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The Role Of National Anthems Around The World

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The American flag flies with other nations' flags outside the United Nations in New York. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
The American flag flies with other nations' flags outside the United Nations in New York. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Lawmakers in the Philippines are considering a bill that would require people to sing the national anthem enthusiastically when it's played in public.

Here & Now's Robin Young talks with Alex Marshall (@alexmarshall81), author of a book about national anthems, about why some countries take them more seriously than others.

This segment aired on July 24, 2017.

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