The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe

The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe

By The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe

What started as a series of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span has evolved into enlightening conversations for the not-so-short attention span. Whether it’s a short mystery, a long conversation, or an audio book, The Way I Heard It is a veritable box of chocolates for the ears, because you never know what you’re going to get.


396: Selected Garbage from Families of Distinction with Frank H. McCourt, Jr.

The American businessman and philanthropist talks about growing up in Boston as a fifth-generation builder, starting his first business collecting garbage at the age of 13, and the mission he’s on to create a new internet arguing in his book, Our Biggest Fight, that we the people’s data should belong to we the people. Big thanks to our terrific sponsors Use promo code MIKE to get 20% off your order. Save 50% off your first month! American Battlefield Trust—Visit to get your FREE copy of their award-winning history magazine, Hallowed Ground.
23/07/241h 23m

395: Getting All the Stuff Right with Dennis Quaid

The veteran actor and gospel singer recounts his early career, what made him give up his dream of becoming a veterinarian, how he realized he had a problem with cocaine and what he did to fix it, how Jerry Lee Lewis taught him to play the piano, and what it was like playing Ronald Reagan for his upcoming movie. And at the end of the episode—he sings a song! The movie REAGAN is in theaters August 30. View the trailer HERE. Get advanced tickets HERE. Shout out to our terrific sponsors to try ZipRecruiter for FREE. Code Rowe gets $20 off & FREE chicken thighs, top sirloin, or salmon for a year. to find a tuition-free K12-powered school near you.
16/07/241h 13m

394: Don't Call Her a Philanthropist with Kris Engelstad

As trustee of the Engelstad Foundation, Kris has overseen the endowment of over $300 million in scholarships and grants. Kris talks about working as a maid in her father’s hotel on the Las Vegas strip, what she learned from watching him build several Nevada landmarks, and what it’s like to manage a billion-dollar foundation. Big thanks to our awesome sponsors Save 50% off your first month! Use code: MIKE for 15% off and FREE shipping U.S. Money Reserve—Visit to access a FREE video Series on precious metals.
09/07/241h 33m

393: The War on Warriors with Pete Hegseth

In honor of Independence Day, TWIHI welcomes Army veteran and NYT bestselling author Pete Hegseth, who talks about why civic rituals like parades are so important to convey what we value as a society, how to acknowledge America’s faults while still appreciating her greatness, and how our armed forces are destroying themselves from the inside. Pete’s new book is The War on Warriors. Tip o’ the hat to our excellent sponsors to try ZipRecruiter for FREE. to schedule a FREE inspection. American Battlefield Trust—Visit to get your FREE copy of their award-winning history magazine, Hallowed Ground.
02/07/241h 13m

BONUS COFFEE 392: Keep an Eye on Your Son's Stool with Peggy Rowe

Peggy Rowe is a three-time New York Times bestselling author, the matriarch of the Rowe family, and, of course, Mike’s mom. The coffee klatch conversation deals with handling disappointment, the difference between encouragement and enabling, and how bowls and bowls of mashed potatoes can help you find your Tiddlywinks pieces. Peggy’s new book is available for presale at Big thanks to our terrific sponsors American Battlefield Trust—Visit to get your FREE copy of their award-winning history magazine, Hallowed Ground. Something To Stand For—Visit SomethingToStandFor.Movie/Mike for showtimes and tickets
27/06/2451m 37s

391: NEW STORY—Credit Where It’s Due

Here's a brand new story about the performance of a lifetime followed by another edition of Two Dudes Talking, a.k.a. Mike and Chuck break it down with some laughs. Shout out to our terrific sponsors Explore available careers! Use code MIKE to get 20% off your order. Save 50% off your first month!
25/06/241h 5m

390: Pulling the Pin with Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield, the two-time New York Times Bestselling author of The War of Art, Gates of Fire, and The Legend of Bagger Vance, discusses how to listen to your muse while ignoring your Resistance, why he carries a Smith Corona typewriter but doesn’t actually use it, and what he learned from driving a truck, picking fruit, and writing advertising copy. His newest book is a memoir titled Govt Cheese. Big thanks to our awesome sponsors to try ZipRecruiter for FREE. to schedule a FREE inspection. U.S. Money Reserve—Visit to view a FREE video series on precious metals.
18/06/241h 23m

389: You Can Learn a Lot in a Smoke-Filled Airplane with Gavin de Becker

The nation’s leading expert on de-escalation and public figure protection unpacks the importance of intuition, the difference between true fear and unwarranted fear, and the epidemic of sudden, unexpected deaths among seemingly healthy people beginning in 2021. Tip o’ the hat to our excellent sponsors Until June 18 use code Mike to get $30 off their best-selling frame. Explore available careers! U.S. Money Reserve—Visit to view a FREE video series on precious metals. The Jordan Harbinger Show—Visit to start listening.
11/06/241h 39m

388: Swimming Against the Current with Riley Gaines

The 12-time NCAA All-American, 5-time SEC Champion, and 2-time Olympic qualifier who went from being one of the fastest collegiate swimmers in the world to a controversial women's rights advocate talks about what it takes to train in a pool six hours per day, why she’s not going to be training to be an endodontist, and recounts the harrowing experience of being held captive on the campus of San Francisco State University. Her new book is Swimming Against the Current: Fighting For Common Sense in a World That’s Lost Its Mind. Big thanks to our great sponsors to try ZipRecruiter for FREE. Use code: MIKE for 15% off and FREE shipping to schedule a free inspection.
04/06/241h 29m

387: Make Me a Firefighter with Candice McDonald and Jonathan Dayton

In a double-header of do-goodery, TWIHI welcomes not one but two very distinguished volunteer firefighters to discuss why they have been called to such a dangerous philanthropic endeavor, what it takes to become a volunteer firefighter, and how Americans of any age can get involved at Many thanks to our terrific sponsors the number one cloud financial system. Save 50% off your first month! Use code MIKE to get 20% off your full purchase
28/05/241h 5m

386: NEW STORY—Here Be Dragons

First, a brand-new mystery about brave men in a distant sea, then Mike and Chuck take a deeper dive.   Big thanks to our great sponsors Explore available careers! Use code MIKE to get 20% off your order. U.S. Money Reserve—Call 866-944-GOLD (4653) to get your FREE gold information kit.
21/05/241h 12m

385: I Don't Want to Manage People Like Me with Karey Kirkpatrick

The film writer, director, and producer known for Over the Hedge, Chicken Run, and James and the Giant Peach talks about his work ethic and creative process, why animated films are modern-day Aesop’s fables, and that time he almost got to run DreamWorks. Heaps of gratitude for our fantastic sponsors to try ZipRecruiter for FREE. Save 50% off your first month! to schedule a FREE inspection.
14/05/241h 33m

384: Freedom Food and Funny Cars with Matt Hagan and Chloe Hudson

Matt is a four-time NHRA Funny Car world champion and first-generation cattle and CBD farmer. Chloe is a mikeroweWORKS work ethic scholarship recipient, an AWS Certified Weld Inspector, and a social media influencer. She also runs social media for Matt Hagan and Tony Stewart. This conversation does not stay in its lane as it veers from the high stakes involved in going 330 mph in four seconds to the tasty steaks that the Hagan Cattle Company produces in Virginia to the political stakes of not keeping your food supply chain in America.  Many thanks to our fabulous sponsors Use code: Mike to get $30 off their best-selling frame. Explore available careers! Use code: MIKE for 15% off and FREE shipping
07/05/241h 8m

BONUS COFFEE 383: Nude Sunbathing with America’s Grandmother

The three-time NYT bestselling author, a.k.a. Mike’s mom, talks the chosen frozen on Easter Sunday, speaking in tongues, the Key Bridge tragedy, Fort McHenry and Ranger Vince, our expanding universe, great illusionists, and how Peggy gets her vitamin D—doctor’s orders.  Many thanks to our fantastic sponsors Schedule a free inspection. Buy one get one 50% off Use code MIKE to get 20% off your full purchase
02/05/2450m 39s

382: Individualism Rightly Understood with Scott Mann

The former U.S. Army Green Beret, NYT bestselling author, leadership consultant, and perennial storyteller talks about the division and tribal behavior that permeates our country now, the death of honor, shame, and consequence, and why Alexis de Tocqueville was right when he observed that America succeeds because she puts the individual ahead of the collective. You can preorder Scott’s newest book here. Big thanks to our great sponsors to try ZipRecruiter for FREE. Great financing on the number one cloud financial system. Use code: Mike to get $30 off their best-selling frame.
30/04/241h 19m

381: NEW STORY—The Face of an Angel

A NEW mystery for the curious mind with a short attention span, followed by Mike and Chuck taking a deeper dive into the story’s DOUBLE reveal. That’s right, you get two reveals for the price of none! Many thanks to our terrific sponsors Use code: Mike to get $30 off their best-selling frame. Explore available careers! Save 50% off your first month!
23/04/2456m 45s

380: American Flannel with Steven Kurutz

What does it take to make a traditional flannel shirt in America? According to this New York Times reporter it’s a combination of engineering and artistry. And Steven should know; he wrote the book on it, American Flannel.  Steven explores with us the history of U.S. textile manufacturing and how our thirst for cheaper goods led to the death of small company towns and the creation of the rust belt.
16/04/241h 3m

379: Psst… Wanna Buy a Stadium Buddy? with Jordan Harbinger

The former Wall Street lawyer and current OG podcaster drops by to discuss the latest in Podcastladia, how patternicity and our desire for certainty can lead us to create wild theories, the death of skepticism, honesty in advertising, and what he learned from being kidnapped the first time in Mexico. Yes, there was more than one kidnapping.
09/04/241h 20m

378: Surviving Disney with Jeff Harmon & Neal Harmon

The serial entrepreneurs and founders of Angel Studios talk about growing up poor in a family of eleven, how they went from selling potatoes door to door to being the ad agency of record for Poo-Pourri, Squatty Potty, and Orabrush, how they survived a $62 million lawsuit from four of the biggest studios in Hollywood, and how their Angel Guild is cracking the code to finding the next big film.        
02/04/241h 28m

377: Sitting in a Puddle of Tilden with Peter Tilden

The writer, producer, and veteran radio broadcaster drops by to regale us with stories from the entertainment trenches, explains why he created the podcast Really? no, REALLY? with his BFF Jason Alexander and how that’s affected their relationship, and expounds on what makes great advertising great. RIP Dexter.
26/03/241h 27m

376: An Unholy Incubator with Will Swaim

The President of the California Policy Center, host of National Review’s Radio Free California podcast, and watchdog journalist warns about the new federal regulation that effectively makes CA-AB5 national and ends independent contractor status as we know it. As goes California, so goes the nation—from a $20 minimum wage for fast-food workers to rampant homelessness, crime, and reparations—the recovering communist dissects examples of what’s happening in the Golden State and yet to come nationally.
19/03/241h 14m

