The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe

The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe

By Mike Rowe

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 163: He Was Not Inclined To Judge

But did he really have to eat bull testicles to prove it?  
07/07/2012m 23s

Episode 162: OCCASIONALLY--Independence Day

In honor of Independence Day, Mike chews up the scenery with a recitation of what may be the most important speech ever delivered, by the man historians call "The Forgotten Founder." 
04/07/2014m 29s

Episode 161: Excess Baggage

A helicopter filled with evacuees tries to get off the ground as the shooting intensifies.  What could possibly go wrong?  
23/06/2010m 37s

Episode 160: A Groundbreaking Structure of Staggering Possibility

This architect enjoyed a good challenge.  But this one nearly broke him...
16/06/2016m 14s

Episode 159: He Was Just Trying To Get Home

So too, was the man who got in his way.
09/06/2012m 28s

Episode 158: On the Pursuit of Satisfaction

The kid had a head for numbers.
12/05/2017m 59s

Episode 157: A Novel Hero

What he did was unspeakably brave.  So why then, did no one speak of it?
05/05/2021m 10s

Episode 156: A Bridge Too Far

They built a lot of bridges.  Perhaps, one too many...
14/04/2019m 6s

Episode 155: Lullaby for a Crackhead

He only had the one hit...but boy, was it a wonder!
07/04/2016m 59s

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.
31/03/2020m 57s

Episode 153: An Offer They Couldn't Refuse

The player loved to play... but on this particular occasion--he chose the wrong playmate.
17/03/209m 54s

Episode 152: They Had Their Way With Her

Or did they...
10/03/2015m 6s

Episode 151: He Was Ready For His Close Up

It was the gig of a lifetime... it just wasn't Gig's.
03/03/2015m 34s

Episode 150: Dude Looks Like a Lady

She broke the glass ceiling with ease.  But her secret was taken to the grave.
25/02/2018m 38s

Episode 149: Broadswords in a Pit

James and Rebecca simply could not settle their differences... that's where the broadswords came in.
18/02/2017m 30s

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.
11/02/2016m 9s

Episode 147: Her Biggest Fan

The doctor told her not to sing... but she did anyway.
21/01/207m 11s

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.
24/12/1918m 41s

Episode 145: Does This Look Infected

Yes, as a matter of fact, it does.  But penicillin won't help...
19/11/198m 29s

Episode 144: A Legend In His Own Mind

He was destined for greatness.  No one knew it but him.
12/11/1910m 21s

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.
05/11/1910m 28s

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
31/10/1918m 13s

Episode 141: On Average 15 Times a Day

But for this woman... maybe a bit more.
15/10/197m 46s

Episode 140: Another Band of Brothers

This group gave us the most iconic sound of all time.
08/10/198m 4s

Episode 139: A Penniless Singer

Who earned a funeral fit for a king.
01/10/198m 28s

Episode 138: An Extraordinary Swap

A love story.  Sort of...
17/09/199m 48s

Episode 137: A Bona Fide Sex Symbol

She simply had no choice.
10/09/197m 50s

Episode 136: A Boy And His Dog

The skinny kid was so desperate that he was about to sell his best friend.
03/09/197m 36s

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.
28/05/1911m 45s

Episode 134: Not Your Typical Homemaker

Julia was flattered by the proposal—but it came with certain… preconditions.
07/05/199m 56s

Episode 133: Call It What You Will

It's difficult to describe the chaos of an unpredictable world--but Peter sure tried.
01/05/199m 33s

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.
16/04/197m 28s

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.
09/04/199m 24s

Episode 130: A Tale of Two Pupils

They were classmates, bandmates, and best friends - even after one devastating punch changed everything.
02/04/198m 58s

Episode 129: Mother Knows Best

Mary had issues, no doubt about it.  But her mother was always there for her...
19/03/199m 15s

Episode 128: One Hell of a Toll

The journey was an incredible achievement - but the true cost was difficult to bear.
12/03/1910m 3s

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...
05/03/199m 4s

Episode 126: Smooth Operator

It was a mission he chose to accept - and the tape did not self-destruct.
26/02/197m 46s

Episode 125: On The Importance of Staying Grounded

How many near misses can one guy take - and still remain grounded.
20/02/198m 49s

Episode 124: At The Crossroads

Where one can ponder a big decision and enjoy a continental breakfast.  Sponsored by Postmates, use promo code: ROWE
14/02/198m 46s

