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would-about terrorists. we'll continue to stay on that. that does it for us tonight. thank you for watching. coming up right now, mike rowe's "somebody's gotta do it." we'll be back at 11:00 with another edition of ac 360. i hope you join us for that. >> i'm mike rowe. and i'm on a mission to find people on a mission. boom, on a scale of 1-10, how much do you like what you do? >> 25. >> what are they doing? >> freaking me out. >> how are they doing it? and why. >> i love to make things that make people smile. >> it is very freaking exciting. >> i dare you to turn the
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channel. >> on this episode. tune in tonight for dusty jobs. i've been on a lot of rocky roads. >> man, there is so much stuff here. >> but i've never tried to make the roads less rocky. >> when this comes together, it is like wyllie coyote. >> francis scott key. >> the war of 1812 was tough, going to the moon is tough. everything is tough. >> places, everybody. >> i'm immersed in history and awash in second thoughts as i agreed to participate in one of baltimore's greatest stories ever told in water ballet. a couple of years ago i was driving along a mountain road
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minding my own business admiring the view and marveling at the beauty when suddenly with no warning at all a small boulder failing to tumble off the road and knock my road off the road into oblivion. why? because of these guys that keep us safe from falling rocks. i know why they do it, but i'm not sure why. and so i'm spending my day with tom whitman to spend a day throwing rocks down a hill. >> we're learning all we need to know about scaling rockwalls for the purposing of removing boulders, so the boulders if question don't go down the wall in question and smash the car in question. >> correct. we're going to remove boulders from the slope in controlled fashion. >> of course i won't be alone. i'll have the crew with me and we want to be prepared. >> it sounds like everybody told that is climbing today has been in harnesses before. >> these guys were probably in
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harnesses last night. >> does this have anything to do with what we are doing today? >> nothing at all. >> this is how the shows go today. we show you something really irrelevant and we kick things into gear with a six hour mandatory safety briefing. thank you for whipping us into shape. >> any climber on our jobs need to go through basic training program. if you don't have basic training, you wouldn't be able to go on the slope. >> the safety meeting is climbing. >> so whoever is climbing, cameras down. >> nice try, doug. >> this rope that we're utilizing has a 7,000 pound capacity. >> it is enlightening. >> on page 66 is shows the reduction of strength for each knot we're utilizing. >> the safety meeting is long. we're going to be here a while. it is important to learn this
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because it saves our lives. for you -- not so much. so we'll skip ahead. >> welcome to today's ground. >> why does everybody tell me my questions are great, the answers are sub par. >> this is what we are working on. we're working right in this area first and then do some ascent and descent. >> the first step, brushing up on knot. >> first is the knot. slide the rope under the x. >> we spent a long time on knots. >> the figure eight. first take a bite of rope, around the back side back to where you started and take the freehand and back up. >> this is a job that can kill you and most of the accidents
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are due to operator error. like a poorly tighted knot. >> one of the main causes of climbing accidents is people rappelling off of their ropes so if we put a figure eight -- >> is that people getting at the end of the rope and [ bleep ]. >> and there is no going back. when you have nothing else to do and you are sitting in your hotel room, you can practice these knots all night. >> one hand free. that is so going to happen. i always have one hand free. >> well let's get these guys simulate some rappels. >> reach up and now you're in the business of rappelling. >> the idea is to simulate rappelling. so far it is not working. >> you inspire me, man. you fill me with something like confidence. but with enough practice -- >> okay, i got it. and by i got it, i mean i'm
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prepared to attempt it and i'll supervise and while somebody prepares to watch us so we don't plummet to our demise. >> and now it is time to fall backwards off a clive. steve is in charge of making sure i don't die. >> and now you reach the edge and take a peek over the side. >> now you are ready to rappel. >> exciting. >> it is worse than it looks. >> it is not natural for a human to alabama over a 90 foot cliff. >> it is almost like you are giving a finger to instinct, gravity. >> that is when your gear and knowledge of strength reassures you are okay to do that. >> or you are making a refound and fool hearty mistake. >> nothing could happen. >> what could happen? >> nothing comes to mind. >> nothing at all. >> okay. it is that first step up, man.
