American Music http://tpr.org en The Man Behind 'The Star Spangled Banner' http://tpr.org/post/man-behind-star-spangled-banner This year marks the 200th anniversary of &#8220;The Star Spangled Banner.&#8221; Francis Scott Key scribbled the words on the back of a letter he had in his pocket after he had watched the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. British forces bombarded the city for 25 hours, but the guns went silent around 3 a.m. that September morning.<p>&#8220;So they had to wait until the dawn&#8217;s early light,&#8221; historian <strong>Marc Leepson</strong> tells <a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org"><em>Here & Now</em></a>&#8216;s Robin Young. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 22:46:53 +0000 editor 34537 at http://tpr.org The Man Behind 'The Star Spangled Banner' The American Way On 'The Piano' http://tpr.org/post/american-way-piano <p>This country is always in motion, or as one shipping company calls it "moving at the speed of business." Before the question of slavery became a civil war, American's enjoyed their minstrel shows, and after the conflagration, touring minstrel shows were once again one of this country's favorite pastimes.</p><p>This Sunday on "The Piano," music that has many fathers, music that comes together, ferments a bit and becomes something new - different and distinctly American.</p> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Randy Anderson 2175 at http://tpr.org The American Way On 'The Piano'