Did you know the melody to the Star Spangled Banner was once a British drinking song? In preparation for the Super Bowl, we uncover how the national anthem has been co-opted and reinterpreted by mega pop-stars. Our understanding of how this song sounds has been shaped by sporting events and the spin pop artists put on it has altered our conception of the national song.
Beyoncé, Jose Feliciano, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston – The Star Spangled Banner
Iceland Symphony Orchestra – Finlandia, Op. 26
Ensemble Almageste – La Mantovana
Songs from the the Star Spangled Music Foundation
Sura Yako – Sauti Sol
Scott Michelman, Nithya Nathan-Pineau, and Faiza Patel discuss the state of immigration, then take questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.