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.

Westerhout, Bell, and Blades 1 April,2009Spark

In this Episode


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.



Wil Blades

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


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