Episode 123: Another Tortured Artist

A battered boy who couldn't stand the sight of his own reflection - so he changed it.
15/01/198m 7s

Episode 122: The Cherry Pie Is To Die For

But Ted was craving a slice of something else.
08/01/199m 53s

Episode 121: Her Most Notable Assets

She was plucked from obscurity and destined to satisfy the appetite of her insatiable benefactor.
01/01/199m 31s

Episode 120: 30 Minutes of Disappointing Television

You can't put THAT on TV!
18/12/187m 51s

Episode 119: They Shook On It

The significance of that shake was beyond this world.
11/12/1810m 28s

Episode 118: A Rapacious Capitalist

He talked to everyone - but it was the interview he didn't give that changed his life forever.
04/12/1810m 2s

Episode 117: Some Kind of Consequence

It wasn't exactly the trial of the century, but nearly everyone agreed - something had to be done.  
20/11/188m 27s

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...
13/11/188m 44s

Episode 115: A Conventional Hero

There are many ways to save a life - this one was rather conventional. 
06/11/189m 23s

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

How to wave goodbye to your current career. 
16/10/1810m 0s

Episode 113: According To Peter

This man's reputation needed to be destroyed - and that's the gospel truth... according to Peter.
10/10/189m 22s

Episode 112: No Ordinary Fan

Nothing came between Don and his boys - especially on game day.
02/10/189m 24s

Episode 111: Can You Be There By Nine?

Sure, as soon as I'm done playing Cowboys and Indians.
18/09/188m 33s

Episode 110: The Man Who Ran Away

When the shooting started this patriot ran for his life.
11/09/187m 4s

Episode 109: The Biggest Name In Town

She was young and beautiful - and about to kill someone.
04/09/187m 16s

Episode 108: Words Worth Remembering

These words take on a whole new meaning once you know the story behind why they were written.  
21/08/186m 41s

Episode 107: His Last Letter Home

It contained a much desired promise - from beyond the grave.
14/08/189m 21s

Episode 106: Keep Your Voice Down

All he wanted was a little peace and quiet - from himself.
07/08/187m 33s

Episode 105: Just What the Doctor Ordered

This doctor believed it was a right that came with the PhD.
24/07/188m 15s

Episode 104: The One Percenters

They paid their fair share, and then some...
03/07/187m 36s

Episode 103: A Girl Named Frank

When it came to getting exactly what she wanted - Frank could be very persuasive.  
26/06/188m 17s

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.
15/05/187m 6s

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.  
10/05/1840m 14s

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.
08/05/186m 54s

Episode 99: My Little Machine

A truly democratic machine and the man who didn't invent it.
01/05/187m 24s

Episode 98: Send Me The Bill

Wee Johnny wanted a mighty check - so he sent out some mighty big bills.
17/04/188m 6s

Episode 97: A Very Lucky Lady

No doubt about it - Miriam's timing was impeccable.
10/04/187m 53s

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.  
03/04/1811m 59s

Episode 95: Something Is Missing

He did everything a hero and patriot ought to do... almost.
20/03/1810m 48s

Episode 94: On The Importance of Better Driving

But how do you eliminate driver error?
13/03/189m 7s

Episode 93: As Long As It's Legal

Who says you can't preach Sunday morning, and then sell whiskey Sunday night?
06/03/188m 30s

Episode 92: Sharp as a Tack

Big John knew a simple but powerful equation when he saw one.
27/02/187m 37s

Episode 91: A Potty Mouth With a Secret

Do you want to know the bleeping secret or not!
13/02/189m 5s

Episode 90: A Man Well Hung

People came from miles around just to see it.
06/02/188m 57s

Episode 89: Armed For Love

Looking for love in the classifieds can lead to explosive consequences. 
03/01/189m 13s

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. 
19/12/1710m 29s

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!
12/12/178m 22s

Episode 86: Francisco's Flakes

A tale of award-winning flakes and delayed gratification.
05/12/179m 37s

Episode 85: Strange Bedfellows

Pete just wanted to get some sleep - But he could not get his bunkmate's earworm out of his head.
28/11/177m 4s

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.
21/11/177m 11s

Episode 83: How Soon They Forget

It was the trial of the century - that no one remembers.
14/11/179m 50s

Episode 82: The Men Behind Bars

A father and a son with more than just bars between them.
07/11/177m 45s

Episode 81: The Consultant

He was notoriously proficient in his field and his advice was priceless – he just didn’t make house calls. 
31/10/179m 4s

