Linton Weeks

Linton Weeks appears in the following:

Scandalgate: A DIY, All-Purpose News Story

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Good grief.

Scandals seem to swarm around American presidents like yellow jackets around a state park picnic table.

In fact, administration after administration has spent its second term swatting away falsehoods — and true tales — of miscreancy.

And so patterns have emerged. This happens, then that happens and eventually ...


Betting On 'Table Stakes'

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

In the poker world, table stakes is a term that puts a limit on bets. In other worlds, it usually connotes the basic necessities. The table stakes for a baseball player: a ball, a bat and a glove.

It's one of those gambling phrases that seems, like gambling places, to ...


A History Of The World — In One-Liners

Monday, June 17, 2013

Speaking to the Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" Conference on Saturday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — in a speech broadcast on C-SPAN — let loose a barrage of bons mots aimed at President Obama and political Washington.

Now that Fox News has re-signed Palin as a ...


World's Shortest Business Brief: The Smoffice

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The World's Smallest Office competition is over. But will the Smoffice create jobs?

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit


The Love Song Of Ollie Cantos

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Ollie Cantos – blind his whole life – has a law degree and has worked in the White House. He's overcome self-doubts, prejudices, naysayers and countless unforeseen – and unseen – obstacles to get to this point. Not content, he's hoping to adopt teenage triplets — Leo, Nick and ...


Dear NSA: Please Read This Email

Friday, June 14, 2013

To: The National Security Agency

From: The Protojournalist

Subject: Please feel free to read our email exchange with Wendy Nather, a high-tech analyst who focuses on security issues at 451 Research in Austin, Texas. Not that you need our permission.

Dear Wendy Nather,

I am writing a blogpost for ...


The Protojournalist: An NPR Project

Friday, June 14, 2013

Seeing journalism changing. Storytelling, too.

Looking for new ways to tell stories. Like looking for alternative energies.

Stories are found everywhere – in a game, in graffiti, in a list, in a painting, in a sunset. In a face. In a life. On a screen. New tools create ...


How About You Be The Decider

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

You think you're so smart. You think it's easy being the president of the United States. OK, pal — here's your chance.

One of the attractions of the new George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas — scheduled to be dedicated on Thursday — is Decision Points ...


What Boston Means To America

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

As a city, Boston is at the crux of this country's past, present and future.

This was brought home on April 15 — Tax Day, Patriots Day, Marathon Day — when two deadly bombs exploded on historic Boylston Street near the finish line of the 117th running of the Boston ...


A Brief History Of Secret Recordings

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Secret recordings are becoming a tradition in American politics.

Like buttons, bunting and backslapping at barbecues, surreptitious audio and/or video surprises continue to pop up in political settings — with more and more frequency.

The latest is an unauthorized recording of a tough-talking strategy session held by Sen. Mitch McConnell, ...


The First Gun In America

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Guns and America were born around the same time and grew up together. Like feuding cousins, their histories have been linked ever since.

Often helpful in American history — and often harmful — the portable gun has been inarguably influential in the national direction. The American Revolution would not have ...


Maybe We Should Retire The Word 'Retire'

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Retirement ads are everywhere these days. The Villages lures retirees to come live, love and golf in Florida. USAA offers financial counsel to retiring military personnel. Hollywood stars such as Pat Boone and Tommy Lee Jones dole out all kinds of retirement advice in 30-second sermonettes ...


The Bush Family Checklist

Friday, March 15, 2013

And the Bushes just keep on coming.

In recent memory, there was George H.W. Bush, 41st president of the United States. Then there was George W. Bush, 43rd president. And now there's John Ellis "Jeb" Bush, who may want to become the 45th president.

Jeb is sending mixed signals: Tonight ...


An Age-Old Problem: Who Is 'Elderly'?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

When exactly does someone become elderly?

A recent New York Times story calls a 69-year-old woman elderly. Philadelphia Metro considers 70 to be elderly. When NPR ran a story recently about a 71-year-old midwife, some readers objected to the word "elderly" in the original headline.

One commenter responded: ...


V Reasons To Love Roman Numerals

Friday, March 01, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI has left the Vatican.

Love the Catholic Church or not, you have to admit the Roman numerals following a pope's name are distinctive. They set the pope apart from the rest of humankind. (As if he needs it.)

Roman numerals always stand out. In an increasingly computer-driven ...


The 7 Coolest Presidents In American History

Friday, September 07, 2012

Whether it's their ability to charm, defy convention and appear hip or an unflappable and seemingly detached manner, these seven men personify the meaning of c-o-o-l.

Comments [1]

America's Affection For Hometown Confections

Sunday, July 01, 2012

If you're gaga for a Nut Goodie, we know just where you're coming from. In fact, the candy you love can say a lot about where you grew up. Americans rally around their regional treats...


Like Grits? You Just Might Be A Republican Candidate

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

"Strange things are happenin' to me," a bewitched Mitt Romney said recently to a crowd of Mississippi supporters. The former Massachusetts governor is right: Strange things do happen to folks, especially national political candidates, when they talk to us Southerners. They start drawling and twanging, trying to sound ...


Over Bowls Of Soup, Donors Find Recipe For Change

Thursday, February 09, 2012

You don't have to have big bucks to join the latest trend in philanthropy. Soup groups around the country let diners pool their money to support deserving local initiatives. In Philad...


Obama Takes A Vacation: Getaway Or Gaffe?

Friday, August 19, 2011

In reality, the president never really escapes the responsibilities of Washington. But as a symbol, the presidential vacation is fodder for detractors, especially in tough economic times.

Comments [1]