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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4:51am

Sun November 23, 2014
The Protojournalist

When Thanksgiving Was Weird

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 9:05 am

Oddest thing: Thanksgiving in turn-of-the-20th century America used to look a heckuva lot like Halloween.

People — young and old — got all dressed up and staged costumed crawls through the streets. In Los Angeles, Chicago and other places around the country, newspapers ran stories of folks wearing elaborate masks and cloth veils. Thanksgiving mask balls were held in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Montesano, Wash., and points in between.

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10:13am

Tue November 18, 2014
The Protojournalist

Who Won The Civil War? Tough Question

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 8:41 pm

History quiz: Students on campus.
YouTube

The old joke used to be: Who is buried in Grant's tomb?

Now it's not so funny anymore.

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10:13am

Sat November 15, 2014
The Protojournalist

The Wondrous World Of Tom Thumb Weddings

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 8:20 am

Alex George and Lilliana Bremerkamp pretend to get married in a 2008 Tom Thumb wedding.
Robert LaRouche Courtesy of Holly Bremerkamp

When the "bride" and "groom" walk down the aisle in a Tom Thumb Wedding — as they did just a few weeks ago at the Fellowship Baptist Church on Staten Island in New York — they are:

1) Often not much taller than the backs of the church pews.

2) Paying homage to a pair of 19th century celebrities.

3) Acting out an American ritual with roots stretching back more than 150 years.

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10:17am

Thu November 13, 2014
The Protojournalist

8 Epic Eating Contests In American History

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 1:51 pm

Pie eating contest in 1921.
Library of Congress

As America enters the holiday season, chowing down at a crowded table can become a competitive experience. What was once confined to friendly wagers has blossomed into a full-blown industry.

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10:16am

Wed November 5, 2014
The Protojournalist

The Strange Dating Games Of 1914

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 10:14 am

With a peck of new tech in development, Upstart reports recently, "the dating game may never be the same."

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