375: NEW STORY—Nasty Little Instruments

Another brief mystery for the curious mind with a short attention span, followed by a deeper dive into the story’s reveal with Mike and Chuck. WARNING: Careful where you listen with headphones, as it may result in alternating facial contortions of disgust and hilarity. The title is Nasty Little Instruments, after all.
12/03/2451m 37s

374: No Man No Problem with Bill Whittle

The podcaster, YouTuber, and amateur historian ruminates on the state of Hollywood, talks about his Daily Wire project, An Empire of Terror, which exposes the dark underbelly of the Soviet Union’s police state, and recounts the amazing story of Frank Luke, the forgotten top ace of WWI.   
05/03/241h 9m

BONUS COFFEE 373: The Wedgie Kick

America’s grandmother recalls the harrowing details of her husband’s heart attacks at Christmas, gives an update on his convalescence, and tells a shocking tale about the newsletter you do NOT want to be mentioned in. From stents to physical therapy, shuffleboard to bingo, and that little dance we do when our panties are in a bunch, it’s another edition of Coffee with Mom!  
29/02/2453m 30s

372: Jimmy Failla Loves Fat Elvis

The former New York cabby, current stand-up comic, and perennial philosopher talks hilariously about why he’s keeping politics out of his new show Fox News Saturday Night, why he wrote his bestselling book, Cancel Culture Dictionary, and why he looks at the world like a drug-sniffing dog at the airport.
27/02/241h 8m

371: Chuck Gets a Haircut with Denis Chetzan and Mary Sullivan

Mike follows through with his threat to get Chuck a professional haircut by enlisting The Irish Hammer’s “hairstylist to the stars” to bring his salon to our studio for a cut and record. What could possibly go wrong? 
20/02/241h 1m

370: The Smartest Dropout I Know is Rikki Schlott

The New York Post columnist and author discusses the disruptive and damaging nature of social media, our shortening attention spans, the lack of free speech on college campuses, why the First Amendment is the most important right, why she left NYU during COVID despite her 4.0 GPA, and how she came to write The Cancelling of the American Mind with Greg Lukianoff.
13/02/241h 3m

369: Gabby Reece is Not in Compliance

The volleyball legend, fitness leader, podcaster, New York Times bestselling author, and serial entrepreneur talks about raising her girls with a do-it-yourself attitude, why it’s important to eat clean and lift heavy things, and how to be a good citizen without being a conformist and still saying yes.
06/02/241h 12m

368: The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth with Neal McDonough

The consummate villainous actor's actor joins us to discuss his childhood growing up in a motel, how being blacklisted in Hollywood tested his faith, and why he chose to play the Benefactor, a.k.a. the devil, in Angel Studio’s movie, The Shift. 
30/01/241h 13m

367: Scarcity Brain with Michael Easter

367: Scarcity Brain with Michael Easter The journalist and NYT bestselling author shares his research into why our brains are hardwired for overconsumption, how this scarcity mindset can lead us to take unnecessary risks, and how Inveterate gambling pigeons prove that we can change. It’s all from his newest book, Scarcity Brain: Fix Your Craving Mindset and Rewire Your Habits to Thrive with Enough.
23/01/241h 2m

366: NEW STORY—They Put Him in a Cage

A NEW mystery for the curious mind with a short attention span called They Put Him in a Cage is followed by an installment of The Way I Talked About The Way I Heard It, during which Mike and Chuck discuss first jobs, audition horror stories, and the condition of Mike’s dad.
16/01/2457m 19s

365: A Coffee Klatch Christmas with Peggy Rowe

Mike’s mom discusses Christmases past and present, her decided lack of cooking skills, complaining vs. observing, vertigo-inducing carpet, the perils of drinking dehumidifier water, pratfalls, a Christmas mugging, and Mike singing The Grinch.
19/12/2347m 51s

364: Son of a Revolutionary with John Dodd

The appellate lawyer and President General of the Sons of the American Revolution drops by to discuss our nation's founding and celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party by inducting Mike, Chuck, and Mike’s dad, John, into the SAR.
12/12/2355m 56s

363: BONUS STORY: Something to Chew On

It was a trip to the dentist, the dentist would never forget…
07/12/239m 27s

362: Don't Forget the Footnotes with Douglas Brunt

The New York Times bestselling author and podcaster discusses great writing, the power of storytelling, his newest book, The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel, and how he solved a 110-year-old whodunnit.  
05/12/231h 7m

361: A Place and a Purpose in a World Gone Mad with Salena Zito

The Washington Examiner columnist and reporter discusses why Lincoln’s Gettysburg address holds up 160 years later, why she’s building a room to hold miniature trains, the “dust up” in the Middle East, our current age of disruption, and why people are searching for something bigger than themselves. Then, by request, Mike serenade’s Salena.  
28/11/231h 11m

360: BONUS COFFEE: Let's Not Talk About Thanksgiving with Peggy Rowe

Tongue twisters, laundry mishaps, Betty the book-club-lady, the Klausmeyer I-told-you-so protocol, steel drums, bad videography, hot cross buns, cannibal hamsters, camping in July, rogue waves, and just a touch of Thanksgiving—It’s coffee with mom.  
22/11/2357m 30s

359: Teddy and Booker T. with Brian Kilmeade

The six-time New York Times best-selling author and prolific FNC host drops by to discuss what made President Theodore Roosevelt and civil rights pioneer Booker T. Washington so great and the role Mike played in Brian writing his newest book Teddy and Booker T.   Discussed in this episode:  Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington Arthur Lih of The River of Doubt by Candice Millard  
21/11/231h 4m

358: Five Days in November with Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin Hill

60 years after that horrible day in November when our 35th president was gunned down in Dallas, one of only two secret service agents from that detail still alive today gives his reflections and first-hand account and explains the difference between facts and theories.   Clint Hill is joined by his wife and co-author Lisa McCubbin Hill to discuss the day America lost its innocence, a secret service reunion 60 years in the making, and the 60th anniversary commemorative edition of their book Five Days in November.  
14/11/231h 11m

357: BONUS STORY: She Blew the Doors Off

It was late at night and she was pregnant, but Merry still had to go to work. And we're all glad she did.  
09/11/2311m 6s

356: The World's Biggest Therapist with Travis Mills

The former 82nd Airborne Staff Sergeant and quadruple amputee drops by to chat about the first time he met Mike, how he pissed off Bill Nye science guy, why he’s a proud member of the everything-is-great club, and his new book Bounce Back: 12 Warrior Principles to Reclaim & Recalibrate Your Life.
07/11/231h 10m

355: Hunting for Anomalies with Michael Shermer

The Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, podcaster, and Presidential Fellow at Chapman University talks about why we believe weird things, how our brains seek patterns to stay safe, the state of science and journalism, intellectual humility vs. certainty, the surprising rise of antisemitism, and his book Conspiracy: Why the Rational Believe the Irrational.   
31/10/231h 21m

354: BONUS COFFEE: They Like a Little Bit of Naughty with America's Grandmother

Peggy chides her eldest for spending too much time in the sun, then they discuss book clubs and pool sharks, Peggy’s latest borderline inappropriate post, Mike eating dates, geoducks and horses, Picasso vs Cezanne, a briss gone wrong, used condoms in an elevator shaft, a little paregoric on the gums, how Peggy discovered Mike was circumcised, and a tease about her espionage court case. In other words, another Coffee with Mom!
26/10/2358m 40s

353: I Never Got to Drive the Zamboni with Scott Hamilton

The Olympic gold medalist and four-time national and world ice skating champion is the most upbeat and cheerful human ever, and he shares his amazing journey from a sickly, smaller-than-average kid to an Olympic champion, what it’s like to survive two forms of cancer, and why he claims the brain tumor he was born with was the greatest thing that ever happened to him.  
24/10/231h 25m

352: Mailbag!

While answering listener questions, Mike and Chuck sip Knobel and discuss the future of TWIHI, Mike’s trip to Italy, the Rowe family reunion, an inappropriate rendezvous high above the opera house, piano-playing kitties, embarrassing teenage moments, and the day Chuck almost died on a photoshoot.  

351: BONUS STORY: Rough Delivery

For the baby’s sake, it’s a good thing Bobby was there. For Bobby, it changed everything.  
12/10/239m 29s

350: The Age of Blunder with Rob Long

The writer and executive producer of Cheers discusses how American culture is being held hostage to squeaky wheels, how quickly-acquired generational wealth is changing American business, and how every great showbusiness success wouldn’t be without a great blunder.  
10/10/231h 21m

349: How to Get Cal Ripken Jr. with Teresa Strasser

349: How to Get Cal Ripken Jr. with Teresa Strasser The Emmy-winning writer, TV host, and author swaps stories of near-miss television gigs with Mike, shares tales of growing up blue-collar with her auto mechanic dad, and reveals how she got the Iron Man of baseball to read and blurb her book, Making It Home: Life Lessons From a Season of Little League.  
03/10/231h 19m

348: BONUS COFFEE: A Handsome Guy Who Likes to Lick You with America's Grandmother

Three-time bestselling author Peggy Rowe reveals her favorite show that Mike’s ever made, talks about her favorite British murder mysteries, tells the story of how her friend once arrested Mickey Mantle in Baltimore the day before a ballgame, and recounts time spent with a seeing-eye dog named Larry. Oh, and Mike talks about a secret upcoming project he has no business talking about.    
28/09/2354m 44s

347: Better a Millstone Around Your Neck with Tim Ballard

The former Department of Homeland Security special agent talks about the hit film based on his career fighting pedophiles, Sound of Freedom, the ubiquity of modern-day slavery, and how our leaky border is aiding human traffickers.  
26/09/231h 10m

346: Rolling Up to the Red Carpet in a Purple Crown Vic with Coach Bill Courtney

The businessman and football coach talks about his experience growing up fatherless, how it felt to star in the Academy Award-winning documentary Undefeated, in which he used his tough-love style of coaching to help an underprivileged Memphis high school’s football team make it to the playoffs, and his mission to recruit an Army of Normal Folks to make this world a better place.  
19/09/231h 24m

345: BONUS STORY: Enough!

