In 2008, Dr. Laura Stachel went to Nigeria to find out why so many women were dying there during childbirth. She was flabbergasted to discover that in many areas, women were giving birth without electricity – sometimes in near total darkness. Doctors and midwives often helped delivered babies with only a cell phone or lantern for light. With her husband, a solar expert, she devised a way to bring light to clinics in Nigeria and other Third World countries. They did this by creating a solar kit that could fit inside a suitcase. It was small enough to sneak past customs and big enough to power 2 bright lights, as well as medical equipment. The solar suitcase has had instant and powerful results in clinics around the world. Stachel’s organization, WE CARE Solar, has distributed solar suitcases to 20 different countries, including Haiti, Afghanistan and Liberia.
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.
The Imperial Japanese Navy struck without warning on December 7, 1941, leaving 3700 casualties in their wake. It was a terrible, devastating day.
This is Us interviewed a dozen Bay Area veterans of the Pearl Harbor attack. They told remarkable stories. The men revealed how they came to be at Pearl Harbor that day, their experience in the battle and how and why they survived. They tell of Japanese aircraft flying so close, they could see the rivets on the plane and the glint of a pilot's teeth, of diving into flaming, oil covered waters, narrow escapes, lucky breaks and last minute changes that removed them from harm's way.