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
11:16 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Pope Slams 'Disposable' Culture That Marginalizes Many

Pope Francis on Saturday at the Vatican.
Andrew Medichini AP

Around the world today, the powerful "feed upon the powerless" and too many people are treated as "consumer goods to be used and then discarded," Pope Francis writes in his first major paper since becoming leader of the Roman Catholic church last May.

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The Two-Way
9:18 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Home Prices Rise Again; Consumer Confidence Dips

Housing has been one of the economy's bright spots.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 10:07 am

While home prices rose in major cities across the nation during the third quarter, data suggest that the housing market is beginning to shift to a slower rate of growth, according to the economists who put together the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices report.

Their statistics show prices rose 3.2 percent in the quarter and were up 11.2 percent from a year earlier.

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The Two-Way
8:26 am
Tue November 26, 2013

If You Must Fry A Turkey, Listen To William Shatner First

Don't try this at home: Actor William Shatner in State Farm's Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Remix video about how to safely fry a turkey.
State Farm

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 11:06 am

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The Two-Way
7:39 am
Tue November 26, 2013

'I Am Alive For A Reason,' Says Va. Lawmaker Stabbed By Son

Virginia State. Sen. Creigh Deeds in 2010.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 8:52 am

Saying he is "alive for a reason and I will work for change," Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds has told a Virginia news outlet that his life's work now "is to make sure other families don't have to go through what we are living."

Deeds, 55, was stabbed and seriously wounded by his 24-year-old son, Gus, on Nov. 19. Gus Deeds then shot and killed himself.

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The Two-Way
6:50 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Big Travel Day Could Be A Big Mess Due To Weather

Tuesday's forecast for the eastern half of the U.S. shows big bands of rain, freezing rain and snow.
National Weather Service

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 8:59 am

Rain, sleet, snow and an estimated 43.4 million Americans traveling to be with family or friends.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Two-Way
11:53 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Schools Chief Among 4 Indicted In Steubenville Rape Case

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 12:24 pm

Four adults, including the superintendent of the city's schools, have been indicted by a grand jury on charges related to the aftermath and alleged attempted coverup of a teenage girl's 2012 rape by members of the high school football team in Steubenville, Ohio.

Ohio Attorney Gen. Mike DeWine just announced that news.

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The Two-Way
11:52 am
Mon November 25, 2013

At Auction, Maltese Falcon Goes For $4 Million, Dreams Included

How much will it bring?
Bonhams AP

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 6:55 pm

Somebody should say this ...

"I am prepared to pay $5,000 for the figure's return"

... just for fun Monday afternoon when a Maltese Falcon statue used in the classic 1941 movie goes on auction at Bonhams in New York City.

That line about $5,000, movie fans will know, is said by "Joel Cairo" (played by Peter Lorre) to "Sam Spade" (Humphrey Bogart).

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The Two-Way
10:13 am
Mon November 25, 2013

If Comet ISON Survives The Sun, The View May Be Spectacular

Comet ISON in an image taken on Nov. 19 by a telescope at the Marshall Space Flight Center in New Mexico.
NASA

Whenever the phrase "comet of the century" gets tossed around, we recommend remembering all the buzz about Kohoutek.

If you were around in 1973, you may recall that Kohoutek was supposed to give us an amazing show.

Well, it fizzled.

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Syrian Peace Talks Set To Start In January

In the Syrian town of Hejeira, a fighter from a Shiite militia patrolled last week.
Jaber al-Helo AP

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 10:07 am

Representatives from the Syrian opposition and from President Bashar Assad's regime will sit down at a negotiating table for the first time on Jan. 22, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's office announced Monday.

The U.N. adds that:

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Mon November 25, 2013

As Storms Spread, Thanksgiving Travel Is Looking Tricky

Brrr. This Chiefs fan was bundled up Sunday in Kansas City. Cold, stormy weather is spreading across much of the nation.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 8:57 am

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1:47 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

To The Tardis! There's A 'Whodle' Taking Over The Web!

Warning: You may find yourself in a time trap.
google.co.uk

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 1:48 pm

On this eve of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary there's an alien force spreading across Google's platforms around the world.

If you're fan of the good Doctor, you may not be able to resist.

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The Two-Way
1:13 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

2015 Health Insurance Deadline To Be Pushed Back One Month

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 8:56 pm

The Obama administration confirmed early Friday afternoon that starting next year, it plans to push back the start of enrollment for coverage under the new health care law by one month.

NPR's Julie Rovner tells us via Twitter that White House spokesman Jay Carney says the Department of Health and Human Services "has indicated its intent to shift the 2015 marketplace schedule by one month."

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The Two-Way
12:43 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Chemist Pleads Guilty In Massachusetts Crime Lab Scandal

Annie Dookhan, pictured earlier this year, pleaded guilty Friday to falsifying drugs tests at a Massachusetts state crime lab.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 7:36 pm

A former chemist for the state of Massachusetts' crime labs pleaded guilty Friday to falsifying drugs tests that potentially compromised tens of thousands of criminal cases. WBUR reports she admitted all 27 counts against her.

Update at 4:40 p.m. ET: Prison Sentence Of 3-5 Years

Judge Carol Ball sentenced Annie Dookhan, 36, to three to five years in prison, plus a probation period. Prosecutors had requested a sentence of from five to seven years in prison.

Our original post continues:

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The Two-Way
10:36 am
Fri November 22, 2013

VIDEO: Spectacular Animation Of Biggest Bang Ever Seen

KABOOM! A NASA illustration of a gamma-ray burst. They occur, the space agency says, when "a massive star runs out of nuclear fuel, collapses under its own weight, and forms a black hole. The black hole then drives jets of particles that drill all the way through the collapsing star."
NASA.gov

"Astronomers call it the monster," The Associated Press says. "It was the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed. Had it been closer, Earth would have been toast."

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The Two-Way
9:43 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Why Did That Jet Land At The Wrong Airport? Well, It Happens

This Boeing 747 "Dreamlifter" landed at the wrong airfield in Wichita, Kan., this week. No damage was done, but there was concern about whether the runway was long enough to allow for a takeoff. After unloading fuel to lighten its load, the big jet was able to leave Thursday.
Charlie Riedel AP

We're circling around for another look at one of this week's more talked-about stories: The Boeing 747 "Dreamlifter" cargo jet that touched down at a small municipal airport in Wichita, Kan., instead of its intended destination about 10 miles away, McConnell Air Force Base.

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