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Studio Sessions

The Beatles, left to right: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, producer George Martin, John Lennon.

January 30, 2012 Celebrating The Beatles: interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Martin and Pete Best.

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Interviews & Profiles

Members of The Beatles play in the snow outside Washington, D.C.'s Coliseum where they were scheduled to perform before a sell-out audience in 1964.

February 7, 2014 To mark the day, we'll listen back to interviews with Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney.

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The Beatles in 1965.

November 27, 2013 It was no easy task for Kevin Howlett to track down all 53 BBC appearances for an extensive book.

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John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, pictured above in January 1970, are the subjects of Jonathan Cott's new book Days That I'll Remember. Cott met Lennon in 1968 and was friends with the couple.

February 17, 2013 Jonathan Cott was the last journalist to interview John Lennon before the singer's death.

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The iconic cover of The Beatles' Abbey Road.

October 21, 2012 The pioneering Abbey Road Studios "continues to push boundaries," even in an era of self-recording.

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Paul McCartney.

March 29, 2012 McCartney's new album is a collection of standards he heard while growing up in Liverpool.

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September 8, 2009 Bob Boilen talks with Beatles historian Kevin Howlett about the band's remastered recordings.

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December 27, 2008 A mathematician used sound-wave analysis to figure out the song's beguiling opening chord.

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May 14, 2008 The band created the Apple label to release its own material, as well as that of acts it discovered.

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March 29, 2008 Beatles business manager Neil Aspinall died this week.

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January 13, 2008 The Silver Beats, one of Japan's most popular Beatles tribute bands, is now playing in the U.S.

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November 29, 2006 Wednesday marks the fifth anniversary of former Beatle George Harrison's death from cancer.

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December 8, 2005 Ed Gordon remembers ex-Beatle John Lennon and his love of soul music.

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September 2, 2003 In a new book, The Beatles' original drummer, Pete Best, discusses his time with the band.

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December 2, 2001 Former Beatle George Harrison died on Thursday at the age of 58.

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April 30, 2001 Hear an in-depth interview with one of the most famous lyricists in pop history.

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Discover Songs

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October 19, 2010 All Songs Considered features listener stories on the music that got them through their teens.

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Count Basie was an early adopter of The Beatles.

September 9, 2009 As the landscape of popular music changed, jazz players found themselves interpreting the Fab Four.

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November 24, 2008 Author Bruce Spizer talks about the groundbreaking 'White Album' and how it came to be.

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August 4, 2008 The singer stopped by to DJ an episode of All Songs Considered and talk about his favorite music.

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June 1, 2007 For many fans, hearing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band for the first time was a life-chang...

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December 21, 2006 A new CD of Beatles music is out and it isn't simply a reissue of the same songs. It's a mashup ...

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June 29, 2006 The editors of Paste magazine wondered: who are the best living songwriters around. They gathere...

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April 13, 2006 Capitol Records is releasing four early Beatles recordings, never before available on compact di...

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News

Ed Sullivan smiles while standing with The Beatles on the set of his variety show on Feb. 9, 1964.

February 7, 2014 What went wrong, and finally right, for the British band as it tried to crack the U.S. market.

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The Beatles pose in Liverpool's Derby Square in February 1963 — the year, according to author Colin Fleming, that yielded the band's most definitive work.

June 16, 2013 Author Colin Fleming says early BBC sessions provide a blueprint for who the band would become.

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The Beatles look out of the Magical Mystery Tour coach skylight, on location in England in September 1967.

December 14, 2012 TV critic David Bianculli reviews a new documentary about the 1967 Beatles film.

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The Record

November 29, 2010 Sales and chart numbers, new reviews, and other news you may have missed while you were eating.

Beatles Coffee Break

November 16, 2010 The Beatles' music may be on iTunes for the first time, but the big picture remains the same.

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November 16, 2010 Following a long negotiation, the band's songs are finally available on iTunes.

Hook; credit: Renato Guerreiro / flickr.com

October 15, 2010 What is a song's "hook?" It's that part that sticks in your mind -- whether you want it to or not.

