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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9:38am

Fri February 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Why Did So Many Russian Drivers Get Such Great Meteor Videos?

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 10:58 am

One of the dashcam videos recorded Friday when a meteor appeared over Russia.
RussiaToday

8:07am

Fri February 15, 2013
The Two-Way

'Cruise From Hell' Was A Mix Of 'Survivor' And 'Lord Of The Flies'

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 2:22 pm

After finally getting off the Carnival cruise ship Triumph, this passenger waited for a ride early Friday in Mobile, Ala.
Mark Wallheiser EPA /LANDOV

As they finally came off the Carnival cruise ship Triumph late Thursday and early Friday in Mobile, Ala., passengers from the ill-fated cruise told stories that call to mind TV's Survivor and literature's classic Lord of the Flies, the Los Angeles Times writes.

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6:49am

Fri February 15, 2013
The Two-Way

'Blade Runner' Pistorius In Tears As Murder Charge Is Filed

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 8:32 am

South African Paralympic and Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius as he wept today while being charged with murder.
Antoine De Ras EPA /LANDOV

"South African 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius broke down in tears on Friday after he was charged in court with shooting dead his girlfriend in his Pretoria house," Reuters reports from Pretoria.

According to the wire service: "The 26-year-old Olympic and Paralympic superstar stood with head bowed in front of magistrate Desmond Nair to hear the murder charge read out, then started sobbing, covering his face with his hands."

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6:18am

Fri February 15, 2013
The Two-Way

'No Link' Between Meteor That Hurt Hundreds And Asteroid About To Fly By

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 2:40 pm

A meteor's vapor trail above the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia, on Friday.
Vyacheslav Nikulin EPA /LANDOV
  • Sound from the AP: Booms, then breaking glass and car alarms, when the meteor roared in

So, on the day when an asteroid the size of an office building buzzed the planet, there's this unsettling news:

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1:48pm

Thu February 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Canada To Zombies: Drop Dead, Eh

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 9:06 pm

Canadian zombies dress for success. (An Occupy Vancouver "Zombie Walk" in October 2011.)
Sergei Bachlakov Xinhua /Landov

Apparently, the undead aren't even welcome in the ever polite Great North.

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