When you've had it up to here with terrorism, who you gonna call?
14/09/239m 48s

344: It's a Wonderful Life with Body Armor with Scott Mann

Former U.S. Army Green Beret, Lieutenant Colonel Scott Mann Ret., is a NYT bestselling author, warrior, and storyteller. Scott discusses his efforts to help save the lives of Afghan special forces and nationals left behind in the wake of the United States’ botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, his book Operation Pineapple Express that he wrote about those efforts, and the play he wrote to honor those who fought and died. The man: The book: The play: The film:  
11/09/231h 32m

343: A Beer, Some Nachos, and a Barstool with Dr. John Delony

343: A Beer, Some Nachos, and a Barstool with Dr. John Delony The bestselling author, mental health expert, and host of the Dr. John Delony Show chats about the crisis of confidence that comes from living in a post-expert world, the dangers of certainty, the choices we can make to live a non-anxious life, and how sharing nachos and beer with good friends can help. John’s book is Building a Non-Anxious Life  
05/09/231h 23m

342: Apple Juice and Saltines with Kevin O'Connor

This Old House’s Kevin O’Connor talks about the serendipitous non-audition audition that landed him a job on the longest-running how-to show on TV, what it was like to embed with Team Rubicon to film his new Roku show, what masculinity really looks like, and how to treat a razor wound.  
29/08/231h 12m

341: BONUS COFFEE: I Don't Know How to Arrange My Nickels with Peggy Rowe

America’s grandmother shares more of her signature wit and charm while discussing her husband’s cataract surgery recovery including a grueling eye drop schedule, the difference between an astigmatism and a stigmatism, forgetting your keys, the pros and cons of high stakes poker and Mahjongg, the meaning of PIE, and Lou Carter’s song If I Had a Nose Full of Nickels.  Strap in for another coffee with mom.  
24/08/2351m 8s

340: My Happy Place is the Operating Room with Dr. Rahul Seth

The otolaryngologist and facial reconstructive surgeon that fixed Mike’s nose talks about how prevalent deviated septums are, how he prepares for a 12-hour surgery, and the bicycle accident that nearly ended his surgical career.   Mentioned in this episode are Dr. Seth’s practice and Episode 262: Let’s Talk About Septums and Scrotums with James Nestor  
22/08/231h 11m

339: Will A.I. Build Your House with Nick Schiffer

Nick is a custom homebuilder and skilled trades advocate who founded NS Builders and hosts the Modern Craftsman podcast. He talks skilled trades, the labor shortage, and the ancient dilemma of juggling quality, schedule, and price. 
15/08/231h 14m

338: BONUS STORY: It Might Be Worth Remembering

The past is what we choose to forget. History is what we choose to remember.
10/08/2311m 48s

337: America's Hardest Working Garbage Man with Chad Pregracke

The founder of Living Lands and Waters talks about how his do-goodery removed over 13 million pounds of garbage from America’s waterways, how he’s turning discarded plastics into durable pallets, and why his volunteers refer to his flagship as the "Love Barge."
08/08/231h 8m

336: A Perfectly Reasonable Chat with Nick Gillespie

The Libertarian journalist and editor-at-large at Reason interviews Mike at FreedomFest 2023. The two discuss a myriad of topics, including skilled trades, workforce participation, and the state of education.  
01/08/231h 32m

335: BONUS COFFEE: Poetry Gets a Bad Rap

From Shakespeare to Frost and Madras to Nantucket, the three-time bestselling author and her son trade raps and reminisce about recitations. There’s also talk of sushi and rainwater, ancient mariners, nicking butter and cream, room-service cart ethics, barnacles on the sea of life, hot-tub lifeguarding, and Chuck’s Hitlerian youth. Yup, it’s coffee with mom.    
27/07/2356m 27s

334: Coffee Runs the World with Greg GUTFELD!

The host of the #1 rated late night TV show and five-time NYT bestselling author joins TWIHI to discuss what he hates and loves, why he originally didn’t want Mike on his show, how our culture has flipped, and his new book, The King of Late Night.
25/07/231h 11m

333: The Lady Who Puts Them in Me Will Be Thrilled

For Chuck's milestone birthday, Mike questions him about the Pageant of the Masters, his frequent hobbies, and the reason he has pellets in his ass.   
18/07/2352m 37s

332: BONUS STORY: His Final Destination

1 invalid + 8 assassins = the train ride of a lifetime.
13/07/2312m 48s

331: Naked Volleyball and Other Strategic Operations with Stu Segall

The successful producer of hit shows like Hunter, Renegade, and Silk Stalkings talks about how 9/11 changed television forever and led him to turn his 20-acre studio into Strategic Operations, a training facility that has allowed hundreds of thousands of military, law enforcement, and first responder personnel to experience medical and tactical training in “Hyper-Realistic® scenario environments.”  
11/07/231h 17m

330: I'd Go in a Heartbeat with Scott Tingle

Astronaut and combat veteran Captain Scott Tingle, a.k.a. "Maker," explains how he turned his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut into a reality. He provides a harrowing blow-by-blow account of what it’s like to fly an 8-hour combat mission and land on an aircraft carrier at night, as well as how to poop in space.  
04/07/231h 27m

329: BONUS COFFEE: You Can Give Them Your Underpants with Peggy Rowe

Socks and windsocks, support hose and ho’ ho’s, humble brags and no-so-humble brags, owl pellets and horse semen, dancing in circles, a forgotten stool sample, a chair-volleyball update, a manscaping demo, and lots of shameless pluggery.  Pour yourself a tall iced one and join coffee with mom!  
30/06/2348m 22s

328: Johnny Joey Jones is Unbroken

The Retired USMC Staff Sergeant who lost both legs in Afghanistan to an IED talks Hee-Haw, laying brick, cakewalks, farm living, his “Alive Day,” and his new book, Unbroken Bonds of Battle: A Book of Heroism, Patriotism, and Friendship.  
27/06/231h 37m

327: Tony Ortega Doesn't Like Bullies Either

Substack journalist Tony Ortega has been covering Scientology for decades, and he weighs in on what the Danny Masterson double conviction means for the future of the "church."   Subscribe to Tony’s newsletter at   Read his Rolling Stone Article about the trial here  
20/06/231h 15m

326: BONUS STORY: The Class of '23

America’s most exclusive graduate school is at it again.  
16/06/239m 37s

325: America's Founding Son with Bob Crawford

The Avett Brothers’ standup bassist is not only a great musician but also an avid historian. Bob talks about music, family, slavery, abolitionism, and the amazing legacy of John Quincey Adams as chronicled in his podcast, Founding Son: John Quincey’s America. Oh yeah, and there will be some mandolin playing.   Book mentioned: The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln by Sean Wilentz 
13/06/231h 27m

324: Bonus Day with Jedidiah Thurner

The disrupter and co-founder of Love Has No Limits talks about how the organization engages communities to tackle society's problems of families in crisis, foster care, and medical debt. He also reveals what he learned from his near-death experience and the incredible power of hope. Learn more about Love Has No Limits at  
06/06/231h 31m

323: Reguflation and the Right to Try with Akash Chougule

Americans For Prosperity’s vice president of government affairs, Akash Chougule, discusses how CA-AB5 and Congress’ Pro Act are deleterious to independent contractors and why the use of mutual benefit and bottom-up solutions work best, and Mike makes up a new word. Contact your representatives here
30/05/231h 4m

322: BONUS COFFEE: We're Gonna Need Both Bibles with Peggy Rowe

King James vs. NIV, Pentateuch vs. Septuagint, nonagenarian vs. ear-hair poetry, beaned vs. bean-less chili, Schmigadoon vs. Cockeysville, sponsors vs. sphincters, a centenarian luncheon, some loud nail-filing, and a gruesome story over lunch... Otherwise known as coffee with mom.
26/05/2348m 29s

321: The Ring of Sting with Smoking' Ed Currie

The Dirty Jobber, Guinness World Record-holding pepper breeder, and CEO of the PuckerButt Pepper Company, explains how he replaced drinks and drugs with dopamine-inducing capsaicin. Spoiler Alert: It involves a literal angel.   Ed’s company  
23/05/231h 28m

320: BONUS STORY: Braving the Elements

It might not be as bad as you think.
19/05/2310m 35s

319: Hunger is the Best Sauce with Michael Easter

The professor, adventurer, and author of the The Comfort Crisis speaks about his 33-day trip off the grid in the arctic tundra and how he learned to embrace silence, boredom, and uncomfortableness.   The Comfort Crisis  
16/05/231h 25m

318: BONUS STORY: That's Gonna Leave a Mark

Nothing irritates nightingales more than a runaway ass.
12/05/238m 37s

317: Adventure is Disaster Narrowly Averted

This documentary filmmaker, TV producer, and treasure hunter has traveled to some of the most beautiful and dangerous locations on the planet. The discussion includes ancient Assyrian artifacts, sunken ships, the treasures of Nimrud, underwater safecracking, a billion dollars in gold, and the greatest sizzle reel no one’s ever seen.  
09/05/231h 8m

316: Not On My Watch with Dan Clare

The Iraq War veteran and Chief Communications and Outreach Officer for Disabled American Veterans explains the circumstances that led him to blow the whistle on the Iraq burn pits.  
02/05/231h 10m

315: BONUS COFFEE: What, No Apple Pie?! with Peggy Rowe

On this edition of coffee with mom, bestselling author and Mike’s mom Peggy Rowe says goodbye to hatchet throwing season and hello to bocce ball season.  Along the way is a play called Moses, an Amish smorgasbord, mulligatawny soup, and a gelding “expressing himself.”
28/04/2354m 7s

314: Mr. Freedom Made a Promise to His Mother with Enes Kanter Freedom

Despite the bounty on his head, the former basketball star and human rights activist explains why he gave up his NBA career and tens of millions of dollars to keep a promise he made to his mom and do God’s work. Mr. Freedom knows better than most that freedom isn’t free.
25/04/231h 6m

313: We're Breaking Under the Weight of Our Own Weight with Vinnie Tortorich

The health and fitness guru breaks down the effects of sugar and grain on the American diet, gives an accounting of the total weight lost by the "Rowebies" that joined Vinnie’s crusade after his first appearance on TWIHI (spoiler alert: it’s a LOT!), and bids us beware of food pyramids and sleeping nineteenth-century prophets.
18/04/231h 28m

312: BONUS STORY: Big Stars, Little Stars

Phil expected to have a ball at the game, but he didn’t expect it would change his life forever.
14/04/2311m 18s

311: It's Not a Job, It's a Lifestyle with Tom Odom

Our favorite modern-day cowboy breaks down what a day-in-the-life of a long-haul trucker looks like and how he manages to drive his office over 120,000 miles each year.  Oh yeah, and you’ll also hear the chorus of a yet-to-be-written song called The Ballad of Tom Odom.
11/04/231h 8m

310: The Eternally Radical Idea with Greg Lukianoff

President and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE), Greg explains why we should be suspicious of certainty and invites us to join the million-strong free speech army to combat cancel-culture.
04/04/231h 20m

