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
10:40 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Awww-some VIDEO: Little White Lion Cub Tries To Roar

Seven days old and roaring — or raring — to go. A white lion cub born last week at the Belgrade Zoo in Serbia.
Darko Vojinovic AP

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 10:57 am

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The Two-Way
9:37 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Siri, Who Are You? She Won't Say, But Her ID's Been Blown

Voice actor Susan Bennett, talking to herself (or, rather, Siri) for CNN.
CNN.com

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 10:43 am

We tried Friday morning to get Siri to confirm CNN's report that a real woman named Susan Bennett is the "classic" American voice of Apple's virtual assistant.

But all Siri would do is tell us, repeatedly, that "this is about you, not me." As for whether she does have a "real" voice, Siri would only say that "I guess I don't have one."

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The Two-Way
8:20 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Grim Search Resumes Off Sicily; It's Feared 300 Drowned

Hearses were waiting Friday outside a hanger at the airport in Lampedusa, Italy, where the bodies of victims from Thursday's ship wreck were being held.
Luca Bruno AP

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 10:43 am

The news has only gotten worse about the sea disaster near Sicily, where a ship packed with about 500 African migrants caught fire and sank on Thursday.

When we first posted about the tragedy, the death toll stood at just under 100. Now, as Reuters reports:

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The Two-Way
7:38 am
Fri October 4, 2013

4 Things To Know On Day 4 Of The Shutdown

The U.S. Capitol looms in the background as a sign on the National Mall reminds visitors that national parks are closed because of the partial federal government shutdown.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 1:45 pm

With the partial shutdown of the federal government now into its fourth day, here are four stories to help bring us all up to speed:

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The Two-Way
6:58 am
Fri October 4, 2013

What We Know So Far About Woman Killed In D.C. Chase

An officer stands just outside police tape Thursday as authorities investigate a car chase that began at the White House and ended near the Capitol.
Lv Mingxiang Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 8:34 pm

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The Two-Way
12:27 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Tesla's Stock Gets Burned After Car Fire And Downgrading

A Tesla Model S at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 15.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 1:26 pm

High-flying billionaire Elon Musk's Tesla Motors has seen its shares skid the past couple days because they've been downgraded by analysts and because of a YouTube clip showing one of the all-electric luxury cars engulfed in flames earlier this week.

Just before noon ET, a share of Tesla was trading around $169.50 — down about 6.5 percent for the day and $25 (13 percent) below its 52-week high of $194.50.

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The Two-Way
11:12 am
Thu October 3, 2013

How Do You Get Paid $400,000 At Carnegie Hall? Be A Stagehand

In November 2004, the Grand Ole Opry came to Carnegie Hall.
Paul Hawthorne Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 1:04 pm

(Update at 1 p.m. ET, Oct. 4: Click here for an important development — management and the stagehands have reached a deal.)

Our original post:

Carnegie Hall's opening night gala was canceled Wednesday because of a strike by stagehands.

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The Two-Way
9:07 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Jobless Claims Stay Near Six-Year Low

There were 308,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance filed last week, up 1,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reported Thursday morning.

That means claims continue to run at a relatively low rate that until recent weeks hadn't been seen since the spring of 2007 — six months before the start of the 2007-09 recession.

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The Two-Way
8:55 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Sharp Words Over Shutdown When Lawmaker Visits WWII Memorial

Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas.
Kevin Dietsch UPI/Landov

The World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., has become a flashpoint as the partial government shutdown continues.

First there was the attention paid on Tuesday when a group of WWII veterans (with some help from Republican members of Congress and their staffs) ignored barricades and went through with their long-planned visit to the site.

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The Two-Way
7:27 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Dozens Dead, More Feared Lost, After Shipwreck Off Sicily

Some of the victims recovered after Thursday's wreck of a ship near Sicily were placed in body bags before being brought ashore to the island of Lampedusa.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 10:59 am

There's been a sea disaster near Sicily, as The Associated Press reports:

"A ship carrying African migrants to Europe caught fire and capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday, killing at least 94 people as it spilled hundreds of passengers into the sea, officials said. Over 150 people were rescued but some 200 others were still unaccounted-for."

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