Mark Memmott

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.

During his time at USA Today, Memmott, helped launch and lead three USAToday.com news blogs: "On Deadline," "The Oval" and "On Politics," the site's 2008 presidential campaign blog.

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The Two-Way
10:18 am
Sat October 19, 2013

190-Plus Nations In 23 Years For World's 'Most Traveled' Man

Mike Spencer Bown in Mogadishu, Somalia, in December 2010.
Mustafa Abdi AFP/Getty Images

Mike Spencer Bown's latest Facebook post has him in Cork, Ireland, which means he isn't quite finished wandering the world.

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The Two-Way
8:30 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Shedding Stereotypes, More Librarians Show Us Their Tats

Jennifer Galpern, August
Kate Fischer Rhode Island Library Association

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 11:56 am

Is it their love of ink?

There seems to be something about tattoos that appeals to quite a few librarians.

Back in 2009 there was the Texas Library Association's "Tattooed Ladies of TLA" calendar that raised money for libraries damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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The Two-Way
7:42 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Girl's Deportation Was Mishandled, But Legal, French Say

Leonarda Dibrani, 15, on Friday in Mitrovica, Kosovo.
Visar Kryeziu AP

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 10:07 am

"An interior ministry investigation into the controversial deportation of a Roma schoolgirl from France has found that her deportation was lawful, but said police could have used better judgment in the case," France 24 is reporting.

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The Two-Way
7:05 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Police Capture 2 Florida Prison Escapees Who Used Phony Documents

Convicted killer Joseph Jenkins in a photograph taken on Sept. 20 by the Orange County,Fla., Sheriff's Office — after he escaped from prison. Jenkins went to the Orange County Jail to register as a felon.
AP

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 6:23 pm

(Updated 8:10 p.m. ET)

The Associated Press reports that two convicted murderers from Florida who used phony documents to escape prison were arrested Saturday night without incident at a motel in Panama City, Fla.

According to the AP:

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The Two-Way
6:08 am
Sat October 19, 2013

St. Louis Heads To World Series; Here's How The Cards Did It

Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals as he scored his team's first run Friday night. The Cards would go on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 and advance to the World Series.
Dilip Vishwanat Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 9:44 am

The final score was 9-0. The win Friday night puts the St. Louis Cardinals into this year's World Series.

The Cards are Major League Baseball's National League champions after taking four of six games against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Here's what you need to know if (like us) you missed the game:

"Everything great about the Cardinals was on display in their third-inning rally."

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The Two-Way
7:05 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Book News: External Monitor To Watch Over Apple

Kimberly White Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
9:35 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt And KISS Among Rock Hall Nominees

Gene Simmons of KISS during a 2009 concert in Washington, D.C.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Have years of complaining by fans (and The Two-Way) paid off?

The nominees for this year's of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honorees have been announced and the band that many love to hate (or hate to love?) is back on the list.

Yes, KISS is up for consideration.

So, soldiers of the KISS Army, here's your chance to show your support.

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The Two-Way
10:21 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Tasteless Or Not? Restaurant Puts Communion Wafer On Burger

The controversial burger, which comes with an unconsecrated communion wafer, at the Kuma's Corner restaurant in Chicago.
AP

Kuma's Corner, a Chicago restaurant that's built a reputation with foodies for its venturesome dishes, "has cooked up a controversial burger of the month for October, garnishing it with an unconsecrated communion wafer and a red wine reduction sauce," The Associated Press says.

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The Two-Way
9:24 am
Fri October 4, 2013

'This Isn't Some Damn Game!' Boehner Says

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 11:28 am

"This isn't some damn game!" House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, just declared, his voice rising, as he told reporters on Capitol Hill that he believes it's the Obama administration that's to blame for the four-day-old partial shutdown of the federal government.

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The Two-Way
8:57 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Awww-some VIDEO: Little White Lion Cub Tries To Roar

Seven days old and roaring — or raring — to go. A white lion cub born last week at the Belgrade Zoo in Serbia.
Darko Vojinovic AP

If you liked the video from earlier this week of two white lion cubs at South Korea's Everland zoo, your animal-loving heart may just melt when you see another white lion cub sort-of roaring at the Belgrade Zoo in Serbia.