Episode 80: How The Game Was Played

Saul's nephew kept a secret his entire career - you could do that back then.
24/10/178m 18s

Episode 79: Bobby Brings Home the Bacon

Only problem is - it's not Bobby's bacon.
17/10/178m 37s

Episode 78: Give That Man a Cigar

Eddie was really good at blowing smoke.
10/10/178m 50s

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

The story of a slightly subversive student with a taste for gin.
03/10/1710m 51s

Episode 76: A Hot Babe Who Liked It Rough

The family business was brutal - but this Babe wanted in.
26/09/178m 47s

Episode 75: A Safe Space

His personal proclivities seemed to trigger women – so he had to keep them a secret.
22/09/177m 56s

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.
12/09/178m 58s

Episode 73: Monkey Business

How to make a billion dollars and remain absolutely calm.
05/09/176m 10s

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.
29/08/177m 53s

Episode 71: Head In The Clouds

Henry Junior just wanted to get out of Henry Senior's famous shadow.
22/08/178m 24s

Episode 70: You Might Feel a Little Pinch

No matter how bad your habits, this dentist can stop your pain - guaranteed! 
15/08/176m 39s

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

Take it from mother - never underestimate the power of a little make-up, properly applied.
08/08/177m 43s

Episode 68: A Nice Girl From Wisconsin

The consequences of her choice would forever change the world.
01/08/177m 8s

Episode 67: Charlie's Big Break

This aspiring songwriter was a family man who really wanted to be famous. 
25/07/177m 5s

Episode 66: A Serial Inventor

Because necessity is actually the mother of investment. 
18/07/178m 1s

Episode 65: A Full Figured Gal

She had tons of suitors because men knew that with her - anything was possible.
11/07/178m 21s

Bonus Episode 64: It's Good To Be The King

Mike tells a very personal story of the King that changed his life.  
08/07/1730m 27s

Episode 63: Render Unto Caesar

Caesar's ride that changed the course of Western Civilization. 
04/07/178m 11s

Episode 62: I'd Like to Buy a Vowel

But only if the spirit moves you.
27/06/178m 19s

Episode 61: When the World's on Fire

The melody was sweet, but the lyrics were too painful to sing.
20/06/176m 19s

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.
13/06/179m 45s

Episode 59: A Hero Under the Influence

When all is lost and the end is near - why not have a drink... or several.
06/06/177m 37s

Episode 58: A Lesser Known Vessel

Captain Cooper was asked to do the impossible - But he found it impossible not to try.
30/05/176m 43s

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.
23/05/179m 19s

Episode 56: Something Unforgettable and Real

Bill was known for creating unforgettable car chases - but there was one chase he wished he could forget.  
16/05/179m 0s

Episode 55: The Man Behind the Microphone

Sometimes choosing the right words means not sticking to the script.
09/05/177m 24s

Episode 54: The Boy Who Loved to Fly

He flew into history - thanks to a nervous mother with an old-fashioned name.
06/05/177m 17s

Episode 53: A Simple Solution

His formula saved millions from starvation - among other things.
02/05/177m 50s

Episode 52: A Patient Man

John loved Peggy so much he would do anything for her... including this!
25/04/178m 19s

Episode 51: Kid Stuff

Mr. Akai had a secret - and every kid in the neighborhood knew it.
18/04/178m 10s

Episode 50: Size Matters

In a competition like this - every inch counts.
11/04/179m 36s

Episode 49: Dream Job

The greatest World's Fair on the planet - and it all started with shoveling horse poo.
04/04/177m 23s

Episode 48: An Unmistakable Sound

Bob was a Mad Man who could sell anything - but this new product gave him a terrible headache.  
28/03/177m 48s

Episode 47: On Thin Branches

How a mild mannered middle-school band teacher terrified America. 
21/03/177m 6s

Episode 46: Fair Warning

You know his name - now you'll know why.
14/03/177m 19s

Episode 45: The Biscuit Bomb

Melvin's Stories always had a surprise ending - this one surprised even Melvin.
07/03/177m 47s

Episode 44: The Greaseman Cometh

Don't like your job?  Just invent something that does it for you.
28/02/177m 57s

Episode 43: The Paint Salesman

"Work hard, tell the truth, and don't be late for supper."
21/02/178m 43s

Episode 42: A Standing Ovation

You can stand, but don't you dare applaud.
14/02/177m 1s

Episode 41: Words, Words, Words

Choose them wisely or deal with the consequences.  
07/02/177m 13s

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.
31/01/177m 9s

Episode 39: A Rose By Any Other Name

Neat trick, but can you copyright it?
24/01/177m 44s

Episode 38: On Self Abuse

Please sir, can I have some more?
17/01/178m 21s

Episode 37: Man of Faith

A showdown between a pious governor a righteous crowd - what could possibly go wrong? 
14/01/176m 27s

Episode 36: Oh Brother!

