My Bal­ti­more

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Mike Rowe The host of CNN’s “Some­body’s Gotta Do It” weighs in on how to ex­pe­ri­ence his home­town like a lo­cal.

This home­town boy got down with un­sung la­bor­ers in his first show, Dis­cov­ery’s “Dirty Jobs.” Now, Rowe fea­tures peo­ple with a pas­sion for unique call­ings—among them, those pro­mot­ing the Bal­ti­more he knows and loves (check lo­cal list­ings). Here, Rowe talks Charm City and his own “dirty” job.— AKD Why pro­duce a show like this? Part cu­rios­ity, part fond­ness for my fel­low man, part contempt for the state of non­fic­tion tele­vi­sion. This is a sim­ple show about real peo­ple do­ing stuff they love. I think it’s im­por­tant to have a few shows like this on the air some­where. Why do you have to do it? I wanted to do an­other show where I could still be the per­son I am in real life. This is the only for­mat that al­lows me to do that. I also wanted to shine a light on peo­ple I think the coun­try ought to meet. What’s the big­gest chal­lenge to pro­mot­ing Bal­ti­more? Telling the truth. Many peo­ple as­sume the whole town is like “The Wire” or “Homi­cide.” Of course, that’s not the case, but nei­ther is it all sun­shine and rain­bows. Too of­ten, tourism bu­reaus will over­com­pen­sate and present a view that’s no less lop­sided than the im­age they’re at­tempt­ing to cor­rect. Most peo­ple can see through that sort of pro­pa­ganda. The best way to get to know Bal­ti­more bet­ter? I took a wa­ter taxi all over the har­bor and saw some sights from a per­spec­tive I’d not seen be­fore. Do that. Aside from that, do the ob­vi­ous. Drive around. Get lost. Get found again. Where are you go­ing next? Ore­gon. Some­thing about mov­ing a herd of elk with he­li­copters, an ele­phant gun and large nets.

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