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Remembering Aretha Franklin

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WDET and NPR have been remembering the Queen of Soul’s life. Here are some of those stories.

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Over the past few days, WDET and NPR have been remembering the life of Aretha Franklin.

Here are some of those stories.  

WDET’s Coverage 

View: The Official Program for Aretha Franklin’s Funeral Service 
Franklin’s funeral includes performances by Faith Hill, Ariana Grande, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, and more. Speakers include former President Bill Clinton, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and others. 

Aretha Franklin: The ‘Fresh Air’ Interview
In 1999, Franklin spoke with Fresh Air host Terry Gross from the studios of WDET in Detroit. 

Long Live the Queen: Five Days to Honor Aretha Franklin
WDET’s associate producer Alex McLenon shares a comprehensive guide to Detroit’s week-long festivities honoring Franklin’s life. 

The Queen of Soul Stays Here”—How New Bethel Baptist Church Raised Aretha Franklin
WDET reporter Eli Newman visits Franklin’s childhood church and remembers the impact of her father, the Reverend C.L. Franklin. 

Stephen Henderson: Aretha Franklin ‘Was The Power Behind Our Voices’
Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson remembers Franklin and speaks with WDET music host Ann Delisi about Franklin’s legacy. 

Unraveling the Legend of Aretha Franklin
WDET music host Rob Reinhart shares some of the most interesting information he learned about Franklin while doing research for his show.  

Don Was and Wayne Kramer Remember Aretha
Detroit musicians Don Was and Wayne Kramer speak with WDET music host Ann Delisi about how they met and what they remember about the Queen of Soul. 

A Musician and Friend Remembers the Queen of Soul 
CultureShift’s Amanda LeClaire speaks with legendary soul artist L.J. Reynolds about his friend, Aretha Franklin.  

Aretha Frankin, the ‘Queen of Soul,’ Has Died
Quinn Klinefelter looks back at the life of Aretha Franklin for WDET

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Eli Newman / WDET

NPR’s Coverage 

Detroit Says Goodbye To Aretha Franklin 
Debbie Elliot reports from Detroit on the day of Franklin’s funeral for Morning Edition

Remembering The Queen Of Soul In Detroit 
Debbie Elliot describes the scene in Detroit to Morning Edition’s Steve Inskeep on the morning of Franklin’s funeral.

Aretha Franklin And Detroit: Remembering The ‘Queen Of Soul’ With Her City 
From WBUR in Boston, On Point looks back at the Aretha Franklin’s relationship with the city of Detroit. Guests include WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter.  

Aretha Fans Flock To Her Hometown Church For A Glimpse Of The Queen 
Cheryl Corley speaks with people at Franklin’s visitations throughout Detroit.  

Dressing For A Queen: Aretha Franklin Fans Pay Tribute To The Late Singer
On All Things ConsideredDebbie Elliot talks to fans paying tribute to Franklin with their own interpretation of her iconic style. 

Vendors Make The Most Of Aretha Franklin’s Public Viewing
For Morning EditionWDET reporter Quinn Klinefelter describes the scene throughout the week of Franklin’s visitations in Detroit.  

Pink Cadillacs Line Up For Aretha Franklin’s Funeral
For Morning EditionCheryl Corley explains why hundreds of pink Cadillac cars are being used to honor the late Queen of Soul.  

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