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

11:08 | 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

09:22 | Jun 6th, 2017

When all is lost and the end is near - why not have a drink... or several.

Episode 89: Armed For Love

10:23 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Looking for love in the classifieds can lead to explosive consequences.

Episode 85: Strange Bedfellows

09:25 | 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

11:30 | 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

05:29 | Jun 20th, 2017

The melody was sweet, but the lyrics were too painful to sing.

Episode 31: The Hangman & The Windsor Knot

08:37 | Aug 23rd, 2016

How a perfectly tied Windsor knot led to a date with the gallows.

Episode 24: Big Guy, Little Guy

06:56 | Jul 5th, 2016

How do you compete with a thriving 20th century company? Use 18th century technology of course.

Episode 129: Mother Knows Best

10:19 | Mar 19th

Mary had issues, no doubt about it.  But her mother was always there for her...

Episode 128: One Hell of a Toll

11:59 | Mar 12th

The journey was an incredible achievement - but the true cost was difficult to bear.

Episode 127: No Polite Way To Put It

10:54 | 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

09:13 | 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

09:58 | Feb 20th

How many near misses can one guy take - and still remain grounded.

Episode 124: At The Crossroads

10:42 | 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

10:05 | 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

11:10 | Jan 1st

She was plucked from obscurity and destined to satisfy the appetite of her insatiable benefactor.

Episode 119: They Shook On It

12:05 | Dec 11th, 2018

The significance of that shake was beyond this world.

Episode 118: A Rapacious Capitalist

11:42 | 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

09:39 | 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

10:03 | 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

10:08 | Nov 6th, 2018

There are many ways to save a life - this one was rather conventional.

Episode 113: According To Peter

11:06 | 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

11:56 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Nothing came between Don and his boys - especially on game day.

Episode 111: Can You Be There By Nine?

10:38 | Sep 18th, 2018

Sure, as soon as I'm done playing Cowboys and Indians.

Episode 110: A Rank Amateur

08:26 | Sep 11th, 2018

When the shooting started this patriot ran for his life.

Episode 109: The Biggest Name In Town

08:21 | Sep 4th, 2018

She was young and beautiful - and about to kill someone.

Episode 108: Words Worth Remembering

08:05 | 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

13:05 | Aug 14th, 2018

It contained a much desired promise - from beyond the grave.

Episode 106: Keep Your Voice Down

08:18 | Aug 7th, 2018

All he wanted was a little peace and quiet - from himself.

Episode 105: Just What the Doctor Ordered

10:19 | Jul 24th, 2018

This doctor believed it was a right that came with the PhD.

Episode 104: The One Percenters

09:57 | Jul 3rd, 2018

They paid their fair share, and then some...

Episode 103: A Girl Named Frank

10:39 | Jun 26th, 2018

When it came to getting exactly what she wanted - Frank could be very persuasive.

Episode 102: The Manchester Cowboy

07:04 | 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

10:08 | 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

09:34 | May 1st, 2018

A truly democratic machine and the man who didn't invent it.

Episode 98: Send Me The Bill

10:35 | Apr 17th, 2018

Wee Johnny wanted a mighty check - so he sent out some mighty big bills.

Episode 97: A Very Lucky Lady

10:42 | Apr 10th, 2018

No doubt about it - Miriam's timing was impeccable.

Episode 96: The Pilot and the Passenger

14:01 | 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

10:31 | Mar 20th, 2018

He did everything a hero and patriot ought to do... almost.

Episode 93: As Long As It's Legal

07:58 | Mar 6th, 2018

Who says you can't preach Sunday morning, and then sell whiskey Sunday night?

Episode 92: Sharp as a Tack

09:32 | Feb 27th, 2018

Big John knew a simple but powerful equation when he saw one.

Episode 91: A Potty Mouth With a Secret

10:20 | Feb 13th, 2018

Do you want to know the bleeping secret or not!

Episode 90: A Man Well Hung

10:50 | Feb 6th, 2018

People came from miles around just to see it.

Episode 88: The Missiles of December

12:41 | 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

09:46 | 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

11:18 | Dec 5th, 2017

A tale of award-winning flakes and delayed gratification.

Episode 84: A Very High Bar

10:11 | 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

11:42 | Nov 14th, 2017

It was the trial of the century - that no one remembers.

Episode 82: The Men Behind Bars

10:00 | Nov 7th, 2017

A father and a son with more than just bars between them.

Episode 80: How The Game Was Played

10:27 | Oct 24th, 2017

Saul's nephew kept a secret his entire career - you could do that back then.

Episode 78: Give That Man a Cigar

10:21 | Oct 10th, 2017

Eddie was really good at blowing smoke.

Episode 77: How To Get Rich and Save Lives by Talking Dirty

12:40 | Oct 3rd, 2017

The story of a slightly subversive student with a taste for gin.

Episode 76: A Hot Babe Who Liked It Rough

10:27 | Sep 26th, 2017

The family business was brutal - but this Babe wanted in.

Episode 75: A Safe Space

09:22 | 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

10:11 | 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

07:47 | Sep 5th, 2017

How to make a billion dollars and remain absolutely calm.

Episode 71: Head In The Clouds

10:41 | Aug 22nd, 2017

Henry Junior just wanted to get out of Henry Senior's famous shadow.

Episode 70: You Might Feel a Little Pinch

09:53 | Aug 15th, 2017

No matter how bad your habits, this dentist can stop your pain - guaranteed!

Episode 69: "A Little Dab'll Do Ya!"

10:17 | 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

09:45 | Aug 1st, 2017

The consequences of her choice would forever change the world.

