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.
Santa Cruz Marine Lab/Nasa Scientist (#303) Duration: 29:29 STEREO
First, a profile of citizen scientist Roger Castillo. A safety-repair mechanic who spends his time working on large fork lifts, Castillo volunteers to monitor fish and the water quality of the Guadalupe River in his spare time. While walking the river bank with his dog in 2005, Castillo made a remarkable discover - the bones of a mammoth that caused a major stir among paleontologists and geologists. Join us to unlock the mystery of "Lupe," the baby mammoth.
Then visit Moffet Field, the NASA Ames Research Center, and Dr. Natalie Batalha. Her job isn't your average 9-to-5 gig: She's the deputy science team director of the Kepler Mission, a search for inhabitable planets in our galaxy. We bet her findings will surprise you.
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Lick Observatory/Greg Kihn (#304) Duration: 26:50 STEREO
* What kind of guy says "no thanks" to a $200 million buyout? You'll meet him when we profile the creator and driving force behind, the popular blog platform, WordPress, 26-year-old Matt Mullenweg. They threw "crazy" money at Mullenweg but he took a pass.
* There are many shooting stars in rock and roll but there are even more flame outs. What does it take to survive and prosper once the music dies? Find out when we catch up with Greg Kihn, the Bay Area's #1 disc jockey. Kihn had a #1 hit in the early 1980's with the "Break up Song" and then a #2 smash with "Jeopardy." Kihn would have faded from the scene but his career flourished when he made the switch from writing music to playing it on the radio.
* Are we alone in the universe? For more than 20 years, Astronomer Jill Tarter has been searching the cosmos for an answer to that question. Director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Tarter operates the Allen Telescope Array, a massive listening device that searches distant galaxies for a signal that will confirm extraterrestrial intelligence exists.
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