Linton Weeks, NPR http://kut.org en Gone Tomorrow: Don't Mess With Texas Wildflowers http://kut.org/post/gone-tomorrow-dont-mess-texas-wildflowers For variegated reasons – urban sprawl, large-scale farming, invasive plants and human thoughtlessness – wildflowers in America are vanishing.<p>Which is a shame.<p>In Texas, for instance, bloomspotting in the vast expanse of the Lone Starscape can be like birdwatching. Amid the dun and dust of desert and field, flora can surprise, delight, astonish.<p>Texas is a gargantuan state that highlights its hugeness, and smallness can get lost in spaciousness. But occasionally largeness can lead to largess. And protectiveness. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:01:12 +0000 Linton Weeks, NPR 8591 at http://kut.org Gone Tomorrow: Don't Mess With Texas Wildflowers Five Truisms About the 2012 Election ... That Weren't True http://kut.org/post/five-truisms-about-2012-election-werent-true The balloons have fallen, the bunting's down, and President Obama has been re-elected.<p>That means Mitt Romney has been defeated — and with him, many election aspects that we presumed to be true. (You know what they say about presume — it makes a pres out of u and me.)<p>Maybe it's because we're sailing into a new and uncharted century. Maybe it's because of climate change or polar shift or Mayan calendrical mayhem. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 20:33:18 +0000 Linton Weeks, NPR 5574 at http://kut.org Five Truisms About the 2012 Election ... That Weren't True The 7 Coolest Presidents In American History http://kut.org/post/seven-coolest-presidents-american-history <strong></strong>When former President Bill Clinton referred to present President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention as "cool on the outside," Clinton was underscoring the notion that <del></del>Obama is, well, cool.<p>Since<del></del> Obama was elected, much has been made of his coolitude. He listens to an iPod. He <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAFQIciWsF4">slow jams the news</a> with late-night comic Jimmy Fallon. He wears shades, drinks beer, taps into social media and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8Qu8nThJ5w">sings Al Green</a> now and then. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 17:29:34 +0000 Linton Weeks, NPR 5041 at http://kut.org The 7 Coolest Presidents In American History 5 Things You May Not Know About Rick Perry http://kut.org/post/5-things-you-may-not-know-about-rick-perry The eyes of Texas have been upon James Richard "Rick" Perry ever since he boot-scootin' boogied onto the public-service stage. Now political observers are watching Perry's fortunes fluctuate as a Republican candidate for president.<p>Political junkies have followed the career of Perry — an Eagle Scout, veterinary student and son of a farmer and a bookkeeper — from his initial election as a Democrat to the state House of Representatives in 1984. They have studied his endorsement of Al Gore for president in 1988. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 19:49:21 +0000 Linton Weeks, NPR 3217 at http://kut.org 5 Things You May Not Know About Rick Perry Who's Winning 'The Media Primary'? http://kut.org/post/whos-winning-media-primary Think of the past few months — since the beginning of May — as the prologue to the 2012 presidential election story, or as the Pew Research Center's <a href="http://www.journalism.org" target="_blank">Project for Excellence in Journalism</a> puts it, "that weeding out period before citizens ever vote or caucus."<p>The Project is releasing a study today titled: "The Media Primary: How News Media and Blogs Have Eyed the Presidential Contenders During the First Phase of the 2012 Race."<p>Weed it and reap.<p>In this preseason, according to the report, the presidential candidate who has received th Mon, 17 Oct 2011 19:06:11 +0000 Linton Weeks, NPR 2753 at http://kut.org Who's Winning 'The Media Primary'? These Days, Everyone Dares Call It Treason http://kut.org/post/these-days-everyone-dares-call-it-treason Hurling around a word like "treason," the <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/huntley/2834402,CST-EDT-hunt26.article?print=true"><em>Chicago Sun-Times</em> has observed</a>, "is the definition of dirty politics."<p>If that be the case, this particular political season is dirtier than a West Texas hog wallow.<p>The word is being bandied about by lots of people. Tue, 04 Oct 2011 16:14:05 +0000 Linton Weeks, NPR 2653 at http://kut.org These Days, Everyone Dares Call It Treason