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The Two-Way
7:37 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Siri, Who Are You? She Won't Say, But Her ID's Been Blown

Voice actor Susan Bennett, talking to herself (or, rather, Siri) for CNN.
CNN.com

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 8:43 am

We tried Friday morning to get Siri to confirm CNN's report that a real woman named Susan Bennett is the "classic" American voice of Apple's virtual assistant.

But all Siri would do is tell us, repeatedly, that "this is about you, not me." As for whether she does have a "real" voice, Siri would only say that "I guess I don't have one."

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The Two-Way
6:20 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Grim Search Resumes Off Sicily; It's Feared 300 Drowned

Hearses were waiting Friday outside a hanger at the airport in Lampedusa, Italy, where the bodies of victims from Thursday's ship wreck were being held.
Luca Bruno AP

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 8:43 am

The news has only gotten worse about the sea disaster near Sicily, where a ship packed with about 500 African migrants caught fire and sank on Thursday.

When we first posted about the tragedy, the death toll stood at just under 100. Now, as Reuters reports:

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The Two-Way
6:05 am
Fri October 4, 2013

What We Know So Far About Woman Killed In D.C. Chase

An officer stands just outside police tape Thursday as authorities investigate a car chase that began at the White House and ended near the Capitol.
Lv Mingxiang Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 6:34 pm

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5:38 am
Fri October 4, 2013

4 Things To Know On Day 4 Of The Shutdown

The U.S. Capitol looms in the background as a sign on the National Mall reminds visitors that national parks are closed because of the partial federal government shutdown.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 11:45 am

With the partial shutdown of the federal government now into its fourth day, here are four stories to help bring us all up to speed:

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The Two-Way
10:27 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Tesla's Stock Gets Burned After Car Fire And Downgrading

A Tesla Model S at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 15.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 11:26 am

High-flying billionaire Elon Musk's Tesla Motors has seen its shares skid the past couple days because they've been downgraded by analysts and because of a YouTube clip showing one of the all-electric luxury cars engulfed in flames earlier this week.

Just before noon ET, a share of Tesla was trading around $169.50 — down about 6.5 percent for the day and $25 (13 percent) below its 52-week high of $194.50.

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The Two-Way
9:12 am
Thu October 3, 2013

How Do You Get Paid $400,000 At Carnegie Hall? Be A Stagehand

In November 2004, the Grand Ole Opry came to Carnegie Hall.
Paul Hawthorne Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 11:04 am

(Update at 1 p.m. ET, Oct. 4: Click here for an important development — management and the stagehands have reached a deal.)

Our original post:

Carnegie Hall's opening night gala was canceled Wednesday because of a strike by stagehands.

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The Two-Way
7:07 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Jobless Claims Stay Near Six-Year Low

There were 308,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance filed last week, up 1,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reported Thursday morning.

That means claims continue to run at a relatively low rate that until recent weeks hadn't been seen since the spring of 2007 — six months before the start of the 2007-09 recession.

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The Two-Way
6:55 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Sharp Words Over Shutdown When Lawmaker Visits WWII Memorial

Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas.
Kevin Dietsch UPI/Landov

The World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., has become a flashpoint as the partial government shutdown continues.

First there was the attention paid on Tuesday when a group of WWII veterans (with some help from Republican members of Congress and their staffs) ignored barricades and went through with their long-planned visit to the site.

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The Two-Way
5:27 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Dozens Dead, More Feared Lost, After Shipwreck Off Sicily

Some of the victims recovered after Thursday's wreck of a ship near Sicily were placed in body bags before being brought ashore to the island of Lampedusa.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 8:59 am

There's been a sea disaster near Sicily, as The Associated Press reports:

"A ship carrying African migrants to Europe caught fire and capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday, killing at least 94 people as it spilled hundreds of passengers into the sea, officials said. Over 150 people were rescued but some 200 others were still unaccounted-for."

