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
Female Astronomers (Episode #308)
KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 30, 2013 -- 2:30 PM
This episode profiles three astronomers:
* Sandra Faber, who played a key role in the success of the Hubbell Space Telescope;
* Jill Tarter, Director of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute's Center for SETI Research;
* Natalie Batalha of the Chabot Center in Oakland, a key scientist in the search for inhabitable planets.
Performing Arts (Episode #204)
KQED Plus: Tue, Mar 26, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
* Irene Dalis, NY Met diva and founder, Opera San Jose - Before her retirement from the stage in 1977, the San Jose native was a principal artist at New York's Metropolitan Opera for 20 consecutive seasons. Dalis founded Opera San Jose and is currently its General Director.
* Karen Gabey, principal dancer, San Jose Ballet - after 28 years as a leading ballerina in San Jose, the 47 year old dancer is turning her attention to choreography.
* PJ and Roy Hirabayashi, founders, San Jose Taiko - The couple met in a computer punch card class and went on to lead San Jose Taiko. They have been keeping the beat in the Valley for 35 years.
Remarkable Women (Episode #203)
KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 23, 2013 -- 2:30 PM
* Annie Morhauser, only living artist to have her work in the Smithsonian - An artist and the founder of Annieglass, Morhauser's handcrafted glass pieces are on display in the Smithsonian and the White House. Annieglass pieces are also in many private collections including those of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Madeline Albright, Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, Jennifer Aniston, Dustin Hoffman, Caroline Kennedy, and Barbra Streisand.
* Alacia Welch, biologist rehabilitating condors - Biologist Alacia Welch dangles on ropes, hundreds of feet above the earth, to peek into the nests of condors and falcons in Pinnacles National Monument.
* Masako Miura - Dr. Masako Miura gives a first person account of life in Manzanar, the Japanese interment camp which is now a National Historic site. She was one of only two women in her class at USC Medical School. Shortly after graduation, she joined her family at Manzanar where she and 4 other doctors provided medical care to 10,000 people. Now more than 90 years old, she is sharing her compelling story.
California History (Episode #202)
KQED Plus: Tue, Mar 19, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
* 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.
* Anthony Powell, Buffalo Soldier expert - Powell became interested in the Buffalo Soldiers while listening to stories at his grandfather's knee. He tells us their history as he heard it from his grandfather and many other Buffalo Soldiers.
* Jean Harmon, WWII WASP - 84-year-old Jean Harman first took to the skies as a 7-year-old child. Inspired by Amelia Earhart, she went on to get her pilot's license at 18 and then later served as a WASP during World War II, ferrying North American AT-6's.
Santa Cruz History (Episode #201)
KQED Plus: Tue, Mar 12, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
* Jack O'Neill, inventor of the wetsuit and philanthropist - In the 1950s, Jack O'Neill opened his first surf shop in a garage across the Great Highway in San Francisco, a sand dune away from his favorite bodysurfing break. Jack created the modern-day surf shop. There he sold his first wetsuits, a few vests he made from gluing together pieces of closed cell foam.
* Susana Arias, internationally known painter/sculptor - If you happen to be holding on to a copy of Fodor's Travel Guide to Panama, you'll see two artists listed as the nation's most important. One of those is Susana Arias.
* Santa Cruz High School Class of 1954 - Classmates still get together for lunch 50 years after graduation.
* Richard Donnelly, one of the world's best chocolatiers.
Locals In Space (Episode #409H)
KQED Plus: Tue, Mar 5, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
Gregory Chamitoff was raised in San Jose. As an astronaut, Chamitoff was assigned to Expedition 17 and flew to the international space station where he spent 198 days with two Russian astronauts. In 2011, Chamitoff returned to the space station as a member of the Endeavor crew. Also profiled on this episode are astronomers Natalie Batalha of NASA's Kepler mission and Sandra Faber, Bower award winner.