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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11:04am

Thu June 9, 2011
Politics

The Feminine Effect On Presidential Politics

Victoria Woodhull
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

By one count, of the more than 200 people who have run for president over the years, fewer than 30 have been women.

While women have made headway in the nation's boardrooms and science labs — and even in politics — in recent times, they have not received top-of-the-ticket nominations from the Democratic or Republican parties.

With Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann considering runs as Republican candidates, the 2012 political race might be a game-changer.

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1:34pm

Sun June 5, 2011
Politics

The 5 Most Unusual Nominees For President. Ever.

Parley Parker Christensen
Courtesy of John Sillito

If the contemporary era thinks it has cornered the market on presidential candidates who think outside the box — such as Ron Paul and Herman Cain — it should think again. American history is chock-full of one-of-a-kind politicians with White House aspirations.

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4:13pm

Sat May 28, 2011
Around the Nation

The Fa-Word: An Insulting Slur In the Spotlight

Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant (above) was recently fined $100,000 by the NBA for calling a referee the Fa-word. Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls was fined $50,000 by the league for saying it to a fan.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Is the Fa-word the new N-word?

What is the Fa-word, you ask? It's a six-letter, two-syllable term that starts with the letters fa and rhymes with maggot. It's not to be confused with the F-word.

In April, basketball superstar Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers was fined $100,000 by the NBA for calling a referee the Fa-word. In May, Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls was fined $50,000 by the league for hurling the anti-gay slur at a fan.

These are just recent incidents in a tumultuous timeline that includes:

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11:14am

Fri May 20, 2011
Energy

Pumped Up: Are Americans Addicted To Oil?

Beth Terry of Oakland, Calif., doesn't own a car and takes her bike out to do shopping. She keeps tallies of her plastic waste on her blog.
Courtesy of Beth Terry

As many Americans struggle with higher gas prices, others look for ways to live using fewer fossil fuels. They pursue a personal form of energy independence — and they are finding that it's no easy feat.

About a year ago, following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig catastrophe that released millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Mary Richert decided that she wanted to live a life free of oil. "I quit," she told American Public Media's radio program Marketplace. "I just want to stop using oil completely. I just don't want to ever see it or think about it again."

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10:14am

Fri May 13, 2011
Your Money

When Wall Street Cheats, Do We Lose?

When you read stories of insider trading — resulting in multimillion-dollar profits — by crafty people like hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam or arbitrageur Ivan Boesky, it seems like the average investor is at a constant and insurmountable disadvantage.

After all, these are the guys who got caught. What about all the slicksters who don't get nabbed? And all the big dog investors who don't have day jobs and watch the stock tickers like vultures? And what about the automated algorithm-driven trading programs designed to squeeze an advantage out of trades-by-the-nanosecond?

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