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
8:48 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Russia May Soon Let Snowden Leave Airport

Edward Snowden, center, at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on July 12. At left is WikiLeaks' Sarah Harrison.
Courtesy of Human Rights Watch

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:33 am

Nothing about where "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden may go next ever seems to be certain. Remember the flurry of excitement about that Aeroflot flight he was supposedly on (but wasn't)?

So it is with a large grain of salt that we pass along these reports:

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8:18 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Gas Well On Fire After Blowout In Gulf Of Mexico

Before a blaze broke out, a cloud of gas could be seen rising Tuesday from the Hercules 265 drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana.
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 12:57 pm

A natural gas well off the coast of Louisiana was on fire Wednesday, one day after a blowout forced 44 workers to evacuate. There were no injuries reported.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says the mishap at Well A-3 below a "Hercules 265 jack-up rig," about 55 miles off the Louisiana coast, was first reported around 9:45 a.m. ET Tuesday.

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7:12 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Weiner's Own Words: Saying One Thing, Doing Another?

Anthony Weiner during an appearance Tuesday in which he admitted that he had continued to "sext" after resigning from Congress in 2011.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 9:25 am

  • The statement Anthony Weiner made when he resigned from Congress on June 16, 2011.

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1:47 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

After Braun's Suspension, Is A-Rod Next At Bat?

Alex Rodriguez during a July 13 game in Florida, where he was playing for the minor league Tampa Yankees while trying to recover from recent injuries.
Mike Carlson Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 8:50 pm

Is Ryan Braun just the leadoff hitter for a lineup of stars who, like him, will soon be suspended by Major League Baseball for their dealings with a Miami-area clinic that allegedly sold performance enhancing drugs?

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12:14 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

PHOTO: Japanese Commuters Tilt Train To Free Trapped Woman

When a woman slipped between a train and a station platform just north of Tokyo on Monday, about 40 commuters and railroad employees worked together to tilt the 32-ton subway car enough to one side so that she could be pulled to safety.

The Associated Press writes that the train car's suspension system "allows it to lean to either side, according to the Yomiuri newspaper, Japan's largest daily."

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11:15 am
Tue July 23, 2013

MUST-SEE VIDEO: 'Whales Almost Eat Divers'

Those are two whales coming up from the water, just feet away from two divers off the coast of central California. The image is from a video, which has gone viral, taken on Saturday.
YouTube.com

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 12:19 pm

Divers Shawn Stamback and Francis Antigua had a much closer encounter than they expected off the coast of central California on Saturday when two humpback whales surfaced just a few feet away from where they were swimming.

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10:09 am
Tue July 23, 2013

No-Fly Zone In Syria Could Cost $1B A Month, U.S. General Says

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 10:54 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': The World Food Program's Muhannad Hadi talks about the crisis in Syria

On the heels of another deadly day in Syria β€” where about 100,000 people have died in the past two years and several million more have been displaced by battles between government forces and those trying to topple President Bashar Assad's regime β€” we're getting a look at what the USA's top general thinks about the options available to the U.S. for intervening militarily.

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The Two-Way
9:29 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Top Stories: U.S. Options On Syria; Britain's New Prince

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 10:48 am

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8:34 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Update: Officer Who Released Tsarnaev Photos Put On Desk Duty

Boston bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev emerges from a boat stored in a Watertown, Mass., backyard on April 19. The red dot of a police sharpshooter's laser sight can be seen on his forehead. This is among the images that Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Sean Murphy gave to Boston Magazine.
Mass. State Police Sgt. Sean Murphy Boston Magazine

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 3:43 pm

The Massachusetts State Police sergeant who gave photos of Boston bombings defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to Boston Magazine has been placed on restricted duty, The Associated Press reported just after 1 p.m. ET Tuesday.

The AP adds, "Sgt. Sean Murphy leaked the photos last week, saying he wanted to counter a glamorized image of Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine." On Tuesday, Murphy was placed on desk duty, where he will have no contact with the public until a further investigation is completed.

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7:49 am
Tue July 23, 2013

LaGuardia Back Online After Southwest Accident

The Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 that made an emergency landing at New York's La Guardia airport on Monday after its front landing gear collapsed.
Carlo Allegri Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 10:20 am

Flights due to arrive at New York City's LaGuardia Airport were experiencing delays that averaged 1 hour and 27 minutes as Tuesday dawned, the Federal Aviation Administration says.

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7:03 am
Tue July 23, 2013

James? George? What Will 'Baby Cambridge' Be Named?

Outside the London hospital where the newest prince was born, betting parlors have been advertising the odds on names.
Chris Jackson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 12:51 pm

  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Philip Reeves reports on the royal birth

Now that he's been born, the next big moments in little Baby Cambridge's life will be when he's seen in public and when the world hears what his name will be.

