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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1:16pm

Mon February 25, 2013
The Two-Way

At Nuclear Talks: West Will Float 'Sanctions Relief;' Iran Will Take 'Hard Line'

Talks between the U.S., its allies and Iran about the Persian giant's nuclear ambitions are due to begin Tuesday in Almaty, Kazakhstan. As the time draws near, we're seeing stories about how each side will approach the discussions.

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12:52pm

Mon February 25, 2013
The Two-Way

'The Onion' Apologizes For Offensive Tweet About 9-Year-Old Quvenzhane Wallis

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 2:10 pm

Actress Quvenzhane Wallis.
Imeh Akpanudosen Getty Images

This isn't a joke.

Steve Hannah, CEO of The Onion has issued a personal apology on behalf of the satirical news outlet for a tweet that someone on its staff sent out late Sunday night during the Oscars awards.

The subject was 9-year-old actress Quvenzhané Wallis, star of Beasts of the Southern Wild. The tweet read:

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11:11am

Mon February 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Seth MacFarlane: Crude Or Classy? Delightful Or A Dolt? You Be The Critic

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 1:04 pm

Host Seth MacFarlane backstage during the Oscars ceremony Sunday night in Hollywood.
Christopher Polk Getty Images

The reviews of Seth MacFarlane's performance as host of the Oscars are in and they're all over the place.

NPR's Linda Holmes thinks the bad boy behind Family Guy was "predictably juvenile" and offensive. She concludes it was "one of the worst hosting performances in Oscar history."

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9:58am

Mon February 25, 2013
The Two-Way

A Year Later, Trayvon Martin's Mother Hopes For Justice And Change

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 10:32 am

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images
  • Sybrina Fulton on 'Tell Me More'
  • Attorney Benjamin Crump on 'Tell Me More'

One year ago Tuesday, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla., — a death that would reignite the national debate about race relations and raise questions about the "stand your ground" laws on the books in Florida and 29 other states.

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8:24am

Mon February 25, 2013

8:04am

Mon February 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Trial Set To Start On BP's Responsibility For Gulf Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burned on April 21, 2010.
U.S. Coast Guard Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition'

There is speculation about a last minute settlement. But if that doesn't happen, a federal judge in New Orleans will today begin hearing arguments about BP's liability for the 2010 oil rig explosion and spill in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 men and led to one of the biggest environmental disasters in the nation's history.

At stake: Billions of dollars in potential penalties.

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7:25am

Mon February 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Pope Moves Up Start Of Conclave; British Cardinal Resigns Amid Allegations

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 8:46 am

Then-Cardinal Keith O'Brien, archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh, at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City last week.
Franco Origlia Getty Images

On the Monday of Pope Benedict XVI's final week as leader of the Roman Catholic Church begins, there's word that:

-- Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric has resigned and will not be taking part in the conclave of cardinals that will select the next pope. As NPR's Philip Reeves reports from London, "Cardinal Keith O'Brien's decision was announced a day after revelations that he behaved inappropriately with several priests."

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2:14pm

Fri February 22, 2013
The Two-Way

FBI Raids The Scooter Store; Will TSA Crack Down On 'Wheelchair Miracles'?

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 6:47 pm

Scooter Store ads are ubiquitous.
PR Newswire

Somehow, the image of a slow-speed chase comes to mind:

Federal agents have "wrapped up their search of The Scooter Store's offices in New Braunfels," the San Antonio Express-News reports.

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12:17pm

Fri February 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Dead Mice Are Going To Be Dropped On Guam From Helicopters (Really)

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 3:38 pm

Orlando Getty Images

Here's the latest plan scientists have come up with to kill some of the estimated 2 million brown tree snakes that have wiped out many other animals on Guam:

In April or May they're going to lace dead mice with painkillers, attach them to little parachutes, drop them from helicopters and hope that they get snagged in the jungle foliage. Then, if all goes well, the snakes — which as their name implies hang out in trees — will eat the mice and die from ingesting the painkillers' active ingredients.

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7:20am

Fri February 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Pistorius Granted Bail

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 10:54 am

Oscar Pistorius, standing at the dock Friday in a Pretoria courtroom.
Mike Hutchings Reuters /Landov

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