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hire a 3-year-old and you're probably not allowed to hire a 3-year-old, but kudos to maggie gyllenhaal for talking about it. and so kudos to forever young on the ridiculist. i'm mike rowe. and i'm on a mission to find people on a mission. >> 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. >> come on. we have to get it. ♪ >> i dare you to turn the channel.
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>> on this episode. >> i put myself on thin ice with the chicago fire department air and sea rescue unit. where the only thing colder in the water is the man that makes me get in it. >> come on, climb back out. >> and then out of the ice and into the steam. and i find out just how much punishment i can take. as the crew and i suffer for your entertainment in an old-fashioned russian bath house. then -- dragon blood. i submerge myself in the america of real new orleans voodoo with an ordained priestess who wants to prove her religion is less weird than we think. >> i think you conjured up a train. >> according to robert frost, some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. well if you are a fireman on the
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chicago water front, you worry about both. along with the countless structure fires and towering inferno, they get to plunge into lake michigan in the dead of winter and pluck victims from the icy grip of certain death. today i'm dropping in on engine house 13 to get a better sense of who they are, what they do, and as always, why they gotta do it. >> how are you doing. >> i'm mike, how are you? >> welcome to the firehouse. this is the home of the fire department scuba team 687. >> so you have a team dedicated to only pulling people who fall out of the ice? >> harbor, lakes, lagoons, anything with water. >> how many of these do you do a year. >> last year we did about 236 water rescues. >> get out of here. >> you picked a good day.
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you'll have some ice falling through and going into the water. >> am i? >> yeah. >> oh. >> so we're coming from land with our trucks and by boat and by helicopter and divers in all of them. >> and let's find him a suit. a number three dive shoot and under garments and some boots. >> what kind of under garments. >> something light. we don't want you to be bulky. >> no. nobody wants to perish as a result of bad under garments. >> part of my responsibility is to establish a rapport of our subjects through humor and easy banter. rod is not easy on banter. or easy banter. >> when i look back on my experience i think the role of victim, i think i'm a slam dunk for it. it is a no-brainer. >> they don't give you thermal protection so it will help keep
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you warmer. >> and then i make a living impersonating a show host and ron gets paid saving lives. serious is the way to go. >> i don't want to be the bearer of bad news so that took six months to get your under garments. and time is of the essence. and so when we get that call, that means you'll be squlony on the -- johnny on the spot. and so one of the skills is to get dressed as fast as you can. >> sure. how many times you fall on your face just putting this on? >> never. >> put your hands out. >> and this is the easy part. >> this is the easy part. >> so that is suiting up. now you learned how to put the equipment on. any questions? >> who wore this last? >> i'm not sure. >> it just feels like i'm closer
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to whoever it was. >> well, let's get you back into some clothes again. >> yeah. help him out. >> it is a whirlwind of information. >> so they'll give you an idea on the call what we're up against and what the rescue entails. >> a lot of nodding and gleaning about the tools of the trade. >> this is the rescue pole. and you get it up on your arm and i'm going to simply twist this. and now i just bought you time. plan b. is how to get you back to the shore. >> all the while i have a sinking feeling i'll be tested on this. >> it is called a fortuna. and we should be able to do this in right around 60 seconds. >> what a nightmare to have to blow this up. manually. >> he's going to bring this thing and walk it over to the victim. he can crawl up to the front of the boat and they pull him back to shore. >> pretty familiar.
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all right. >> and you'll use this as a deployment raft and go out and rescue somebody with this. >> let's go. >> and after the 40 hours of basic training, we're off to the rescue. >> he likes to hit every bump that on the road too. >> hey, brian, you missed a bump, let's go back and find it. >> where have you brought us, ron? tell me where i am. >> now we're going to do some training. the dock is the shelf. and you'll do some maneuvers in the water to see what it feels like. we'll take you from here once you get comfortable and we'll bring you to some area where there is some ice. there will be some solid ice and some frazzle ice and some slush ice. >> how many kinds of ice are there? >> i have no idea. >> it is not that i'm trying to delay getting in the ice.
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>> am i stalling or just enjoying messing with ron? yes. >> this is with the department for ten years and this is the first day with the air sea rescue. >> air sea rescue. >> i think it said scuba right there on the side of the truck. >> you know you're on the scuba team, right. i want to point out ab biguity over the scuba team which i believe is air sea. >> and we'll trump you one more with special operations. >> special ops is run by mike fox which is ron's boss. mike smiles more than ron but has no patience for stalling either. >> and you have your scuba team and your air. >> helicopters. >> i think you've been stalling long enough. >> i'm not saying i'm stalling. i like to get the lay of the
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mike, and then you can go next.and he'll do a controlled slow entry into that ice hole. >> he said ice hole. i'm just going to let it go. >> he slides in nice and easy, he's in, turn and and face that way, feet out and go. using his fin, not a big splash. stopper -- stop jeremy. >> how long does it take to learn this. >> it takes three years for someone, the surface to air diving to experience this and diving. >> jeremy, back to you. cutaway here. and jeremy, if this is an ice shelf and if he fell through and needed to climb up and he will come back up and army crawl up on to the ice and once he gets up and he will roll away from the hole and that will distribute his body weight.