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>> if something wasn't right, you would already be at the bottom. >> you are really a glass half full kind of guy, man. >> all right, let's go. nice and easy. >> steady. >> heels to the rock. >> we're going offer the edge. when we are back -- we're going to a commercial right now and when we are back, all of the exciting stuff will be done. out of 42 vehicles,
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this cal trans crew keeps the residents safe. i'm dangled from ropes a long longer than this one but i've never gotten used to taking that first step and probably never will. >> i don't know what it looks like but it is probably not normal. if you get used to it, it is not like the rockwall in the gym. >> you look great. >> don't make it weird, man. >> you should look down sometime, doug. >> they make it look like fun, and to be honest, it is. but remember, this isn't the job. this is the thing you have to do in order to do the job. >> so in overhangs, it's even more important to be perpendicular to the rock. >> you are going to put your face right into it. >> exactly.
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watch those knees. >> i think you're in worse shape than i am. >> i am. but i can do this. >> look at you. spiderman. >> look at this. >> while steve jentdly glides through the air like the air on the way to the ground in forrest gu gump, i imitate the senior citizen looking for the bathroom at 3:00 in the morning. >> that is it. beautiful. >> all right, then. >> that wasn't bad, right. that is your first one. so that is always the hardest. >> it is fun. it is fun. this is an excuse for you guys to come out and do what you like. >> don't tell anyone. >> do they pay you for this? >> correct. >> you guys are actually volunteers. >> correct. we volunteer, but somebody gets to do it. >> all right. let's go back and do it again. >> what is the point in that?
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>> well, good morning. it is the next day and we are here, and here is there basically. we're going to be going all the way up there, i suppose. and knocking these rocks down. >> does this bridge have a name? >> that is a good point. i don't know. bob, does this have a site name? >> just a paved detour. >> that is the name of the site. >> we have to do better than that. like heart break ridge or dead manned curve. >> so we're hear at heart break ridge or dead man's curve. dresses in yellow neon and it is exciting. >> yesterday we did the climbing component and today we're going to put those skills to use in doing hand scaling. we basically sweep and clean the slope coming down. >> all right. so we go. >> just take your time going up. one step at a time. >> see, if i remember what i learned yesterday.
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>> rock. big -- rock. >> thank you. >> the actual job is harder than this. i think i might have problems. >> welcome. >> all right. >> nice office. >> yeah, isn't it. >> excuse me. i'm allergic to heights. >> the job is clearly dangerous and i'm flattered and surprised the state gave us permission to participate with tom and his crew. >> climb on. >> climbing! >> climbing cli! >> and with that. >> the actual climbing begins. >> we can start. >> man, there is so much stuff here. >> this is the kind of things that oil pans and radiators hate. >> that thing pops up out of the street, straight through your oil pan. >> look at how loose all of this is. >> yep, that is why we do it. >> so basically this is erosion,
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right? it rains and it is weathering. rock, it rots out and you have to clean it off and hopefully get down to better rock. >> it seems endless in terms of a job. >> right. and in five to ten years when most of the soil is gone and what not, we'll come back and do this again. it is a maintenance activity. >> you know what it is? it's job secure. >> job security. look at the road already, just from the little bit we've done so far. >> yep. >> all right, climbers, let's get a hold for traffic. >> and so what we do now is we stop and we lean into our gear and wait. >> tell me again about how your an employee of the state and you're not really getting paid for this? >> no. i'm an engineering geologist for the state. the geology that impacts the state, that is my job. >> how many people here are
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volunteers? who here is a volunteer? >> with we have no shortage of volunteers. >> you knock the rocks down and the rocks pushes the rocks out of the road and clears the rocks and then you clear some more rocks down. >> go ahead and clear traffic. >> go ahead and scale. >> the scaling looks like real work, because it is. i have half of the mountain in my mouth. tune in tonight for dusty jobs. part of the reason is obvious. >> tom, tell me something. >> yeah. >> this is fun, isn't it? >> oh, yeah. >> see, it is so satisfying. it is like a scab. it is like picking a scab. it is so satisfying. tom, you know what it is like picking a scab. this is equal parts danger and
