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The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe

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All good stories have a twist, and all great storytellers are just a little twisted. Join Mike Rowe for a different take on the people and events that you thought you knew -- from pop-culture to politics from Hollywood to History... The Way I Heard I...Show More
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Episode 81: The Consultant

08:38 | Oct 31st, 2017

He was notoriously proficient in his field and his advice was priceless – he just didn’t make house calls.
Episode 59: A Hero Under the Influence

07:48 | Jun 6th, 2017

When all is lost and the end is near - why not have a drink... or several.
Episode 89: Armed For Love

08:35 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Looking for love in the classifieds can lead to explosive consequences.
Episode 85: Strange Bedfellows

06:33 | Nov 28th, 2017

Pete just wanted to get some sleep - But he could not get his bunkmate's earworm out of his head.
Episode 72: Better Late Than Never

08:03 | Aug 29th, 2017

When the time came to fight for their King, these knights were prepared to show the enemy what they were made of.
Episode 61: When the World's on Fire

05:37 | Jun 20th, 2017

The melody was sweet, but the lyrics were too painful to sing.
Episode 31: The Hangman & The Windsor Knot

05:40 | Aug 23rd, 2016

How a perfectly tied Windsor knot led to a date with the gallows.
Episode 24: Big Guy, Little Guy

05:08 | Jul 5th, 2016

How do you compete with a thriving 20th century company? Use 18th century technology of course.
Episode 135: The Illegitimate Son-of-a-Smith

15:19 | May 28th

Denied his father's true last name for most of his life, James reclaimed it--in a monumental way.
Episode 134: Not Your Typical Homemaker

10:28 | May 7th

Julia was flattered by the proposal—but it came with certain… preconditions.
Episode 133: Call It What You Will

11:20 | May 1st

It's difficult to describe the chaos of an unpredictable world--but Peter sure tried.
Episode 132: Harvey's Future Ex-Wife

07:51 | Apr 16th

She just said she was going home - but it's the way she said it that we remember.
Episode 131: The Mystery of the Vanishing Woman

08:51 | Apr 9th

When one of the most famous women in the world disappears without a trace, it sets off one of the greatest whodunits you've never heard of.
Episode 130: A Tale of Two Pupils

08:32 | Apr 2nd

They were classmates, bandmates, and best friends - even after one devastating punch changed everything.
Episode 129: Mother Knows Best

08:54 | Mar 19th

Mary had issues, no doubt about it.  But her mother was always there for her...
Episode 128: One Hell of a Toll

09:39 | Mar 12th

The journey was an incredible achievement - but the true cost was difficult to bear.
Episode 127: No Polite Way To Put It

08:35 | Mar 5th

When it comes to writing steamy love letters, you really gotta hand it to Elizabeth and George - even though they handed it to themselves...
Episode 126: Smooth Operator

07:07 | Feb 26th

It was a mission he chose to accept - and the tape did not self-destruct.
Episode 125: On The Importance of Staying Grounded

08:37 | Feb 20th

How many near misses can one guy take - and still remain grounded.
Episode 124: At The Crossroads

08:26 | Feb 14th

Where one can ponder a big decision and enjoy a continental breakfast.  Sponsored by Postmates, use promo code: ROWE
Episode 123: Another Tortured Artist

07:28 | Jan 15th

A battered boy who couldn't stand the sight of his own reflection - so he changed it.
Episode 121: Her Most Notable Assets

09:23 | Jan 1st

She was plucked from obscurity and destined to satisfy the appetite of her insatiable benefactor.
Episode 119: They Shook On It

09:56 | Dec 11th, 2018

The significance of that shake was beyond this world.
Episode 118: A Rapacious Capitalist

09:35 | Dec 4th, 2018

He talked to everyone - but it was the interview he didn't give that changed his life forever.
Episode 117: Some Kind of Consequence

08:07 | Nov 20th, 2018

It wasn't exactly the trial of the century, but nearly everyone agreed - something had to be done.
Episode 116: A Little Town Up North

08:20 | Nov 13th, 2018

It was just a tiny patch of farmland near a tiny little burg - but oh, the things that happened there...
Episode 115: A Conventional Hero

08:55 | Nov 6th, 2018

There are many ways to save a life - this one was rather conventional.
Episode 113: According To Peter

08:50 | Oct 10th, 2018

This man's reputation needed to be destroyed - and that's the gospel truth... according to Peter.
Episode 112: No Ordinary Fan

09:04 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Nothing came between Don and his boys - especially on game day.
Episode 111: Can You Be There By Nine?

