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May 18th, 2011
01:40 PM ET

A day in the life: 'Dirty Jobs' host Mike Rowe goes to Washington

Since 2005, "Dirty Jobs" host Mike Rowe has shown Discovery Channel viewers some of the worst - albeit essential - jobs needed to keep America running. Three years into the show, however, Rowe realized just getting dirty wasn't enough. So he launched a web site called "MikeRoweWorks" in the hopes that Americans would get over the apparent rift between white collar and blue collar workers.

"We are at war with work," he says on a video that is still visible on the site.

Rowe continues to lobby for skilled labor - including testifying before a Senate committee last week.

CNN's Stephen Samaniego followed Rowe as he prepared to argue before Congress on behalf of skilled laborers across the country. America needs to support skilled labor, Rowe says, first because America's infrastructure needs welders, pavers, electricians and the like. And second, because Rowe believes there are millions of 'shovel ready' jobs that could bolster the American economy.

See the video here.

Filed under: Jobs
May 18th, 2011
12:02 PM ET

Dirty jobs = Good Jobs

Mike Rowe, host of 'Dirty Jobs' tells Christine Romans the dirty jobs he profiles helped build America. More often than not, job stability can be found in these less than neat fields.

Filed under: Jobs
May 18th, 2011
11:58 AM ET

Should high school dropouts lose their license?

Legislators in some states are working to pass bills or update laws that would take away driver's licenses from high school drop outs. Is this the answer to the high drop out rate? CNN speaks with CNN education contributor, Steve Perry on the pros and cons.

Filed under: Education
May 18th, 2011
11:47 AM ET

Inside 'Area 51'

Area 51 has captured the American imagination for decades. In her new book 'Area 51,' author Annie Jacobsen draws on recently declassified documents and interviews with those who lived and served on America's top secret military base to reveal the truth about Area 51. CNN's American Morning speaks with the investigative journalist about new details about Area 51.

Filed under: Controversy
May 18th, 2011
11:25 AM ET

Grand jury to deliver indictment on IMF Chief case on Friday

What happens next in the prosecution of IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the criminal and civil cases? The case goes in front of a grand jury Friday and will determine whether this case goes forward. Strauss-Kahn is currently on suicide watch and his defense may argue this was consensual sex. CNN's American Morning speaks with Paul Callan, Criminal Defense Attorney & former prosecutor about the case.

Filed under: Crime
May 18th, 2011
10:50 AM ET

Illinois governor working to boost jobs and economy

CNN's American Morning speaks with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) about job creation in his state. What is he doing to create more jobs and to foster job growth?

Filed under: Jobs
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