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fun. make no mistake. there is something fun about pushing rocks off a cliff. it is addictive. as soon as you roll one down, you have to have another. holy -- look at that guy. >> i'm kind of excited about this one. >> we did some damage there. >> yeah, that was heavy. that was satisfying. >> and then tom takes aim at a grown-up target. a bonafide widow maker. >> we're going to rappel down pass this bush. there is a large spire, a boulder there. >> is that the guy we're talking about? >> sweet. >> i hate to be optimistic, but when this comes together, this is like wyllie coyote kind of stuff. >> one, two, three -- >> let me shuffle better. >> ready, one, two, three --
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ahhh. >> in every job, there comes a moment when things get personal. like, for instance, when a rock becomes something more than a rock. >> we're going to get this. we're going to get this. >> we have to get it out. >> and a team becomes something greater than the sum of its parts. >> ready nathan, brian? >> yep. >> we are doomed to push a boulder up a hill for all eternity, i think he would appreciate this. >> one, two --
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somewhere high above route 33 in ojai, california, at a site called paved turn around or dead man's curve, depending on who you ask, i'm working with cal trans crew making it safe for humanity and soft top convertibles. >> one, two, three. >> step to the wall. >> oh, [ bleep ]. >> holy --. ha ha ha ha. i'm not going to lie. that tickled my wii wii right now. i'm so glad that knot held. oh --.
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>> good job, guys. >> that was awesome. >> and so we survived the widow maker of dead man's curve buttal real hazards are never the onus hazards. >> oh, [ bleep ]. >> whoa! >> are you all right? did it hit you? >> this is always where it goes off the rails. you get the little one off the way. and a little four pounder knocks your teeth out. >> doug our cameraman lightly brushes a loose rock with his camera bag and in a second the rock goes from motion less to 30 miles per hour. >> rock! >> and smashes into the knee of david rodriguez. he's okay, but it could have just have easily been his face. either way, it is all part of the job. i think we got some rocks now. so the next time you successfully negotiate the twists and turns of a
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treacherous mountain turn and seeing no large and heavy hurdling toward you, remember the guys who have your back? hundreds of feet above your head. >> this was really cool, you guys to let us out here and do this. thank you. i appreciate it. >> we'll call you a digger. >> i've been called much, much worse. >> thanks guys. thanks guys. you guys were great. >> good job, good job. >> okay. we're done. >> the following segment contains facts about american history and may be too interesting for some viewers and have sequins, speedos, two musical numbers, cannon fire, a giant flag, a touch of cross-dressing and a very enthusiastic park ranger and parental discretion discouraged. >> oh, the yellow haired god and his nine lusty maids -- >> i love the original words of
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our nation alan them and thparticularly -- this particularly tune was a drinking tune and i love that francis scott key changed the tunes during the battle of baltimore and one man is on a mission to make sure that people understand the events of 1914 were more understanding than the shot around the world. that is vince vais. here we are at fort mchenry. the last time we were here was 1971. and i'm going back into the fort. taking a trip here at 52. >> the facts that happened here 200 years ago haven't changed since my last visit.
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but the facts that make it interesting here for today's visitory are quick sonic and my producer are making it interesting. >> when you were in school, did you get two grades? like effort? like b for effort or c for work or a for work. i think this will be a for effort. a lot of effort. and effort, that is buddhist. it is not about attachment to results. >> i never thought about it in terms of buddhism before. >> are you buddhist? >> no. >> everything is about history and if we need too keep you awake and we need a good storyteller and the history of fort mchenry is one this park ranger has told before. >> and they call me the chiefef interpretation and in normal
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words that is the head storyteller. >> i love that. who is that behind us. >> that is lori donaldson. he is the founders of baltimore and he was killed. >> he died in 1814? 1814, took a little trip. >> that is right. down the mighty miss is ip. and the battle of new orleans is cool, but the battle of baltimore cooler. >> so i'm off to learn about the battle baltimore. if only i can coax him out of his shell. >> and so the joke is -- which is really the truth, what is the most asked question in your park? do you know what the most asked question in any national park is? >> where is the bathroom? >> you got it, man. you got it.
