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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8:40am

Tue August 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Lager's Key Yeast May Have Come From Argentina

An Argentinian heritage? Scientists say the key yeast in lager may have originated in Patagonia.
Robert Sullivan AFP/Getty Images

We have to confess we didn't know that for decades, scientists have been trying to find the "parent yeast" that makes lager beer possible.

Apparently they were.

And now, they may have an answer: Beech forests in Argentina.

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7:15am

Tue August 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Quakes Rattle Southern Colorado, Northern New Mexico

The locations of the quakes.
U.S. Geological Survey

"The largest earthquake to strike Colorado in almost 40 years" shook buildings but apparently caused little damage late last night, Denver's ABC 7 News reports. A few homes may have been damaged and some rock slides were reported.

It was a 5.3 magnitude temblor and the epicenter was "about 180 miles south of Denver."

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6:45am

Tue August 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Moth Was OK (Player Was Too) After Getting Stuck In Outfielder's Ear

Ouch. Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals as he left the field Monday night with a moth stuck in his right ear.
MLB.com

Well, at least the moth was OK when it was pulled out of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday's ear Monday night.

According to the Post Dispatch, Holliday even took the little critter home with him.

We can't vouch for its fate after that.

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6:20am

Tue August 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Seventh Victim Of Indiana Stage Collapse Dies; Families Try To Cope

Aug. 13, 2011: A stage collapses at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. Seven people have died from the injuries they received.
Joey Foley Getty Images

"The families of those who were seriously hurt when the Indiana State Fair Grandstand stage rigging collapsed" on Aug. 13, are struggling with "a mix of hoping and coping," The Indianapolis Star writes this morning.

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6:05am

Tue August 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Hurricane Irene Gaining Strength; Japan Expecting New Prime Minister

The projected path puts the center of the storm over North Carolina at 2 a.m. ET on Sunday.
National Hurricane Center

Good morning.

The fight for control of Tripoli continues, as we reported earlier. From Libya, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports that what had looked like it might be a quick victory for opponents of Moammar Gadhafi is turning into what could be "a bitter, difficult battle."

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5:20am

Tue August 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Fighting Flares In Tripoli

Young boys on a dark street in Tripoli late last night (Aug. 22, 2011). Fighting flared again today in the Libyan capital.
Filippo Monteforte AFP/Getty Images

The situation in Libya remains very fluid. As NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro said on Morning Edition, there was "a stunning turn of events" on Monday.

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1:55pm

Mon August 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Gadhafi's Weapons Of Concern: Shoulder-Fired Missiles

As opposition forces have moved into Tripoli, they've gotten into some of the Iraqi military's weapons depots. But they haven't necessarily secured all the military hardware, leaving some of it vulnerable to those who might try to sell it on the black market.

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9:20am

Mon August 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Raise My Taxes? Not So Fast, Retired CEO Tells Warren Buffett

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Here's one wealthy man's response to billionaire Warren Buffett's recent op-ed piece that made the case for raising taxes on the wealthy. Harvey Golub, former CEO of American Express, disagrees:

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6:00am

Mon August 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Libya: Latest News

Events are moving quickly in Libya, where over the weekend opposition forces entered Tripoli. They may be closing in on leader Moammar Gadhafi, though there's no certain word on his whereabouts.

NPR.org's constantly updated news story is here. And we'll be updating this post with developments. Hit your "refresh" button to be sure you're seeing our latest additions.

As we write this at 8 a.m. ET, here are some of the latest headlines:

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5:45am

Mon August 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Libya; Israel-Gaza; Strauss-Kahn; Hurricane Irene

Good morning.

The big breaking story of the day, so far, comes from Libya. Opposition fighters have started to take control of Tripoli, and may be closing in on Moammar Gadhafi. As we reported earlier, the sudden shift in momentum appears to have happened because the opposition has gotten better organized and NATO stepped up its air attacks.

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5:15am

Mon August 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Libya: Why Has The Tide Turned?

Opposition fighters in Tripoli earlier today (Aug. 22, 2011).
Filippo Monteforte AFP/Getty Images

The news that opposition fighters moved into Tripoli over the weekend and have begun to take control of the Libyan capital and perhaps close in on Moammar Gadhafi has raised this question (among others):

Libya's civil war has been going on for six months. Much of the time things have seemed to be at an impasse. What happened in recent days to change the picture?

Here's some of the reporting on that:

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1:15pm

Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Baseball's Clemens Should Be Tried Again, Prosecutors Argue

"Prosecutors in the Roger Clemens perjury case say they made an honest mistake in showing jurors inadmissible evidence and the baseball star should face another trial," The Associated Press reports.

Back in July, on the second day of proceedings, federal Judge Reggie Walton declared a mistrial. As NPR's Nina Totenberg reported:

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12:55pm

Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Urban Hero: NYC Bookseller Has Held Same Parking Spot For 11 Years

Charles Mysak sells books on a street corner. And his car (behind the stacks) stays parked right there.
Alden Peters

You just have to read a story with a headline like this:

"Parking 'squat' Bookseller stakes out same spot for 11 years."

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11:45am

Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Indiana Stage Collapse Claims Sixth Person's Life

Sad news from the Indianapolis Star:

"Jennifer Haskell, 22, a senior at Ball State University, died this morning from injuries suffered in Saturday's stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.

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9:50am

Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Detente Rules In China: Georgetown, Chinese Teams Make Up

Basketball players from Georgetown University and China's Bayi Rockets team traded punches during their game Thursday (Aug. 18, 2011) in Beiing.
Yangshizhonh-China Daily AFP/Getty Images

There's word from Voice of America this hour that members of the Georgetown University men's basketball team and players from China's professional Bayi Rockets club have "cleared up some of their differences ... a day after they fought on a basketball court in Beijing."

According to VOA:

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7:45am

Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Stocks Open Lower

In the first 15 minutes or so of trading on Wall Street, the stock market — as expected — headed south. But the decline was not precipitous. After initially falling about 100 points (around 1 percent), the Dow Jones industrial average recovered some and was off only around 50 points.

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7:15am

Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Third Haboob Of Summer Covers Phoenix In Sand And Dust

The area around Phoenix was hit by its third "haboob" of the summer last evening, as strong winds sent a huge cloud of sand and dust rolling over the area.

The Arizona Republic says that "blowing dust blanketed much of the Valley ... reducing visibility to less than a quarter-mile."

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6:30am

Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

'West Memphis Three' Could Go Free

Three men who were convicted as teenagers in 1993 for the brutal murders of three young boys in West Memphis, Ark., may soon be released from prison.

According to The Commercial Appeal:

"The 'West Memphis Three' could be released as early as today under a pending deal between state prosecutors and defense attorneys, legal sources and relatives of victims said Thursday."

The newspaper adds that:

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5:55am

Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Yabba Dabba 'Doh! Truck Driver Tries To Use His Feet As Brakes

This option would not have occurred to us:

Wednesday evening in Roseville, Mich., a 24-year-old man who apparently knew his pickup truck's brakes weren't working got behind the wheel anyway and tried to drive home.

He attempted, Fred Flintstone-style, to use his feet as brakes.

As you can imagine, things didn't work out very well. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Vehicles were damaged, however. And the police got much of the mayhem on video.

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5:00am

Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Stock Futures Point Down; New Attacks In Afghanistan, Pakistan

Good morning.

After Thursday's sharp drops on Wall Street, lots of folks are wondering what's going to happen in the stock market today.

Well, according to Reuters: "Stock index futures pointed to a sharply weaker open for equities on Wall Street on Friday."

Translation: Expect a drop.

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