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American Anthem: The Special

  Broadcast: July 21, 2019 at 4 p.m.

Hosted by Elizabeth Blair and Tom Cole from NPR’s Arts Desk, American Anthem: The Special will highlight standout stories from NPR’s American Anthem series. The hour will weave together the creation, popularization, and evolution of a selection of songs about our shared national identity as Americans.

Songs like Fight the PowerThis Land is Your Land, Dixie, and The Times They Are a Changin’ were all written as a response to a moment or a movement and grew into an anthem. We put those songs and others meant to serve as a uniting rallying cry, or way to push back against politics and division in conversation with each other in this special. They all speak to the changing ways in which we think and rethink what it means to be an American and each has evolved into an anthem of its own. 

Note: There will be no audio archive available for this episode.