309: BONUS COFFEE: Pelvic Thrusts and Ball Squeezing with America's Grandmother

Grab a cup of Joe and join three-time bestselling author Peggy Rowe, a.k.a. Mike’s mom, as she catches us up on the shuffleboard finals ice cream social, the senior version of beer pong, getting recognized in the elevator, why you shouldn’t play board games with Mike, not-so modern banking, and how to write naughty without getting bawdy. 
31/03/2351m 55s

308: Can You Handle the Truth with Vivek Ramaswamy

The entrepreneurial businessman and presidential candidate lays out his plan to help America reclaim her national identity and shatter the Overton Window by taking on the army of angry acronyms; CSR, SDG, DEI, ESG, WEF, and CCP, which has earned him the nickname godfather of the anti-woke movement.
28/03/231h 29m

307: BONUS STORY: You Can Look It Up

Experts agree that the science is settled—this is yet another NEW mystery for the curious mind with a short attention span.  Factcheck: True.  But can you really believe everything you read?  Or hear? 
25/03/238m 36s

306: Celeste Headlee Can't Say A**hole on NPR

The radio host, journalist, and best-selling author shares insights from her viral TEDx talk, 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation, and discusses neuroscience & FMRIs, empathy & compassion, Homo sapiens & Neanderthals, food pantries & squirrel treeing. Oh yeah, and how to tell when you might be the A-hole, which of course is a word Celeste cannot say on NPR.
21/03/231h 19m

305: Charles C W Cooke Took an Oath

When he’s not writing his National Review column or rooting-on the Jaguars, Charlie Cooke is loving the Constitution he swore an oath to and loathing the proposed student loan transfer scheme he did not.  
14/03/231h 26m

304: The Shadow on the Wall is You with Scott Strode

Scott Strode, founder & national executive director of The Phoenix, reveals why rock climbing and marathoning helped him break the cycle of his addiction and how he is transforming the way our country approaches recovery with fitness and community.
07/03/231h 13m

303: The Incredible Symphony of Things with Bayard Winthrop

Bayard Winthrop, founder and CEO of American Giant breaks down our supply chain issues, our trade imbalance with the rest of the world, and how his company still managed to produce “the greatest hoodie ever made” 100% in the United States.
28/02/231h 11m

302: BONUS: Have You Seen My Husband's Teeth?

Killer coyotes, cataract surgery, cheating on eye exams, pellets in Chuck’s ass, the Florida wedding, John’s teeth lost at the rehearsal dinner, Mike channels his QVC days, Peggy plays Vanna White, John’s confusing anatomy, sapele vs oak, opening night of the Winter Follies, and the auctioning of an oversized napkin holder filled with Peggy’s books.  In other words, just another Coffee with Mom!
24/02/2336m 1s

301: Give the Children Knives and Fire with Chad Houser

Award-winning chef and bloody-do-gooder, Chad Houser explains why he gave up his successful restaurant to start Café Momentum, a nonprofit, fine dining restaurant that strives to break our country’s cycle of incarceration and violence by employing justice-involved youths.
21/02/231h 14m

300: Phil Keoghan is Fairly Interesting

The prolific Philiminator joins TWIHI for our tricentennial episode to discuss skilled trades, The Amazing Race, Tough as Nails, his Buck It list, nearly drowning, inspiring grandfathers, tall poppy syndrome, and where to look at a nude wedding.
14/02/231h 44m

299: BONUS STORY: He Delivered the Message

Back by popular demand is a brand-new story for the curious mind with a short attention span.  And here’s your only clue – When people needed to be stopped, the agency counted on Dick to stop them.  
10/02/2310m 54s

298: Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fryer

Dan McMurtrie, a venture capitalist and lifelong entrepreneur, discusses how a fluke injury ended his promising baseball career and sent him on a mission to save mom-and-pop restaurateurs. 
07/02/231h 2m

297: Megyn Kelly and the Irish Goodbye

It’s a fun hang with the feisty journo who shares her thoughts on fierce M&Ms, potty talk, why newsrooms are trying to scare the hell out of you, and how to execute the perfect Irish goodbye. 

296: BONUS COFFEE: It's Hatchet Throwing Season!!!

Time for a cup of coffee with mom!  Peggy Rowe, a.k.a. America’s Grandmother, drops by to discuss an upcoming family wedding, the joys of ninety-year-olds with power tools, and her escapades with chair volleyball and competitive ax throwing. 
27/01/2335m 32s

295: We're Still We the People with Todd Rose

Todd Rose, CEO of Populace, recounts his journey from 0.9 GPA high school dropout to Harvard professor and provides empirical evidence that Americans suffer from collective illusions about what we believe, why we believe it, and how we came to be so divided.  Spoiler Alerts: No one is average, and we’re not as divided as we think we are.  
24/01/231h 36m

294: The Ballad of Tom Odom

Will Swaim, journalist and president of the California Policy Center, educates us on CA Assembly Bill 5 (AB5,) which seeks to turn independent contractors into employees, and how it’s negatively affecting 70,000+ independent California truckers; truckers like Tom Odom, who calls in from the road to let us know why he is A.) part of a class action lawsuit and B.) moving to Texas.  Spoiler Alert: it’s because of AB5!     Will Swaim’s article about AB5 and Tom Odom   Contact Tom with your AB5 story at
17/01/231h 21m

293: Matt Walsh Made a Great Movie

Matt shares his thoughts on sex vs gender, objective truth, and why it’s so hard for so many people to answer the simple question, “what is a woman?”
10/01/231h 11m

292: When Animal Lovers Eat Their Own

Dirty Jobber Stacey Schumacher, co-owner of Schumacher Cattle (a ranch with a "pasture to plate program") and founder and executive director of the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection, a non-profit organization that spayed and neutered over 68,000 cats and dogs last year, has a unique perspective on animal rights and animal husbandry and why they are both so crucial.
03/01/231h 15m

291: America's Grandmother is Done with Christmas Cards

It’s another Christmas extravaganza featuring three-time New York Times bestselling author Peggy Rowe, a.k.a. Mike’s mom.  Now with less potty mouth!  Peggy explains why she and Chuck conspired to keep a secret from Mike.  
20/12/221h 19m

290: Give Me a Sink Plunger and I'll Save the World

Inventor and bloody do-gooder, Arthur Lih is on a mission to save a million people from choking with his LifeVac device.  It’s a quixotic quest that began at age 20 when he watched his best friend die in his arms.  
13/12/221h 6m

289: There's No Place Like Nome

Shawn Pomrenke of Bering Sea Gold shares the circumstances that led him to drop out of high school, how he used his work ethic and MacGyver skills to become a multi-million-dollar gold prospector, and why he describes being 100 feet below an ice shelf in the frigid Bering Sea as... relaxing. That is, until his regulator freezes and the oxygen flow stops—then it gets sporty.

288: BONUS: Vacuuming in the Nude Chapters 15 & 16

New York Times bestselling author Peggy Rowe is at it again—this time giving a hilarious inside look at her writing career. She has been writing all her adult life. In fact, she doesn’t know how not to write—even through those years of constant rejection from publishing houses. But between her tenacity and the encouragement of her family, Peggy’s breakthrough finally came at the tender age of 80. Vacuuming in the Nude is most likely her funniest prose to date as she shares her journey of attending myriad writers’ conferences and honing her ability to see humor in everyday situations. 
02/12/221h 4m

287: Sooner or Later, You've Gotta Squeeze the Beaver

On the two-year anniversary of The Way I Heard It’s format change from short to long form, Mike and Chuck make another announcement about the future of the podcast, and there is a lot of talk about an upcoming episode of Dirty Jobs that involves… you guessed it, squeezing beavers.  

286: BONUS: Vacuuming in the Nude Chapters 13 & 14

New York Times bestselling author Peggy Rowe is at it again—this time giving a hilarious inside look at her writing career. She has been writing all her adult life. In fact, she doesn’t know how not to write—even through those years of constant rejection from publishing houses. But between her tenacity and the encouragement of her family, Peggy’s breakthrough finally came at the tender age of 80. Vacuuming in the Nude is most likely her funniest prose to date as she shares her journey of attending myriad writers’ conferences and honing her ability to see humor in everyday situations. 
25/11/2242m 56s

285: Scream Inside Your Heart

In his new book, Gone Viral: How Covid Drove the World Insane, Justin Hart, the founder and chief data analyst of, puts out the case for what our government did well and what our government did not-so-well to battle Covid-19.  Spoiler Alert: The second category contains a lot more items.
22/11/221h 16m

284: BONUS: Vacuuming in the Nude Chapters 11 & 12

New York Times bestselling author Peggy Rowe is at it again—this time giving a hilarious inside look at her writing career. She has been writing all her adult life. In fact, she doesn’t know how not to write—even through those years of constant rejection from publishing houses. But between her tenacity and the encouragement of her family, Peggy’s breakthrough finally came at the tender age of 80. Vacuuming in the Nude is most likely her funniest prose to date as she shares her journey of attending myriad writers’ conferences and honing her ability to see humor in everyday situations.
18/11/2241m 39s

283: You Can't Lead from a Pickup Truck

Jack Nix, chief operating officer of Shelby Erectors and reinforcing ironworker (a.k.a. rodbuster), talks about his appearance on Dirty Jobs, what it takes to tote steel and bust rod, and how it feels to have all your hard work covered up by cement.
15/11/221h 24m

282: BONUS: Vacuuming in the Nude Chapters 9 & 10

New York Times bestselling author Peggy Rowe is at it again—this time giving a hilarious inside look at her writing career. She has been writing all her adult life. In fact, she doesn’t know how not to write—even through those years of constant rejection from publishing houses. But between her tenacity and the encouragement of her family, Peggy’s breakthrough finally came at the tender age of 80. Vacuuming in the Nude is most likely her funniest prose to date as she shares her journey of attending myriad writers’ conferences and honing her ability to see humor in everyday situations. 
11/11/2232m 43s

281: I'd Like to Buy a Vow

Bestselling author Mike Rinder drops by to discuss his new memoir, A Billion Years: My Escape From a Life in the Highest Ranks of Scientoloty, his time in “the hole,” and how he went from saving the world withscientology to saving the world from scientology. 
08/11/221h 34m

280: BONUS: Vacuuming in the Nude Chapters 7 & 8

New York Times bestselling author Peggy Rowe is at it again—this time giving a hilarious inside look at her writing career. She has been writing all her adult life. In fact, she doesn’t know how not to write—even through those years of constant rejection from publishing houses. But between her tenacity and the encouragement of her family, Peggy’s breakthrough finally came at the tender age of 80. Vacuuming in the Nude is most likely her funniest prose to date as she shares her journey of attending myriad writers’ conferences and honing her ability to see humor in everyday situations. 
04/11/2239m 9s

279: From Hollybush to Hollywood

Dirty Jobs field producer, Zack Hall checks in from his Kentucky holler to discuss how he snuck his way into reality TV, his encounter with Bigfoot, and the new season of Dirty Jobs (filled with spoiler alerts!)
01/11/221h 13m