Thanksgiving isn't complete without a second helping of Presidential election politics.
12/01/176m 49s

Episode 35: The Code Breaker

His ear for hearing patterns served him well.
10/01/176m 41s

Episode 34: That's All Folks

Who knew cartoon characters could be so litigious?
14/12/169m 8s

Episode 33: You Don't Know Mike

Sometimes, all you can do is watch.
11/09/168m 18s

Episode 32: The Dreamer

He couldn't change the people, so he changed the world.
30/08/167m 25s

Episode 31: The Hangman & The Windsor Knot

How a perfectly tied Windsor knot led to a date with the gallows.
23/08/166m 21s

Episode 30: The Demoted Deserter

War is hell, but the paperwork is intolerable.
16/08/167m 13s

Episode 29: The 100 Billion Dollar Bar

How his sweet tooth changed your life.
09/08/166m 25s

Episode 28: An Incredible Reinvention

When no one wants your product, don't change the product, change the name.
02/08/166m 41s

Episode 27: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

I don't want to split hairs, but EVERYONE should know this woman's name.
26/07/166m 57s

Episode 26: Rose Garden Rubbish

Even the President can't help this guy catch a break.
19/07/166m 33s

Episode 25: The Prisoner

The craziest prison break story you've never heard of.
12/07/166m 16s

Episode 24: Big Guy, Little Guy

How do you compete with a thriving 20th century company? Use 18th century technology of course.
05/07/165m 40s

Episode 23: Donnie's Secret

Donnie has a secret... and it's a doozie.
28/06/166m 28s

Episode 22: In Laws on the Outs

Their escape from an overbearing family really put them on the map.
21/06/167m 7s

Episode 21: The Coward of the Deep

Who will sing the praises of the famous warrior who refused to fight.
14/06/167m 20s

Episode 20: Fred's Final Wish

Why Fred's kids stopped for a snack on the way to his funeral.
07/06/166m 13s

Episode 19: John's Portuguese Cousin

A most unlikely path to becoming one of the greatest voices of all time.
31/05/167m 4s

Episode 18: The Toymaker

Al didn't want to make toys, he just wanted to fly.
24/05/165m 22s

Episode 17: The Lady Calls the Shots

He loved her so much he gave her his job.
17/05/166m 50s

Episode 16: The Orphan Hero

She was plucked from the streets and catapulted to fame.
10/05/166m 49s

Episode 15: Sorry, Wrong Number

Sometimes in life, it's better not to stick to the script.
03/05/166m 14s

Episode 14: The American Rock Star

His music career really blew up.
26/04/167m 2s

Episode 13: On My Honor

They say the truth will set you free, but in this case, it was a little white lie.
19/04/166m 38s

Episode 12: One Hit Wonder

No one has ever matched his record, and no one knows his name.
12/04/166m 30s

Episode 11: Lord of Loud

He didn't like the quiet, so he made sure we all could pump up the volume.
05/04/166m 4s

Episode 10: Lord of Light

The most expensive theme park there never was.
29/03/166m 53s

Episode 9: The Longshot

Sometimes the only way to prove your worth, is with a trial by fire.
22/03/166m 44s

Episode 8: It's a Shame About Your Face

The most recognizable face that no one wanted to hire.
15/03/166m 28s

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!
08/03/165m 38s

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.
01/03/166m 37s

Episode 5: Breaking the Silence

He found his voice and defined a generation. And he owes it all to a little piece of fruit. 
01/03/166m 35s

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.
01/03/167m 44s

Episode 3: Clean Up On Aisle 4!

How did the clerks in a modest grocery store change the world as we know it?
01/03/165m 57s

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.
01/03/165m 53s

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.
24/02/166m 29s

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.
23/02/162m 13s
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