If America defaults on its debt this week, it won't be the first economic superpower to do so. Imperial Spain was a chronic defaulter in the 16th and 17th centuries, and this helped lead to its downfall.
Demonstrators across Portugal are protesting austerity measures, even as the unemployment rate there tops 15 percent. Lisa Mullins gets the view from Lisbon with Barry Hatton, author of the book "The Portuguese."
When Angola was still a colony of Portugal, dance clubs in Angola produced a kind of distinct music that took fire and eventually took Portugal by storm. Now, a new band of Portugese and Angolans is taking that old kuduro sound and turning it into new music.
Buraka Som Sistema has been creating a unique take on Angolan kuduro music. The group's sound initially struck a chord with Lisbon's young clubgoers, and ever since they've been heating up dance floors around the globe. Reporter Mirissa Neff has more.
Public and private funding for the arts in Europe are drying up as the economic crisis their continues. In Portugal, artists remain in survival mode and are testing new ways to find funds. Some have turned to crowdfunding through a website inspired by U.S.-based Kickstarter.
Fado is the music of Portugal and the center of the scene is the capital - Lisbon. One of the rising stars on the fado scene Portugal's capital is 27-year-old singer Carminho. Marco Werman tells us more.