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>> roll from the hole. >> roll from the hole. >> as long as they rime. >> do the same thing jeremy did. >> just kind of wiggle it. >> do the same thing. go on. good. turn around. you have your ice rescue pole with you. extend it to jeremy. and then give him some verbal direction. >> reach out and grab that hope and put your arm through it. and i'm going to twist it up and you'll feel some pressure. >> and if you are so far out we can't communicate verbally, we do it via hand signals. this means you're okay and this means we can pull you in. >> and the assumption is the ice is going to break and we're all going in. >> if they went through, you're probably going through with them. >> kick your feet a little bit and kick and climb. keep going. at some point now, if the ice is breaking, you could roll away from it, right?
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>> right. >> go on back in the water. >> i think vince lombardi said it is not whether you get knocked down, it is whether you get back up. and i think ron dornicer said, get back in the water. >> i was just out. >> right. and you're going to get back out again. so climb up. >> okay. >> okay. back in the water. now come on back: okay. climb up, mike. come on. hurry up. come on, mike. this is ice and you're trying to rescue somebody. okay. climb back up. now do it again. climb back in. go out to jeremy. and touch jeremy and come back. one more time. and this is the reality of it mike. you're going to struggle a little bit. use your hands. one more time. come on. >> good luck. we're going to miss you. >> get up.
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get up right away. roll away from the hole. come on. roll, roll. good. okay. so again, nice, stable platform. right. it will support your body weight. >> it is a dream. >> when you stay that way, if somebody is out there yelling for help and you want to get to them, you want to manage your energy systems the right way. >> because on top of the physical stress and the panic and all of that stuff and your heart rate and everything else. >> and they decide to be aggressive with you in the white hole, what else is left. >> now you have two ice holes to deal with. >> you can use that, peggy. >> and i resisted as long as i could, and look -- i got a smile. >> this is me impersonating ron. >> roll away from the hole, matt. role away from the hole. he just doesn't want to learn. >> chain of mand, mike. you are the new guy.
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>> he's really never made anybody do it that many time except people that stall getting in the water. >> i don't blake him. i would have kept me out there indefinitely. >> as you approach from the back and slide into the water and the ice hole they are in and get to them, we don't want them to turn around and grab you. they are holding on to an ice shelf and i'm going to step on into the ice shelf and your hands will come around and grab and lock on to them. >> okay. let me spit some of this out and you tell me if i got it right. eventually right now we're going to create a simulation and i'm going to save a victim and that would be jeremy who is anything but a victim and i'll get to jimmy and approach him and take a slightly off axis position and push him into the ice and get him in a bear hug and the fortuna will be deployed and
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someone will pull us bag. >> perfect. >> and that will make it happen. >> and you start back in the truck. you don't start here. this isn't hollywood. >> it kind of is.
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helicopter 681 to 687, we're on scene, 2700 north at the lake front. this is a bonafide incident. we have one person who has fallen through the ice.
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>> so i'm with ron dornicer and the chicago fire department air sea rescue unit. ron has condensed a program into 30 minutes and agreed to let me participate in a rescue drill. first responders are a lot like professional athletes. aside from being highly skilled and physically fit, they spend endless hours training. simulations like this are real and the water is cold and the adrenalin is real. >> go get them, mike. you're in. niels and easy, mike. manage your energy. keep your fins under water. there you go. go on. >> long swim. >> long swim. >> mike turn around.
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start talking to them. >> hey boss, you're going to be fine. >> i'm coming for you. >> don't let go. don't let go. keep your hands on the ice. i'm going to make my way to you. >> making his way around the ice to the victim. making contact with them. >> how are you feeling? >> not so good. >> >> mike got him. >> he bought you some time. >> hold tight, mike. >> he's going to give you a ride. say e-ticket. >> don't panic. >> there you go. >> any way. that is what it looks like to rescue a guy from a frozen lake. >> hey, chief, it looks like they got the victim in the fortuna. nice and easy.
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pull slow. >> and this is what it looks like to rescue the guy who rescues the guy from a frozen lake. >> keep pulling. >> i hate to crush this guy to death. it would be ironic. >> so how was it, mike. >> it was great. >> your goal was to get out there and communicate with him and keep him at the surface so we didn't have to dive and keep out there with the fortuna so we could get him back. and you knew you would get a free ride back. >> and i have to admit, if i had not known that, i may have hedged that a little bit. and to state that. men and women are selfless. when they are not burning into burning building or into frozen lakes, next time you see them tell them thanks and give them my regards. >> nice work, everybody.
