Category Archives: Athletes

Bay Area Artists Backstage at the San Jose Ballet

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This week we take a look behind the curtains to learn how a ballet is born.
We'll meet Local Ballerina Karen Gabey, conductor George Daugherty and chat with choreographer Jessica Lang as she rehearses her new ballet,Eightyone.
We'll even learn some fun facts about ballet shoes.

In between we'll meet some visual artists. First, Susana Arias, an international painter and sculptor who shows us how she approaches her really big canvases. Then it's off to the colorful and quirky studio of Beth Grippenstraw, whose art reflects her somewhat skewed view of the world as she battles chronic vertigo.


Cal Coach leads Rugby Team to 22 National Titles

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For the past thirty years Coach Jack Clark has been calling the shots for the University of California Rugby Team. During that time, Clark has led the Golden Bears to a staggering 22 National Championships. Players come and go but Clark remains and he has keeps winning national titles. A former offensive tackle on several outstanding Cal Football teams in the mid 1970’s, Clark fell in love with rugby in college. His passion and zeal for the game has translated into making the Golden Bears the most dominant team in college rugby over the last three decades.


Bear 'n Bull Fights Were Once Common in San Jose

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This week This is Us explores the rich history of San Jose with former president of the California Pioneers of Santa Clara County, Jim Zetterquist.

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.

You'll also meet Terrie Williams, Ph.D an 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.
Watch and discover what makes San Jose one of the most surprising and fascinating cities in California. Ep. 504


This is Us # 410 - Amy Chow & Sylvia Earl

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This week we are on the campus of Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, CA. I sat down in the play area with 60 puppies, Puppy Raising Specialist, Sharon Kret and others to learn how the dogs are trained, how they change lives and how this amazing service organization got started way back in 1942.

We’ll also profile noted oceanographer, explorer & author, Dr. Sylvia Earle, who was named by Time Magazine as the first Hero for the Planet. The former Chief Scientist for NOAA, has spent so much time on the ocean floor, colleagues call Earl, “Her Deepness.”

Later in the show, we'll take a look at amazing career of Olympic hero Amy Chow. A gymnast and a member of the famous Magnificent 7, the first American team to win an Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, Amy is now a practicing pediatrician.

Becca