Alex Marshall on the songs of ISIS

Journalist Alex Marshall talks about how ISIS is turning traditional music into propaganda.
Guest host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with journalist Alex Marshall, author of a forthcoming book on national anthems, about how the Islamic State is adopting "anthems" to further its extremist agenda.

The London-based writer discusses how extremists are appropriating traditional Islamic music to use as propaganda, and what the songs they put out can tell us about the group.

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