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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7:42am

Fri July 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Nervous On This Friday The 13th? Once Again, We Can Help

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 10:55 am

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We'll be done with Friday the 13ths for 2012 once today comes to a close.

If you're nervous, once again we offer something that's supposed to help.

Learning how to say paraskevidekatriaphobia supposedly cures one of any Friday the 13th-related fear.

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7:22am

Fri July 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Destruction Of Timbuktu's Treasures Continues; Humanitarian Crisis Looms

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 8:40 am

In this image from a video, an Islamist militant celebrates after the destruction of a Sufi shrine earlier this month in Timbuktu.
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  • Renee Montagne speaks with Corinne Dufka

Morning Edition today catches up on the news from Mali, where as we reported last week Islamist extremists are destroying centuries-old historical sites in Timbuktu because they find them offensive.

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6:44am

Fri July 13, 2012
The Two-Way

200 Feared Dead In Syria's Bloodiest Day So Far

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 7:29 am

Kofi Annan says he is "shocked and appalled" by reports of a mass killing in the Syrianvillage of Tremseh.
AP

The grim numbers vary and independent observers haven't yet been able to get to the scene. But there's word from Syria of what may be the single worst day of bloodshed so far in what's become a long line of such horrible events since protests against the regime of President Bashar Assad began in March 2011:

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6:17am

Fri July 13, 2012
The Two-Way

JPMorgan Earned $5B In Second Quarter Even After $4.4B Trading Loss

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 1:30 pm

Though it suffered an estimated $4.4 billion second-quarter loss related to its bungled trading in some very risky types of investments, JPMorgan Chase said this morning that it still did well enough in its other businesses that it had net income of $5 billion in those three months.

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1:48pm

Thu July 12, 2012
The Two-Way

No Reason To Get Excited, Dylan Says: PBS Has The Wrong Guitar

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 3:48 pm

Bob Dylan in April 1965, just as he was going electric.
Harry Thompson Getty Images

The sleuths at PBS' History Detectives show think they've had their hands on the guitar Bob Dylan played when he famously (or infamously?) "went electric" at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.

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