Episode 67: Charlie's Big Break

09:07 | Jul 25th, 2017

This aspiring songwriter was a family man who really wanted to be famous.

Episode 66: A Serial Inventor

10:29 | Jul 18th, 2017

Because necessity is actually the mother of investment.

Episode 65: A Full Figured Gal

10:52 | 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

09:30 | Jul 4th, 2017

Caesar's ride that changed the course of Western Civilization.

Episode 60: Something to Stand For

09:16 | 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

06:03 | 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

08:30 | 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

08:36 | 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

06:35 | May 9th, 2017

Sometimes choosing the right words means not sticking to the script.

Episode 54: The Boy Who Loved to Fly

06:37 | May 6th, 2017

He flew into history - thanks to a nervous mother with an old-fashioned name.

Episode 53: A Simple Solution

07:00 | May 2nd, 2017

His formula saved millions from starvation - among other things.

Episode 52: A Patient Man

10:48 | Apr 25th, 2017

John loved Peggy so much he would do anything for her... including this!

Episode 51: Kid Stuff

11:10 | Apr 18th, 2017

Mr. Akai had a secret - and every kid in the neighborhood knew it.

Episode 50: Size Matters

11:32 | Apr 11th, 2017

In a competition like this - every inch counts.

Episode 49: Dream Job

09:39 | Apr 4th, 2017

The greatest World's Fair on the planet - and it all started with shoveling horse poo.

Episode 48: An Unmistakable Sound

11:37 | 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

10:25 | Mar 21st, 2017

How a mild mannered middle-school band teacher terrified America.

Episode 46: Fair Warning

10:49 | Mar 14th, 2017

You know his name - now you'll know why.

Episode 45: The Biscuit Bomb

13:07 | Mar 7th, 2017

Melvin's Stories always had a surprise ending - this one surprised even Melvin.

Episode 44: The Greaseman Cometh

12:11 | Feb 28th, 2017

Don't like your job?  Just invent something that does it for you.

Episode 43: The Paint Salesman

13:19 | Feb 21st, 2017

"Work hard, tell the truth, and don't be late for supper."

Episode 42: A Standing Ovation

12:25 | Feb 14th, 2017

You can stand, but don't you dare applaud.

Episode 41: Words, Words, Words

10:06 | Feb 7th, 2017

Choose them wisely or deal with the consequences.

Episode 40: Chip Off the Old Block

09:19 | Jan 31st, 2017

This groundbreaking agent had the world's most unique client.  And he took him straight to the top.

Episode 38: On Self Abuse

09:50 | Jan 17th, 2017

Please sir, can I have some more?

Episode 37: Man of Faith

07:59 | Jan 14th, 2017

A showdown between a pious governor a righteous crowd - what could possibly go wrong?

Episode 36: Oh Brother!

08:02 | Jan 12th, 2017

Thanksgiving isn't complete without a second helping of Presidential election politics.

Episode 35: The Code Breaker

08:29 | Jan 10th, 2017

His ear for hearing patterns served him well.

Episode 34: That's All Folks

12:15 | Dec 14th, 2016

Who knew cartoon characters could be so litigious?

Episode 32: The Dreamer

10:59 | Aug 30th, 2016

He couldn't change the people, so he changed the world.

Episode 30: The Demoted Deserter

11:07 | Aug 16th, 2016

War is hell, but the paperwork is intolerable.

Episode 28: An Incredible Reinvention

09:58 | Aug 2nd, 2016

When no one wants your product, don't change the product, change the name.

Episode 27: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

09:26 | Jul 26th, 2016

I don't want to split hairs, but EVERYONE should know this woman's name.

Episode 26: Rose Garden Rubbish

08:20 | Jul 19th, 2016

Even the President can't help this guy catch a break.

Episode 25: The Prisoner

08:24 | Jul 12th, 2016

The craziest prison break story you've never heard of.

Episode 23: Donnie's Secret

06:47 | Jun 28th, 2016

Donnie has a secret... and it's a doozie.

Episode 22: In Laws on the Outs

07:09 | Jun 21st, 2016

Their escape from an overbearing family really put them on the map.

Episode 21: The Coward of the Deep

07:25 | Jun 14th, 2016

Who will sing the praises of the famous warrior who refused to fight.

Episode 20: Fred's Final Wish

07:30 | Jun 7th, 2016

Why Fred's kids stopped for a snack on the way to his funeral.

Episode 19: John's Portuguese Cousin

07:18 | May 31st, 2016

A most unlikely path to becoming one of the greatest voices of all time.

Episode 18: The Toymaker

05:36 | May 24th, 2016

Al didn't want to make toys, he just wanted to fly.

Episode 17: The Lady Calls the Shots

09:03 | May 17th, 2016

He loved her so much he gave her his job.

Episode 16: The Orphan Hero

07:16 | May 10th, 2016

She was plucked from the streets and catapulted to fame.

Episode 15: Sorry, Wrong Number

06:17 | May 3rd, 2016

Sometimes in life, it's better not to stick to the script.

Episode 13: On My Honor

06:34 | 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

06:16 | Apr 12th, 2016

No one has ever matched his record, and no one knows his name.

Episode 11: Lord of Loud

05:57 | 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

06:46 | Mar 29th, 2016

The most expensive theme park there never was.

Episode 9: The Longshot

06:23 | 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

06:21 | Mar 15th, 2016

The most recognizable face that no one wanted to hire.

Episode 7: "Be right back, hon!"

05:22 | 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!"

06:37 | 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

06:22 | 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

07:23 | 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!

05:48 | 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

05:45 | 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

08:52 | Mar 1st, 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.