Author explores Norwegian heritage in new book Over 4.5 million Americans can claim some Norwegian descent, according to the Norwegian Embassy in the U.S. That's greater than the population of Norway. In a new book, Minnesota author Eric Degni explores his Norwegian heritage and his family's time living there.5:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Debating 'Drill, Baby, Drill' At Site Of '69 Spill
Since 1969, when Santa Barbara's coast was the site of a devastating oil spill, the county has been staunchly opposed to more offshore drilling. But with the recent removal of a federal ban, some in the area seem to be having a change of heart.
Competition Between Iraqi Shiites Gains Strength
Two key political parties in Iraq are locked in a bitter struggle ahead of the upcoming provincial elections. Despite unity on the national stage, the parties face distinct divisions at the local level over control of security forces and services.
Former SEC Chairman: Greater Regulation Needed
William Donaldson, the former head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, says the U.S. is going to go through "some rough times" before the economy turns around. He says the U.S. must work with other countries to develop "mutually recognized rules for regulation."
Corporate Earnings And The Economy
What do corporate earnings say about the real economy? This week, two-thirds of the S&P 500 will release their results for the third quarter. Grim warnings about future prospects sent the Dow into another steep drop Wednesday.
Teaching Business Students To Be Skeptics
Nouriel Roubini, an economics professor at NYU's Stern School of Business, teaches his class to be wary of trends that seem to be going too well on Wall Street. Roubini and some of his students talk about what they've learned.
How McCain Fits Into Arizona's Political Landscape
John McCain moved to Arizona after serving in Vietnam and marrying his second wife, Cindy. He has served the state as a senator for four terms and enjoys strong support. Voters say they appreciate his independent persona, which is in sync with Arizona's Old West image.
Don't Count Sen. McCain Out Of The Race Yet
The editor of the National Review says that even the "most hardened Democrat" has to appreciate McCain's pluck — and he has the ability to "persevere through looming disaster."
Economic Woes Hit Nation's Food Pantries Hard
The nation's food pantries are seeing more people visit than ever before, but donations are way down and many food banks are empty. But while hard times are pummeling food pantries, thrift stores are doing well.
The Long Trek Of The Bar-Tailed Godwit
The bar-tailed godwit, a shore bird, has set a new standard for bird migration. A team of scientists recently tracked a godwit as it flew from Alaska to New Zealand — a distance of almost 7,200 miles — for nine days without a rest.
A Walking Tour Of Wall Street
Real estate executive Richard Warshauer and lawyer James Kaplan describe points of interest on the street that lends its name to the idea of finance. They meet visitors from around the world who tell why they've come to Wall Street.