278: OCCASIONALLY -- Halloween 2022

In a tip o’ the hat to the occasion, Mike delivers a dramatic recitation of one of his very favorite poems, The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service.  Happy Halloween!
31/10/2212m 46s

277: BONUS: Vacuuming in the Nude Chapters 5 & 6

New York Times bestselling author Peggy Rowe is at it again—this time giving a hilarious inside look at her writing career. She has been writing all her adult life. In fact, she doesn’t know how not to write—even through those years of constant rejection from publishing houses. But between her tenacity and the encouragement of her family, Peggy’s breakthrough finally came at the tender age of 80. Vacuuming in the Nude is most likely her funniest prose to date as she shares her journey of attending myriad writers’ conferences and honing her ability to see humor in everyday situations. 
28/10/2252m 37s

276: Best Road Trip Ever

Clint Hill, a former member of the Secret Service, and his wife Lisa McCubbin Hill talk about their new book, My Travels with Mrs. Kennedy, which includes tales of bringing a Pakistani horse into the US without quarantine, what The Crown got wrong about Mrs. Kennedy's lunch with Queen Elizabeth II, and Clint and Mrs. Kennedy eating Moroccan mahjoun in Marrakech. Spoiler alert—Mahjoun is essentially a hash brownie.
25/10/221h 10m

275: BONUS: Vacuuming in the Nude Chapters 3 & 4

New York Times bestselling author Peggy Rowe is at it again—this time giving a hilarious inside look at her writing career. She has been writing all her adult life. In fact, she doesn’t know how not to write—even through those years of constant rejection from publishing houses. But between her tenacity and the encouragement of her family, Peggy’s breakthrough finally came at the tender age of 80. Vacuuming in the Nude is most likely her funniest prose to date as she shares her journey of attending myriad writers’ conferences and honing her ability to see humor in everyday situations. 
21/10/2230m 36s

274: It's Worse Than You Think

The workforce participation rate that is.  The number of able-bodied men choosing not to work is a crisis, and Nicholas Eberstadt, Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute, can prove it.
18/10/221h 2m

273: BONUS: Vacuuming in the Nude Chapters 1 & 2

New York Times bestselling author Peggy Rowe is at it again—this time giving a hilarious inside look at her writing career. She has been writing all her adult life. In fact, she doesn’t know how not to write—even through those years of constant rejection from publishing houses. But between her tenacity and the encouragement of her family, Peggy’s breakthrough finally came at the tender age of 80. Vacuuming in the Nude is most likely her funniest prose to date as she shares her journey of attending myriad writers’ conferences and honing her ability to see humor in everyday situations. Forward by Mike Rowe.
14/10/221h 15m

272: "You Must be that Dirty Mother" with Peggy Rowe

It's a classic catch-up with mom that starts with a dramatic reading of her viral short story Old Blue, becomes an announcement that her third New York Times bestseller Vacuuming in the Nude will be available as an audiobook on this podcast, and then somehow devolves into a scatological story-swap evoking the Thomas Crapper episode.
11/10/221h 16m

271: Michael Shellenberger's Punk Rock Moment

The lifelong environmentalist and one-time California gubernatorial candidate talks about the current energy crisis, climate narcissism, and how what’s good for the climate is not necessarily good for the environment.
04/10/221h 27m

270: Holy Crap, It's Thomas Crapper's Birthday!

Today’s episode honors the man who unwittingly inspired Mike’s career by inventing the first flushable commode, Mike shares a David Sedaris story about a turd that won’t flush titled Big Boy then, in an homage to eighth-grade humor, Mike and Chuck swap embarrassing stories involving the necessary.
26/09/221h 3m

269: Chuck Really Wants Me to be Friends with Nick Searcy

For half a dozen years Chuck has been trying to introduce Mike to Peabody Award winning actor, Nick Searcy who is best known for playing Chief Deputy U.S. Marshall Art Mullen on the FX series Justified, one of Mike’s favorite shows.  They discuss Nick’s career, why he made a movie about 1/6/21, and how he met President Bill Clinton at the White House.   
20/09/221h 12m

268: A Place for the Placeless

Journalist Salena Zito keeps the conversation lively by dissecting the student loan forgiveness act, the lost notes of Baptist churches, moonshine coal, and her obsession with Fiestaware. 
13/09/221h 14m

267: A Prick in Congress

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover and that is certainly true with this week’s special Labor Day episode.  It begins with a true story written by Mike about a particularly industrious Dirty Jobber, and it ends with Mike and Chuck discussing the origins of Labor Day, America’s work ethic crisis, and the pros and cons of labor unions.  
05/09/221h 13m

266: America's Cop is Always on Doodie

Award-winning author, Bangor Maine Police social media manager, and Duck of Justice creator Tim Cotton joins TWIHI to discuss America’s love-hate relationship with cops, the proper punishment for crapping in the street, and why Mike has dubbed Tim America’s Cop despite his recent retirement.  
30/08/221h 28m

265: I've Been Fired Too Many Times to be Cocky

George T. Murdoch, a.k.a. Tyrus, joins TWIHI to discuss everything from abortion and the benefits of staying in one’s lane, to work ethic and his weird fascination with the ‘Squatch shows.
22/08/221h 21m

264: Does Your Mom Really Vacuum in the Nude?

Two-time NYT bestselling author Peggy Rowe drops by to discuss her upcoming hour-long FOX primetime TV special—America’s Grandmother, her third book—Vacuuming in the Nude: and Other Ways to Get Attention, and the existence of aliens in the universe.  Or, to put it another way, a normal Mike’s mom episode.
16/08/221h 10m

263: Let's Get Alex Epstein on Bill Maher

Earth nearing its eight billionth resident has Bill Maher very concerned. More people means more CO2 and that means catastrophe.  Unconcerned is Alex Epstein, author of the book Fossil Future: Why Global Human Flourishing Requires More Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas—Not Less. Alex thinks we should carefully consider the advantages and disadvantages while deciding what to do with fossil fuels. He believes the widespread idea that rising CO2 will make the Earth unlivable is literally impossible and he would like to tell Bill why.  Instead, he tells us.
09/08/221h 38m

262: Let's Talk About Septums and Scrotums

James Nestor, a NYT bestselling author whose book Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art inspired Mike to have a septoplasty, discusses the advantages of healthy breathing, the dangers of mouth breathing, and the reasons why our ancestors had larger mouths and straighter teeth. Then we share a song written by listener Bill Dumas in reaction to Mike’s request for a ballad about his deviated septum and his father’s swollen scrotum in Episode 203: There’s a Hole in Daddy’s Arm.
02/08/221h 21m

261: Jack Carr is a Tomahawk Kinda Guy

Former Navy SEAL and bestselling author, Jack Carr talks writing, grit, and how his desire to “never miss an opportunity to make someone’s day” led to the serendipitous circumstances that got his first novel into the hands of Chris Pratt.  
26/07/221h 30m

260: There's No Nipples on that Almond

Dairy Farmer Dirty Jobbers Sue and Mike McCloskey school Mike and Chuck on the finer points of animal husbandry, the science of better milk, and how no-till and eutrophication is bringing them ever closer to becoming an environmentally net zero farm.
19/07/221h 29m

259: In Another Time He Could Have Been a Star

Rick Beato drops by to talk Everything Music; his dinner with Joni Mitchell, his interview with Sting, and the TWO weddings where he sat next to Mike at a time when Mike was couch surfing.  
12/07/221h 34m

258: Best Guest Ever

This week’s special guest is YOU gentle listener as Mike answers your questions about Freddy’s whereabouts, Mike’s desired super-power, and the joy of singing jingles.
05/07/221h 35m

257: Where the Chili Meets the Cheese

President and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression a.k.a. FIRE, Greg Lukianoff discusses free speech vs hate speech, Safetyism vs Safety Third, and the Coddling of the American Mind.
28/06/221h 24m

256: Just Because You're Pooping Doesn't Mean You're Out of Harm's Way

Former Green Beret and CEO of Black Rifle Coffee Company Evan Hafer talks combat, coffee, and what it’s like to take a blast of bear spray in the face… on purpose.
21/06/221h 34m

255: Just Say Nyet

After Mike reprises The Man Behind the Microphone, a story about the most influential sportscaster of all time, he chats with that man’s eldest son about his dad’s fondness for frugality and trepidation of taxes – SPOILER ALERT – it’s Michael Reagan. 
14/06/221h 5m

254: What the Hand Does the Mind Remembers

Robert Kiyosaki talks about how he voluntarily got into Vietnam, how he almost got kicked out, and why he wrote his Capitalist Manifesto to combat Marx’s manifesto.  
07/06/221h 13m

253: "They Get to Shoot Nazis... That's Fun!"

After reading a short Memorial Day mystery called Visiting Hours Mike speaks with Bill Whittle about the protocols of Arlington National Cemetery, the price of freedom, and the need for gratitude.   
30/05/221h 20m

252: The Gospel of Do-Goodery According to Luke

Luke Mickelson talks about how his charity Sleep in Heavenly Peace skyrocketed after appearing on Returning The Favor and his mission to make sure every child has a bed to sleep in.    
24/05/221h 12m

251: You Wear 40 Pounds of Gear Because, You Know, You're on Fire Quite a Bit

Three-time NHRA Funny Car Champ and farmer/rancher, Matt Hagan discusses artificial insemination, human waste as fertilizer, and what it’s like to be inside of an 11,000 horsepower funny car when it explodes.
17/05/221h 9m

250: They Want You to Find Them

Staff Genealogist for Sons of the American Revolution, Jessie Hagan forgoes his Derby party to school Mike and Chuck on their revolutionary lineage, why it matters, and why Knobel is a fitting name for Mike’s whiskey. 
10/05/221h 23m

249: Sometimes When He Goes Stinky He Forgets to Hold Mr. Beeper Down and Winkles on the Wall

Two-time NYT bestselling author, Peggy Rowe stops by to discuss her upcoming third book, how not to tape your students to a chair, and what it’s like to give your best friend’s eulogy.  
03/05/221h 17m

248: I'll Attend His Graduation in a U-Haul

Adam Carolla talks frankly about growing up invisible, his podcasting leap of faith, and how he brought his construction work ethic to comedy.  
26/04/221h 17m

247: The Other Side of the Fourth Wall

Master podcaster and chronicler of Hardcore History, Dan Carlin joins the conversation to discuss his process, the war in Ukraine, and the pitfalls of judging yesterday's events with today's values.
19/04/222h 21m

246: Best Preamble Ever!

Mike and Chuck go guestless to talk Australian DJs, Satan’s pool, killing iguanas, and everything else that fills the squares on Mike’s calendar.  
12/04/221h 9m

245: Mom, Do You Have a Stud Finder?