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so i'm in fort mchenry in baltimore, maryland, because the united states wouldn't be here without it. >> that is the original structure where it happened. you are looking at what is over 200 years old. if you were here over 200 years ago, you would see the rockets glare and the bombs bursting if air. >> this is where it happened?
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>> my enthusiastic guide is vince vaise, a man born to make history come alive. >> how long have you been here? >> i started here in high school. my high school history teacher was a summer ranger and he said would like to volunteer. and he said you can portray a young recruit and i've been here ever since. >> i'm going to ask you the dumbest question, on a scale of 1-100, how much do you love what you do? >> 25. >> and we're looking out over the river, 1814, 55 british ships were spied down there. this is part of the war of 1812, a war not going well. >> how well was the war of 1814, they burned and looted the white house, the capitol, the treasury and the war department buildings, not badly.
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>> didn't we kiblg their -- kick their -- >> yeah. we moved out of the house and we can turn our stereo off and you don't tell us what to do. and they impressed over 6,000 into the british navy and we're declaring a stand. and many opposed. francis scott keough posed the war of 1812. >> what was his role? >> he was a lawyer from georgetown. and a guy taken prison by the british, william beanes, and madison said this is not cool taking people prisoner. >> i can imagine madison saying this is not cool, taking our people prisoner. >> he was more eloquent taking our people
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prisoner. >> and keys succeeded. >> but the british say if we let you go ahead of us, you're going to say everything and tell them how many ships and troops we got so you have to wait until this battle is over with. so you just got yourself a front-row seat to the turning point to the war of 1812. the main british squadron was on the horizon 15 ships come beyond that green buoy out there. >> did you say buoy. >> buoy. >> buoy. >> you said buoy. >> it is a bomber. it is a buoy. those ships could fire a throw about a 200 pound exploding shell, a little bigger than the average basketball, two miles. and i say shell because it was paged with 13 pounds of high explosive black poud we are a fuse into the top, and boom, and the whole ship went down two feet and you could see the dot
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in the air and arced down and come down and if you timed it right, when it's rooftop high the fuse is burnt to the inside where the powder is and -- and boom. >> what a mistake. if the fort doesn't hold, what logically happens next? >> it is like kicking over the first domino of a series. if the fort doesn't hold then the british land and they can march into the city. this is the linchpin, and pull the linchpin and everything falls. and all through the night, francis scott key probably couldn't see the dplag but by -- flag but by dawn's early light it tapers off and francis scott key and has that yeah moment and that drove the moment for him to write the words that became our country's first song. >> so what do you think about
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the constant conversation about adapting another national anthem? >> changing the national anthem and adopting another piece? >> it is tough to sing for the average of person. >> the war of 1812 was tough and we didn't give up on. building the transcontinental railroad was tough and we didn't tough and the civil rights movement was tough and we didn't shy away. why did americans tie away from something because it was tough? >> i retract the question. i think we should make it harder. >> the original star spangled banner is in the smithsonian but there is a replica here at the fort and vince's passion has inspired to raise the same size flag that inspired the national flag. >> he wants to raise the big flag. >> you have to raise the big flag. >> and from what i hear, it is a
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big-ass flag. >> we are flying a 17 by 25 and the huge one is 35 by 42. >> and raising the flag, we need everybody in here to help catch it when it comes down. that is the deal. >> so we can raise the big one but it is a team flag. >> and we need some visitors too. >> that is not the big flag. >> no. >> the big flag, is a big flag and it is like a sale -- sail. and when he says let go, let go. because he's been let go. >> he did not let go and it will drag you. >> it is fun. >> and it is a good, windy day. >> we would like to see it. it is possible. they're custom made trains.
