This is Us
Northern California is known for stunning redwoods, mountains, and ocean views. It is also home to some of the most fascinating people in the country. This is Us profiles remarkable people who live in Northern California - barrier-breaking individuals who have made our area the special place it is while influencing the world beyond.
Episode #301 Duration: 25:31 STEREO
This is Us begins its third season with a salute to aviation. Host Becca King Reed visits the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos and learns a little about everything with wings from John Montgomery's very first glider, to Glenn Curtis' Pusher; the first plane ever to take off the deck of an aircraft carrier in 1910. Along the way Becca also gets to sit at the controls of a 747.
This Is Us also introduces 3 generations of pilots from the same family. Former WASP pilot Barbara London was recently honored in Washington DC, in recognition of her service during World War II as a member of Women Airforce Service Pilots. We also meet Barbara's daughter, Terry Rinehart, one of the first women hired as a commercial airline pilot who flew with Western and Delta Airlines.
Finally This Is Us introduces you to astronomer Dr. Sandra Faber, the chair of Astronomy and Astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz and a scientist that has played an integral role in the development of the Hubble Telescope.
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Episode #302 Duration: 24:45 STEREO
This Is Up takes a trip to the Vision Quest Ranch in Monterey County, which serves as a retirement home for actors - animal actors. Becca gets to spend some time with big cats, monkeys and Butch, a 10,000 pound male African elephant.
This Is Us also profiles some very remarkable people, including the "King of Whimsy," toothpick artist Scott Weaver, who has spent the last 35 years recreating the city of San Francisco using - you guessed it - toothpicks. Also meet acclaimed landscape painter Richard Mayhew.
In the cover story, This Is Us profiles Salinas' Ray Diaz. The 96-year-old Diaz is a survivor of one of the most infamous and tragic episodes of World War II, the Bataan Death March. A sergeant in the US Army in the Philippines at the outset of the war, Diaz survived more than 3 years under the most brutal conditions imaginable as a POW.
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Episode #303 Duration: 29:29 STEREO
First, a profile of citizen scientist Roger Castillo. A safety-repair mechanic who spends his time working on large fork lifts, Castillo volunteers to monitor fish and the water quality of the Guadalupe River in his spare time. While walking the river bank with his dog in 2005, Castillo made a remarkable discover - the bones of a mammoth that caused a major stir among paleontologists and geologists. Join us to unlock the mystery of "Lupe," the baby mammoth.
Then visit Moffet Field, the NASA Ames Research Center, and Dr. Natalie Batalha. Her job isn't your average 9-to-5 gig: She's the deputy science team director of the Kepler Mission, a search for inhabitable planets in our galaxy. We bet her findings will surprise you.
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Animals on the Job (#506H) Duration: 28:18 STEREO
* This week we are in Albany, California to see the ponies run at Golden Gate Fields. This is the only major racetrack in Northern California and thoroughbreds first started racing here back in 1941. This track has seen some truly great racehorses over the years including Noor, Citation and one of the sport's most popular horses, the legendary John Henry. We are going to take a look behind the scenes and meet some of the people that make horseracing happen at one of the best places to visit in the Bay Area. We aren't going to teach you how to handicap horses or place any 2-dollar bets but we are going to introduce you to a number of winners.
* Along the way we are also going to profile a very unique friendship between a local Marin firefighter and his rescue dog partner that will just about melt your heart.
* Finally tonight we profile a horseracing Hall of Famer and North America's all-time winning jockey, the legendary and amazing Russell Baze.
Swing, Sailors and the Ukulele (#509H) Duration: 24:13 STEREO
* This week internationally known ukulele maker Tony Garziano shows us how to make a ukulele.
* We'll also go sailing with this country's most successful sailor, John Kostecki. John is an Olympic medal winner and 2-time Yachtsman of the Year. Currently he's the tactician sailing aboard TEAM USA's America's Cup defending championship boat.
* Then it's time to dust off your dancing shoes, and take a lesson from the US Champion Swing Dance team of Kurt Senser and Heather Powers.
Trail Blazers (#412H) Duration: 29:59 STEREO
This is Us introduces three amazing trail blazers. Meet 92 year-old Yosh Uchida, head judo coach at San Jose State University for more than 60 years. In 1964 Uchida represented the U.S. as team coach of the first Olympic Judo Tournament. Now a very successful local entrepreneur, Uchida continues to coach the Spartans to the Olympics. Russell Baze - As a professional jockey, Russell Baze holds the record for the most wins in North American horse racing history. Terry Rinehart - One of America's first female commercial airline pilots, Terry Rinehart's perseverance and hard work enabled her to achieve her childhood dream.
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Winchester Mystery House (#310) Duration: 28:04 STEREO
This is Us visits the Winchester Mystery House and profiles Charlie Sammut, a former police officer who is now one of the top animal trainers in show business. Charlie's best four-legged pal Josef was the MGM lion, the Dreyfus lion, and the model for Disney's Lion King. Also profiled are Greg Kihn, the Bay Area's top disc jockey, and artist Scott Weaver who has re-created the city of San Francisco in toothpicks.
History (#209) Duration: 26:02 STEREO
* Eddie Prewitt, former member of the CCC - 96-year-old Ernie Pruitt is a former member of Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps. He and his father helped supervise the building of Pinnacles National Park. Both men were born on the land adjacent to what would become Pinnacles thanks to Pruitt's Grandmother, who homesteaded the property in 1860.
* Anthony Powell, Buffalo Soldier expert - Powell became interested in the Buffalo Soldiers while listening to stories at his grandfather's knee. He tells us their history as he heard it from his grandfather and many other Buffalo Soldiers.
Episode #405H Duration: 29:01 STEREO
This week we are visiting the Emma Prusch Farm Park, not far from downtown San Jose. This was an actual working farm from 1870 until 1969. The Farm is now run by the City of San Jose and the Department of Parks and Recreation. It's a great place to bring kids and learn about life on a farm. We're going play with some animals and we'll learn about some really interesting gardening projects going on here.
We'll also meet playwright and film director Luis Valdez, the man behind the camera for the films Zoot Suit and La Bamba. Valdez spent part of his childhood not far from here as a migrant farm worker. We'll also meet activist and attorney Carol Ruth Silver. During the early days of the Civil Rights Movement she was one of the original Freedom Riders.
Episode #304 Duration: 26:50 STEREO
* What kind of guy says "no thanks" to a $200 million buyout? You'll meet him when we profile the creator and driving force behind, the popular blog platform, WordPress, 26-year-old Matt Mullenweg. They threw "crazy" money at Mullenweg but he took a pass.
* There are many shooting stars in rock and roll but there are even more flame outs. What does it take to survive and prosper once the music dies? Find out when we catch up with Greg Kihn, the Bay Area's #1 disc jockey. Kihn had a #1 hit in the early 1980's with the "Break up Song" and then a #2 smash with "Jeopardy." Kihn would have faded from the scene but his career flourished when he made the switch from writing music to playing it on the radio.
* Are we alone in the universe? For more than 20 years, Astronomer Jill Tarter has been searching the cosmos for an answer to that question. Director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Tarter operates the Allen Telescope Array, a massive listening device that searches distant galaxies for a signal that will confirm extraterrestrial intelligence exists.