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Remembering Aretha Franklin

The Queen of Soul died today at the age of 76, and we've invited some special guests to reflect on her remarkable legacy. Gospel music Professor Dr. Deborah Pollard shares how the city of Detroit felt hearing Aretha sing at President Obama's inauguration. Music writer Ann Powers, and radio host Gwen Thompkins reflect on what Aretha's songs meant for women and civil rights. NPR Music's Senior Director Lauren Onkey shares a firsthand account of what it was like to tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Aretha and her grandkids. And we listen to some of the best music there is.

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