The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe

By Mike Rowe

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Mike's voice is so soothing, and he has a way with words. I always try to guess who he is talking about, and learn snippets of history. I LOVE this podcast!


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 It with Mike Rowe -- short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span.

Episode Date
Episode 171: He Really Stuck With It

And that was good news for the naked burglar.

Sep 22, 2020
Episode 170: They Were All at Risk

Especially those with a pre-existing condition…

Sep 15, 2020
Episode 169: A Mouse in the House

That was particularly hard to find.

Sep 08, 2020
Episode 168: A Hooker You Can Trust

Call her what you will--the lady had vision.

Aug 18, 2020
Episode 167: They Knew It When They Saw It

And Jerry knew that he desperately needed to get to a meeting.

Aug 12, 2020
Episode 166: A Disaster in the Kitchen

Seriously, her cakes were downright repulsive!

Aug 04, 2020
Episode 165: The Feel Good Hit of the Summer

A real toe-tapper that no one could escape.

Jul 28, 2020
Episode 164: A Line in the Sand

Sometimes, you simply have to draw one.

Jul 21, 2020
Episode 163: He Was Not Inclined To Judge

But did he really have to eat bull testicles to prove it?  

Jul 07, 2020
Episode 162: OCCASIONALLY--Independence Day

Mike recites perhaps the most famous address ever delivered to the Continental Congress--Patrick Henry's immortal "Give me liberty or give me death" speech.

Jul 04, 2020
Episode 161: Excess Baggage

A helicopter filled with evacuees tries to get off the ground as the shooting intensifies.  What could possibly go wrong?  

Jun 23, 2020
Episode 160: A Groundbreaking Structure of Staggering Possibility

This architect enjoyed a good challenge.  But this one nearly broke him...

Jun 16, 2020
Episode 159: He Was Just Trying To Get Home

So too, was the man who got in his way.

Jun 09, 2020
Episode 158: On the Pursuit of Satisfaction

The kid had a head for numbers.

May 12, 2020
Episode 157: A Novel Hero

What he did was unspeakably brave.  So why then, did no one speak of it?

May 05, 2020
Episode 156: A Bridge Too Far

They built a lot of bridges.  Perhaps, one too many...

Apr 14, 2020
Episode 155: Lullaby for a Crackhead

He only had the one hit...but boy, was it a wonder!

Apr 07, 2020
Episode 154: OCCASIONALLY--Quarantined Edition

Mike was the keynote speaker at the last large gathering in the United States before the country officially closed for business. His job? Shaking hands--with over a hundred thousand people. Now, after three weeks of self-isolation, he'd like to tell you about it. And then, read a very funny story from his mom's new book.

Mar 31, 2020
Episode 153: An Offer They Couldn't Refuse

The player loved to play... but on this particular occasion--he chose the wrong playmate.

Mar 17, 2020
Episode 152: They Had Their Way With Her

Or did they...

Mar 10, 2020
Episode 151: He Was Ready For His Close Up

It was the gig of a lifetime... it just wasn't Gig's.

Mar 03, 2020
Episode 150: Dude Looks Like a Lady

She broke the glass ceiling with ease.  But her secret was taken to the grave.

Feb 25, 2020
Episode 149: Broadswords in a Pit

James and Rebecca simply could not settle their differences... that's where the broadswords came in.

Feb 18, 2020
Episode 148: A Book to Pass the Time

Because you need something to break the boredom of marching 300 miles in 10 degree weather to bring three boat thieves to justice... or so I'm told.

Feb 11, 2020
Episode 147: Her Biggest Fan

The doctor told her not to sing... but she did anyway.

Jan 21, 2020
Episode 146: OCCASIONALLY--Christmastime

Christmastime is upon us, and with it comes the season of giving. Mike recites perhaps the greatest story ever written about the spirit of giving.

Dec 24, 2019
Episode 145: Does This Look Infected

Yes, as a matter of fact, it does.  But penicillin won't help...

Nov 19, 2019
Episode 144: A Legend In His Own Mind

He was destined for greatness.  No one knew it but him.

Nov 12, 2019
Episode 143: Rude Awakenings

Some said he was cursed, others said he was blessed, but everyone agreed--he was the luckiest kraut in the navy.

Nov 05, 2019
Episode 142: OCCASIONALLY--Halloween

It's All Hallow's Eve! So what better way to mark the occasion than with an episode of OCCASIONALLY. Mike pays homage to the macabre musings of the great Edgar Allan Poe by reciting perhaps his most famous story. Light a candle, pour a beverage, and let the Victorian goosebumps wash over you. Prepare yourself for the insidious beating of... The Tell Tale Heart

Oct 31, 2019
Episode 141: On Average 15 Times a Day

But for this woman... maybe a bit more.