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so we're here in baltimore at fort mchenry, the birth play of the star spangled banner. vince and his crew are dedicated to bringing history to life. >> be careful with that thing. >> you can poke your eye out. >> but this is the story of a
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big flag. >> this is the hands on history of our flag. >> and i've been given honor of raising that big flag. >> and it will come to you, trust me. >> but first we have to put the little one away. >> that is 17 by 25 feet. now the huge one is 30 by 42 feet. >> that is a big flag. >> so with the small flag packed away, it is time to go big. >> this is a big flag. >> changing the flag, you know somebody has to do it. >> has to be done, vince. >> so back away and unroll. >> backing away. steady. okay. >> the commander of the fort, major george armist he had, said it is my charge that we should have a flag, there should be no question seeing it from a distance. >> and we want to turn the flag around clockwise>> here we go.
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>> how much does this thing weigh? >> about 55 pounds. >> she's heavier. >> as soon as you let go of it, you'll feel lighter. here we go. you're doing great. >> there you go. >> look at that thing go. >> look at that. >> isn't that awesome? >> that is awesome. >> that is a workout. freedom's heavy. >> it is. >> you can use that, if you
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want. please address it in your own words and smi something unforgotable about baltimore and want people to come visit as only you can do, vince. >> i would say the tag line for baltimore, is the pirj place of the star spangle banner. baltimore the star spangled city, connect to your country up close and personal with a visit to fort mchenry and a visit to baltimore. >> i have nothing to add. except thank you. >> you're welcome, thank you. >> it was great fun. >> isn't that awesome. >> good luck getting that down. >> but wait. there is more. the star spangled banner. that massive flag, 30 by 42 feet. was pieced together on the floor of a brewery by a seamstress named mary pickersville. her story isn't as well known as francis scott key. and her story is kept alive
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today in a water ballet and only in my home town would i agree to participate in such a thing. >> we have arrived. i'm going in. the boys are upstairs. >> welcome to the cal hill aquatic center here in beautiful -- in pimlico. this is the many stations where fluid movement creates their signature baltimore history of water ballet. water ballet has never been done on this level and i think it is about time. >> i have three words for you. only in baltimore. >> yes. fluid movement is a special group of citizens who have created a water ballet that tells the story of marries pickersville and the flag that flew over fort mchenry and against my better judgment, i have agreed to be in it. the woman from baltimore behind all of this is valerie perez and
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she will teach me to fluidly move tonight. >> it is nice to meet you. >> it is nice to meet you. >> and the official title name of this group. >> is fluid movement. because we do fluid movement in wat water is because we don't have membership. if you show up, you are a member. that is why we have 80 people at the end. we make strange things happen in bizarre, public places. >> what the strangest thing you have brought to life in public places? >> goodness. we did 101 freudian nights which is a belly dance on an old rug shop. >> i just fell in love with you a little bit. >> head doesn't just deep head
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first. >> let me show you some options. this with the star on the bottom so you can look like the rest of us. everyone has stars. i have a microphone also on my bottom. it slipped a little bit. >> honestly -- when you have a moment, can you pull the mike out of this woman's -- >> or i have a star i'm prepared to spich on your blue speedo, i can spich a star on that. >> i don't have a blue speedo. >> we do. >> right. >> i won't make you do. >> it didn't get to where i am today by saying no thank you. >> there you are. so i have a star and i'll sue it on. >> do you sue it on before you put it on? >> it works best that way. there is less blood. >> while she removes the microphone from valerie's bat om, i'm going to go upstairs and sue a star on my --.
