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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8:46am

Tue April 2, 2013
The Two-Way

Top Stories: North Korea's Latest Threat; Probe Continues In Texas D.A.'s Death

A deputy sheriff walks down the street where the home of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland is located in Forney, Texas. McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were shot dead in their home over the weekend.
Tim Sharp Reuters /Landov

8:16am

Tue April 2, 2013
The Two-Way

Atlanta Educators Accused In Cheating Scandal Start Turning Themselves In

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 7:59 pm

Ongoing coverage as 35 educators from Atlanta's school system turn themselves in to face charges related to that city's cheating scandal:

Updated at 7:53 p.m. ET Atlantic Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall Surrenders.

Former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall arrived at the Fulton County jail just after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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7:40am

Tue April 2, 2013
The Two-Way

UConn And Cal Punch First Two Tickets To Women's Final Four

Connecticut center Stefanie Dolson hugs teammate Caroline Doty (No. 5) after the Huskies' win Monday night over Kentucky at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn.
Cloe Poisson/Hartford Courant MCT /Landov

The Connecticut women cruised into the Division I basketball championship's Final Four Monday night with an 83-53 win over Kentucky. In the evening's other matchup, California squeaked by Georgia, 65-62.

The Final Four's other two slots will be filled Tuesday night. Notre Dame faces Duke, while Tennessee takes on Louisville. (Check the brackets here. The games are being broadcast by ESPN.)

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6:46am

Tue April 2, 2013
The Two-Way

North Korea's Latest Threat: It Will Restart Nuclear Reactor

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 4:22 pm

North Korea's KCNA news agency released this photo Monday, saying it shows leader Kim Jong Un (at left) speaking during a plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the DPRK in Pyongyang. Hanging above is the image of his father, former leader Kim Jong Il, who died in 2011.
Xinhua /Landov

A vow Tuesday from North Korea that it will restart a nuclear reactor that eventually could make about one bomb's worth of plutonium a year further escalates tensions that were already high due to that nation's almost daily threats, NPR's Louisa Lim tells our Newscast Desk.

According to Louisa, who filed her report from Beijing:

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2:13pm

Mon April 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Once Again, Polls Show Attitudes Toward Guns Returning To Pre-shooting Levels

Guns on display at a show in Chantilly, Va., in July 2012.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA /Landov

The day after last December's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School we wrote that:

"The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., will surely spur pollsters to ask Americans again about guns, gun ownership, gun laws and the Second Amendment.

"If recent experience is a good guide, public opinion may not shift too much."

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1:07pm

Mon April 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Caroline Kennedy To Be Ambassador To Japan? Talk Grows

Caroline Kennedy in May 2012.
Brian Snyder Reuters /Landov

There's been chatter in Washington for the past month or so about Caroline Kennedy being tapped to be the next ambassador to Japan.

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12:52pm

Mon April 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Prosecutors Will Seek Death Penalty In Colorado Theater Shootings

Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes during a court hearing last month in Centennial, Colo.
R.J. Sangosti/pool Reuters /Landov

Rejecting James Holmes' offer to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence, prosecutors in Colorado announced Monday that they will seek the death penalty for the young man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 in a mass shooting last July at a movie theater.

As Denver's KUSA-TV writes, "after a week of legal twists and turns ... Holmes could face execution if convicted."

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11:47am

Mon April 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Patent Ruling In India Could Boost Exports Of Cheap Medicine To Third World

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 5:17 pm

A Novartis office in Mumbai, India.
Divyakant Solanki EPA /LANDOV

A decision by India's Supreme Court to reject Novartis AG's bid to patent a version of one cancer drug could lead to more exports of cheap medicine from that country to "poor people across the developing world," the BBC writes.

NPR's Julie McCarthy tells our Newscast Desk that the ruling, announced Monday, ends a six-year legal battle that has been closely watched by pharmaceutical firms, humanitarian aid organizations and generic drug manufacturers.

She adds that:

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10:15am

Mon April 1, 2013

9:53am

Mon April 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Texas On 'High Alert' After District Attorney's Killing

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 12:51 pm

In Forney, Texas, Kaufman County Sheriff's deputies are on the lookout after the killings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife in their Forney home.
Mike Fuentes AP
  • From the NPR Newscast early Monday

"Security is high this morning for both elected officials and employees" in Kaufman County, Texas, after the shooting deaths of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthina, KERA reports.

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8:40am

Mon April 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Louisville Player's Surgery A Success; Leg Break Shouldn't End His Career

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 11:55 am

Louisville Cardinals forward Chane Behanan holds up the jersey of injured teammate Kevin Ware after the team's win Sunday over the Duke Blue Devils. Ware broke his leg during the game.
John Sommers II Reuters /Landov
  • From 'Morning Edition': Mike Pesca on the weekend's action

"University of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware underwent successful surgery Sunday night to repair the gruesome open fracture of his right tibia he suffered during the Cardinals' 85-63 win over Duke in the Midwest Regional final," the Louisville Courier-Journal reported Monday morning.

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6:50am

Mon April 1, 2013
The Two-Way

If Something Smells Funny, Remember What Day It Is

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 5:59 pm

Spaghetti is "harvested" in 1961 from the ceiling of an Italian restaurant in London. A 1957 April Fools Day report by the BBC about spaghetti trees fooled many, and has been famous since.
Keystone/Hulton Archive Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition': 'Hootie and the Time Travelers'

Google Nose was unveiled Monday morning. It's "the new scentsation in search." Just put your nose to the screen to sample "15M+ sentibytes." Google's also offering new options to its "I'm Feeling Lucky" button, including "I'm Feeling Wonderful" and "I'm Feeling Hungry."

Twitter is out with "Twttr," a version that only lets you use consonants.

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1:38pm

Fri March 29, 2013
The Two-Way

New Gas Rules Aim To Clean Up Car Emissions

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 2:23 pm

The new rules' would reduce harmful emissions, the EPA says.
David Paul Morris Getty Images
  • NPR's Richard Harris reports

Calling them "sensible standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution, prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses [and lead to] efficiency improvements in the cars and trucks we drive," the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed national rules to reduce the amount of sulfur in gasoline.

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11:38am

Fri March 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Zombies Can Get Away With Murder

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 1:52 pm

So sue me! (A "zombie" who came to protest the government in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in February.)
Jure Makovec AFP/Getty Images

Being one of the living dead would be a big advantage if you're charged with murder.

And you could probably trash your neighbor's property and not be successfully sued.

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8:53am

Fri March 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Consumer Spending Rose 0.7 Percent In February; Higher Gas Prices A Factor

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 10:30 am

Retailers are doing all they can to attract consumers, who drive the economy. (File photo from 2012 of a store window in Santa Monica, Calif.)
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

There was a slightly larger-than-expected increase of 0.7 percent in consumer spending from January to February, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says.

Higher gasoline prices, though, were much of the reason for the rise. According to the bureau, if spending is adjusted for inflation the increase was a more modest 0.3 percent — the same as in January. And higher energy costs were behind most of the inflationary pressures last month.

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