Oct 15, 2019
Episode 140: Another Band of Brothers

This group gave us the most iconic sound of all time.

Oct 08, 2019
Episode 139: A Penniless Singer

Who earned a funeral fit for a king.

Oct 01, 2019
Episode 138: An Extraordinary Swap

A love story.  Sort of...

Sep 17, 2019
Episode 137: A Bona Fide Sex Symbol

She simply had no choice.

Sep 10, 2019
Episode 136: A Boy And His Dog

The skinny kid was so desperate that he was about to sell his best friend.

Sep 03, 2019
Episode 135: The Illegitimate Son-of-a-Smith

Denied his father's true last name for most of his life, James reclaimed it--in a monumental way.

May 28, 2019
Episode 134: Not Your Typical Homemaker

Julia was flattered by the proposal—but it came with certain… preconditions.

May 07, 2019
Episode 133: Call It What You Will

It's difficult to describe the chaos of an unpredictable world--but Peter sure tried.

May 01, 2019
Episode 132: Harvey's Future Ex-Wife

She just said she was going home - but it's the way she said it that we remember.

Apr 16, 2019
Episode 131: The Mystery of the Vanishing Woman

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.

Apr 09, 2019
Episode 130: A Tale of Two Pupils

They were classmates, bandmates, and best friends - even after one devastating punch changed everything.

Apr 02, 2019
Episode 129: Mother Knows Best

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

Mar 19, 2019
Episode 128: One Hell of a Toll

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

Mar 12, 2019
Episode 127: No Polite Way To Put It

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

Mar 05, 2019
Episode 126: Smooth Operator

It was a mission he chose to accept - and the tape did not self-destruct.

Feb 26, 2019
Episode 125: On The Importance of Staying Grounded

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

Feb 20, 2019
Episode 124: At The Crossroads

Where one can ponder a big decision and enjoy a continental breakfast. 

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Feb 14, 2019
Episode 123: Another Tortured Artist

A battered boy who couldn't stand the sight of his own reflection - so he changed it.

Jan 15, 2019
Episode 122: The Cherry Pie Is To Die For

But Ted was craving a slice of something else.

Jan 08, 2019
Episode 121: Her Most Notable Assets

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

Jan 01, 2019
Episode 120: 30 Minutes of Disappointing Television

You can't put THAT on TV!

Dec 18, 2018
Episode 119: They Shook On It

The significance of that shake was beyond this world.

Dec 11, 2018
Episode 118: A Rapacious Capitalist

He talked to everyone - but it was the interview he didn't give that changed his life forever.

Dec 04, 2018
Episode 117: Some Kind of Consequence

It wasn't exactly the trial of the century, but nearly everyone agreed - something had to be done.  

Nov 20, 2018
Episode 116: A Little Town Up North

It was just a tiny patch of farmland near a tiny little burg - but oh, the things that happened there...

Nov 13, 2018
Episode 115: A Conventional Hero

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

Nov 06, 2018
Episode 114: A Manly Man, A Gold Medal, and A Really Big Sea

How to wave goodbye to your current career. 

Oct 16, 2018
Episode 113: According To Peter

This man's reputation needed to be destroyed - and that's the gospel truth... according to Peter.

Oct 10, 2018
Episode 112: No Ordinary Fan

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

Oct 02, 2018
Episode 111: Can You Be There By Nine?

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

Sep 18, 2018
Episode 110: The Man Who Ran Away

When the shooting started this patriot ran for his life.

Sep 11, 2018
Episode 109: The Biggest Name In Town

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

Sep 04, 2018
Episode 108: Words Worth Remembering

These words take on a whole new meaning once you know the story behind why they were written.  

Aug 21, 2018
Episode 107: His Last Letter Home

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

Aug 14, 2018
Episode 106: Keep Your Voice Down

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

Aug 07, 2018
Episode 105: Just What the Doctor Ordered

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

Jul 24, 2018
Episode 104: The One Percenters

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

Jul 03, 2018
Episode 103: A Girl Named Frank

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

Jun 26, 2018
Episode 102: The Manchester Cowboy

This famous aspiring jockey just wanted to hear the roar of the crowd - but this was not the crowd he was expecting.

May 15, 2018
Bonus Episode 101: The Way I Talked About The Way I Heard It

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 podcast started to where it's headed in the future.  

May 10, 2018
Episode 100: How Not To Ruin Your Most Expensive Suit

It was opening night on the world's largest stage, but when you gotta go - you gotta go.

