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What makes a great national anthem?

August 20th, 2015

Episode 556 of 1344 episodes

Every country has one; sometimes bellicose, sometimes wistful, occasionally jaunty and usually intensely patriotic. But what makes a good national anthem? The journalist Alex Marshall has written a book on the subject, called Republic or Death: Travels in search of National Anthems. He spoke to Nick Higham about some of the world's best-known anthems, some of the more unexpected, and why he dislikes our own quite so intensely.

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