In my post yesterday, one of the links was to a Vox.eu piece about the current recession and how it compares to the Great Depression. It's a good read and worth your time. The Wall Street Journal has a similar story in today's issue (subscriber only content), titled "Global Economy Gains Steam." You may be able to find bits and pieces of it elsewhere on the web.
But while the article is subscriber content, you can access an interesting interactive chart that allows you to compare activity across several countries. It has some potential for illustrative purposes. You can also view this video.
I look forward to your comments.