07:54 | Sep 18th, 2018

Sure, as soon as I'm done playing Cowboys and Indians.
Episode 110: A Rank Amateur

06:57 | Sep 11th, 2018

When the shooting started this patriot ran for his life.
Episode 109: The Biggest Name In Town

06:26 | Sep 4th, 2018

She was young and beautiful - and about to kill someone.
Episode 108: Words Worth Remembering

06:29 | Aug 21st, 2018

These words take on a whole new meaning once you know the story behind why they were written.
Episode 107: His Last Letter Home

10:23 | Aug 14th, 2018

It contained a much desired promise - from beyond the grave.
Episode 106: Keep Your Voice Down

07:45 | Aug 7th, 2018

All he wanted was a little peace and quiet - from himself.
Episode 105: Just What the Doctor Ordered

07:35 | Jul 24th, 2018

This doctor believed it was a right that came with the PhD.
Episode 104: The One Percenters

07:11 | Jul 3rd, 2018

They paid their fair share, and then some...
Episode 103: A Girl Named Frank

07:48 | Jun 26th, 2018

When it came to getting exactly what she wanted - Frank could be very persuasive.
Episode 102: The Manchester Cowboy

07:05 | May 15th, 2018

This famous aspiring jockey just wanted to hear the roar of the crowd - but this was not the crowd he was expecting.
Bonus Episode 101: The Way I Talked About The Way I Heard It

40:14 | May 10th, 2018

WARNING: This is not your ordinary The Way I heard It. This episode contains SPOILERS.  Storyteller Mike Rowe is joined by producer Chuck Klausmeyer to answer questions posed by fans of The Way I Heard It.  Mike covers everything from how the podc...Show More
Episode 100: How Not To Ruin Your Most Expensive Suit

07:28 | May 8th, 2018

It was opening night on the world's largest stage, but when you gotta go - you gotta go.
Episode 99: My Little Machine

07:04 | May 1st, 2018

A truly democratic machine and the man who didn't invent it.
Episode 98: Send Me The Bill

07:26 | Apr 17th, 2018

Wee Johnny wanted a mighty check - so he sent out some mighty big bills.
Episode 97: A Very Lucky Lady

08:01 | Apr 10th, 2018

No doubt about it - Miriam's timing was impeccable.
Episode 96: The Pilot and the Passenger

11:45 | Apr 3rd, 2018

No movie has been made about this heroic tale, but over a hundred movies have been made because of it.
Episode 95: Something Is Missing

10:15 | Mar 20th, 2018

He did everything a hero and patriot ought to do... almost.
Episode 93: As Long As It's Legal

08:03 | Mar 6th, 2018

Who says you can't preach Sunday morning, and then sell whiskey Sunday night?
Episode 92: Sharp as a Tack

07:36 | Feb 27th, 2018

Big John knew a simple but powerful equation when he saw one.
Episode 91: A Potty Mouth With a Secret

08:40 | Feb 13th, 2018

Do you want to know the bleeping secret or not!
Episode 90: A Man Well Hung

08:29 | Feb 6th, 2018

People came from miles around just to see it.
Episode 88: The Missiles of December

10:36 | Dec 19th, 2017

It was never good news when the red phone rang – and on this December night it was ringing off the hook.
Episode 87: A Town Where Anything Can Happen

07:53 | Dec 12th, 2017

What does a former POW do when he returns home from an unpopular war?  Stand naked in the town square of course!
Episode 86: Francisco's Flakes

08:56 | Dec 5th, 2017

A tale of award-winning flakes and delayed gratification.
Episode 84: A Very High Bar

07:22 | Nov 21st, 2017

He was willing to play the white-man's game - he just wished they had told him the rules first.
Episode 83: How Soon They Forget

09:17 | Nov 14th, 2017

It was the trial of the century - that no one remembers.
Episode 82: The Men Behind Bars

07:12 | Nov 7th, 2017

A father and a son with more than just bars between them.
Episode 80: How The Game Was Played

08:16 | Oct 24th, 2017

Saul's nephew kept a secret his entire career - you could do that back then.
Episode 77: How To Get Rich and Save Lives by Talking Dirty

10:13 | Oct 3rd, 2017

The story of a slightly subversive student with a taste for gin.
Episode 76: A Hot Babe Who Liked It Rough

08:53 | Sep 26th, 2017

The family business was brutal - but this Babe wanted in.
Episode 75: A Safe Space