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>> oh, no, clearly i have pissed off the wrong people. am i being water boarded by the enemies of freedom. is ron from the last segment still trying to shock the smart alec out of me? no. it is much worse than that. it is my birthday. and to understand why i'm celebrating in a torture chamber, we have to roll back a couple of hours. my muscles were in need of rejuvenation and i was chilled to the bones but as my luck would have it, there is a form of physical therapy and that is how i wound up at a traditional russian bath house called the chicago sweat lodge. >> hi. welcome to the sweat lodge. can i get you to sign in. >> the keeper of this sweaty flame is a man called bill trotter and his position to provide the best bath experience
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this side of the vol can. i see no byo. no sex, no smokes, no guns. hey, come on in. so after disrobing and observing yet another helpful sign, my first stop is the russian dry sauna. >> so is this your first time in a russian sauna like this? >> let me think. yes. i didn't get a hat. >> i better get you a hat. >> are they actually hats or --? >> what it is, it is a hat, it is called a shop caw. and when you put this on, it is like when you put a hat on to go outside and keep your head warm, this, you keep your head cool and then you can stay in here longer. >> where are my manners.
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i'm mike. >> i'm vad im. >> i'm dimitri. >> alex. >> sergei. >> and my friends are from places like minesque and kiev. and they tell me about the russian bath house. the banna, has been around for centuries. authors like push kin, toll story and doref ski all mention it in the work. and it serves as a community center and a venue to exchange ideas. to this day nearly every city and small town in russia boasts a banna and many private residences have one of their own. and in short, the russians take sweat very seriously. >> so there is a big russian population out in chicago. >> we knew there were some russians that go to the bannas, every tuesday we're here.
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>> it is a social event. >> you come here and eat, drink -- >> sweat. >> and relax and sleep a little. >> and if you are wondering how hot it is in here, the answer is not enough. for my new comrades, it can always be hotter. >> it can be hotter in here. >> how many people pass out in here. >> i did. >> once. >> i knew what the heat stroke was. >> you will see the sign at the exit, where mike, year gonna see we're glad you're alive. >> no one told my loyal crew to bring bathing attire and the cameras have to be pretty hot by now. >> 185. >> 185 right now. >> and they trow water -- throw water on there and it throws the temperature up to 200 or 220. >> let's get it up to 200 or 210
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it's cold outside. but here at the chicago sweat lodge, my crew are sweating their perohis off and we're keeping the tradition of the
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russian banna warm. >> just a stop down, to something more appropriate. look at that, taylor. that is like early american gladiator. yesterday was bad for you. >> but i feel better today. >> if you are going to pass out, make sure there is a camera pointing at you. >> now that everyone is over exposed, let's crank this sauna um to 11. >> how does this work. >> this is 5,000 pounds of rocks in it. and then what happens overnight is it is like this gas burner is real simple and the fire hits the rocks and it shuts off at about 7:00 a.m. and this heat lasts the rest of the day. >> and so you put some water in there. >> what my eastern european pal
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is anxious to show me is how a little water creates a lot of sweat. and if this sign wasn't clear enough about the importance of being cautious, this one is crystal -- [ bleep ] clear. >> i'm a big fan of honesty and signs. all right. let's pump it up. >> personally i thought 185 was toasty but my soviet associates are never satisfied. >> all right, it's coming up. of course my come padres do everything they can could maximize the experience. >> i don't think that's helping. i don't think that's helping at all.
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>> here, mike. >> and just as i found myself quietly cursing the heat -- >> not bad. not bad. >> it is really good for your circulation. unless you kill it. >> everything expands in your body. >> so if you jump in there, everything goes back. >> and by everything? >> everything. >> cheerily nor contraction than expansion. i'm now sent back into the sauna and told to lie face down for the signature skin treatment of the russian banna, somethings
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called a gimmick. >> what is this does is it helps open your pours a little -- pores a little bit more. >> these are leaves and it is a traditional russian thing we've been doing for years. >> so after my skin is opened up via the vigorous flogging, guess what the next step is? now that i'm good and contracted yet again, on to the next circle of hell. and as it turns out, all of those circles are not russians. >> just going to slip in the turkish bath for a quick scrub. shouldn't be but a minute. if i'm not back in five -- come get me. >> in the turkish bath, i find
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myself in the hands of sergei who will administer something called a salt scrub. >> just relax? all right. ten minutes later to my surprise, i am relaxing. and resolved to never again jump into that icy plunge pool. >> my buds a-- my buddies are hiding down the road in the bushes. >> >> do you want to go to the cold pool? >> that sounds fantastic. >> forgot my shoes. >> forgot my hat.
