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
Millennials (Episode #411H)
KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 27, 2013 -- 2:30 PM
This edition of This is Us includes profiles of young entrpreneurs Ernestine Fu, Stanford student, author and the youngest venture capitalist, and Brian Wong, a 20-year-old CEO who is the youngest person to receive venture capital. Also profiled is Steve Wozniak, local legend and co-founder of Apple Computer. The show was shot on location at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga. Built on 175 gorgeous acres, the Mediterranean-style villa and stunning gardens were left to the people of California for the encouragement of the arts. We'll tour the villa and learn more about the interesting man who built it.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 30, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
History of Spy Craft (Episode #503H)
KQED Plus: Wed, Apr 17, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
* This week we are at History where you can see San Jose's famous Electric Tower, just one of the many amazing things you'll discover walking around grounds here. This tower is a replica of the original, which was built in 1881 to 'light up' the downtown area. It was hailed as the 'Seventh Wonder of the West'. Legend has it that the designer of the Eiffel Tower visited San Jose's Electric Light Tower when he was looking for ideas.
* Today, we're going on a journey back in time to take a look at early spy gear. We'll see all kinds of technology use by spies throughout history.
* We'll also meet an energetic pair of paddle-pounding Olympians from Milpitas; a NASA scientist who is re-inventing the way we do planetary exploration; and one of the youngest female engineers to fire up a steam engine!
- KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 23, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Thu, Apr 18, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
Innovation: Past & Present (Episode #502H)
KQED Plus: Wed, Apr 10, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
* This week we are in Santa Cruz about to board Iowa Pacific for a ride on the newly re-opened 32-mile Branch Rail Line in Santa Cruz County. This is the most recent train to rumble through the central coast but certainly not the first. Today we're going to learn a bit about local railroad history, from Sandy Lydon.
* We'll also meet a different kind of engineer - one who's battery powered motorcycle has set new world record; a Santa Cruz woman who is the only US designer to be invited to UK Fashion Week; and a local doctor saving lives around the world with a solar power plant that fits into a suitcase.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 16, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 13, 2013 -- 2:30 PM
- KQED Plus: Thu, Apr 11, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
Guide Dogs and Doctors You Should Know (Episode #410H)
KQED Plus: Wed, Apr 3, 2013 -- 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: Tue, Apr 9, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 6, 2013 -- 2:30 PM
- KQED Plus: Thu, Apr 4, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
Remarkable Women (Episode #203)
KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 2, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
* 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.