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
Emma Prush Farm Park/Luis Valdez (Episode #405H)
KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
This week we are visiting the Emma Prusch Farm Park, not far from downtown San Jose. This was an actual working farm from 1870 until 1969. The Farm is now run by the City of San Jose and the Department of Parks and Recreation. It's a great place to bring kids and learn about life on a farm. We're going play with some animals and we'll learn about some really interesting gardening projects going on here.
We'll also meet playwright and film director Luis Valdez, the man behind the camera for the films Zoot Suit and La Bamba. Valdez spent part of his childhood not far from here as a migrant farm worker. We'll also meet activist and attorney Carol Ruth Silver. During the early days of the Civil Rights Movement she was one of the original Freedom Riders.
- KQED Plus: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
This week we are at Happy Hollow, the first Amusement Park & Zoo in the country to be certified LEED gold by the US Green Building Council. We'll take a look behind the scenes, see some beautiful animals and meet 3 interesting people - Sal Kahn, who's transforming education with YouTube videos; Sylvia Mc laughlin who was at the forefront of Saving The SF Bay from landfill; and Nell Newman, who's Newman's Own Organics company has given more than $20 million to charities.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Thu, Jan 24, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
The Rescuers (Episode #403H)
KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 16, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
This is Us follows three rescuers: Tom Humann, a Cal Fire helicopter pilot on an elite team of airborne firefighters who, in his previous job, piloted Marine One for George W. Bush. Then meet Fire Captain Jim Boggeri and his search and rescue dogs Recon & Nino who volunteered for Katrina and other rescue missions. Finally, we get to know Captain "Sully" Sullenberger who saved 155 lives when his plane crashed into the Hudson River.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 22, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 -- 2:30 PM
- KQED Plus: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
Northern California Artists (Episode #402H)
KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 9, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
This is Us visits the studios of three Northern California artists. Beth Gripenstraw is self-taught, and best-known for her original ceramic jewelry and large ceramic murals. However, it is her paintings reflecting her life with vertigo that are drawing attention these days. Hans Skalagard is a world-renowned nautical artist who managed to escape three separate sinking ships during World War II. Finally, we meet Richard Mayhew, one of the finest living landscape artists in the nation.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 15, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
Pearl Harbor Survivors (Episode #401H)
KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
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: Tue, Jan 8, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Jan 5, 2013 -- 2:30 PM
- KQED Plus: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
The Genius Behind Apple (Episode #309)
KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
This is Us profiles Steve Wozniak, the computer engineer who co-founded Apple with his high school pal Steve Jobs. "Woz" developed the innovations that led to the personal computer revolution of the '70s. The episode also features Silicon Valley venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki who, in 1984, was in the vanguard of Apple employees tasked with marketing the Macintosh. Kawasaki also authored the ground-breaking business book "The Art of the Start."