Baltimore's image -- badly tarnished in the past few weeks by the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray after his arrest by Baltimore police and the subsequent outbreak of violence -- is about to get a much-needed boost of charm.
The Baltimore-born television host Mike Rowe is setting this week's episode of his show, "Somebody's Gotta Do It," in his hometown. The episode, titled "Highway Boulder Crew," airs at 9 p.m. Thursday on CNN.
According to the show's promo, "Mike tries his hand at water ballet, learns rock climbing and repelling in a day and raises a super-sized flag."
The episode, he said, tells "the story of Fort McHenry, the Star-Spangled Banner, Francis Scott Key, all of it, in a traditional way and then through this wildly interpretive and possibly humiliating experience with me in a water ballet."