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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1:40pm

Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Helen Reichert, Who Could Bounce Back From Stress, Dies At 109

Originally published on Tue September 27, 2011 2:28 pm

Helen Reichert.
Courtesy of Olive Villaluna

A passing of note:

Helen Reichert, who Morning Edition introduced to listeners in April, died on Sunday. She was 109.

In that April commentary for Morning Edition, Dr. Mark Lachs said of his patient that:

"Unusual longevity often has a genetic basis, and Reichert probably does have a gene that contributes to her unusual longevity. But she also exhibits a powerful trait geriatricians call adaptive competence.

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12:45pm

Tue September 27, 2011
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Satellite Fell Into South Pacific Far From Land, NASA Says

Originally published on Tue September 27, 2011 12:52 pm

That bus-sized Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite that fell back to Earth late last week broke up and spread its debris "over a broad, remote ocean area in the Southern Hemisphere, far from any major land mass," out in the South Pacific Ocean, NASA just reported.

The space agency adds that:

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11:45am

Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

OnStar Hits Reverse: It Won't Keep Collecting Data From Old Customers

Just days after it received intense criticism from Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), some other lawmakers and privacy advocates, General Motors' OnStar service has agreed that it won't keep its data connections open to customers who have canceled the service.

In a statement, the company says today that:

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11:10am

Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Prosecution Begins Case Against Michael Jackson's Doctor

The early word from the trial of pop star Michael Jackson's physician is that the prosecutor says "the superstar's misplaced trust in the doctor led to his death" in June 2009, The Associated Press reports.

As the AP adds, "Jackson died of an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol." Dr. Conrad Murray has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. he has pleaded not guilty.

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10:45am

Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

No Hoax, BBC Says: Alessio Rastani Is A Trader Who Wants A Recession

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 11:29 am

Alessio Rastani during his appearance this week on the BBC.
bbc.co.uk

His words were provocative enough.

Alessio Rastani dreams of another global recession, the "independent market trader" told the BBC this week, because he knows he — and anyone who's prepared — can make money when that happens.

Traders, he said, don't care if the European bailout plan works or not. They'll profit either way if they're smart.

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8:50am

Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Shanghai Subway Crash Renews Questions About Safety In China

Rescue workers evacuated passengers after a subway train crashed into another train between stations Tuesday in Shanghai.
AFP/Getty Images

There's been another train crash in China — this time a collision of subway trains in Shanghai earlier today. The accident injured more than 200 people.

It's yet another blow to China's image.

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8:20am

Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Rappelling Work Begins At Washington Monument

Originally published on Tue September 27, 2011 2:03 pm

At 555 feet above Washington, the work begins.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

There's live video now from CNN and Washington's NBC-4 as work begins to have engineers rappel down the sides of the Washington Monument to inspect for damage from the Aug. 23 earthquake that shook much of the eastern U.S.

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8:00am

Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Texas Turns Down Cook's Offer Of Free 'Last Meals'

Originally published on Tue September 27, 2011 3:42 pm

Last week the state of Texas said it would no longer let condemned prisoners order practically anything they want for their last meals before execution.

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7:30am

Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Home Prices Edged Up In July, Report Says

Originally published on Tue September 27, 2011 7:52 am

A "sale pending" sign outside a home in Bath, Maine, in July.
Pat Wellenbach AP

July marked a fourth consecutive month of slight gains in home prices in its surveys covering major cities across the nation, researchers who put together the widely watched S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

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6:40am

Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama To Heckler: 'I Agree Jesus Christ Is The Lord'

Originally published on Tue September 27, 2011 11:01 am

The man who interrupted President Obama during a fundraiser Monday in Los Angeles is removed from the audience.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

A man shouting "Jesus Christ is God!" interrupted President Obama's address at a fundraiser in Los Angeles last night.

He began by shouting that the "Christian God is the one and only true living God." Then he added that "Jesus Christ is God!" Others in attendance tried to overcome the interruption by chanting "four more years!"

