Aretha Franklin performs at the national Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Washington, D.C., in 2013. Franklin died on Thursday in Detroit.

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August 16, 2018

Aretha Franklin Was America’s Truest Voice

Aretha Franklin's voice is the voice of America. No other contemporary artist embodied the nation's brash optimism with as much flair, nor exemplified its sorrow-forged resilience as convincingly. No one better expressed American joy. Her murmurs gave shape to a sensuality that defeated repressive moral codes and replaced them with the commandments of tenderness, of sweet bitter love. Her high notes made hope happen. When she sang, we remembered that we could walk on the moon.

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August 15, 2018

New Gifted Student Law; IL Teacher Panel; FIRST LEGO League; Press Freedom Op-Eds

On The 21st: We speak with teachers from around the state about what they want parents to know. Plus, more than 100 publications around the country are coordinating editorials that defend the right of a free press. And, we talk to members of a central Illinois team in the FIRST LEGO League. But first, a new law in Illinois requires all schools to have systems in place to identify and advance or accommodate academically gifted children of all ages. 

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