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i dare you to turn the channel. >> so in addition to a star on my butt -- >> you did wax and everything. >> i'm told a water ballerina needs extra blipg. >> i'm painting your big toe and your thumb. >> first you get tanked into attend a water ballet and then a producer dares you to put on a speedo and then you sue a star on your butt and then you get your fingernails painted. >> i have to say hi to my mom and my dad. excuse me. i'll be right back. >> hello. how are you doing? . >> you have to get in the water? >> yeah. >> happy anniversary. >> thank you. >> 54 years of --
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>> wedded bliss. >> most people sign a marriage certificate, i think we signed a toleration certificate. we've been tolerating each other for 54 years. >> you should write greeting cards, dad. you should have the new tolerance line. that would be good. >> mother is a tolerant one. >> this is how i'm going to commemorate the big deal. >> what is that? >> i don't know. i have nail polish and a speedo. >> i'm not sure you should be doing this. >> i'm not sure i should be doing any of this. >> super exciting.
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. so, i'm here at the aquatic center in baltimore where we have an olympic size pool and enough patriotism to make him shed a tear. in short, we have the whole package. >> come on. [ laughter] >> welcome to fluid movement. now we need about 50 pounds of glitter to put on him. a glitter shower. >> i suppose it's true that not all that glitters is necessarily gold but if i'm going to shine bright tonight, i'm going to need oo crash course.
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why are you in a speedo? all right. we're all in, right. first, i'll need to learn the basics. >> we'll do a pop and shimmy. you're going to push up and shimmy. try not to look like you're drowning. >> still working on it. i'll also have to master a few highly synchronized moves. lots and lots of moves. >> and then we play the trombone. wau womp, womp, womp. another thing that we do is a marching move, touch your foot to your knee. >> oh, geez. >> that's totally it. the belly leg kick. so, it's all about showing the
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scar. the star shown like beaken. >> my star shown like beaken. >> it did. >> fabulous. so, those are the basic skills. i think everybody should hydrate. >> i need nap. >> the water was cold that evening, very, very cold. look at them up there wondering, my god, what happened? he showed such promise. and so, it begins. at this stage, resistance is pointless. once your toes are painted, it's a trick to sequence and a turbin and then it's show time. >> places everybody. >> you got it.
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>> so, watch closely as history unfolds before your wondering eyes and i cross one more item off my imaginary bucket list. a scene from the one and only star spangled swimmer. >> funny you should ask, they wanted an enormous flashings so big we had to sew it together at a beer wear house up the street. hit it girls. ♪ >> i'm still friendly with a lot of people who make their living the hard way, coal minors in pennsylvania, crab firshman on
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the vast bearing sea. i wonder if they're watching this. gosh, i sure hope so. one thing is for sure, my dad is in the audience and as a retired history teacher, he must be very, very, very proud. ♪ america, beautiful, thy shed
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his grace on the ♪ >> what would they think if they were here with us tonight, 201 years after the famous battle? what would they make of the glitter, the turbens, the watery coriography, the synchronized mi movement and the sequence star sewed on my ward robe. i'd like to think they'd join in the applause. [ applause ] >> that's really beautiful. it was so beautiful. it was great. >> before i say good bye, are we done? >> we can be done but we have one thing we like the do that end of our shows. we're all connected to this. >> i just had a fluid movement. >> hands in the midel for a big cheer.
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just touch some body. >> oh, my. >> and 1, 2, 3. >> here's the thing about my home town, baltimore has a chip on its shoulder. boston and philly get all the attention in history class but without the brave stand made in this harbor, our country wouldn't have made it out of the 20th century and that's why i care bout this drinking song that became our national anth a and that's why a bunch of pail tatted hipsters sing in the pool and that's why the objects stored in the smithsonian, the star spangled banner is
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considered the most valued. because of baltimore. baltimore. this is cnn breaking news. >> this is cnn tonight and i'm don lemon and yes it is breaking news. tom brady speaks out for the first time since that damming deflate-gate report. >> i accept my role and responsibility as a public figure and i think a lot of it you take the good with the bad. >> braid hey a lot to say but what the patriotots superstar didn't say might have been more important. what is a fair punishment? and sophia vergara and her exbattle over her frozen embreos. he says

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