very first Word-Cross appeared in the New York World on Dec. 21, 1913.

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11:35am

Wed December 18, 2013
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Project Xpat: What The World Thinks Of America

Chantal Mpezo

"America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room," observed British historian Arnold J. Toynbee. "Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair."

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3:11pm

Sun December 15, 2013
The Protojournalist

Project Xpat: When Do You Become An 'Immigrant'?

iStockphoto

You are an American living in another country. Are you a tourist? An expatriate? An immigrant?

When does a visitor morph into something more? When does your home-away-from-home become your home?

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11:13am

Thu December 12, 2013
The Protojournalist

The Future Of Blocks — Building On The Past

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 9:21 pm

M&D

Blocks grow with you — from basic alphabet blocks and geometric building blocks, to Tinker Toys and Legos and girder and panel sets, to bricks and

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11:13am

Wed December 11, 2013
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Debate Club: Blocks Are The Best Toys Ever

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 8:16 am

iStockphoto

Resolved: That blocks are the best toys ever.

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4:47pm

Sat December 7, 2013
The Protojournalist

The Scent Of Pepper Spray Is In The Air

A police officer uses pepper spray on seated Occupy demonstrators at the University of California, Davis, on Nov. 18, 2011.
Thomas K. Fowler AP

Just in the past few days:

  • In Baton Rouge, La., joggers concerned about a recent attack on a runner are carrying pepper spray.
  • In Missoula, Mont., a woman files a complaint against a man for pepper-spraying her golden retriever.
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11:37am

Thu December 5, 2013
The Protojournalist

Project Xpat: What It Means To Be An Expatriate

iStockphoto

When American expatriate Charles Trueheart was young, he lived all over the world — in Ankara, London, Saigon and Paris. His father was an American diplomat.

When Charlie was older, he moved back to the U.S. He went to college at Amherst. Eventually, he and his wife, Anne Swardson, became international correspondents for The Washington Post.

I was Charlie's editor at the Post for several stories. He is a lovely writer and a good friend.

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11:39am

Mon December 2, 2013
The Protojournalist

Quick Question: Is Cyber Monday Passe?

Marek Uliasz iStock

Cyber Monday. The phrase seems so quaint. Like floppy disk. Or information superhighway.

But the idea of making a big deal about everybody shopping online on a given day seems even more quaint.

So quick question: Is the notion of Cyber Monday passe?

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6:29pm

Thu November 28, 2013
The Protojournalist

Project Xpat: Thank You For Posting

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 11:36 am

Turkey of Thanksgiving in Kazakhstan.
Patricia Cullinane

Thanksgiving — like the universe — is expanding.

Traditionally a time for Americans to pause and give thanks to a Supreme Being — for health or harvest or happenstance, Thanksgiving is evolving before our very eyes into a holiday where we give thanks to each other as well.

Just this week we received Thanksgiving-themed thank-you notes from a doctor's office, a lawyers' association, a New Jersey congressman and others. Can Thanksgiving-themed gift cards be far behind?

It's not a bad idea. Saying thank you to more people.

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1:13pm

Thu November 28, 2013
The Protojournalist

Project Xpat: An Air Force Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 101: Young students from around the world get a taste of the American tradition.
Sarah Kinzer

Thanking members of the U.S. military for their service is an American tradition – throughout the year. But what do those who are on the receiving end of our thanks have to be thankful for at Thanksgiving?

From somewhere in Southwest Asia, American expat Sarah Kinzer writes: "We are U.S. Air Force overseas... Due to host nation sensitivities I can't tell you a city — or country — but you can say we are stationed with the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing."

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11:13am

Thu November 28, 2013
The Protojournalist

Project Xpat: Thanksgiving Up, Down Under

Baby Partington
Susan Partington

For some expatriates there comes a point of surrender. Keeping the back-home traditions becomes too much trouble. Or the allures of the host country become too strong. Call it Thanksgiving Up.

Such is the case for Susan Partington who lives with her family in Gisborne, New Zealand. "After seven years down under, I've completely given up on the traditional foods. Spending a Thursday cooking lots of hot food during summer is absurd."

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3:33pm

Wed November 27, 2013
The Protojournalist

Project Xpat: A Globetrotter's Thanksgiving

November in Nepal: a ceremonial candle.
Sarita Fae Jarmack

If you can't be with the holiday you love, love the holiday you're with.

Sarita Fae Jarmack, 25, who grew up in the United States, has already traveled to some 30 countries. Roaming the wide world over, she has discovered that it can sometimes be quite difficult — even on this interconnected planet — to touch base with her childhood traditions.

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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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3:33pm

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
The Protojournalist

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
The Protojournalist

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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11:13am

Fri November 22, 2013
The Protojournalist

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
The Protojournalist

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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