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  • Mike Rowe’s First Podcast – For Father’s Day No Less! June 19, 2010 Mike reads Father’s Day al Fresco Fiasco from his 2009 Father’s Day blog. Download it here, listen and then let us know what you think – should he do more Podcasts? And look for it on iTunes soon! read more...
  • Mike Replies To A Slightly Offended, Not Very Enthusiastic Scout June 13, 2010 Dear Mike Rowe, Hello, I am a boy scout in Iowa, and I read the letter you sent to a boy who was contemplating whether or not to become an eagle scout. I am sorry to say this, but I am slightly offended by the meaning I interpreted when you brought up taking the path to become an eagle scout, or ... read more...
  • To What Degree Do You Think A College Degree Matters? June 8, 2010 Safety-3rd-pt3-150x150From Mike’s Forum on Discovery: Q: Mike I’m curious how you, who attended 6 years of college, came to appreciate and respect the people who do the less glamorous jobs. Did your parents raise you to appreciate every one’s struggle? Seems like a simple point these days, but it’s shocking how many people still think that schooling has anything to do with wisdom, ... read more...
  • Can We Help But Be Defined And Sometimes Hardened By Our Work? May 26, 2010 Blog-Photo-May-26There comes a time in life when you know deep down, that you have become HARDENED and for me it is a fringe benefit of the working class. I feel it is earned and not just handed out. When I look at my Father and uncles, who are in the same career field as I am you can just tell ... read more...
  • Despite Magnificent Evolution, YOUR Safety Cannot be Your Employer’s Top Priority May 14, 2010 From the MRW Water Cooler: Q: Mike, Years ago this country’s workers were deliberately kept in the dark about the dangers of their work and to stand up against employers or to question the practices would risk them being fired. Personal responsibility is obviously important and when we feel it is the company’s fault we look for justice. We are a country of ... read more...
  • A One Size Safety Approach Doesn’t Fit All or Make You Safer April 27, 2010 Safety-3rd-pt21From the MRW Water Cooler: Q: Mike, I can’t imagine any company saying that safety is not their number one priority and companies offer items to keep the workers safe, so maybe I do not understanding the concept of “Safety Third”. Also, I think many of us feel profits are put before worker safety.  Is it just disregarding employee’s verses the economic ... read more...
  • What’s Riskier – Working Without a Net or Without Personal Responsibility? April 22, 2010 Mackinac-web-150x150Companies spend millions and millions of dollars trying to convince their employees that individual safety is the company’s NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. In my opinion, that is illogical, untrue and counter-intuitive to encouraging optimum vigilance in an employee. Certainly, management based safety programs are critical and greatly reduce on the job injuries; I’ve never said otherwise. But dangerous environments cannot be ... read more...
  • American Profile Magazine Profiles Mike Rowe April 1, 2010 admin-ajax-1.phpIt’s a Dirty Job But TV’s Mike Rowe rolls up his sleeves and gets it done by M.B. Roberts On every episode of the Discovery Channel TV series Dirty Jobs, host Mike Rowe digs in and gets to work at various messy, difficult, strange and sometimes disgusting tasks. Viewers sometimes wince as he crushes up old toilets or gets up close and personal ... read more...
  • Once More Unto the Breach Dear Friends, Once More! March 31, 2010 Ford-supports-mrw-176x300One of the really cruel things about television is the way it bends time, at least for the people who make it. A few weeks ago, for instance, the final episode of DJ aired for the current season. (Rather good, if I don’t say so myself.) In it, I found some part-time work for my erstwhile crew on scenic Mackinac ... read more...
  • Captain Phil February 26, 2010 Mike-Sig-Phil-Producer-croUPDATE: Mike’s Podcast read of his tribute to Phil. HERE If you’d like to donate to the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial in honour of Captain Phil, please visit FISHERMEN’S MEMORIAL A few years ago I was in Seattle, preparing to film the first round of After the Catch. For those of you unfamiliar with the program, After the Catch is a talk show ... read more...
  • While They’re Cleaning Up Over There, Who’s Cleaning Up Over Here? February 23, 2010 Scrap_Book_005Yard work. Never cared for it. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a giant yard in the middle of a forest? Or maybe it’s because the chores never seemed to end? Or maybe it’s because my father embraced a pointless but unwavering commitment to landscaping and curb appeal?  Beats me. I can only tell you that my brothers and I were ... read more...
  • Never Underestimate the Influence of Grandpa January 4, 2010 admin-ajax-2.phpMike remembers the blue-collar influence of his grandpa and tells how he did follow the blueprint of his grandpa’s life when it came to learning a trade – it was just a different kind of trade. ancestrymagazine.com by Janet Bernice Jeys January 4, 2010 It’s a safe bet that Mike Rowe’s résumé is longer than yours. As the host of the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, Mike ... read more...
  • Fast Company’s 30 Second MBA ~ Class is in Session! December 21, 2009 Mike Rowe | Host of Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, Founder of mikeroweWORKS Mike Rowe has had more jobs than you. In fact, Mike has had more jobs than anyone. As the creator and executive producer of Discovery Channel’s Emmy®-nominated series DIRTY JOBS WITH MIKE ROWE, Mike has spent years traveling the country, working as an apprentice on over 200 jobs that ... read more...
  • Safety… do I hear 1? 2? 3? November 24, 2009 11/23/09 Hi All – Tonight’s episode of Dirty Jobs is a repack called Safety Third. In it, I look back at some of the bumps and bruises we’ve accumulated in the process of putting this show together and offer a few observations about the role ofrisk in the workplace. The observations made are mine and no one else’s, except where attributed, and reflect nothing ... read more...
  • Mike Rowe: The Dirtiest, Busiest Guy In Television October 6, 2009 Comcast ~ Fancast Blog by Daniel Frankel Whether you’re a regular Discovery Channel watcher or not, you know the voice: Mike Rowe’s baritone has been heard on ads pitching everything from Tylenol to, more recently, Ford cars and trucks. And, of course, if you do watch Discovery, you recognize the 47-year-old San Francisco resident immediately as the voice of ‘Deadliest Catch,’ as well ... read more...