'Blues City: A Walk in Oakland'

Oakland is often viewed as the city that sits in the shadow of San Francisco, but the city has its own very rich cultural heritage. A new book by Ishmael Reed, Blues City: A Walk in Oakland, takes a look at Oakland's history. Reed uncovers the city's connection with the Gold Rush, and he offers a profile of Mayor Jerry Brown and an exploration of a contemporary Japanese jazz club. NPR's Tavis Smiley talks with Reed about the book and the city it profiles.

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