Bloody do-gooder and Returning The Favor alum, Katie Hughes of talks curiosity, confidence, and how a broken toaster changed the course of her life.  
05/04/221h 9m

244: Where's the Beef?

Celebrity fitness trainer and unapologetic carnivore, Vinnie Tortorich talks diet, hormones, and why he has a beef with the fake-meat industry.
29/03/221h 28m

243: The Best BBQ Comes From a Crockpot

Dave Ramsey joins Mike to discuss his documentary, Borrowed Future; How Student Loans Are Killing the American Dream, the pitfalls of three easy payments, and why great BBQ never comes from a microwave.
22/03/221h 7m

242: Coming Out Blue Collar

Owl Vans owner, John Willenborg talks about the six, six-figure welding jobs he has open, his stint on season 2 of The Apprentice, and the difficulty in telling his white-collar parents that he wanted to leave Berkley to weld. 
15/03/221h 37m

241: The Maddest March Ever

Scott Flansburg, aka the Human Calculator, makes a repeat appearance to bring breaking news on his quest for truth regarding the real origins of basketball.
08/03/221h 11m

240: The Crushing Certainty of Scientology

Today’s guest is Spanky Taylor, whose company does fan management and threat assessment for high profile celebrities.  Oh yeah, and she broke her billion-year contract and escaped Scientology.  
28/02/221h 9m

239: The Best Business Card in History

Former Secret Service Agent Clint Hill, with his wife and writing partner, Lisa McCubbin Hill, discuss Clint’s service to five presidents including JFK and that fateful day in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
21/02/221h 24m

238: He Has Nodded on Our Undertakings

President and Professor of Historical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Dr. Peter Lillback dissects Episode 124: At the Crossroads and literally schools Mike and Chuck.
15/02/221h 23m

237: The Cookie Rojas of Cable

Brian Kilmeade, the utility player of FOX News, chats with Mike about Lincoln and Douglass, Rogan and Spotify, Johns Hopkins and how we all want our lives back.
08/02/221h 21m

236: Don't Fly Over the Story

Journalist Salena Zito drops by to discuss the dignity of work, the populist movement, the censorship culture, and why she refers to Mike as her brother from another mother.
01/02/221h 36m

235: The Reports of Our Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Mike's parents drop by to give him an update on their recent bout with COVID.  Spoiler Alert: They're fine. 
25/01/221h 3m

234: Diapers and Masks and Sharks, Oh My!

The Aquatic Indiana Jones, Jeremiah Sullivan, drops by to discuss art, Science, risk, and the joy of embracing the idiom Safety Third. 
18/01/221h 17m

233: Jay Leno Makes His Own Sandwich

Mike and Jay talk for an hour. Hilarity ensues.
11/01/221h 7m

232: Wanna See Something Really Scary?

Mike rings in the new year with a case of Covid. Chuck has questions.
05/01/221h 13m

231: A Cornhole Christmas!

Mike’s mom is back with another heartfelt, yet wildly inappropriate catch-up with her oldest son. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll dream of cornhole. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas.
21/12/211h 7m

230: It's Not the Itching, It's the Chafing

Mike chats with Sarah Yourgrau, one of the producers of Returning the Favor, to discuss why so many people loved the show, why it won an Emmy, why it made so many people cry tears of unbridled joy, and why it’s cancellation took so many by surprise.
15/12/211h 21m

229: A Symphony of Balls with John Rich

Mike talks to John Rich about what led to their viral smash, Santa’s Gotta Dirty Job, and a whole lot more, including an outrageous phone call to Donald Trump, that led to the title of this episode.
07/12/211h 10m

228: Good Question

Chuck crashes Thanksgiving at Mike’s house, fails to book a proper guest, and relies instead on listeners to pose interesting questions for Mike to answer. The listeners come through, as always.
30/11/211h 12m

227: About Those Safe Spaces

How safe is your space? This is the question Mike attempts to answer with Justin Folk, a filmmaker who left Hollywood behind to make the kinds of movies he believes matter most.
23/11/211h 1m

226: We're Not Making The Godfather

Mike’s guest is a man called Lindsay Schnebly, an accomplished voiceover artist whose unusual name inspired a town, almost.
16/11/211h 5m

225: Why Does Jake Maynard Think My S.W.E.A.T. Pledge is Bonkers?

Mike interviews Chloe Hudson, a 28-year-old welder who received a work ethic scholarship from mikeroweWORKS, and went on to earn six-figures a year, and more recently, the subject of a new documentary called Trading Up. Together, they unpack The S.W.E.A.T. Pledge, and try to determine why a writer named Jake Maynard thinks it’s “bonkers.”
09/11/211h 17m

224: "I Didn't Get It!"

Mike has a very serious conversation with a very funny guest about a very serious topic that turns out to be very funny.
02/11/211h 10m

223: Would You Care to Have Your Head Read?

Mike chats with David Keltz, an actor from Baltimore who has assumed the identity of Edgar Allen Poe, and memorized most of his published works.
26/10/211h 3m

222: I Don't Want to Recover From This

A show about nothing, a guy named Jerry, and the audition that changed television. Followed by a very funny conversation with Enrico Colantoni, one of the few actors to be a series regular every week for the last 20 years.
19/10/211h 17m

221: Tim Allen Lives on a Runway

Mike has a most enlightening chat with his TV Big Brother, the one and only Tim Allen, who still seems a little incredulous that Mike didn’t return to Last Man Standing to finish what he started. As for why Tim now lives on the runway of an airport, well, that’s a bit of a mystery...
12/10/211h 22m

220: The Duck of Justice Flies Again

Mike chats with Tim Cotton, the famous cop who saved a stuffed bird from the trash heap and went on to write a couple of bestselling books.
05/10/211h 4m

219: The Beard is Getting Itchy

The true story of the most important novel ever written, and a conversation with the filmmaker who tried to put it on the big screen.
28/09/211h 18m

218: The Human Calculator is on a Mission

The Human Calculator, Scott Flansburg stops by to demonstrate his Guinness world-record abilities, introduce Mike to a better calendar, and explain why he is determined to uncover the real story of how basketball was invented. 
21/09/211h 12m

217: OCCASIONALLY – A Chat with Gary Sinise on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Mike sits down with his “professional big brother,” to discuss the relevance of 9/11, twenty years after the attack on America.
11/09/211h 15m

216: Off the Wall – A Message to Garcia, and Tim Johnson

Mike responds to criticism from some guy named Tim Johnson, and celebrates the anniversary of mikeroweWORKS by reading the most popular essay of all time. Then, a spirited conversation with Chuck, the nervous producer.
06/09/211h 13m

215: Han Shot First

Mike recalls the circumstances of a young man’s first flight in a plane with an open cockpit, the mother who allowed it to happen, and the consequences that followed. With a little help from George Lucas, Jon Stewart, a mechanical shark, and a conversation with a pilot named Bill Whittle.  
31/08/211h 27m

214: There's a Fine Line Between a Hero and an Asshole

Mike responds to America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan in the only way he can - with the true story of a genuine hero, followed by a conversation with Travis Mills - a man who lost his arms and legs in Afghanistan, and lived to tell the tale. 
24/08/211h 12m

213: “It’s Not What You’d Call a Page Turner”

Mike reads the final and most disgusting chapter from his book, and then welcomes his mom back to the podcast, who takes the opportunity to once again steal the show and upstage her son at every opportunity.
17/08/211h 27m

212: It's Better than Good. It's Done!

A high speed chase, followed by a low speed chase, followed by a candid conversation with the executive producer who first allowed Mike to artificially inseminate a cow on local television.
10/08/211h 1m

211: "Can You Tell Me About the Testicles?" with Tim Ferriss

Mike welcomes the author of The Four-Hour Work Week and many other best-selling books, not only to discuss the excellent advice for which Tim Ferriss has become famous, but rather to unpack the question he posed to Mike in 2008. The question that led to one of the most uncomfortable TED Talks of all time, and a speaking career Mike didn’t know he wanted.
03/08/211h 22m

210: Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!

Mike takes a deep dive into the nature of authenticity, with a little help from Sean McCourt – a former Broadway actor who works today as a producer on After the Catch and contributor to The Way I Heard It, and God only knows what else. Sean also happens to be the father of Charlotte, the eleven-year-old Girl Scout made famous by her blisteringly honest critique of the cookies she was trying to sell to her Daddy’s wealthy friend five years ago. A critique that unleashed a media blitz for which Mike accepts most of the blame. It’s a rumination on the power of action, and inaction, and the squishy middle in between.
27/07/211h 26m

209: Oops, I Did It Again

The true story of the most consequential pig in the history of Silicon Valley, or for that matter, the world. Followed by the true story of the most consequential pig in Mike’s career – the one he put on a pedestal fifteen years ago, that went on to become the unofficial mascot of Dirty Jobs. Then, a most unusual redux, as Tom Frank returns to set the record straight, and explain in no uncertain terms why a brown garbage bag is a poor substitute for a leather vest.
20/07/211h 16m

208: The Potpourri is About to Hit the Fan!

Mike tracks down Tom Frank, the Hollywood producer who hired him to host the game show that launched his career in television, only to learn his old friend has become a life coach. Or possibly, a career coach. Whatever he is, Tom Frank knows where all the bodies are buried, and tells a story or two that Mike would probably like to forget.
13/07/211h 19m

207: That Time I Knocked a Famous Movie Star on His Ass

A hashtag and a me-too on steroids, followed by a series of digressions too voluminous to list, concluding with the true story of the time Mike knocked a famous movie star on his ass.
06/07/211h 22m

206: Who's Your Granddaddy

After sharing the true story of a hard-charging master sergeant with a voice like a jackhammer who went on to become a famous artist, Mike recalls the lessons learned from his soft-spoken grandfather – an artist of a different kind - whose unique talents inspired a show called Dirty Jobs, and a foundation called mikeroweWORKS. It’s a rumination on men who scream, and men who whisper, complete with a song about a nose that wouldn’t stop bleeding.
29/06/211h 19m

205: A King and a Crouch and Me on a Couch

The true story of two great teachers, two stuttering students, and two happy endings. Followed by a conversation about the beauty of “what,” the danger of “how,” and the timeless challenge of “trying not to try.”
22/06/211h 14m

204: A Quick Look Over the Railing

The true story of the first woman to go where no man had gone before, followed by the true cost of progress, the false value of safety, and a revealing conversation about the profoundly annoying sensation of being swindled by someone you trust.
15/06/211h 17m

203: There's a Hole in Daddy's Arm

This is a sad one. But also a funny one. And frankly, a weird one. There’s sentimentality and singing. Nosebleeds and narcotics. Letters from beyond the grave, and perhaps most surprising, the sudden appearance of a giant scrotum. Probably easier to just listen.
09/06/211h 7m

202: The Leaf Blower Stays In

A famous woman vanishes and triggers the largest manhunt in British history. A hundred years later, Mike loses all his money in an elaborate Ponzi scheme. Coincidence? Probably. But Chuck wonders what Mike’s fictitious hero, Travis McGee, might have to say about the scandal, and Mike has some opinions on the matter – opinions that are somewhat upstaged, paradoxically, by a leaf blower.

