A vegetable stall at at market in Venice. Even in Italy, healthy peasant fare like fresh vegetables and fruits isn't cheap, leading many there to abandon the famously healthy Mediterranean Diet.
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It's not news that Americans are getting fatter and fatter and the same is happening in many countries around the world. What may come as a bit of a surprise is that it's even happening in Mediterranean countries, especially among young people.
Pioppi, a little, seaside Italian town, south of Naples, is home of the Mediterranean Diet. In fact, there's a museum here dedicated to Ancel Keys, a Minnesota physiologist who traveled to Europe during the 1940s and 1950s to study the diet of people living near the Mediterranean Sea.
<strong>Unidentified Fashion Object:</strong> A 1963 rendering shows the design for Biff's Coffee Shop in Oakland, Calif. "It almost looked like a flying saucer," says Victor Newlove of Armet Davis Newlove Architects. "It looks like it's about ready to lift off."
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<strong>Ready For Take-Off: </strong>The Theme Building at the Los Angeles International Airport opened in 1961. The futuristic landmark was designed by William Pereira and Charles Luckman.
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John and Peter Kleeman collect space age kitsch in an old hay barn in Connecticut. You can explore their collection on their <a href="http://www.spaceagemuseum.com/">website</a>.
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A weather vane made by a Pennsylvania farmer during the 1980s is the one Space Shuttle-themed artifact John Kleeman has in his collection at the <a href="http://www.spaceagemuseum.com/">Space Age Museum</a>.
The Space Age left a sleekly modern mark on everything from office parks to kitchenware to kids' TV shows like The Jetsons. Even today, if you drive around Los Angeles, you'll see relics of Space Age architecture, including the flamboyantly futuristic Los Angeles International Airport and a nearby coffee shop called Pann's.
A fourth consecutive day of talks at the White House for a deal to raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2 ended abruptly Wednesday night, with President Obama walking out on a meeting with congressional leaders. That was hours after the credit-ratings agency Moody's threatened to cut the U.S. credit rating, warning of an increased risk of a government debt default.
Meanwhile, GOP congressional leaders in particular are increasingly at odds with members of their own party in the debt-ceiling debate.
Moody's Investor Services is putting the United States' top-notch credit rating under review for a possible downgrade. The credit ratings agency's action comes as lawmakers continue talks on how to raise the U.S. debt ceiling. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Jim Zarroli.