07:36 | Sep 22nd, 2017

His personal proclivities seemed to trigger women – so he had to keep them a secret.
Episode 74: The Ride of His Life

08:17 | Sep 12th, 2017

When you're in the back of an ambulance in the middle of a snowstorm - every second counts.
Episode 73: Monkey Business

05:38 | Sep 5th, 2017

How to make a billion dollars and remain absolutely calm.
Episode 71: Head In The Clouds

07:52 | Aug 22nd, 2017

Henry Junior just wanted to get out of Henry Senior's famous shadow.
Episode 70: You Might Feel a Little Pinch

06:06 | Aug 15th, 2017

No matter how bad your habits, this dentist can stop your pain - guaranteed!
Episode 69: "A Little Dab'll Do Ya!"

07:16 | Aug 8th, 2017

Take it from mother - never underestimate the power of a little make-up, properly applied.
Episode 68: A Nice Girl From Wisconsin

07:07 | Aug 1st, 2017

The consequences of her choice would forever change the world.
Episode 67: Charlie's Big Break

06:42 | Jul 25th, 2017

This aspiring songwriter was a family man who really wanted to be famous.
Episode 66: A Serial Inventor

07:33 | Jul 18th, 2017

Because necessity is actually the mother of investment.
Episode 65: A Full Figured Gal

07:43 | Jul 11th, 2017

She had tons of suitors because men knew that with her - anything was possible.
Bonus Episode 64: It's Good To Be The King

30:27 | Jul 8th, 2017

Mike tells a very personal story of the King that changed his life.
Episode 63: Render Unto Caesar

08:17 | Jul 4th, 2017

Caesar's ride that changed the course of Western Civilization.
Episode 60: Something to Stand For

09:14 | Jun 13th, 2017

What do you get when you cross a Private, a General, a lawyer, a doctor and two teenagers?  Something worth standing for.
Episode 58: A Lesser Known Vessel

06:11 | May 30th, 2017

Captain Cooper was asked to do the impossible - But he found it impossible not to try.
Episode 57: But Who's Counting

08:47 | May 23rd, 2017

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night could keep this 60 year-old mailman from finally receiving his due.
Episode 56: Something Unforgettable and Real

08:34 | May 16th, 2017

Bill was known for creating unforgettable car chases - but there was one chase he wished he could forget.
Episode 55: The Man Behind the Microphone

07:22 | May 9th, 2017

Sometimes choosing the right words means not sticking to the script.
Episode 54: The Boy Who Loved to Fly

06:53 | May 6th, 2017

He flew into history - thanks to a nervous mother with an old-fashioned name.
Episode 53: A Simple Solution

07:20 | May 2nd, 2017

His formula saved millions from starvation - among other things.
Episode 52: A Patient Man

07:41 | Apr 25th, 2017

John loved Peggy so much he would do anything for her... including this!
Episode 51: Kid Stuff

07:39 | Apr 18th, 2017

Mr. Akai had a secret - and every kid in the neighborhood knew it.
Episode 50: Size Matters

09:55 | Apr 11th, 2017

In a competition like this - every inch counts.
Episode 49: Dream Job

06:42 | Apr 4th, 2017

The greatest World's Fair on the planet - and it all started with shoveling horse poo.
Episode 48: An Unmistakable Sound

07:18 | Mar 28th, 2017

Bob was a Mad Man who could sell anything - but this new product gave him a terrible headache.
Episode 47: On Thin Branches

06:38 | Mar 21st, 2017

How a mild mannered middle-school band teacher terrified America.
Episode 46: Fair Warning

07:26 | Mar 14th, 2017

You know his name - now you'll know why.
Episode 45: The Biscuit Bomb

07:14 | Mar 7th, 2017

Melvin's Stories always had a surprise ending - this one surprised even Melvin.
Episode 44: The Greaseman Cometh

07:30 | Feb 28th, 2017

Don't like your job?  Just invent something that does it for you.
Episode 43: The Paint Salesman

08:03 | Feb 21st, 2017

"Work hard, tell the truth, and don't be late for supper."
Episode 42: A Standing Ovation

07:15 | Feb 14th, 2017

You can stand, but don't you dare applaud.
Episode 41: Words, Words, Words

06:43 | Feb 7th, 2017

Choose them wisely or deal with the consequences.
Episode 40: Chip Off the Old Block

06:30 | Jan 31st, 2017

This groundbreaking agent had the world's most unique client.  And he took him straight to the top.
Episode 37: Man of Faith

06:28 | Jan 14th, 2017

A showdown between a pious governor a righteous crowd - what could possibly go wrong?
Episode 36: Oh Brother!

