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
San Jose History Tour (Episode #504H)
KQED Plus: Wed, Oct 30, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
* This week we explore the rich history of San Jose, starting at Fairmount Plaza in the heart of the city. San Jose was founded in 1777 and was once the state capitol. This city is the oldest civil settlement in the Golden State and it's chock-full of surprising stories. It's hard to imagine bear & bull fights playing our on the site of the Sainte Claire Hotel but they were a popular Sunday entertainment. Watch and discover what makes San Jose one of the most surprising and fascinating cities in California.
* You'll also meet Terrie Williams, Ph.D and evolutionary biologist who is one with the dolphins; astronaut, Karol "Bo" Bobko who took flight aboard three different space shuttles; and one of California's most famous Rugby coaches, Jack Clark.
- KQED Plus: Thu, Oct 31, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
History of Spy Craft (Episode #503H)
KQED Plus: Wed, Oct 23, 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, Oct 29, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Thu, Oct 24, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
Innovation: Past & Present (Episode #502H)
KQED Plus: Wed, Oct 16, 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, Oct 22, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Oct 19, 2013 -- 2:30 PM
- KQED Plus: Thu, Oct 17, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
KQED Plus: Wed, Oct 9, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
* This week we are at Pacific Hotel in History Park San Jose. We're going to take a look back in time through a photography exhibit called, "Through My Father's Eyes." Ricardo Alvarado was a very talented amateur photographer who took thousands of photographs of life in the Filipino American community in the 1940's and 1950's. His daughter Janet found those photographs after her father passed away and we are going to share some of photos and memories with you.
* We'll also meet an extraordinary woman that was at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement and hear her story as one the original Freedom Riders.
* And we will profile a Salinas farmer who was overtaken by history and somehow with grit, luck and courage survived the Bataan Death March and years as a prisoner of war.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Oct 15, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Thu, Oct 10, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
Emma Prush Farm Park/Luis Valdez (Episode #405H)
KQED Plus: Wed, Oct 2, 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: Tue, Oct 8, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Oct 5, 2013 -- 2:30 PM
- KQED Plus: Thu, Oct 3, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
Swing, Sailors and the Ukulele (Episode #509H)
KQED Plus: Tue, Oct 1, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
* This week internationally known ukulele maker Tony Garziano shows us how to make a ukulele.
* We'll also go sailing with this country's most successful sailor, John Kostecki. John is an Olympic medal winner and 2-time Yachtsman of the Year. Currently he's the tactician sailing aboard TEAM USA's America's Cup defending championship boat.
* Then it's time to dust off your dancing shoes, and take a lesson from the US Champion Swing Dance team of Kurt Senser and Heather Powers.