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i spent my birthday in my birthday suit, enjoying the wonders of the chicago sweat lodge. my treatment is the pounding at the hands of an ex soviet weightlifter. >> i'll give you whatever you want. i think stuff is moving around all over the place. ah. >> i've been to a lot of spas and i like a good massage as much as the next guy.
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but this is different. forget the aroma therapy candles and forget the new-age music and forget charmaine or tiffany with their gentle touch, this is the type of massage that makes want to confess. but you know what? it kind of works. son of a -- it is kind of better. >> feel good? >> no. there is some kind of trauma. >> i'm never going to forget you, ever. all right, let's drink. vodka. vodka and tonic. vodka and corona. vodka and grapefruit juice. >> you want a shot of vodka. >> it is not so much a health thing as something the bro-skis from the eastern block has been doing for a long time. it is about sweat and about vodka. but really, it is about community. and i, for one, am glad it is
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here. >> do you guys have jobs? [ laughter ] >> well thank you for what you did to me and all of you guys. that was very personal. i'll never forget it. to the homeland. >> and what part of town are we in. >>? we're in the portage park our. >> i thought you said we're in the poorest part. >> the poorest part of chicago. it is physically impossible to visit new orleans and not encounter some really good food, some really great music, and some very creepy images. but with a few exceptions, the images are almost always associated with voodoo, a robust religion that people have
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associated with stereotypes with religion and pop culture. so i've torn myself away to meet up with a real life voodoo priestess and see what it is all about in the big easy. >> all they told me is your name is ally and -- is sally and you're a voodoo policest. >> i am. >> right. what is your name. >> my last name is glassman. i'm a jewish girl from maine. >> sally was not born on the bayou and it is not even pronounced voodoo. >> vod ow is the pronunciation. >> say it again. >> vodou. >> vodou.
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>> it is a way of life that is practiced in haiti and comes from africa. so this is my religion and i hold ceremonies every week in my temple which i will take you to later on. >> you have a temple? >> i have a temple and we serve the spirits. each person has a spirit that rules over them, it is called the master of the your head. and that is the mermaid and she's one of mine. >> the important thing in sally's crash course in vod yow is it starts in africa and made its way to haiti and made its way to here. to practice vodou, slaves incorporated christianity and catholicism and centuries later this hybrid is incorporated and it may not explain a top less
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mermaid but this leads to mary le view. >> my friend made this statute of mary le view and we decided to make it into a recognizes international shrine. >> this is marie. and we can see stuff people have been bringing, shells and a lot of candles and we're making a mosaic base for it. >> uh-huh. i made tennessee. >> and so here i am making a vodou offering to a woman who died over 10 years ago but as long as i'm here at the present time, i'm wondering if there is any good ju ju that could help me with physical concerns. >> every part of my body hurts, especially my back. >> we have a mere arcle -- a
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merekle healing candle. >> and we have oils. this is drag on blood. >> this is black cat bone. >> i have a black cat wat home. >> does he have any bones. >> he does. he's using them right now. >> and i'll light my miracle healing candle. >> why is everybody grouped together. >> because everybody wants to be at the central highway between the visible andin vezible world and that world is more powerful and beautiful and vast and full of more potential in life than what we see on the surface and for the slaves that was an incredibly empowering thought and the vodou practice was pulling through great power.
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>> how many are practicing vodou. >> >> 50 million to 80 million worldwide. >> seriously? >> seriously. and don't know how they get those figures because vodou is so vilified because i don't know how many admit they practice it. >> i don't know how it could attract that much people and -- >> have bad p.r. >> exactly. you need a p.r. department. >> i'm working on it. >> well if this fixes my back, i'm going to be calling you. the technology changes,
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so far, sally ann glassman taught me how her voodoo came from a different place. what's your favorite part about the city? >> i luv peoplepeople's toleran. this is a place where people who wouldn't fit in anywhere else in the country and it remains unique in an increasingly
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tapest tapestry. >> what about the beads? >> they're just decorative. they throw them from a marred mardi gras floats. >> on the right day and the right time, an otherwise respectable girl would happily take her girl off to have some thrown. i believe your exact words were bead who. >> i would crush young children to get my hands on some. >> but you wouldn't take off your shirt. you have to have standards.
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>> and let's consult the vodoo spirits. a questionable choice at the time. >> no, it's festive. >> it's not as bright as sally's shop but it's cheerful enough and for a offerings, for mysterious and powerful spirits, more than some fairly pedestrian proclivties. >> an alterstands at the cross road between the two worlds and it's where we can go with our two worlds in the spiritual world. >> are these brought by the purisioners. >> all of this is for the spirit of beauty . and legba who is the spirit of the cross roads and guardian of the door. and we have a little pot for
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odoo, our little warrior. >> i was look for a bag of
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