06:19 | Jan 12th, 2017

Thanksgiving isn't complete without a second helping of Presidential election politics.
Episode 35: The Code Breaker

06:12 | Jan 10th, 2017

His ear for hearing patterns served him well.
Episode 34: That's All Folks

08:36 | Dec 14th, 2016

Who knew cartoon characters could be so litigious?
Episode 32: The Dreamer

07:37 | Aug 30th, 2016

He couldn't change the people, so he changed the world.
Episode 30: The Demoted Deserter

06:48 | Aug 16th, 2016

War is hell, but the paperwork is intolerable.
Episode 28: An Incredible Reinvention

06:02 | Aug 2nd, 2016

When no one wants your product, don't change the product, change the name.
Episode 27: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

07:04 | Jul 26th, 2016

I don't want to split hairs, but EVERYONE should know this woman's name.
Episode 26: Rose Garden Rubbish

06:12 | Jul 19th, 2016

Even the President can't help this guy catch a break.
Episode 25: The Prisoner

05:37 | Jul 12th, 2016

The craziest prison break story you've never heard of.
Episode 23: Donnie's Secret

06:01 | Jun 28th, 2016

Donnie has a secret... and it's a doozie.
Episode 22: In Laws on the Outs

06:34 | Jun 21st, 2016

Their escape from an overbearing family really put them on the map.
Episode 21: The Coward of the Deep

06:50 | Jun 14th, 2016

Who will sing the praises of the famous warrior who refused to fight.
Episode 20: Fred's Final Wish

06:24 | Jun 7th, 2016

Why Fred's kids stopped for a snack on the way to his funeral.
Episode 19: John's Portuguese Cousin

06:22 | May 31st, 2016

A most unlikely path to becoming one of the greatest voices of all time.
Episode 18: The Toymaker

04:57 | May 24th, 2016

Al didn't want to make toys, he just wanted to fly.
Episode 16: The Orphan Hero

06:10 | May 10th, 2016

She was plucked from the streets and catapulted to fame.
Episode 15: Sorry, Wrong Number

05:41 | May 3rd, 2016

Sometimes in life, it's better not to stick to the script.
Episode 13: On My Honor

06:40 | Apr 19th, 2016

They say the truth will set you free, but in this case, it was a little white lie.
Episode 12: One Hit Wonder

05:59 | Apr 12th, 2016

No one has ever matched his record, and no one knows his name.
Episode 11: Lord of Loud

05:36 | Apr 5th, 2016

He didn't like the quiet, so he made sure we all could pump up the volume.
Episode 10: Lord of Light

06:21 | Mar 29th, 2016

The most expensive theme park there never was.
Episode 9: The Longshot

06:14 | Mar 22nd, 2016

Sometimes the only way to prove your worth, is with a trial by fire.
Episode 8: It's a Shame About Your Face

06:01 | Mar 15th, 2016

The most recognizable face that no one wanted to hire.
Episode 7: "Be right back, hon!"

04:57 | Mar 8th, 2016

She believes her husband is a genius. The only problem, no one else does. How her road trip changed everything – for YOU!
Episode 6: "This isn't funny!"

06:52 | Mar 1st, 2016

It was a cold, dark night on the field of battle – and one man had the perfect plan to strike back at the enemy.
Episode 5: Breaking the Silence

06:10 | Mar 1st, 2016

He found his voice and defined a generation. And he owes it all to a little piece of fruit.
Episode 4: Little Bits Of Corpse

07:05 | Mar 1st, 2016

Was he a lunatic or a genius? Sometimes it's hard to tell, especially when you're telling the world that doctors are killing their patients.
Episode 3: Clean Up On Aisle 4!

05:25 | Mar 1st, 2016

How did the clerks in a modest grocery store change the world as we know it?
Episode 2: He Had It All

05:33 | Mar 1st, 2016

He had the talent. He had the charisma. He had the looks. But without one little change, he'd never be the household name he is today.
Episode 1: The 25 Million Dollar Kiss

05:52 | Feb 24th, 2016

A kiss from her helped win the war. But her real assets changed the world as we know it.
Introducing 'The Way I Heard It'

02:13 | Feb 23rd, 2016

What inspired this series of short mysteries for the curious mind? Mike Rowe reveals the inspiration behind the new podcast.