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“It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it.” Next time you utter this phrase to describe your own work, spare a thought for the garbage collectors, the sewer inspectors and the road kill collectors – people with unsavory but necessary occupations. TV host Mike Rowe gives these individuals a voice. His rich perspective is captivating. Yet be warned: Rowe relays his encounter with sheep castration in graphic detail. Nonetheless, getAbstract recommends this lecture to anyone who enjoys a vivid story or wants a fresh perspective on the nature of work.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How America waged war on work,
  • What common beliefs about work are wrong, and
  • Why society needs to view work differently.

About the Speaker

Mike Rowe hosts the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs. He has become an unofficial spokesperson for workers.



The premise of the Discovery Channel show Dirty Jobs is that the host, Mike Rowe, becomes an apprentice to laborers whose livelihoods involve unpleasant tasks. Rowe learns the tricks of their unusual trades. When Rowe heard that one undertaking would entail

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