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Beatles '64: D.C.'s Time In The Rock And Roll Spotlight

Millions of Americans know exactly where they were when the Beatles first appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964. But the concert that followed that legendary television appearance, the band's first ever in North America, is an often overlooked piece of musical -- and Washington D.C.'s -- history. Kojo chats with a man whose father booked the Beatles to play that 1964 show at Washington Coliseum, along with a lifelong friend who attended the concert with him, and ponders its legacy both locally and globally.

Remembering The Beatles' First U.S. Concert At The Washington Coliseum

Fifty years ago in February 1964, the Beatles made their U.S. concert debut at the Washington Coliseum, now known as the Uline Arena, in Northeast D.C. John Lynn's father, Harry, owned the historic venue, and John recounts attending the concert with his brother as a young boy. "It was all pretty much of a fluke," John says about how Harry booked the band. While it was an exciting experience for the brothers and their friends, John says he didn't understand at the time how fortunate he was to see the Beatles at this particular venue. He describes meeting the band and getting their autograph, a memento he treasures today. "I say that I became a lifelong music fan, especially rock and roll, after that."


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NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with the actor Rainn Wilson about his new memoir, The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy.

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NASA is building a 2-pound helicopter drone that would help guide the vehicle on the Red Planet's surface. That way, the rover wouldn't need to wander as much to find its way around.

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