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American Spirits: Mike Rowe Pours a Shot of Alcoholic Economic History

In "How Booze Built America," Mike Rowe of "Dirty Jobs" mixes little-known history with economic analysis, puns and many tasty beverages to explain how the American story is really the tale of one nation's love affair with alcohol. Here are a few of Rowe's favorite high points.

In the New Gold Rush, Equipment Suppliers May Strike It Rich

The uncertain economy, high unemployment, and near record high prices for gold are luring droves of dreamers to the gold fields. But while some prospectors may find their fortunes, the biggest beneficiaries of the new gold rush will probably be the suppliers who support the intrepid ore-hunters.

For Recession Victims, Gold Mining Pans Out

It's not hard to see why Gold Rush: Alaska, the Discovery Channel's new series on present-day gold prospectors has hit pay dirt. More than just a part of American history, panning for gold in the field can be a reasonable option for some unemployed.

The Difficult Job of Dignifying Hard Work

Mike Rowe's role as host of "Dirty Jobs" puts him hip deep into the roughest, toughest and filthiest jobs in America. But for the past two years, he's had a second job -- running MikeRoweWorks, a website and foundation that advocates for good-old, honest blue-collar work.

Discovery Says Sarah Palin's TV Show Is 'Not Political'

Despite the Discovery Communications chief's defense, Palin's weak environmental record fits unnaturally with the company's pro-nature programming. Money seems to be the only thing green about the pairing, and the decision has angered many.