201: Everybody Pees in the Pool

A famous athlete takes great pains to conceal his true identity from millions of fans. Then, Mike welcomes Paul Kelley back to the podcast, to discuss a series of topics too disparate and strange to articulate in a two sentence description.
25/05/211h 7m

200: Smart Stupid – Now With Slightly More Stupid

What do you get when you cross the most beautiful girl in the world with the funniest man on the planet?  Something smart and something stupid.
18/05/211h 5m

199: Mothers Day - Now With Fewer Worms

It’s a Mother’s Day surprise, complete with tapeworms, smoke bombs, large chunks of earwax, a wall of dead mice, a fly infestation, and of course, Mike’s favorite mother, with a guest appearance by Mike’s favorite dad. Yeah, it’s a weird one.
11/05/211h 2m

198: Where Do I Begin

A problem at the border, a fat man in a shiny suit, and all the thirty-five cent draft you can drink. It’s a fine place to begin, even if you don’t know where you’re headed.
04/05/2158m 19s

197: Everybody Run For Your Lives

Mike tells the true story of two friends united by their love of music, divided by their love of a girl, and the fistfight that changed rock and roll. Then, he recalls the audition that changed the course of his own career, before chatting with the old friend who made it happen, and bursting briefly into song.
27/04/211h 10m

196: Call It Macaroni

Sig Hansen from Deadliest Catch joins Mike to discuss the manliest surfer of all time, the manliest fisherman of all time, and the problems that can sometimes arise when you punch a pesky fan in the nose.  Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up.
20/04/211h 20m

195: The Epistemological Jack-in-the-Box

Mike tells the true story of a famous poet who wrote her best stuff while working as a waitress in a diner, many years ago. After that, another true story about the time Joan Rivers saved his career, followed by a rather remarkable catch-up with Paul Kelley, a true renaissance man who worked the overnights with Mike, back in the glory days of home shopping.  Yeah, it gets a little weird… and there is some adult language.
13/04/211h 11m

194: Jon Stewart Owes Me $20!

Ever wonder what The Daily Show would have looked like if Mike Rowe had been hired to host it? Well, guess what – he was! And then he wasn’t. And then, he was! And then…he wasn’t. The question is, does Jon Stewart really owe Mike Rowe $20?
06/04/2149m 42s

193: Who Ya Gonna Call

Who ya gonna call when a lifesaver turns deadly? Who ya gonna call when the ghost in your house can’t be busted? If you’re Mike Rowe, you call your producer, and have a very normal chat, about all things paranormal. Boo!
01/04/211h 4m

192: Not Really a Ghost Story

A simple story of a simple homemaker turns in to a not-so-simple tale of the haunted home where Mike lived in 1992, followed by the spontaneous re-telling of the most terrifying night of Mike’s life. A ghost story that’s not really a ghost story, but nevertheless scared Chuck as bad as it did Mike…
23/03/2149m 15s

191: Ghost Writers in the Sky

While you will doubtless find this particular episode, chapter, or installment to be interesting, fascinating, or provocative, you will also learn something about the importance of choosing just the right word, term, or expression when attempting to write a memorable tale, story or yarn.  After that, Mike picks the enormous brain of Alex Abramovich, a ghost writer you’ve never heard of, who writes best-selling books for people you have.  
16/03/2156m 24s

190: "That's a big-ash tree!!!"

After sharing the story of a famous father and son who could never find the right words, Mike and his Dad prove that words are the least of their problems. Strap in for a completely unpredictable rumination on memory foam. broken windshields, intractable stumps, double-sided axes, ancient wood-stoves, big-ash trees, and transgender dogs. Peggy Rowe is there to supervise, but only makes things weirder, as usual.
09/03/2153m 28s

189: Damnatio Memoriae (That’s Latin for Cancel Culture)

In what appears to be an ongoing quest to get himself cancelled, Mike weighs in on the statue controversy much to the alarm of his producer, Chuck. Their conversation then pivots to the  situation in San Francisco, where the school board has recently voted to remove the names of Washington and Lincoln from the facades of public schools – a truly bizarre decision that left Mike to wonder how in the world so many powerful people have managed to get their heads so far up their own asses.
02/03/2149m 59s

188: How Much for a Round Trip

Mike tells the amazing story of a mostly forgotten explorer, whose epic journey helped pave the path to Mars. Then, he’s joined by everyone’s favorite astronomer, Dr. Michelle Thaller, to better understand what the hell is happening on the Red Planet, and why it’s so frickin' expensive to get there.
23/02/211h 18m

187: Beware the Irish Hammer

Mike ruminates on the splendid virtues of a certain “Full Figured Gal,” and tells the true story of the day his lawyer – The Irish Hammer – changed the trajectory of his career by challenging him to put a pig on a pedestal. He then invites The Irish Hammer herself – Mary Sullivan – to explain why she left a successful law firm to oversee the career of a man who crawled through sewers to make a living.
18/02/211h 9m

186: That Was Perfect Do It Again

Mike begins with chapter 8 of his bestselling book which contains quite possibly the greatest audition story ever told about one of the most ubiquitous names in television. This is followed by a personal recollection of Mike’s thespian dad and concludes with a moderately inappropriate conversation between Mike and Chuck wherein they swap audition stories from the ‘90s.  It’s totally rad!
09/02/211h 22m

185: Off By Roughly Two Trillion... AGAIN!!!

In episode #185, which Mike incorrectly identifies as episode #184, Mike welcomes noted astronomer Dr. Michelle Thaller, to discuss the obvious differences between sounding certain and being correct. Dr. Thaller, a noted astronomer with an enormous brain, tries to help Mike understand the enormity of the cosmos, and explain why the universe contained 200 billion galaxies just four years ago, and then 2 trillion galaxies just a few weeks later, and then back down to a few hundred billion as of last week. It’s enough to make your head spin, but between Mike’s gigantic cranium and Dr. Thaller’s enormous brain, we finally unlock the secrets of How the Universe Works…
02/02/211h 17m

184: "I can't imagine Facebook is going to let you air this!"

“When it comes to erections, if it’s not one thing, it’s your mother.” Yes, Mike actually wrote that in chapter 7 of his bestselling book, and as you might imagine, his mother didn’t take it lying down…
26/01/2149m 53s

183: Play That Funky Music White Boy

Why do people go to such extraordinary lengths to change the way they look? What’s the best piece of music ever written? And why is Mike worried about getting cancelled and sued for the conversation you’re about to hear? There’s only one way to find out…
19/01/2148m 15s

182: Mother Knows Best

After reading chapter 5 of his bestselling book, Mike surprises his two-time bestselling mother with a phone call, on which they discuss the perils of prevarication, the joys of growing up Rowe, (on a budget,) and Peggy Rowe’s unsolicited review of Mike’s new show, Six Degrees with Mike Rowe, which she may or may not have actually watched.
12/01/2139m 23s

181: Off by Roughly Two Trillion

After reading chapter four of his book, Mike and Chuck discuss the real reason that so many Americans no longer believe people who sound certain - including journalists, politicians, scientists, doctors, professors, and yes… even narrators.
05/01/2136m 19s

180: Mike Rowe is Nothing but a Sellout

After Mike shares chapter three of his book he gives a spirited defense of the critical art of salesmanship, during which Chuck accuses him of being a sellout, and the two navigate the precarious world of commercial television vs commercials.
15/12/2048m 32s

179: A Shot in the Dark

After listening to chapter two of the best-selling book, The Way I Heard It, Mike and Chuck discuss three catastrophes and the role booze played in each of them, the joys of sharing shots with famous people, why Mike is NOT hosting one of the longest running TV shows in America, and the perils of primetime pixelated vomit. 
08/12/2041m 42s

178: Be Wary of All Earnestness

After reading the first chapter of his best-selling book, Mike has a candid, conversation with his producer, Chuck, about the origins of this podcast, the impact of singing old songs with old veterans, and his personal aversion to all things “earnest.”
01/12/2049m 20s

177: It's Thanksgiving! What the Chuck?!

Mike sits down with his producer Chuck for a candid conversation about the future of The Way I Heard it.  Whiskey is sipped, decisions are made, life goes on.     
26/11/2015m 16s

176: The Trouble With 159

Mike takes a deep dive into episode 159 and the controversy surrounding a quote that was challenged by Billy Martin Jr., son of the late great baseball manager, Billy Martin.  SPOILER ALERT: If you have not yet heard episode 159 this episode will spoil it for you. 
10/11/2013m 0s

175: His Brother's Keeper

A spooky tale of an ordained minister and a demonic possession. 
27/10/2011m 51s

174: Once Upon a Time in the Wild Wild West

Bill waited until the crowd had gathered on his property... and then he shot them all.
20/10/205m 50s

173: Visiting Hours

When you have a family this big, you’re guaranteed an occasional visit…
06/10/207m 7s

172: An Unforgivable Overreaction

With the war in full bloom all eyes were on the president — would he or wouldn’t he launch?  
01/10/206m 47s

171: He Really Stuck With It

And that was good news for the naked burglar.
22/09/208m 12s

170: They Were All at Risk

Especially those with a pre-existing condition…
15/09/208m 21s

169: A Mouse in the House

That was particularly hard to find.
08/09/206m 59s

168: A Hooker You Can Trust

Call her what you will--the lady had vision.
18/08/209m 13s

167: They Knew It When They Saw It

And Jerry knew that he desperately needed to get to a meeting.
12/08/209m 8s

166: A Disaster in the Kitchen

Seriously, her cakes were downright repulsive!
04/08/2010m 27s

165: The Feel Good Hit of the Summer

A real toe-tapper that no one could escape.
28/07/207m 8s

164: A Line in the Sand

Sometimes, you simply have to draw one.
21/07/207m 52s

163: He Was Not Inclined To Judge

But did he really have to eat bull testicles to prove it?  
07/07/208m 34s

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." 
04/07/2013m 57s

161: Excess Baggage

A helicopter filled with evacuees tries to get off the ground as the shooting intensifies.  What could possibly go wrong?  
23/06/206m 19s

160: A Groundbreaking Structure of Staggering Possibility

This architect enjoyed a good challenge.  But this one nearly broke him...
16/06/2011m 50s

