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Interviews & Profiles

Will the Queen of Soul point the way to opera's next big talent?

January 3, 2012 The Queen of Soul is looking for a prince or princess of Puccini.

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December 25, 2008 Franklin says she knew it was time to record a Christmas album: "I'm not in the mix."

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Sam Cooke sq

December 16, 2007 A civil rights anthem, "A Change Is Gonna Come" came to be heralded as Sam Cooke's magnum opus.

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August 24, 2007 Aretha Franklin talks with Farai Chideya about her four-decade career of chart-topping music.

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January 10, 2007 Franklin collaborated on "Never Gonna Break My Faith," featured in the film Bobby.

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December 16, 2006 A soul legend reflects on the late co-founder of Atlantic Records, who helped propel many careers.

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August 14, 2006 Dan Penn left his mark on American Soul. Now he's making more music.

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Aretha Franklin, photographed in 1977.

November 26, 2000 Aretha Franklin's anthem, written by Otis Redding, had a powerful effect on audiences everywhere.

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News

Will the Queen of Soul point the way to opera's next big talent?

January 3, 2012 The Queen of Soul is looking for a prince or princess of Puccini.

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June 14, 2007 It has been 40 years since Aretha Franklin's Respect first topped the charts in June 1967.

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Reviews

Aretha Franklin became a star on the Atlantic record label after leaving Columbia.

February 27, 2013 Before Franklin found her voice at Atlantic, she recorded less successfully for another label.

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The new Aretha Franklin compilation Take a Look features the legendary singer's music from her years with Columbia Records.

May 12, 2011 A new box set invites fans to rediscover an oft-dismissed chapter in Franklin's career.

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October 16, 2007 New releases from Aretha Franklin, Beirut and Kenna.

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Author Sandra Cisneros.

January 10, 2013 The celebrated Chicana author swings by to discuss life, literature and the music that moves her.

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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."

June 8, 2009 Celebrate Porter's birthday with covers by Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Nellie McKay and more.

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March 18, 2009 Franklin talks about singing on inauguration day and her now-famous hat.

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Frederic Chopin

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Gillian Welch

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Spoon

Spoon

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

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Bon Iver

Bon Iver

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Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus

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Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

NPR Music explores the life and voice of the passionate Qawwali singer.

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Wye Oak

Wye Oak

Exclusive performances from the pop duo from Baltimore.

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M.I.A.

Music and news from the Sri Lanka-born hip-hop artist and producer.

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Moments from This Theater

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What's Wrong with Right

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Bobby

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So Damn Happy

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Aretha's Best

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This Christmas Aretha

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Stax Profiles

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I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

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  • Artist: Aretha Franklin
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  • Released: 1967
 

Portrait of a Legend: 1951-1964

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Respect & Other Hits

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  • Album: Respect & Other Hits
  • Artist: Aretha Franklin
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  • Released: 1997