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
3:43 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Two Million 'Open Jobs?' Yes, But U.S. Has A Skills 'Mismatch'

It's an eye-catching claim at a time when the unemployment rate is 9.1 percent, 13.9 million people are officially unemployed and another 8.5 million are working part-time but would like to have full-time jobs:

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The Two-Way
1:10 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Congressional Report Slams ATF's 'Fast And Furious' Operation

Two leading congressional critics of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' so-called Operation Fast and Furious have issued a scathing report on the program that allegedly let hundreds of guns go from the U.S. to Mexico — with deadly results.

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The Two-Way
12:04 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Greek Protests Turn Violent; Prime Minister Reportedly Offers To Step Aside

A cloud of tear gas surrounded demonstrators in Athens earlier today (June 15, 2011).
Milos Bicanski Getty Images

"Hundreds of protesters clashed with riot police in central Athens Wednesday," The Associated Press writes, "as a major anti-austerity rally degenerated into violence outside parliament, where the struggling government was to seek support for new cutbacks to avoid a disastrous default."

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The Two-Way
11:26 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Today's Total Eclipse Of The Moon: How To Watch

The reddish hue during the total eclipse that was seen from North America on Dec. 21, 2010.
Chris Hondros Getty Images

Those of us in North America won't be able to see it happen "live," but if all goes well we can catch a webcast of what's going to be "an unusually long total lunar eclipse" today.

Basically, every continent except North America will get a view. On the timing and length, Space.com says that:

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The Two-Way
11:00 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Twin Friars Who Died On Same Day Reflected 'Good Side Of Humanity'

Word seems to have spread around the world about the 92-year-old identical twins who died within hours of each other after spending nearly their entire lives as Franciscan friars.

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