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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8:38am

Wed September 19, 2012
The Two-Way

18 Innings Are A Lot, But Orioles-Mariners Game Is No Record-Breaker

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 9:57 am

Fans were few and far-between (and possibly not awake) as the Orioles-Mariners game went on and on in Seattle.
Otto Greule Jr. Getty Images

Hearing about the 18-inning, 5 hours and 44 minutes-long game between the Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners that stretched from last night into today set us off in search of news about Major League Baseball's longest games.

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7:41am

Wed September 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Shuttle Endeavour Is On Its Way To California

Space shuttle Endeavour, attached to a 747, on the tarmac at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Bill Ingalls/NASA UPI /Landov

Space shuttle Endeavour has taken off on its farewell tour across the country.

The third of the retired fleet of four to head off to a retirement home, Endeavour is being ferried from Florida to Los Angeles — with a stop on the way in Houston. It is perched atop a 747.

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7:21am

Wed September 19, 2012
The Two-Way

France On Alert, Closing Embassies, After Magazine Publishes Muhammad Cartoons

At the offices of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo earlier today, publisher/editor Stephane Charbonnier ("Charb") struck a defiant pose.
Fred DuFour AFP/Getty Images

A French magazine's publication today of "crude caricatures" depicting the Prophet Muhammad has that nation on alert and preparing to close 20 of its embassies in Muslim nations.

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12:13pm

Tue September 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Our Mistake: We Missed The Ball On Reporting Baseball's 500,000th Error

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 12:53 pm

Jose Reyes of the Miami Marlins.
Jason Arnold Getty Images

This blogger makes mistakes, as sharp-eyed Two-Way readers who can spell and punctuate know all too well.

So errors are something familiar.

Which brings up this milestone: Miami Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes on Saturday committed what is thought to have been the 500,000th error in Major League history (since 1876, that is).

But did he?

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11:23am

Tue September 18, 2012
The Two-Way

To Celebrate A New Cub, Listen Again To NPR's Ode To The 'Panda Cam'

A composite of images from the panda cam, showing Mei Xiang during and after giving birth.
National Zoo Xinhua/Landov

The birth this week of a giant panda cub at Washington's National Zoo brings back fond memories and generates new excitement for Morning Edition supervising senior editor Kitty Eisele.

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9:48am

Tue September 18, 2012
The Two-Way

French Magazine Ordered To Hand Over Photos Of Topless Kate, Not Republish Any

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 10:12 am

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was visiting the Polynesian island of Tuvalu earlier today.
Tony Prcevich AFP/Getty Images

The French magazine Closer must hand over all digital files of photos containing snapshots of a topless Kate Middleton and refrain from republishing any of them or face fines of $13,000 a day.

According to France 24, a French court ruled today that:

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9:18am

Tue September 18, 2012

8:49am

Tue September 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Romney's Wrong And Right About The '47 Percent'

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 1:12 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney talking to reporters Monday in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney told supporters that "there are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what" because they are "dependent upon government ... believe that they are victims ... believe the government has a responsibility to care for them ... these are people who pay no income tax."

Who was he talking about?

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7:57am

Tue September 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Palestinians Have 'No Interest ... In Establishing Peace,' Romney Says

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 11:30 am

The liberal news outlet Mother Jones has followed Monday's leaked video of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney saying that 47 percent of Americans will vote for President Obama because they are "dependent upon government" and "believe that they are victims," with another clip in which he says Palestinians have "no interest whatsoever

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7:22am

Tue September 18, 2012
The Two-Way

As Attacks Continue, NATO Scales Back Joint Operations In Afghanistan

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:33 am

A suicide bomber struck a convoy of buses today in Kabul, killing at least 12 people — mostly foreigners.
Massoud Hossaini AFP/Getty Images
  • Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson on 'Morning Edition'

NATO's announcement Monday that it is suspending some joint operations with Afghan forces could have a "huge impact" on coalition forces' work in Afghanistan, NPR's Soryaya Sarhaddi Nelson said earlier today on Morning Edition.

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1:51pm

Mon September 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Family Of Man Behind Anti-Islam Video Flees Home

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:42 am

In the pre-dawn hours today the wife, two sons and daughter of the man most prominently linked to the anti-Islam video that has sparked violence in many Muslim cities fled their home in Cerritos, Calif.

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12:30pm

Mon September 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Chicago's Mayor Emanuel Asks Court To Order Teachers Back To School

Striking Chicago public school teachers outside of George Westinghouse College Prep high school earlier today.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Following through on what he said he would do if the city's teachers didn't end their week-old strike and return to their classrooms, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked a judge to intervene.

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11:33am

Mon September 17, 2012
The Two-Way

A Los Alamos Landmark, The 'Black Hole,' Is About To Disappear

"Atomic Ed" Grothus at the Black Hole surplus story in Los Alamos, N.M., in 2008.
John Burnett NPR

It's called the Black Hole because "everything goes in and nothing comes out," as founder Ed Grothus told NPR's John Burnett in 2008.

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Mon September 17, 2012

8:31am

Mon September 17, 2012
The Two-Way

White House Launching Trade Complaints Against China

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 1:10 pm

A worker inspects auto parts at a factory in Chengdu, China. (2005 file photo.)
China Photos Getty Images

"The White House Monday will demand through a world trade panel that China stop subsidizing auto parts made for export," reports Cleveland's Plain Dealer.

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