Stars and Stripes

Boston Calling
An anthropologist explains why Americans “stick to their guns” when it comes to the expressions and idioms they favour. And a South African actress struggles to learn how to speak with an American accent. Plus, we learn where the hot dog got its name from, get a taste of Peking duck pizza at China’s first Disney theme park, and witness what may have been the world’s largest square dance. Finally, we end with the story of how a British patriotic song became wildly popular in the US. Image: American Revolutionary war re-enactor (and BBC producer) Chris Woolf, musket in hand. Credit: John Buckingham