7:30 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Obama's Visit To Myanmar: Too Much, Too Soon?

A newspaper with a front-page photo of President Obama is displayed at a press house in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, on Thursday, ahead of Obama's visit.
Soe Than Win AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 8:15 pm

When President Obama sets off to Asia this weekend to highlight his so-called pivot to the region, he will make a bit of history: Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar.

The country, also known as Burma, was a pariah state for decades, ruled by a ruthless military dictatorship. That is changing, and the Obama administration has encouraged a dramatic reform process in the country. But it may be too early for a victory lap.

Read more

A former NPR Moscow bureau chief, Michele Kelemen now covers the State Department and Washington's diplomatic corps. Her reports can be heard on all NPR News programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

In her latest beat, Kelemen has been traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton before him, tracking the Obama administration's broad foreign policy agenda from Asia to the Middle East. She also followed President Bush's Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell and was part of the NPR team that won the 2007 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for coverage of the war in Iraq.

13.7: Cosmos And Culture
7:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Embracing Your Inner Robot: A Singular Vision Of The Future with Ray Kurzweil

"Child-robot with Biomimetic Body" (or CB2) at Osaka University in Japan in 2009, where the android was slowly developing social skills by interacting with humans and watching their facial expressions, mimicking a mother-baby relationship.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 5:13 pm

Read more
Crisis In The Housing Market
5:20 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Foreclosed Homeowners Getting Back In The Market

Millions of U.S. families have a recent foreclosure on their record. Typically, that means waiting at least seven years before securing another home loan. But some families say they are having luck buying again — sometimes in as few as three years.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 6:15 pm

Buyers are coming back into the housing market after losing their homes during the financial crisis — returning to homeownership more quickly than lenders have typically allowed.

With millions of families with recent foreclosures on their records, some report that they are having luck buying a house — in some cases within three years.

Read more
Local News
4:29 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Kentucky Officials to Install More Quake Monitors

Experts with the Kentucky Geological Survey are beefing up their system for measuring earthquakes, particularly in eastern Kentucky.

Currently, the commonwealth has some 30 monitoring stations, many of them in far western Kentucky near the New Madrid Fault. But state Geologist Jim Cobb says more data would be useful.

Read more
3:45 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Hemp Commission Will Craft New Bill; Comer Confident It Will Pass in 2013

James Comer, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner
Credit File photo

State Agriculture Commission James Comer -- a leading advocate for industrial hemp in 

Kentucky -- said growing support will help their initiative in the next legislative session.

The Industrial Hemp Commission, for which Comer is chairman, held its first meeting in a decade on Wednesday.

The commission will work for the next few weeks on crafting -- and the commission will then lobby Kentucky lawmakers to pass it. Comer, who has helped lobby for previous industrial hemp bills, said the commission's proposals will differ from past bills.

Read more
Local News
3:23 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Officials Discuss Pension Reform at Forum Luncheon

Shoring up Kentucky’s public pension funds was the focus of the monthly Louisville Forum meeting today.

The funds need billions of dollars to meet their obligation to retirees, and a legislative task force has been studying ways to bring them into solvency. The panel will submit its findings to the 2013 Kentucky General Assembly.

Read more
2:53 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Obama Addresses Climate Change in First Post-Election Press Conference

During the presidential campaign, both President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney seemed to be avoiding any comment on climate change, and what policies either would pursue if elected. Now that Mr. Obama has been elected to a second term, he still won't say what he'll do about the issue in the next four years.

Read more
2:47 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

SWAT Situation Leads to Re-Routed JCPS Buses

Update: The standoff between SWAT and a man holed up in an East Market house is reportedly over. The Courier-Journal reports a dead body was found inside the house that caught fire during the stand off. The identification of the body has not been made available.

Update: Because of the SWAT situation, Lincoln Performing Arts School has canceled all evening activities.  

Read more
The Two-Way
2:30 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Obama: 'I Didn't Get Re-Elected Just to Bask in Re-Election'

President Obama during his news conference at the White House today.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 9:44 pm

  • Listen to NPR Coverage of the News Conference

Eight days after his re-election — with the fiscal cliff looming, questions being raised about the deadly attack on the U.S.

Read more