WATCH: Mike Rowe reveals his secret origin, sings opera in interview with Glenn

Mike Rowe is one of Glenn’s favorite guests to have on radio, for a variety of reasons. First, Mike is one of the seemingly few leaders left on the planet who values hard work. He also isn’t afraid to speak his mind and doesn’t fold like a cheap tent when he gets some public pushback over a particular opinion. Special bonus: Mike sings some decent opera. On radio this morning, Mike opened up about how he got started on TV and the origins of his new show Somebody's Gotta Do It.

Why did Mike Rowe pick up opera?

"Well, I was living in Baltimore, which is a weird town vis-à-vis the unions. Right? So SAG and AFTRA,"

"Maryland, not so much. I needed both of those cards to work in my chosen field. And I couldn't get those cards unless I did union work. But I couldn't do union work without those cards. Classic catch-22. There's also a loophole. There was another guild called AGMA, which is the American Guild of Musical Artists. If you can get yourself into any of the aforementioned acronyms, you can buy your membership into any of the sister unions."

"For me, it became simpler to learn an aria and try to smoothy-boot my way into the opera union than it was to check the want ads for, you know, openings in TV. So that's what I did. I learned the shortest aria I could find. Puccini. La bohème. The Coat Aria. I walked around for a month with my Walkman on, singing it, which I looked like an insane person walking the streets of Baltimore."

"But it's one of the shortest ones I could find. And I auditioned. And the guy said you have no idea what you're doing, do you? And I said, no, none. And he said you have a rich, well-modulated baritone. We'll dress you up as a pirate. I got in the opera. I got my card. I figured I'd buy my other cards. But the truth is, the music was a lot better than I thought it would be. And the rep company was a fascinating little microcosm of men and women, 45 women, 35 men. Thirty of the men had zero interest in 100 percent of the women. The remaining five men -- of the remaining five, three were married, and the other one was my buddy Rick, and he had a mole on his eyelid the size of your thumb with thick black hair growing out of it."

"So basically I'm 22. I'm single. I'm dressed like a pirate, and I'm singing Vivaldi. It is 1984. I stayed seven years in the opera."

How did Mike Rowe get started with Dirty Jobs?

"Dirty Jobs happened because I'm in this freelance mentality. It's after the opera. It's after Home Shopping. It's after ten years doing a thousand jobs. Six months on, six months off a year. I've got it all figured it out. I'm Travis McGee from John D. MacDonald's. Great series. I'm taking my retirement in advance. I don't care about the job. I care about the amount of free time I have."

"Dirty Jobs happens because my granddad gets sick, and he's a guy who built my house without a blueprint. The one I was born in. He never seen anything on TV that looked like work."

"So I said, before you die, it would be great if I did something that you would at least recognize as vocational. That's what started Dirty Jobs. It was supposed to be three one-hour specials. 10,000 letters later, after the first airing, I realized everybody had a story about work. The network realized it too."

"A new show was born. A new franchise was launched, and a new genre eventually evolved in cable TV about people who work. I don't want the blame or the credit for any of that, but I was proud of my show. And we did it like a good scout for nine years. We did 300. We shot in every state."

How did his new show Somebody's Gotta Do It evolve?

"When we were done [with Dirty Jobs], my partner, Mary and I said, now what? Look, we ran out of dirt and we ran out of jobs, but we didn't run out of people. And we met a lot of people we met during Dirty Jobs that I would have loved to put on TV. But they weren't disgusting enough. So we kind of circled back and said, what about the inventors, what about the entrepreneurs, what about the bloody do-gooders, what about these people who wake up every morning, not unlike some of the people sitting at this table right now, who are a little agitated that the world is not quite right the way they want it. What about these people? The guy who builds Stonehenge in his backyard because he wants to prove aliens didn't do it. The woman who has the only hair museum in a strip mall because she wants to keep an ancient form of jewelry and genealogy alive. What about them?"

Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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