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2:09 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Missing Lynx? Cat Is On 'Brink Of Extinction,' Study Says

Two Iberian lynxes at a nature reserve in northern Spain. (February 2006 file photo.)
Victor Fraile Reuters /Landov

Already known as "the world's most endangered feline species," the Iberian lynx is headed to extinction in the wild within the next five decades, an international team of researchers warn in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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11:03 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Will 'Harry Potter' And Newest Royal Share A Birthday?

Actor Daniel Radcliffe.
Heather Wines CBS/Landov

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 11:07 am

Since there's no news just yet from the London hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge is said to be in labor, we've gone looking for other famous folks who were born on July 22.

According to Biography.com, they include:

-- Actor Albert Brooks (born in 1947).

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10:02 am
Mon July 22, 2013

42 Bodies Recovered After Quebec Disaster; 5 People Missing

In Gatineau, Quebec, earlier this month, candles were burning in memory of the train disaster's victims.
Chris Wattie Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 10:34 am

Two weeks after the horrific train derailment and explosions that devastated the Quebec town of Lac-MΓ©gantic, "authorities have found 42 bodies at the site and are still looking for five more who are feared dead," The Canadian Press reports.

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8:32 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Top Stories: Royal Baby Wait; Mandela Improving

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been in a Pretoria hospital since June 8. He's being treated for a life-threatening respiratory infection. Last week he turned 95 and a banner near the hospital drew admirers such as this woman.
Siphiwe Sibeko Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 8:53 am

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8:02 am
Mon July 22, 2013

VIDEO: 'Grandma Drummer' Says She Loves To Play

"Grandma Drummer" β€” Mary Hvizda β€” in action.
Coalition Drum Shop video

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 8:52 am

We can't start the new week without posting more video of the "grandma drummer" who captured so much attention on Friday.

As we said in an update Saturday, the mystery woman who became a YouTube hit thanks to video of her rocking out at a La Cross, Wis., drum shop has been ID'd as Mary Hvizda, 63, of Onalaska, Wis.

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7:40 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Dozens Killed, Hundreds Injured By Earthquakes In China

Rescuers clear debris Monday in China's Gansu province, where dozens of people were killed when earthquakes struck the region.
Guo Gang Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 8:50 am

The death toll is climbing after two earthquakes that struck western China early Monday.

More than 70 people are dead and at least 400 others are injured in Gansu province, the BBC says. According to The Associated Press, China's state media say the death toll stands at 75.

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7:08 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Search For More Murder Victims Ends In Cleveland Suburb

Police tape outside a garage in East Cleveland, Ohio. A woman's body was found inside. Two other victims were also discovered in the neighborhood.
Kim Palmer Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 7:04 pm

The search for more more bodies ended late Sunday in a Cleveland suburb where the remains of three women were found wrapped in plastic over the weekend.

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6:34 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Royal Arrival: It's A Boy!

Crowds of tourists gather on the steps of the Queen Victoria Memorial Statue outside Buckingham Palace in central London on Monday.
Justin Tallis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 6:55 pm

The Duchess of Cambridge, better known to most of the world as the former Kate Middleton, has given birth to a baby boy, the crown announced in a press release.

The baby was born at 4:24 p.m., London time on Monday, and weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces. The baby, whose name we still don't know, is third in line for the throne.

The announcement continues:

"The Duke of Cambridge [Prince William] was present for the birth.

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6:59 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

UPDATE: 'Grandma Drummer' Revealed

"Grandma Drummer" in action.
Coalition Drum Shop video

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 7:41 am

The staff at Coalition Drum Shop in La Crosse, Wis., knows her as "Mary."

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6:17 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Not All The News About Detroit Is Bad

This Detroit store's neon sign sends a message.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Even as newscasts and newssites are using Detroit's bankruptcy filing to talk about Motown's "meltdown," we've found these stories:

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5:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

How President Obama 'Showed His Brother Card'

President Obama during his appearance at the White House on Friday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 8:25 pm

(Click here for updates we added after this post was published.)

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3:52 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Look Up And Smile: NASA's Taking More Photos Of Earth

That little blue dot is how Earth will likely appear in a photo shot from a spacecraft that is studying Saturn.
NASA/JPL-Caltech simulation

As Robert Krulwich says, "it's going to be a very small picture, but we're all going to be in it β€” all trillions of us on Earth."

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2:21 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Obama: 'Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me 35 Years Ago'

President Obama at the White House on Friday, as he spoke about the death of Trayvon Martin and the national discussion that the case has generated.
Larry Downing Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 7:15 pm

"When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son," President Obama told reporters Friday afternoon. "Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago."

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1:43 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Asiana Crash Victim Was Alive When Hit By Emergency Vehicle

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 8:47 pm

Ye Meng Yuan, one of two Chinese teenagers who died at the scene of Asiana Flight 214's crash in San Francisco, was alive when she was struck by an emergency vehicle responding to the disaster, San Mateo County (Calif.) coroner Robert Foucrault told reporters Friday.

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