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Westerhout, Bell, and Blades

Spark follows photographer Katherine Westerhout inside a forgotten West Oakland landmark -- the 16th Street Train Station. Once the terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad, this Beaux Arts gem has been off-limits since 1989, but that might be about to change.

Next, comedian W. Kamau Bell shares his wry observations on race and his personal stories about being black in an Obama-era America.

Then, meet Wil Blades, a virtuoso at playing a soulful instrument from a bygone era, the B3 organ.

[Original air date: Wed, Apr 01, 2009]

Upcoming Broadcasts:

Tue, Sep 23, 2014 -- 7:30pm
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 -- 7:30pm
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 -- 1:30am
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Featured Profiles:

Katherine Westerhout

Follow photographer Katherine Westerhout inside a forgotten West Oakland landmark: the 16th Street Station.

W. Kamau Bell

Take a look at the world through W. Kamau Bell's eyes with skits, conversations about race, and clips from his sold out show.

Wil Blades

Jam with Wil Blades, the hippest organ player in the Bay Area.

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Please note that not all of the Spark video segments are included on this playlist. We are adding more weekly, but many more are available individually on corresponding artist profile pages. To find more videos, search the Artist Profiles directory.

Acknowledgments

Major funding for Spark is provided by by Diane B. Wilsey. Additional funding is provided by the George Frederick Jewett Foundation, Helen Sarah Steyer, and Gretchen Kimball.

Spark is a production of KQED.

Spark airs on KQED 9 on Tuesdays at 7:30pm. Repeat broadcasts can be seen throughout the week on KQED.

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