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?"

Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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