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The Two-Way
5:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

On Day 3 Of Shutdown, It's Deja Vu All Over Again

A gate leading into the Joshua Tree National Park California is latched (though not locked) because of the partial government shutdown. Though national parks are technically closed, national forests remain open — they're too large to close.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 11:35 am

Pick your comparison.

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The Two-Way
10:26 am
Wed October 2, 2013

One Biker Released; Investigation Of NYC Attack Continues

The moment of the attack on Sunday, after dozens of motorcyclists chased and surrounded an SUV. They then smashed its windows and beat the driver.
YouTube.com

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 11:45 am

One of the two men taken into custody has been released as authorities in New York City continue to investigate an incident Sunday in which dozens of motorcyclists chased a driver. Some then surrounded his SUV, smashed its windows and beat the man in front of his wife and young child.

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The Two-Way
9:19 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Tom Clancy, Master Of Military Techno-Thrillers, Dies

Author Tom Clancy in 2003.
Ralph Lauer MCT/Landov

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 11:45 am

Tom Clancy, the best-selling writer of such "techno-thrillers" as The Hunt for Red October, Red Storm Rising and Patriot Games, has died.

He was 66.

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The Two-Way
8:28 am
Wed October 2, 2013

'Hoax Bomb' Charge Filed Against Man In Florida Airport Scare

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 8:57 am

A 39-year-old man has been accused of making and possessing a "hoax bomb" and making a false report about an explosive device following the scare that shut down Jacksonville (Fla.) International Airport for five hours on Tuesday.

Our colleagues from WJCT report that the man, Zeljko Causevic, "is a Jacksonville resident originally from Serbia."

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The Two-Way
6:55 am
Wed October 2, 2013

VIDEO: 'I Quit' Dance Sure Works For Millions

The way to go? Marina Shifrin in her viral "I Quit!" video.
YouTube

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 8:28 am

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6:35 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Job Growth Was Modest In September, Survey Signals

This gas station in Encinitas, Calif., was looking to hire last month.
Mike Blake Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 11:46 am

Private employers added 166,000 jobs to their payrolls in September, a modest gain after slightly less growth the month before, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.

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5:25 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Shutdown Solution? None To Be Seen Yet, But Sides Will Talk

The Lincoln Memorial is officially closed. National parks and monuments are among the parts of the federal government affected by the shutdown.
Dennis Brack Landov

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 4:16 am

  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Mara Liasson on the government shutdown

(We most recently updated this post at 8:31 p.m. ET.)

We said it Tuesday: "No end in sight."

The story's the same a day later.

Pardon us for being repetitive, but there's no end in sight to the partial shutdown of the federal government.

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The Two-Way
10:32 am
Tue October 1, 2013

8 Great 'Shutdown Pickup Lines'

The fun has begun.
Twitter

When a government shutdown loomed in 2011, the Twitterverse had some fun with #govtshutdownpickuplines.

They're back!

Here are some of the better, slightly naughty ones we're seeing (we also also checked #shutdownpicklines):

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The Two-Way
7:22 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Who Are The Two Republicans Who Crossed Lines?

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 8:48 am

The Senate's votes have been along party lines when it comes to the so-called shutdown showdown.

And it's been mostly the same story in the House.

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The Two-Way
5:42 am
Tue October 1, 2013

After Colorado Rock Slide, Teams Struggle To Reach 5 Bodies

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 8:30 am

Residents of Buena Vista, Colo., are in shock after a rock slide on Monday that authorities say killed five people — possibly all from the same family.

The Denver Post says "a deadly cascade of boulders poured over Chaffee County's popular Agnes Vaille Falls [at] midmorning." The rocks came down on a popular hiking trail.

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The Two-Way
5:00 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Two Arrests So Far In Bikers' Shocking Attack Of NYC Driver

The moment of the attack on Sunday, after dozens of motorcyclists chased and surrounded an SUV. They then smashed its windows and beat the driver.
YouTube.com

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 9:41 am

Update at 6:42 p.m. ET. Second Rider Turns Himself In:

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