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.
Female Astronomers (#308) Duration: 27:17 STEREO
This episode profiles three astronomers:
* Sandra Faber, who played a key role in the success of the Hubbell Space Telescope;
* Jill Tarter, Director of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute's Center for SETI Research;
* Natalie Batalha of the Chabot Center in Oakland, a key scientist in the search for inhabitable planets.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Mar 11, 2014 -- 12:30am
Icons of the Sixties (#312) Duration: 26:44 STEREO
Back in the early '60s certain business concerns wanted to turn much of the San Francisco Bay into landfill. This is Us introduces Sylvia Mc Laughlin, one of the founders of Save the Bay, and the driving force behind saving and retaining one of the world's great estuaries. Then meet Doug Haut, one of surfing's great board shapers. For fifty years, Haut has been designing surfboards that help define the artistry of surfing.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Mar 18, 2014 -- 12:30am email reminder
Foodies' Delight (#407H) Duration: 28:20 STEREO
This episode profiles local chef Reilly Meehan of Santa Cruz, the first American and the youngest chef ever to win "International Best Young Chef." Also featured is Charles Phan, winner of the coveted James Beard award for Best Chef: California, and owner of one of the top Vietnamese restaurants in the country, The Slanted Door in San Francisco.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Mar 25, 2014 -- 12:30am email reminder
Belva Davis (#601H) Duration: 26:21 STEREO
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Surfin' Safari (#408H) Duration: 26:50 STEREO
This episode profiles several of our area's most accomplished surfers, such as Jack O'Neill, a wetsuit pioneer, entrepreneur and philanthropist; Doug Hout, a surf board-shaping icon; and Jeff Clark, the renowned big wave surfer who's famous for riding the 20 to 80 foot waves at Maverick's years before anyone else dared.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 1, 2014 -- 12:30am email reminder
Sports (#207) Duration: 27:56 STEREO
Local athletes shine this time around.
* Cross swords with some of the best fencers in the nation and take a look behind the scenes at one of the Olympics most elegant and difficult sports. Be on guard as local fencers Mark Wheeler and Mark Hannah share insights about the finer points of fencing.
* We profile San Jose Sharks star center and current Canadian Olympic hockey player Joe Thornton.
* Meet Gilroy's Robert "Ghost" Guerrero, the professional boxer and former two-time IBF featherweight champion of the world is active with the school children of Gilroy and encourages them to stay in school. The 25-year-old is the town's most famous resident and if you are wondering where the nickname "The Ghost" came from, well, he is just flat out tough to hit.
* Meet thoroughbred horse racing all-time winning jockey Russell Baze. The Golden Gate Fields star rider has a shot for the first Saturday in May and the Kentucky Derby aboard the recent El Camino Real Derby winner Connemara.
Heroic Aviators (#311) Duration: 27:34 STEREO
* Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger recounts the day when, just six minutes after takeoff, he was forced to make a decision to ditch his aircraft into the Hudson River; and how those events forever changed his life, those of the crew, and the 155 passengers aboard Flight 1549.
* Barbara London is an heroic pilot from Los Gatos, a Congressional Gold Medal recipient, a member of the WASPs, and the only woman to be awarded the Air Medal during World War II.
* Les Williams, a Tuskegee Airman, was one of the very first black Americans to become a bomber pilot.
Guide Dogs and Doctors You Should Know (#410H) Duration: 27:39 STEREO
This week we are on the campus of Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, CA. We're in the play area among 60 puppies to learn how the dogs are trained, how they change lives and how this amazing service organization got started in 1942. We also profile noted oceanographer, explorer and author Dr. Sylvia Earle who was named by Time magazine as the first Hero for the Planet. She has spent so much time on the ocean floor that colleagues call Dr. Earle "Her Deepness." Next, we take a look at Olympic hero Amy Chow's amazing career. A gymnast and a member of the famous Magnificent Seven, the first American team to win an Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, Amy is now a practicing pediatrician.
Millennials (#411H) Duration: 29:23 STEREO
This edition of This is Us includes profiles of young entrpreneurs Ernestine Fu, Stanford student, author and the youngest venture capitalist, and Brian Wong, a 20-year-old CEO who is the youngest person to receive venture capital. Also profiled is Steve Wozniak, local legend and co-founder of Apple Computer. The show was shot on location at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga. Built on 175 gorgeous acres, the Mediterranean-style villa and stunning gardens were left to the people of California for the encouragement of the arts. We'll tour the villa and learn more about the interesting man who built it.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 29, 2014 -- 12:30am email reminder
Pearl Harbor Survivors (#401H) Duration: 26:18 STEREO
Survivors of Pearl Harbor recount how their lives were forever changed on the morning of December 7, 1941. Mickey Gintich was serving aboard the battleship Pennsylvania, while Warren Upton was on the Utah, and Ben Frana was standing watch on the Tennessee. Suddenly the sky was filled with horror and the sea turned to flame. Ships were sunk; friends were lost; and the country was catapulted into World War II. Old men who were once young warriors recall " ... a date that will live in infamy."
- KQED Plus: Wed, Apr 30, 2014 -- 7:00pm email reminder