Cynthia Lennon, John Lennon

October 8, 2010 John Lennon's first wife shares what it was like to experience Beatlemania firsthand in the 1960s.

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The cast of 'Glee'

October 7, 2010 The show's cast now has more hits than the Beatles. This may not be the end of the world.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney

June 2, 2010 Can the Library of Congress' songwriting prize go to just one half of rock music's most famous team?

September 9, 2009 "The Beatles: Rock Band," tells the story of the band's rise to fame and eventual break up in 1970.

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September 8, 2009 Bob Boilen talks with Beatles historian Kevin Howlett about the band's remastered recordings.

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The Beatles

September 8, 2009 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks about the newly remastered mono and stereo Beatles CDs.

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November 12, 2008 A 97-year-old document contains clues about a woman who may have inspired the iconic song.

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October 30, 2008 MTV Networks announces a digital deal to use songs by The Beatles in the "Rock Band" video game.

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June 24, 2008 Two big video game makers are in talks with representatives for the band's music.

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March 29, 2008 Beatles business manager Neil Aspinall died this week.

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November 29, 2005 Rock journalist Bob Spitz's new biography of the Beatles paints a decidedly less glamorous picture.

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December 18, 1999 Former Beatle Paul McCartney revisits the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.

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Reviews

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November 2, 2010 Ed Ward takes a look behind the scenes at Apple Records, and at the albums the label released.

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Apple label on Abbey Road

October 27, 2010 Apple Records released 31 albums and 52 singles by other artists, collected on Come and Get It..

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November 24, 2008 Author Bruce Spizer talks about the groundbreaking 'White Album' and how it came to be.

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October 24, 2005 A new tribute CD features remakes of the 14 original tracks on the Beatles album Rubber Soul.

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November 5, 2004 Ashley Kahn reviews a new collection of John Lennon recordings called Acoustic.

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More Stories

Little Darrin Wolsko spent a chunk of his childhood playing his father's copy of The Beatles self-titled album, best known as The White Album, over and over.

August 16, 2012 An NPR listener spent his childhood playing his father's copy of The Beatles over and over.

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November 16, 2010 The biggest band in history has finally decided to sell its music as online downloads.

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The Beatles at the Washington Coliseum, 1964

February 8, 2014 The Washington Coliseum has has seen a lot in its day — including a historic night in music.

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Ulf Krueger; Astrid Kirchherr

November 19, 2010 Astrid Kirchherr took some of the earliest photos of The Beatles before they were famous.

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Modern Family

November 26, 2013 Which song better describes your family's Thanksgiving: "Highway To Hell" or "All You Need Is Love?"

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Clockwise from top: The Beatles, James Blake, Colin Meloy, Marisa Anderson

November 5, 2013 More unreleased Beatles recordings are on the way. Hear a rare cut and more on this week's mix.

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September 1984, Dubrovnik, Croatia --- Small children cover their ears as they stand next to a sousaphone player during a concert played by the Dubrovnik Saturday Band in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

February 11, 2014 Carrie Brownstein returns to talk about relentless earworms, annoying novelty songs and more.

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Peter Gabriel

October 16, 2012 The singer shares some of his favorite songs by other artists and talks about his classic album So.

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Why are your musical tastes a reflection of you?

August 9, 2012 More than ever, music matters to us — a lot. But why do we like what we like?

John Lennon and Yoko Ono

May 16, 2012 Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton begin their quest to pin down the most universally loved albums.

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Indo-Canadian singer Kiran Ahluwalia (clockwise from left), Swedish duo First Aid Kit, and the Philadelphia-based rock group mewithoutyou.

October 11, 2011 Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton let their iPods pick the music as a final farewell to Steve Jobs.

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The Beatles perform at the BBC in 1966.

July 21, 2010 Celebrate 70 years of Ringo Starr with five Beatles songs, as reworked by jazz musicians.

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February 8, 2006 Hear a mix of listener-selected music for Valentine's Day.

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