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Mike Rowe Discusses How 'Dirty Jobs' Has Evolved in the Recession (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 6th 2011 8:30PM
In an era where America's unemployment rate is stubbornly hovering around 10%, Mike Rowe's Discovery show 'Dirty Jobs' has evolved from gross-out TV into an exploration of the harsh conditions faced by the country's working poor.

As he discussed on 'Rachael Ray' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC), when the show started it was "really dirty and kind of gross," and while it still certainly is still those things, it's grown to mean something more.

"Today, the show is about people, and the conversation that's really grown out of the show isn't about poop-jokes and misadventures in animal husbandry ... it's really more about what is a good job today, and what are we encouraging people to pursue," Rowe said.

'Dirty Jobs With Mike Rowe' premieres Tues., Oct. 19 at 9PM ET on Discovery.

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The best (worst?) show was when he visited the pig farmer that used casino buffet leftovers to feed the pigs. The shot where they "unload" the truck was flippin' over the top. A rotting food tsunami. And let's not forget the show where they replaced the industrial sewage pump in San Fran. Urp!

October 07 2011 at 11:03 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The right wing is happy to let people slaving away in these horrible jobs have their working conditions become even worse. "If they are poor , they must be lazy" and "unions that protect workers are bad" - just crazy.

October 07 2011 at 10:32 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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cazsue, your ignorance knows no bounds. These jobs Mike touts are jobs of everyday necessity of which a snob like you have no clue how the real world even exists. You think your "i" product has all the answers & it can deliver your every need. Your attitude is part of the extreme issue that screams "I'm better than that" while looking down on those who perform these tasks you proliferate politics. The vast majority who perform these tasks are very well paid & it's what they're equipped to do in life. It can be a stepping stone or a gratifying career which you know nothing of. Now go get your nails done please, order it up on your iPhone. Oblivious..

October 07 2011 at 10:55 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Nothing topped the episode where he worked at a charcoal plant. Ultimate Dirtiest Job.

October 07 2011 at 10:03 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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