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.

Mark Memmott is one of the hosts of NPR's "The Two-Way" news blog.

"The Two-Way," which Memmott helped to launched when he came to NPR in 2009, focuses on breaking news, analysis, and the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Before joining NPR, Memmott worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor at USA Today. He focused on a range of coverage from politics, foreign affairs, economics, and the media. He's reported from places across the Unites States and the world, including half a dozen trips to Afghanistan in 2002-2003.

State of Things
10:14 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Unfinished Business

http://www.markpinsky.com/

After years covering crime, investigative journalist Mark Pinsky had had enough of murder.  He made the transition to religion reporting and became a well-respected columnist and author by writing about spirituality in contemporary society and popular culture.

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State of Things
10:06 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Celebrating Coltrane

http://www.friendsofjohncoltrane.com/

John Coltrane’s music blossomed during his time in Philadelphia and New York, but his roots are in High Point, NC where he played music at church and in the high school band.

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Politics & Government
7:00 am
Tue August 28, 2012

New Mortgage Settlement Oversight Board

A former North Carolina governor is one of five people selected to serve on the board overseeing the national mortgage settlement.

Leoneda Inge: James Holshouser is joined by Keith Pigues (pig-gees), Dean of the School of Business at North Carolina Central University and Bonnie Hancock, with the N-C State Poole College of Management. Joseph Smith is national mortgage settlement monitor and former North Carolina Commissioner of Banks. He says the oversight office is like a small company.

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Politics & Government
6:50 am
Tue August 28, 2012

SEANC Withholds Endorsement For Governor

The State Employees Association of North Carolina is not making an endorsement for governor.

Gurnal Scott: The organization representing more than 50,000 state employees and retirees is holding back its support..and perhaps more importantly..its money from Democrat Walter Dalton, Republican Pat McCrory and Libertarian Barbara Howe.

Dana Cope: I think they're focused on other issues perhaps that are polling higher in this election cycle.

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Health
6:30 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Teen Pot Use May Lower IQ

Duke University researchers say there's evidence that early marijuana use has a negative impact on intelligence. The study examined routine cannabis users who began smoking before the age of 18. On average, subjects showed an 8-point drop in I-Q when measured at age 13 and then again at 38. Madeline Meier worked on the study and says that drop is significant.

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Politics & Government
4:55 am
Tue August 28, 2012

NC Candidates Still On RNC Schedule

The Republican National Convention starts today, after being postponed a day due to Tropical Storm Isaac. And although it may be overshadowed in this state by the Democratic Convention next week in Charlotte, it will still have a slight Tar Heel flavor.

Dave DeWitt: Three of the ten candidates for Congress who are expected to speak at the Republican Convention are from North Carolina.

Mark Meadows is one of them. He's running in the 11th district.

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State of Things
11:27 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Meet Al Buehler

www.goduke.com

Today, Duke University’s athletics program is world famous for basketball, but back in 1955 when Al Buehler came to Duke to coach the cross country team, football was the school’s big sport. The teams were all men and all white.

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

1 Year Later, Irene Recovery Not Quite Complete

One year ago Hurricane Irene made landfall near Cape Lookout. The Category 1 storm was slow moving and lingered along the North Carolina coast, killing seven people and causing $1.2 billion in damage. Julia Jerema works for North Carolina Emergency Management. She says recovery efforts are not quite complete.

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