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, Oct 31, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
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.
KQED Plus: Wed, Oct 24, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
* Jean Harman, WWII WASP - In an era when many women didn't even drive cars there were an adventurous few who were pilots. In 1942 the military asked these women to come to the aid of their country. 1800 answered the call. Menlo Park's Jean Harman was one of those Fly Girls.
* Goldsmith family - Goldsmith Seeds is a Gilroy family business that was started back in 1962 by Glenn Goldsmith. Three of his sons joined him in the business. Now, Goldsmiths seeds are growing in many of the most famous gardens in the world.
* Lisa Fraboni, San Jose Youth Symphony - Lisa Fraboni is a Board Member and one of the driving forces of the San Jose Youth Symphony. Fraboni has two children among the 250 member orchestra that make up the SJYS. The orchestra has been playing classical music for 57 years in San Jose.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Oct 30, 2012 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
Latino Heritage (Episode #208H)
KQED Plus: Wed, Oct 17, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
* Dr. Ruben Mendoza, archaeologist - visit the Mission at San Juan Baustista and take a look behind the scenes of one of California's best kept treasures. Archaeologist Dr. Ruben Mendoza gives us a special tour of the "Mission of Music" that includes the River of Life and just a touch of Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Illumination.
* Luis Valdez, playwright/film director - The famed writer currently lives in San Juan Batista and has been assisting the local high school Theatre Arts programs. Luis Valdez was the founder of El Teatro Campesino in California and is thought to be the father of Mexican American Theater. Valdez was born in San Francisco and attended San Jose State where his play "The Shrunken Head of Pancho Villa" was staged in 1964. In 1978 his play, Zoot Suit, an account of racism in 1940s Los Angeles, was the first Hispanic American play to reach Broadway. He followed the landmark show with the popular 1987 film La Bamba, which launched the screen career of Lou Diamond Phillips.
* Greg Smesstad, 8th generation Californian - Greg Smesstad is a descendent of the Bernal family, one of 30 families who came from Mexico with Spanish Captain Juan Bautista de Anza in 1775. Smesstad has written the book on the de Anza Trail, a National Parks Historic Trail, for the Park Service. In it he documents the history of the first 30 families in California. The Bernal family helped to found San Jose.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Oct 20, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
- KQED Plus: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
Local World War II Veterans (Episode #413H)
KQED Plus: Wed, Oct 10, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
This week we tell some World War II stories. You'll meet Bob Keive, owner of local radio station KLIV and a speech-writer for President Dwight Eisenhower. Then, we share a romantic a love story with you about a WWII pilot who bailed out over enemy territory and was rescued by the French Underground.
- KQED Plus: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
Trail Blazers (Episode #412H)
KQED Plus: Wed, Oct 3, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
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.
- KQED Plus: Sun, Oct 7, 2012 -- 3:30 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Oct 6, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
- KQED Plus: Fri, Oct 5, 2012 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 1:00 AM