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 #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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Black History (#205) Duration: 29:58 STEREO
* Les Williams - Les Williams was one of the very first Black Americans to become a bomber pilot. During World War II, when the military was segregated, a small group of African American men were trained to be combat pilots at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Tuskegee, Alabama. The Army Air Corp called this effort The Tuskegee Experiment. Those soldiers will forever be known as the Tuskegee Airmen of the 332nd Fighter Group. These men battled the Axis Powers abroad and racism everywhere. Les Williams is one of the few surviving Tuskegee Airmen.
* Betty Soskin - The oldest ranger in the National Park Service, 87 year-old Betty Soskin is stationed at Home Front National Park. Betty gives tours of the shipyards where the "victory ships" were built during WWII and speaks about the experiences of Black women during that era.
* Lost Boys, refugees from Sudan - When Simon Deng and Peter Nyok were children, they walked hundreds of miles across Sudan, fleeing killers who intended to wipe out their generation. They dodged lions, alligators and bullets on their journey to the US. Today both young men attend college in Silicon Valley. Simon is studying to be a nurse. He also speaks to school age children about water conservation for the Santa Clara Water District. Peter raises funds and facilitates the relocation of groups of Sudanese orphans so they can attend school in Kenya.
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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.
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.
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.
Soldier's Stories (#313) Duration: 24:38 STEREO
This is Us introduces Jeb Ridgeway, a soldier turned photgrapher who documented his harrowing journey through Afghanistan. We also meet Anthony Powell who shares the history of the Buffalo Soldiers that he learned at his grandfather's knee.
Local Artists (#314) Duration: 28:34 STEREO
This is Us profiles noted nautical artist Hans Skalagard who, as a Merchant Marine, managed to escape three sinking ships during World War II. Then meet Santa Cruz sculptor Susana Arias whose works of art dot the local landscape. Finally, we get to know Annie Morhauser whose handcrafted Annieglass pieces are displayed in the White House and the Smithsonian.
Tech Innovators (#315) Duration: 27:42 STEREO
Profiles of technology innovators Matt Mullenwag, entrepreneur and founder of the Wordpress blogging platform, and Al Alcorn, designer of the arcade game Pong & Apple Fellow who contributed to the design of the first working car navigation system, satellite TV, and magnetic stripe cards.
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