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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10:48am

Thu March 17, 2011
The Picture Show

Images Of The Atomic Age

For young people today, the Fukushima disaster in Japan could be their Nuclear Moment.

Since the 1940s, we have been living in the Atomic Age. Each decade has produced images and imaginings that, when stitched together, add up to our ambivalent relationship with nuclear power.

In a positive light, nuclear power is seen by some as cleaner, greener and less expensive than many other energy options. "I actually think we should explore nuclear power as part of the energy mix," presidential candidate Barack Obama said in 2007.

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1:25pm

Tue March 15, 2011
Pop Culture

We Are Just Not Digging The Whole Anymore

Stop by one of the 200 or so Borders stores that soon will be closing, and you can pick through the rubble. Under the Everything Must Go signs, you will find the building blocks of the last half-century of popular culture — in discounted disarray.

Here are the self-help books that promise to make us better people. There are the novels — by Tom Clancy and Janet Evanovich — that make us think about the world we've created. Over there are history tomes and workout tapes and compilation CDs and bright boxes containing the do-it-yourself language course Rosetta Stone.

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10:25am

Sun March 13, 2011
Earthquake Off Japan Coast Unleashes Tsunami

The Recorded History Of Quakes Is A Long One

The devastatingly destructive earthquake in Japan is being called the largest in the country's "recorded history."

The phrase "recorded history" carries meaning because we humans are a chronicling race. And somehow knowing where an event falls on a timeline and how devastating it is gives us the coordinates of our catastrophe. If the cataclysm can be fixed in time and in space, maybe it helps us wrap our minds around it.

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4:35pm

Wed March 9, 2011
Pop Culture

Heroic Acts To Protect The Word 'Hero'

Has the word "hero" been so overused that it's losing its meaning?

These three recent examples show how people are employing the term. You decide if the usage is appropriate.

On CBS News, Melissa Castellanos tells viewers that "the Super Senior who bravely fought-off jewel thieves with her handbag has been unmasked. She's [a] 71-year old grandmother ... and she's being called a hero by her community."

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4:20pm

Sat March 5, 2011
Arts & Life

Whatever Happened To The Audiophile?

You may remember the type: Laid-back in an easy chair, soaking in Rachmaninoff, Reinhardt or the Rolling Stones, enveloped by the very best, primo, top-of-the-line stereo equipment an aficionado could afford.

In robot-like, 1980s cadence, the audiophile could rattle off favorite components, which might include an all-tube Premier One power amp by conrad-johnson, a Sota Sapphire turntable, an Ortofon MC-2000 cartridge and a pair of Magneplanar speakers.

Geeky? Mos def.

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