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.
This is Us Previous Broadcasts
Guide Dogs and Doctors You Should Know (Episode #410H)
KQED Plus: Wed, Apr 16, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
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.
- KQED Plus: Thu, Apr 17, 2014 -- 1:00 AM
Heroic Aviators (Episode #311)
KQED Plus: Wed, Apr 9, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
* 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.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 15, 2014 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Thu, Apr 10, 2014 -- 1:00 AM
Sports (Episode #207)
KQED Plus: Wed, Apr 2, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
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.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 8, 2014 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 5, 2014 -- 2:30 PM
- KQED Plus: Thu, Apr 3, 2014 -- 1:00 AM
Surfin' Safari (Episode #408H)
KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 1, 2014 -- 12:30 AM
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.