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.
Italians love their cars. In fact, only the United States has more of them per capita. That's what makes this next piece of data so shocking: for the first time in almost 50 years, bike sales in Italy are vastly outpacing car sales.
In Phoenix, there is a soccer club called Team Milan made up of kids from all over the world. The team's coaches are undocumented immigrants. They find common ground on the field. Valeria Fernández of "Feet in 2 Worlds" reports this story.
The group Afterhours is one of Italy's top alternative rock bands. Anchor Marco Werman spoke to the band's leader at the South by Southwest music festival last week. They discuss the underground music scene in Italy and how Afterhours has earned praise from music critics.