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.




Fri April 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Whatever Happened To The Anti-War Movement?

The United States is knee-deep in at least three international military conflicts at the moment — in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

American lives are being lost. Innocent civilians are being killed. Several of the engagements appear to be primed for protraction. The wars are expensive in other ways, too.

At least since the stormy 1960s, whenever America has gotten involved in deadly combat on foreign soil, large crowds of peace-promoting citizens have gathered in Washington and other cities to demonstrate against war.

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Tue April 12, 2011

The Rampant Rise Of Ayn Rand-O-Mania

Every once in a while, a movie comes along that captures a slice of the zeitgeist. Could Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 — due to be released on April 15 — be that kind of film?

In the way that Rebel Without a Cause in the 1950s or Wall Street in the 1980s spoke to a certain time and displacement in American history, will the Hollywood depiction of Ayn Rand's 1957 novel serve as some sort of easy-to-read cultural thermometer? Will the film flop or will it become the movie manifesto of America's nascent Tea Party?

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Thu April 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Not All Will Suffer If The Government Does Shut Down

[We asked NPR's Linton Weeks to think about some things that might benefit from a federal government shutdown. Here's what he reported back.]

We have all heard dire predictions surrounding the possible closing down of the federal government.

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Fri March 25, 2011

Hell On The Chief: Obama Takes Hits On All Sides

Alas, President Obama.

He: can't win for losing; is damned if he does, damned if he doesn't; is stuck between Iraq and a hard ... you get the idea.

Take the Libya intervention, for example. On the right, Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham gripe that Obama didn't order airstrikes on Moammar Gadhafi's air defense system soon enough. On the left, Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich grouses that Obama should be impeached for calling the airstrike at all.

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Tue March 22, 2011
Conflict In Libya

If This Is Not 'War' Against Libya, What Is It?

War is what the International Herald Tribune calls the U.S. confrontation with Libya. "At War in Libya" is the headline in the New York Times. Eliot Spitzer on CNN refers to "reporters covering the war in Libya."

But is the U.S. really at "war" with Libya?

Judkin Browning, a professor of military history at Appalachian State University, says, "Would I consider us 'at war' with Libya at this moment? I would say no, simply because of the very limited nature of our military mission."

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