May 08, 2018
Episode 99: My Little Machine

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

May 01, 2018
Episode 98: Send Me The Bill

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

Apr 17, 2018
Episode 97: A Very Lucky Lady

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

Apr 10, 2018
Episode 96: The Pilot and the Passenger

No movie has been made about this heroic tale, but over a hundred movies have been made because of it.  

Apr 03, 2018
Episode 95: Something Is Missing

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

Mar 20, 2018
Episode 94: On The Importance of Better Driving

But how do you eliminate driver error?

Mar 13, 2018
Episode 93: As Long As It's Legal

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

Mar 06, 2018
Episode 92: Sharp as a Tack

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

Feb 27, 2018
Episode 91: A Potty Mouth With a Secret

Do you want to know the bleeping secret or not!

Feb 13, 2018
Episode 90: A Man Well Hung

People came from miles around just to see it.

Feb 06, 2018
Episode 89: Armed For Love

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

Jan 03, 2018
Episode 88: The Missiles of December

It was never good new when the red phone rang - and on this December night it was ringing off the hook. 

Dec 19, 2017
Episode 87: A Town Where Anything Can Happen

What does a former POW do when he returns home from an unpopular war?  Stand naked in the town square of course!

Dec 12, 2017
Episode 86: Francisco's Flakes

A tale of award-winning flakes and delayed gratification.

Dec 05, 2017
Episode 85: Strange Bedfellows

Pete just wanted to get some sleep - But he could not get his bunkmate's earworm out of his head.

Nov 28, 2017
Episode 84: A Very High Bar

He was willing to play the white-man's game - he just wished they had told him the rules first.

Nov 21, 2017
Episode 83: How Soon They Forget

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

Nov 14, 2017
Episode 82: The Men Behind Bars

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

Nov 07, 2017
Episode 81: The Consultant

He was notoriously proficient in his field and his advice was priceless – he just didn’t make house calls. 

Oct 31, 2017
Episode 80: How The Game Was Played

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

Oct 24, 2017
Episode 79: Bobby Brings Home the Bacon

Only problem is - it's not Bobby's bacon.

Oct 17, 2017
Episode 78: Give That Man a Cigar

Eddie was really good at blowing smoke.

Oct 10, 2017
Episode 77: How To Get Rich and Save Lives by Talking Dirty

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

Oct 03, 2017
Episode 76: A Hot Babe Who Liked It Rough

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

Sep 26, 2017
Episode 75: A Safe Space

His personal proclivities seemed to trigger women – so he had to keep them a secret.

Sep 22, 2017
Episode 74: The Ride of His Life

When you're in the back of an ambulance in the middle of a snowstorm - every second counts.

Sep 12, 2017
Episode 73: Monkey Business

How to make a billion dollars and remain absolutely calm.

Sep 05, 2017
Episode 72: Better Late Than Never

When the time came to fight for their King, these knights were prepared to show the enemy what they were made of.

Aug 29, 2017
Episode 71: Head In The Clouds

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

Aug 22, 2017
Episode 70: You Might Feel a Little Pinch

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

Aug 15, 2017
Episode 69: "A Little Dab'll Do Ya!"

Take it from mother - never underestimate the power of a little make-up, properly applied.

Aug 08, 2017
Episode 68: A Nice Girl From Wisconsin

The consequences of her choice would forever change the world.

Aug 01, 2017
Episode 67: Charlie's Big Break

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

Jul 25, 2017
Episode 66: A Serial Inventor

Because necessity is actually the mother of investment

Jul 18, 2017
Episode 65: A Full Figured Gal

She had tons of suitors because men knew that with her - anything was possible.

Jul 11, 2017
Bonus Episode 64: It's Good To Be The King

Mike tells a very personal story of the King that changed his life.  

Jul 08, 2017
Episode 63: Render Unto Caesar

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

Jul 04, 2017
Episode 62: I'd Like to Buy a Vowel

But only if the spirit moves you.

Jun 27, 2017
Episode 61: When the World's on Fire

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

Jun 20, 2017
Episode 60: Something to Stand For

What do you get when you cross a Private, a General, a lawyer, a doctor and two teenagers?  Something worth standing for.

Jun 13, 2017
Episode 59: A Hero Under the Influence

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

Jun 06, 2017
Episode 58: A Lesser Known Vessel

Captain Cooper was asked to do the impossible - But he found it impossible not to try.

May 30, 2017
Episode 57: But Who's Counting

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night could keep this 60 year-old mailman from finally receiving his due.

May 23, 2017
Episode 56: Something Unforgettable and Real

Bill was known for creating unforgettable car chases - but there was one chase he wished he could forget.  

May 16, 2017
Episode 55: The Man Behind the Microphone

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

May 09, 2017
Episode 54: The Boy Who Loved to Fly

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

May 06, 2017
Episode 53: A Simple Solution

His formula saved millions from starvation - among other things.

