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
KQED Plus: Wed, Aug 29, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
A special presentation featuring 3 profiles of World War II vets.
Leading the way is former US Army Force Captain Les Williams. At the height of WWII, a group of highly motivated African American pilots from the original 99th Fighter group flew some of the most challenging and daunting missions of the European Theater. They were known as the Tuskegee Airmen, and their story is more than just about individual heroism but rather about men, who were able to prevail over discrimination and American prejudice and the Nazi war machine. Les Williams was one of those young pilots that went through the training in Tuskegee, Alabama.
Pilot Barbara London served on the home front as one of the original WASPs. Among the very first group of women to fly military aircraft, London ferried everything from fighters to bombers coast to coast as the allies mounted their supreme effort to win the war.
Finally, we profile Sgt. Roy Diaz a survivor of the infamous Bataan Death March and a local Salinas farmer that somehow endured more than 3 years as a POW in the most brutal conditions imaginable. If you would like to meet some real heroes, be sure to watch this episode.
- KQED Plus: Thu, Aug 30, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
Heroic Aviators (Episode #311)
KQED Plus: Wed, Aug 8, 2012 -- 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: Thu, Aug 9, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
Winchester Mystery House (Episode #310)
KQED Plus: Wed, Aug 1, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
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.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 4, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
- KQED Plus: Thu, Aug 2, 2012 -- 1:00 AM