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6:10am

Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Today's Top Stories: Eurozone Crisis, Typhoon In Philippines

Good morning.

Today's top story so far in the U.S. seems to be about the government shutdown that isn't going to happen.

As we reported earlier, Democrats and Republicans reached an agreement last night that averted what might have been at least a partial shutdown later this week. And, as often is the case, both sides are claiming vindication.

Meanwhile, other stories making headlines include:

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5:30am

Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Both Sides Claim Vindication After Shutdown Is Averted

Originally published on Tue September 27, 2011 8:28 am

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky walks to the floor as the Senate prepares to vote on a short-term funding measure .
J. Scott Applewhite AP

As some last-minute developments and a late-evening deal came together to bring another shutdown showdown to a close last night, Democratic and Republican leaders were both declaring their positions in the latest budget battle had been vindicated.

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3:00pm

Mon September 26, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Atop Washington Monument, Visitors Scrambled During Quake

Visitors near the top of the Washington Monument headed for the stairs as it rocked back and forth. Debris was falling inside.
National Park Service

11:15am

Mon September 26, 2011
The Two-Way

GOP Students' Race-Based Bake Sale Sparks Controversy At Berkeley

Row of brightly-colored cupcakes.
iStockphoto.com

Republican students at the University of California, Berkeley, say they're being satirical. The school's student senate says they're being discriminatory and others on campus say they're being offensive.

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10:30am

Mon September 26, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: 'Bird Man' Jeb Corliss Flies Through A Mountain In China

The view from Jeb Corliss' headcam as he flew toward the hole in Tianmen mountain on Saturday.
CCTV News Channel

There are several videos out there of wingsuit flyer Jeb Corliss' latest adventure, but the most complete report with the best bird's eye view may be this one from China's CCTV. Check it out.

The BBC says Corliss jumped out of a helicopter from 6,560 feet above Tianmen mountain in Hunan Province on Saturday before flying through the gap.

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8:45am

Mon September 26, 2011
The Two-Way

More People Than Ever Are Unhappy With The Government, Poll Shows

Gallup's latest polling on how Americans feel about the way they're being governed.
Gallup.com

In some ways this news just states the obvious. But it's still worth noting that according to the pollsters at Gallup:

"A record-high 81 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed, adding to negativity that has been building over the past 10 years."

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8:20am

Mon September 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Creator Of Doritos To Be Buried With His Chips

Word is just reaching the rest of the nation that Arch West, the man credited with creating Doritos, died last week in Texas. He was 97, the Dallas Morning News says.

At a graveside service next Saturday, the newspaper adds, "his family plans to sprinkle Doritos." A daughter says they will be "tossing Doritos chips in before they put the dirt over the urn."

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8:10am

Mon September 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Sales Of New Homes Fell 2.3 Percent In August

Sales of new single-family houses fell 2.3 percent in August from July, the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development just reported. The annualized rate: 295,000 sales.

The report underscores the weakness of the housing market, The Associated Press says. Sales have now fallen four straight months and are at a six-month low. Economists, according to the AP, say the pace needs to be about 700,000 "to sustain a healthy housing market."

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6:55am

Mon September 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Marathon Record Lowered By 21 Seconds

Patrick Makau of Kenya celebrates in front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate after setting a new world record for the marathon.
Odd Andersen AFP/Getty Images

Kenya's Patrick Makau ran the Berlin Marathon on Sunday in a new world record time — 2 hours, 3 minutes and 38 seconds. He shaved 21 seconds off the previous record, set by Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie on the same course in 2008.

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6:15am

Mon September 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Shutdown Showdown; CIA Station Attacked In Kabul

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 6:17 am

Good morning.

Our headlines so far today:

-- Shutdown Showdown Continues: Senate Has Key Vote Today

-- NYPD Could 'Take Down A Plane' If Necessary, Commissioner Says

Other stories making headlines include:

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