For 200 Years, That Star-Spangled Banner Does Still Wave

Jul 3, 2014

The Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the lyrics to our national anthem, is on display at The Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
Credit National Museum of American History

Kansas Citians - or at least Chiefs fans - may have our own take on the closing line of the national anthem, but this Independence Day we can join the rest of America to celebrate the song's 200th anniversary. That's right: it's been two centuries since Francis Scott Key first commemorated the symbol of the home of the brave

On Thursday's Up to Date we discuss the Star Spangled Banner's bicentennial - how the song continues to serve as a reminder of national history, and why it's such a challenge to sing.

Guest: Dr. Amity Bryson is the Music Department Chair at Avila University.

Learn more: To learn about the flag, the song, and its legacy, click here.