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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9:43am

Thu May 21, 2015
NPR History Dept.

Muddled Messages In America's Past

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 5:17 pm

Telegraph operator, 1908.
Library of Congress

Do you ever feel like communication — in this Age of Communication — is more confused and confusing than ever? Does anybody even read whole messages anymore — beyond the subject line or the first screen? Do you get tangled up in threads and bewildered by attachments? Do txt msgs n-furi-8 u?

Here's the real question: Are all these communication devices truly improving interaction between humans or just providing more opportunities for miscommunication?

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9:54am

Tue May 19, 2015
NPR History Dept.

The Repast Is Not Even Past: Old LA Menus

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 12:28 pm

Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library

Let's see — what shall we have? So much to choose from in the collection of historical menus at the Los Angeles Public Library.

There are some 9,000 items to consider — creative, colorful, delicious-looking. By just perusing the choices, we get a deep sense of the city's rich culture and juicy past.

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12:03pm

Thu May 14, 2015
NPR History Dept.

The Curious World Of Baseball Re-Enactors

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 12:38 pm

The Dirigo Vintage Base Ball Club in Maine.
Courtesy of Matt Muise

Vintage base ball players — sort of like Civil War re-enactors who wield wooden bats instead of muskets — move among us. They glory in the past times of America's pastime.

Think: When Johnny comes sliding home.

Dressed in old uniforms, teams play each other using 19th century rules. Sometimes they don't wear gloves. Sometimes they pitch underhand. They spell "base ball" as two words. They call each other "ballists."

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1:16pm

Tue May 12, 2015
NPR History Dept.

Do We Talk Funny? 51 American Colloquialisms

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 8:25 pm

Jennifer Maravillas Ikon Images/Getty Images

Has American English become homogenized? Have our regional ways of saying particular things — sometimes in very particular ways — receded into the past? Or do we talk as funny as ever?

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10:31am

Wed May 6, 2015
NPR History Dept.

4 Hot-Button Kids' Books From The '50s That Sparked Controversy

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 6:58 am

NPR

The 1950s was a hinge decade for noteworthy and nation-changing civil rights events across the United States, including Brown v. Board of Education in Kansas, the bus boycott in Alabama and the National Guard-protected integration of Central High School in Arkansas.

Meanwhile, there was also a revolution brewing in bookstores and public libraries.

By design or by happenstance, a handful of children's picture books were focal points of the American movement toward integration in the '50s.

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