Mark Memmott

Mark Memmott joined NPR News in the spring of 2009 to launch a new blog, "The Two-Way," with co-blogger Frank James.

"The Two-Way" is the place where NPR.org gives readers breaking news and analysis — and where it engages users in conversations ("two-ways") about the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Memmott came to NPR from USA Today, where for over 20 years he worked as a reporter and editor on subjects ranging from politics and, foreign affairs to economics and the media.

In recent years he helped launch and then led three different news blogs at USATODAY.com, including the website's 2008 presidential campaign blog, On Politics.

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3:52pm

Mon June 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Mummies: 'Visitors From The Past' Who Can Help Solve Mysteries Today

The Detmold Child: A mummy found in Peru. About 10 months old, the child died more than 3,000 years before Egypt's King Tut was born.
American Exhibitions Inc.

What is it about mummies that fascinate so many people?

"Mummies seem to have an intrigue," says James Delay. They are "visitors from the past if you will. ... They carry a mystery."

He should know. Delay, who spoke with All Things Considered host Michele Norris earlier today, is director of exhibition development with American Exhibitions Inc. — the organizers of the Mummies of the World exhibit that just opened at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute.

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1:45pm

Mon June 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Albert Pujols Out Four To Six Weeks With Wrist Fracture

This is not news they want to hear in baseball-crazy St. Louis:

Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols has a small fracture near his left wrist and will be "out of the lineup for four to six weeks," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

He was hurt Sunday in a collision on the basepath.

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12:14pm

Mon June 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: 'Jackass' Actor Ryan Dunn Killed In Car Accident

March 7, 2011, in Los Angeles: Ryan Dunn at the Blu-ray and DVD release of Paramount Home Entertainment's Jackass 3.
Michael Buckner Getty Images

Jackass actor Ryan Dunn "was killed early Monday morning when his Porsche flew over a guardrail in West Goshen, Pa., slammed into a tree and burst into flames, according to local police," NBC Philadelphia reports. "Dunn's passenger — who hasn't been identified — was also killed."

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11:55am

Mon June 20, 2011
The Two-Way

'All Nuclear Plants' Need Safety Reviews, U.N. Expert Says

The disaster at Japan's crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant underscores that "we need to systematically and regularly review the safety of all nuclear power plants" around the world, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said today.

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11:21am

Mon June 20, 2011
The Two-Way

NBC: Cutting 'Under God' From Pledge Was Mistake

If you haven't seen or heard about it, when NBC Sports began its coverage of the U.S. Open on Sunday it opened with one of those video montages that are meant to stir emotions.

It sure did.

By twice editing out the words "under God" from the audio of children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, the network sparked a firestorm of complaints on Twitter and caused enough of a protest that before the broadcast was over, the network's Dan Hicks was on the air apologizing.

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