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The Beatles Are Here (...or were)!

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It's been almost exactly 50 years since The Beatles first landed in America and changed the world.

There are many commemorations planned, including a book by Penelope Rowlands called The Beatles Are Here!  Rowlands was a Beatlemaniac herself, appearing among a flock of screaming girls in the New York Times at the height of the mania. 

Her story and those of many artists and performers takes us back to a more innocent—and screaming—America.  


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.