Aretha Franklin became a star on the Atlantic record label after leaving Columbia. Express Newspapers/Getty Images hide caption

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Cooking Tamales For The Beatles: Guest DJ Sandra Cisneros

The celebrated Chicana author swings by to discuss life, literature and the music that moves her.

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The new Aretha Franklin compilation Take a Look features the legendary singer's music from her years with Columbia Records. Frank Driggs Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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Cole Porter contributed many songs to the Great American Songbook, including "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "I Get a Kick Out of You." Sasha/Hulton Archive hide caption

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