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
9:33 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Astrodoomed? Famed Houston Stadium May Fall To Wrecking Ball

An interior shot of the Houston Astrodome taken in 1990. The stadium was "the first fully air-conditioned, enclosed, domed, multipurpose sports stadium in the world," according to the Texas Historical Association.
Tony Duffy Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 1:46 pm

Voters in Houston on Tuesday rejected a bond referendum that would have allowed Harris County, Texas, to borrow $217 million that it could then spend on turning the Astrodome into one very large convention and exhibition hall.

The vote was 53 percent against the referendum, to 47 percent in favor.

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The Two-Way
7:50 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Soaring Personnel Costs Threaten Readiness, Hagel Warns

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 8:57 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep

Health care and retirement costs that already account for a large part of the U.S. military's budget and are on a path to go even higher could leave the nation with "a military that's heavily compensated, but probably a force that's not capable and not ready," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tells NPR.

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The Two-Way
7:15 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Your Election News In Five Headlines

Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who won a close election Tuesday to become Virginia's next governor, hugged wife Dorothy at the campaign's victory celebration in Tysons Corner, Va.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 10:57 am

  • From the NPR Newscast: A roundup of election results

Here's a cheat sheet about Tuesday's elections, starting with the most surprising news:

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The Two-Way
2:56 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Virtual 'Sweetie' Uncovered 1,000 Sexual Predators, Group Says

"Sweetie," the little virtual girl created by a Dutch charity to expose the problem of webcam child sex tourism.
Terre des Hommes

A Dutch charity that aims to expose and end "webcam child sex tourism" says it lured tens of thousands of men from around the world to a website where they asked a lifelike, computer-generated 10-year-old Filipino girl named Sweetie to perform sex acts for money.

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The Two-Way
12:01 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Police Weren't 'Minutes' Behind Los Angeles Shooting Suspect

Paul Ciancia.
FBI Getty Images

Tuesday brings word that some heartbreaking headlines from Monday apparently weren't correct. We'll try to set things straight.

Monday, reports such as these about Friday's shooting at Los Angeles International Airport were getting lots of attention:

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The Two-Way
10:13 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Skydivers Who Survived Planes' Collision Vow To Jump Again

On Tuesday's The Today Show, nine skydivers who had a very close call over Wisconsin talked about the collision of their planes.
The Today Show

The already amazing story from over the weekend about how two small planes carrying skydivers collided over Wisconsin, but all 11 people aboard the aircraft survived, now has some amazing photos and video to go with it.

NBC-TV's The Today Show landed the exclusive rights to the helmet cam images captured during the collision, the fire that broke out aboard one of the planes and the skydivers' safe trips to the ground.

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The Two-Way
8:46 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Kirk's First Senate Speech Since Stroke Is For Gay Rights Bill

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., speaking from the floor of the Senate on Monday.
C-SPAN.org

Before Monday evening's 61-30 vote in the Senate to move forward on legislation to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois marked another milestone in the recovery from a stroke he suffered in January 2012.

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Tue November 5, 2013

What Will Be The Message This Election Day?

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  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Ron Elving previews Tuesday's elections

The pundits always claim that even in an "off year" like this there are messages to be received from the results on Election Day.

So what are a couple of the likely messages we'll be hearing about Tuesday night after the results of today's voting are in?

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The Two-Way
11:05 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Pop In A Cassette And Celebrate? Chrysler's Minivans Are 30

It was radical in its day: Chrysler's minivans first rolled off assembly lines in November 1983. This is one of those original model year 1984 editions.
AP

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 11:23 am

Depending on how many hours you spent in the backseat being tortured by a sibling or how many hours you spent in the driver's seat being forced by your kids to listen to Beat It, this may not be an anniversary you wish to celebrate.

And the honoree has many critics who say it was just darn ugly when it debuted in 1983.

But there are those who seem to be looking back with fondness on the now 30-year-old life of the Chrysler minivan. After all, it's a vehicle that basically created a market that didn't exist, was imitated by others and became a cultural icon.

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The Two-Way
8:52 am
Mon November 4, 2013

For Many Iranians, 'Death To America' Are Just Words

Iranian girls show their hands, marked with the words "Down with USA," at Monday's demonstration in Tehran.
Abedin Tahrkenareh EPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 11:24 am

On this 34th anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, thousands of Iranians gathered outside that building to once again chant "Death to America."

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