May 02, 2017
Episode 52: A Patient Man

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

Apr 25, 2017
Episode 51: Kid Stuff

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

Apr 18, 2017
Episode 50: Size Matters

In a competition like this - every inch counts.

Apr 11, 2017
Episode 49: Dream Job

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

Apr 04, 2017
Episode 48: An Unmistakable Sound

Bob was a Mad Man who could sell anything - but this new product gave him a terrible headache.  

Mar 28, 2017
Episode 47: On Thin Branches

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

Mar 21, 2017
Episode 46: Fair Warning

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

Mar 14, 2017
Episode 45: The Biscuit Bomb

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

Mar 07, 2017
Episode 44: The Greaseman Cometh

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

Feb 28, 2017
Episode 43: The Paint Salesman

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

Feb 21, 2017
Episode 42: A Standing Ovation

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

Feb 14, 2017
Episode 41: Words, Words, Words

Choose them wisely or deal with the consequences.  

Feb 07, 2017
Episode 40: Chip Off the Old Block

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

Jan 31, 2017
Episode 39: A Rose By Any Other Name

Neat trick, but can you copyright it?

Jan 24, 2017
Episode 38: On Self Abuse

Please sir, can I have some more?

Jan 17, 2017
Episode 37: Man of Faith

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

Jan 14, 2017
Episode 36: Oh Brother!

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

Jan 12, 2017
Episode 35: The Code Breaker

His ear for hearing patterns served him well.

Jan 10, 2017
Episode 34: That's All Folks

Who knew cartoon characters could be so litigious?

Dec 14, 2016
Episode 33: You Don't Know Mike

Sometimes, all you can do is watch.

Sep 11, 2016
Episode 32: The Dreamer

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

Aug 30, 2016
Episode 31: The Hangman & The Windsor Knot

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

Aug 23, 2016
Episode 30: The Demoted Deserter

War is hell, but the paperwork is intolerable.

Aug 16, 2016
Episode 29: The 100 Billion Dollar Bar

How his sweet tooth changed your life.

Aug 09, 2016
Episode 28: An Incredible Reinvention

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

Aug 02, 2016
Episode 27: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

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

Jul 26, 2016
Episode 26: Rose Garden Rubbish

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

Jul 19, 2016
Episode 25: The Prisoner

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

Jul 12, 2016
Episode 24: Big Guy, Little Guy

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

Jul 05, 2016
Episode 23: Donnie's Secret

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

Jun 28, 2016
Episode 22: In Laws on the Outs

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

Jun 21, 2016
Episode 21: The Coward of the Deep

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

Jun 14, 2016
Episode 20: Fred's Final Wish

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

Jun 07, 2016
Episode 19: John's Portuguese Cousin

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

May 31, 2016
Episode 18: The Toymaker

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

May 24, 2016
Episode 17: The Lady Calls the Shots

He loved her so much he gave her his job.

May 17, 2016
Episode 16: The Orphan Hero

She was plucked from the streets and catapulted to fame.

May 10, 2016
Episode 15: Sorry, Wrong Number

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

May 03, 2016
Episode 14: The American Rock Star

His music career really blew up.

Apr 26, 2016
Episode 13: On My Honor

They say the truth will set you free, but in this case, it was a little white lie.

Apr 19, 2016
Episode 12: One Hit Wonder

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

Apr 12, 2016
Episode 11: Lord of Loud

He didn't like the quiet, so he made sure we all could pump up the volume.

Apr 05, 2016
Episode 10: Lord of Light

The most expensive theme park there never was.

Mar 29, 2016
Episode 9: The Longshot

Sometimes the only way to prove your worth, is with a trial by fire.

Mar 22, 2016
Episode 8: It's a Shame About Your Face

The most recognizable face that no one wanted to hire.

Mar 15, 2016
Episode 7: "Be right back, hon!"

She believes her husband is a genius. The only problem, no one else does. How her road trip changed everything – for YOU!

Mar 08, 2016
Episode 6: "This isn't funny!"

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

Mar 01, 2016
Episode 5: Breaking the Silence

He found his voice and defined a generation. And he owes it all to a little piece of fruit. 

Mar 01, 2016
Episode 4: Little Bits Of Corpse

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.

Mar 01, 2016
Episode 3: Clean Up On Aisle 4!

How did the clerks in a modest grocery store change the world as we know it?

Mar 01, 2016
Episode 2: He Had It All

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.

Mar 01, 2016
Episode 1: The 25 Million Dollar Kiss

A kiss from her helped win the war. But her real assets changed the world as we know it.

Feb 24, 2016
Introducing 'The Way I Heard It'

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

Feb 23, 2016