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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2:48pm

Thu July 12, 2012
The Two-Way

No Reason To Get Excited, Dylan Says: PBS Has The Wrong Guitar

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 4:48 pm

Bob Dylan in April 1965, just as he was going electric.
Harry Thompson Getty Images

The sleuths at PBS' History Detectives show think they've had their hands on the guitar Bob Dylan played when he famously (or infamously?) "went electric" at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.

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7:27am

Thu July 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Was There A Coverup? Report On Penn State Scandal May Tell Us

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 4:36 pm

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky being led away from court after his conviction last month.
Mark Wilson Getty Images
  • NPR's Tom Goldman on what's expected in the Freeh report

In a scathing report that takes to task former head football coach Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials, an independent report from investigators led by former FBI director Louis Freeh says there was a "total disregard for the safety and welfare" of Jerry Sandusky's child victims "by the most senior leaders" at the school.

That is "our most saddening and sobering finding," Freeh concludes about his investigation into the scandal that rocked the school last year.

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2:31pm

Wed July 11, 2012
The Two-Way

An Amazing Life: Robert de La Rochefoucauld, World War II Saboteur

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 2:32 pm

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As brother Jim Memmott tweeted: "Good heavens, what a life."

Read this New York Times obituary of Robert de La Rochefoucauld and we bet you'll say something like that too. As the Times writes, in World War II the French count's exploits as an agent for the British:

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12:37pm

Wed July 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Heir To Billions May Have Lived With Wife's Body For Days In Britain

Eva Rausing, right, and her husband Hans Kristian Rausing in 1996.
Alan Davidson AP

"Detectives are investigating whether one of the heirs to the Tetra Pak drinks carton fortune lived with his wife's body for up to a week after her death in their Belgravia mansion in London," The Guardian reports.

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11:15am

Wed July 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Heartbreak Again As 520 More Genocide Victims Are Buried In Srebrenica

Earlier today, a woman cried next to the coffin of her relative at the Potocari memorial complex near Srebrenica.
Marko Drobnjakovic AP

On this "17th anniversary of Europe's worst massacre since World War II," 30,000 people gathered in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, today to bury 520 more victims of the 1995 slaughter there.

And as The Associated Press says, "the annual ritual was as heartbreaking as ever."

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10:01am

Wed July 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Romney To NAACP: If You Knew My Heart, I Would Get Your Vote

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 11:53 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during his address to the NAACP's annual convention this morning in Houston.
Evan Vucci AP

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People this morning that his policies would be good for all Americans and that those of President Obama have not helped the nation's poorest people.

And, he told delegates to the NAACP's annual convention in Houston, "if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African-American families, you would vote for me for president."

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9:36am

Wed July 11, 2012
The Two-Way

JPMorgan Will Move To 'Claw Back' Millions From Execs Who Bungled Billions

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 10:20 am

Another kind of claws at work. Meanwhile, JPMorgan is going to see if legal steps will let it "clawback" some money paid to executives.
John MacDougall AFP/Getty Images

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon predicted this would happen: The bank "plans to reclaim millions of dollars in stock from executives at the center of the trading blunder that shocked Wall Street," The Wall Street Journal reports

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8:32am

Wed July 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Holy Cow! Family Finds Baseball Card Collection That May Fetch $3 Million

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 5:33 pm

Two of the most valuable cards in the collection: Ty Cobb (left) and Honus "Hans" Wagner.
Heritage Auctions

"My grandfather stuck it in the attic a hundred years ago and here it is now, a blessing to his grandchildren."

A blessing for sure.

As the Toledo Blade reports, when Karl Kissner and his cousins were clearing out his grandfather's home in Defiance, Ohio, on Feb. 29 they came across a box of very rare and very valuable baseball cards.

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7:22am

Wed July 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Episcopal Church OKs Same-Sex Blessings; Largest U.S. Denomination To Do So

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 11:54 am

The rings of Michael Johnson and Michael Roberts of New York City stood ready before their marriage ceremony at the Manhattan City Clerk's Office in July 2011.
Craig Ruttle AFP/Getty Images

With a vote Tuesday evening by its House of Deputies, the Episcopal Church became the largest U.S. denomination so far "to officially sanction same-sex relationships," as CNN's Belief blog writes.

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2:52pm

Tue July 10, 2012

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