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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10:13am

Mon March 10, 2014
The Protojournalist

I Just Hate Rants

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 5:18 am

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I hate rants.

I can't stand it when people spew and spit and spout off. I hate when folks fume and fulminate. I hate when people go on and on about what they hate, especially superficial problems

* Like when you have to wash all the food off your plate before putting it in a dishwasher – a machine allegedly designed to keep you from having to wash all the food off your plate.

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10:13am

Fri March 7, 2014
The Protojournalist

The Elegant Secrets Of Flying Snakes

Paradise flying snake.
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10:15am

Wed March 5, 2014
The Protojournalist

Hemingway Doesn't Always Live Up To His Code

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 6:24 pm

An undated portrait of Ernest Hemingway in Cuba.
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The air was clear. Our prose was not.

We remembered what Scott had told us about a clean, well-designed place called Future of Storytelling. Scott said we could learn from it. He was right and it was good.

Through the website, we discovered the Hemingway App.

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10:44am

Mon March 3, 2014
The Protojournalist

Climate Strange: 5 Monster March Snowstorms

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 2:56 pm

Snow plows in Manhattan during the blizzard of 1993.
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For much of the nation, March has come in with a leonine roar.

Are these late-season snow shows examples of climate change? "No," says weather historian Jim Fleming of Colby College. "The polar vortex is a natural and variable stratospheric event. One of its anomalies hit Russia and Central Europe in winters past. This year it is our turn."

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10:13am

Wed February 26, 2014
The Protojournalist

50 Cliches Of Gray: In Defense Of Old Truisms

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 11:21 am

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At the end of the day, it is tougher than a nickel steak to banish from American popular parlance certain phrases such as "at the end of the day."

The word police at Lake Superior State University in Michigan have been trying to strike the phrase from public discourse since 1999. Here are their Banished Words Lists from then and from 2014.

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