National Portrait Gallery To Present Portrait of Aretha Franklin, Acclaimed Singer and Recipient of the 2015 Portrait of a Nation Prize

August 16, 2018 Version en español The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life of acclaimed singer and musician Aretha Franklin. Her portrait will be installed tomorrow morning in the museum’s In Memoriam space on the first floor, and it will remain on display through Aug. 22. Media are invited …

Aretha Franklin: An appreciation by Bill Flanagan

The “Queen of Soul” who sang songs of both faith and passion was a living manifestation of pride, but there was always something unknowable in Aretha Franklin, says VH1’s Bill Flanagan, who reviews the career of the greatest popular singer of the rock era, who died this week at age …

From 2011: How Aretha Franklin earned “Respect”

Singer Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” died August 16, 2018, at age 76. In this profile originally broadcast May 8, 2011, on “Sunday Morning,” Franklin talked with correspondent Anthony Mason about her astonishing career, and a wealth of gospel, R&B, jazz and rock classics.

Old Species Learn New Tricks…Very Slowly

August 16, 2018 A quick look at the fossil record shows that no species lasts forever. On average, most species exist for around a million years, although some species persist for much longer. A new study published in Scientific Reports from paleontologists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama …