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The old Dolly Parton hit "9 to 5" isn't a tune worth humming for the blue-collar pioneers featured in "Filthy Riches." The series spotlights ingenious Americans who skirt a conventional workplace in favor of making a living in the deep rivers, soggy mud flats and wild backwoods of the U.S. Ray Turner, for example, has been catching eels in Delaware for 30 years. He uses a self-made smokehouse in the woods to cook the critters and sell them. Billy Taylor and his sons hunt for prized ginseng root in the Appalachians. Taylor, a fully licensed wild ginseng dealer, promotes sustainability by planting its berries. In Maine, Jim Campbell and Andy Johns make the coastal mud flats their office, as they dig for valuable bloodworms to sell to fishermen. And Greg Dahl and Albert DeSilva are burl hunters. A burl is a hard, unwieldy outgrowth on a tree, usually at the trunk. Burls have value because of the spectacular patterns found in them when cut open.

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aired 559 days ago
Billy is on a mission to fill a 60-pound order of wild ginseng so he calls on the help of his son, Bill Jr.
aired 566 days ago
In the great American wild, cold hard cash is just waiting to be found and only a select few know where to look.
aired 573 days ago
In the forests of Michigan, Chris and Levena are in a race against time to fill an order of prized wild mushrooms.
aired 580 days ago
As the weather turns colder, those that live off the land have to work harder to make a living.
aired 587 days ago
Every day is a battle with the elements when making a living off the land.
aired 594 days ago
Making a living off the land is tough, but some wouldn't have it any other way.

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