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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10:21am

Mon July 9, 2012
The Two-Way

'Mystery Woman' And Disney Ripoffs: Latest News About North Korea's Leader

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 10:29 am

An image from a video posted by StimmeKoreas, which in turn came from North Korea official media, showing some of the dancing (fake) Disney characters at Friday's performance.
YouTube.com

Two story lines are emerging from reports about a concert staged Friday in Pyongyang, North Korea, at which new leader Kim Jong Un had a front-row seat:

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9:06am

Mon July 9, 2012

8:02am

Mon July 9, 2012
The Two-Way

In Afghanistan: Bomb Kills Six Americans; Shocking Video Of Woman's Execution

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 11:16 am

A screen grab from the video of a public execution reportedly carried out last month in Afghanistan. The victim is sitting with her back to the executioner, who is at left.
Agence France Presse

"In what was an extraordinarily violent day even by Afghan standards, separate incidents on Sunday killed seven Western troops, including six Americans who died in a single blast, along with five Afghan police officers and at least 18 civilians," the Los Angeles Times writes.

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7:09am

Mon July 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Ahhh! Some Relief From The Heat

Dancing in the rain: New York City got some relief from the heat as early as Saturday, when this young woman danced in the rain in Times Square.
John Minchillo AP

The oppressive heat wave that blanketed much of the nation for nearly two weeks, causing at least 46 deaths, has finally eased.

As The Associated Press writes:

"The cooler air began sweeping southward Sunday in the eastern half of the country, bringing down some temperatures by 15 or more degrees from Saturday's highs, which topped 100 in cities including Philadelphia, Washington, St. Louis, Indianapolis and Louisville, Ky."

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3:11pm

Fri July 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Zimmerman Posts Bond, Is Released

George Zimmerman during a court hearing on June 29.
Joe Burbank AP

One day after a Florida judge set his new bail at $1 million, accused killer George Zimmerman is out of jail after posting a bond.

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1:46pm

Fri July 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Hot Damn! It's National Fried Chicken Day

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 2:23 pm

Celebrating the day.
Steve Parsons PA Photos /Landov

Someone please tell us, because we've searched and can't find the answer: Who decided this is National Fried Chicken Day?

It apparently is, judging from all the stories, Web posts and tweets we're seeing.

It's why the Los Angeles Times is offering up "Fried Chicken Five Ways" — five recipes, from classic buttermilk-battered to Korean.

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11:55am

Fri July 6, 2012
The Two-Way

How Hot Is It? All You Need To See Are These Two Maps

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 2:11 pm

"Papa B" (left) and "Cadillac Bob" find refuge from the heat in a shaded lot between their homes on Chicago's South Side.
Sitthixay Ditthavong AP

The heat wave across much of the nation continues.

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8:17am

Fri July 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Justice For Argentina's 'Stolen Children;' 2 Dictators Convicted

Former dictator and Gen. Jorge Rafael Videla (left), and former general and member of the military junta Reynaldo Bignone in a Buenos Aires court on Thursday.
Juan Mabromata AFP/Getty Images

Nearly four decades later, there's some solace for the families of young women in Argentina who were killed after giving birth under orders from the country's then-dictators. The women's babies — Argentina's "stolen children" — were then handed over to loyal members of the military.

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7:09am

Fri July 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Just 80,000 Jobs Added In June; Unemployment Rate Stays At 8.2 Percent

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 11:43 am

The line at a job fair in New York City last month.
John Moore Getty Images

Job growth was even weaker than economists feared in June as public and private employers added just 80,000 jobs to their payrolls, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning. They had been expecting BLS would say there were closer to 100,000 more jobs in June than in May.

A separate BLS survey showed the nation's jobless rate remained stuck at 8.2 percent. It's been above 8 percent since February 2009.

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1:53pm

Thu July 5, 2012
The Two-Way

The 'Arafat Killed By Poison?' Story: Here's What We Don't Get

Originally published on Sun July 8, 2012 8:34 am

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in October 2004, a month before he died.
Muhammed Muheisen AP

Al-Jazeera is getting attention for its reports that traces of polonium-210 have been found on items, including clothing, belonging to the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

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