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.




Wed August 3, 2011

Procrastination Nation: The Out Years

President Barack Obama walks back to the Oval Office after speaking in Rose Garden of the White House, Aug. 2, after the Senate passed the debt ceiling legislation.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Ah, the Out Years.

During the recent debt-ceiling debate, the phrase became a recurring motif. "You've got to look at the deficit not just in the next 10 years," White House political adviser David Plouffe told NPR, "but does it also produce savings in the out years."

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) told the Los Angeles Times that enforcement of the plan will be the key to its success, but "it's always in the out years and it never happens."

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Tue July 19, 2011

America's Attack On Lemonade Stands

Originally published on Tue July 19, 2011 9:53 am

Matt Grozier, 8, and his neighbor, Alyssa Boyd, 5, at her lemonade stand near Lightstreet, Pa., in 2007.
Bill Hughes AP

If lemonade stands are symbols of the American dream, and if lemonade stands are under attack in the United States, then the American dream is under attack.

Sure, it's a somewhat breathless syllogism, but there is truth in it.

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Mon July 4, 2011
Pop Culture

I Was Absent That Day

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:42 am

Malaka Faye Gharib

Perhaps you know that pickles come from cucumbers. That the Washington Redskins are in Washington, D.C., and not Washington state. And that Roy Orbison was not blind.

But all around you are intelligent, upstanding citizens who do not know these — and other — things.

Trust us.

Part of being an adult is finding out stuff you should have known for years but somehow didn't.

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Fri July 1, 2011
Around the Nation

Lazy In America: A Brief Social History

Even when we're relaxing, we're multitasking. A UC Berkeley student with his mobile device.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Pop open a can of beer, pull up a deck chair and let's talk about laziness in America.

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Thu June 23, 2011

The End Of Gender?

Look closely and you may see signposts.

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