159: He Was Just Trying To Get Home

So too, was the man who got in his way.
09/06/2010m 15s

158: On the Pursuit of Satisfaction

The kid had a head for numbers.
12/05/2013m 11s

157: A Novel Hero

What he did was unspeakably brave.  So why then, did no one speak of it?
05/05/2019m 55s

156: A Bridge Too Far

They built a lot of bridges.  Perhaps, one too many...
14/04/2014m 13s

155: Lullaby for a Crackhead

He only had the one hit...but boy, was it a wonder!
07/04/2015m 47s

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 59s

153: An Offer They Couldn't Refuse

The player loved to play... but on this particular occasion--he chose the wrong playmate.
17/03/208m 41s

152: They Had Their Way With Her

Or did they...
10/03/2014m 1s

151: He Was Ready For His Close Up

It was the gig of a lifetime... it just wasn't Gig's.
03/03/2014m 20s

150: Dude Looks Like a Lady

She broke the glass ceiling with ease.  But her secret was taken to the grave.
25/02/2015m 35s

149: Broadswords in a Pit

James and Rebecca simply could not settle their differences... that's where the broadswords came in.
18/02/2016m 18s

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.
11/02/2011m 56s

147: Her Biggest Fan

The doctor told her not to sing... but she did anyway.
21/01/205m 58s

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 40s

145: Does This Look Infected

Yes, as a matter of fact, it does.  But penicillin won't help...
19/11/197m 23s

144: A Legend In His Own Mind

He was destined for greatness.  No one knew it but him.
12/11/199m 7s

143: Rude Awakenings

Some said he was cursed, others said he was blessed, but everyone agreed--he was the luckiest kraut in the navy.
05/11/199m 16s

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 14s

141: On Average 15 Times a Day

But for this woman... maybe a bit more.
15/10/196m 32s

140: Another Band of Brothers

This group gave us the most iconic sound of all time.
08/10/196m 59s

139: A Penniless Singer

Who earned a funeral fit for a king.
01/10/197m 14s

138: An Extraordinary Swap

A love story.  Sort of...
17/09/198m 36s

137: A Bona Fide Sex Symbol

She simply had no choice.
10/09/196m 37s

136: A Boy And His Dog

The skinny kid was so desperate that he was about to sell his best friend.
03/09/196m 31s

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.
28/05/1910m 30s

134: Not Your Typical Homemaker

Julia was flattered by the proposal—but it came with certain… preconditions.
07/05/198m 44s

133: Call It What You Will

It's difficult to describe the chaos of an unpredictable world--but Peter sure tried.
01/05/198m 20s

132: Harvey's Future Ex-Wife

She just said she was going home - but it's the way she said it that we remember.
16/04/196m 23s

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.
09/04/198m 10s

130: A Tale of Two Pupils

They were classmates, bandmates, and best friends - even after one devastating punch changed everything.
02/04/197m 46s

129: Mother Knows Best

Mary had issues, no doubt about it.  But her mother was always there for her...
19/03/198m 1s

128: One Hell of a Toll

The journey was an incredible achievement - but the true cost was difficult to bear.
12/03/198m 58s

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...
05/03/197m 49s

126: Smooth Operator

It was a mission he chose to accept - and the tape did not self-destruct.
26/02/196m 34s

125: On The Importance of Staying Grounded

How many near misses can one guy take - and still remain grounded.
20/02/197m 36s

124: At The Crossroads

Where one can ponder a big decision and enjoy a continental breakfast.  Sponsored by Postmates, use promo code: ROWE
14/02/197m 40s

123: Another Tortured Artist

A battered boy who couldn't stand the sight of his own reflection - so he changed it.
15/01/196m 54s

122: The Cherry Pie Is To Die For

But Ted was craving a slice of something else.
08/01/198m 41s

121: Her Most Notable Assets

She was plucked from obscurity and destined to satisfy the appetite of her insatiable benefactor.
01/01/198m 18s

120: 30 Minutes of Disappointing Television

You can't put THAT on TV!
18/12/186m 46s

119: They Shook On It

The significance of that shake was beyond this world.
11/12/189m 14s

118: A Rapacious Capitalist

He talked to everyone - but it was the interview he didn't give that changed his life forever.
04/12/188m 50s

117: Some Kind of Consequence

It wasn't exactly the trial of the century, but nearly everyone agreed - something had to be done.  
20/11/187m 14s

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...
13/11/187m 38s

115: A Conventional Hero

There are many ways to save a life - this one was rather conventional. 
06/11/188m 9s

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

How to wave goodbye to your current career. 
16/10/188m 48s

113: According To Peter

This man's reputation needed to be destroyed - and that's the gospel truth... according to Peter.
10/10/188m 9s

112: No Ordinary Fan

Nothing came between Don and his boys - especially on game day.
02/10/188m 18s

111: Can You Be There By Nine?

Sure, as soon as I'm done playing Cowboys and Indians.
18/09/187m 18s

110: The Man Who Ran Away

When the shooting started this patriot ran for his life.
11/09/185m 52s

109: The Biggest Name In Town

She was young and beautiful - and about to kill someone.
04/09/186m 3s

108: Words Worth Remembering

These words take on a whole new meaning once you know the story behind why they were written.  
21/08/185m 36s

107: His Last Letter Home

It contained a much desired promise - from beyond the grave.
14/08/188m 7s

106: Keep Your Voice Down

All he wanted was a little peace and quiet - from himself.
07/08/186m 22s

105: Just What the Doctor Ordered

This doctor believed it was a right that came with the PhD.
24/07/187m 2s

104: The One Percenters

They paid their fair share, and then some...
03/07/186m 31s

103: A Girl Named Frank

When it came to getting exactly what she wanted - Frank could be very persuasive.  
26/06/187m 2s

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.
15/05/185m 54s

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

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.
08/05/185m 41s

99: My Little Machine

A truly democratic machine and the man who didn't invent it.
01/05/186m 19s

98: Send Me The Bill

Wee Johnny wanted a mighty check - so he sent out some mighty big bills.
17/04/186m 52s

97: A Very Lucky Lady

No doubt about it - Miriam's timing was impeccable.
10/04/186m 41s

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.  
03/04/1810m 47s

95: Something Is Missing

He did everything a hero and patriot ought to do... almost.
20/03/189m 42s

94: On The Importance of Better Driving

But how do you eliminate driver error?
13/03/187m 53s

93: As Long As It's Legal

Who says you can't preach Sunday morning, and then sell whiskey Sunday night?
06/03/187m 19s

92: Sharp as a Tack

Big John knew a simple but powerful equation when he saw one.
27/02/186m 24s

91: A Potty Mouth With a Secret

Do you want to know the bleeping secret or not!
13/02/187m 59s

90: A Man Well Hung

People came from miles around just to see it.
06/02/187m 43s

89: Armed For Love

Looking for love in the classifieds can lead to explosive consequences. 
03/01/188m 2s

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. 
19/12/179m 15s

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!
12/12/177m 8s

86: Francisco's Flakes

A tale of award-winning flakes and delayed gratification.
05/12/178m 22s

85: Strange Bedfellows

Pete just wanted to get some sleep - But he could not get his bunkmate's earworm out of his head.
28/11/175m 52s

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.
21/11/175m 58s

83: How Soon They Forget

It was the trial of the century - that no one remembers.
14/11/178m 44s

82: The Men Behind Bars

A father and a son with more than just bars between them.
07/11/176m 31s

81: The Consultant

He was notoriously proficient in his field and his advice was priceless – he just didn’t make house calls. 
31/10/177m 52s

80: How The Game Was Played

Saul's nephew kept a secret his entire career - you could do that back then.
24/10/177m 5s

79: Bobby Brings Home the Bacon

Only problem is - it's not Bobby's bacon.
17/10/177m 32s

78: Give That Man a Cigar

Eddie was really good at blowing smoke.
10/10/177m 35s

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

The story of a slightly subversive student with a taste for gin.
03/10/179m 40s

76: A Hot Babe Who Liked It Rough

The family business was brutal - but this Babe wanted in.
26/09/177m 35s

75: A Safe Space

His personal proclivities seemed to trigger women – so he had to keep them a secret.
22/09/176m 51s

74: The Ride of His Life

When you're in the back of an ambulance in the middle of a snowstorm - every second counts.
12/09/177m 44s

73: Monkey Business

How to make a billion dollars and remain absolutely calm.
05/09/174m 58s

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.
29/08/176m 40s

71: Head In The Clouds

Henry Junior just wanted to get out of Henry Senior's famous shadow.
22/08/177m 19s

70: You Might Feel a Little Pinch

No matter how bad your habits, this dentist can stop your pain - guaranteed! 
15/08/175m 25s

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

Take it from mother - never underestimate the power of a little make-up, properly applied.
08/08/176m 31s

68: A Nice Girl From Wisconsin

The consequences of her choice would forever change the world.
01/08/175m 55s

67: Charlie's Big Break

This aspiring songwriter was a family man who really wanted to be famous. 
25/07/176m 0s

66: A Serial Inventor

Because necessity is actually the mother of investment. 
18/07/176m 47s

65: A Full Figured Gal

She had tons of suitors because men knew that with her - anything was possible.
11/07/177m 10s

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

63: Render Unto Caesar

Caesar's ride that changed the course of Western Civilization. 
04/07/176m 58s

62: I'd Like To Buy a Vowel

But only if the spirit moves you.
27/06/177m 14s

61: When the World's on Fire

The melody was sweet, but the lyrics were too painful to sing.
20/06/175m 4s

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.
13/06/178m 33s

59: A Hero Under the Influence

When all is lost and the end is near - why not have a drink... or several.
06/06/176m 25s

58: A Lesser Known Vessel

Captain Cooper was asked to do the impossible - But he found it impossible not to try.
30/05/175m 38s

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.
23/05/178m 5s

56: Something Unforgettable and Real

Bill was known for creating unforgettable car chases - but there was one chase he wished he could forget.  
16/05/177m 48s

55: The Man Behind the Microphone

Sometimes choosing the right words means not sticking to the script.
09/05/176m 11s

54: The Boy Who Loved to Fly

He flew into history - thanks to a nervous mother with an old-fashioned name.
06/05/176m 12s

53: A Simple Solution

His formula saved millions from starvation - among other things.
02/05/176m 35s

52: A Patient Man

John loved Peggy so much he would do anything for her... including this!
25/04/177m 7s

51: Kids Stuff

Mr. Akai had a secret - and every kid in the neighborhood knew it.
18/04/176m 57s

50: Size Matters

In a competition like this - every inch counts.
11/04/178m 31s

49: Dream Job

The greatest World's Fair on the planet - and it all started with shoveling horse poo.
04/04/176m 9s

48: An Unmistakable Sound

Bob was a Mad Man who could sell anything - but this new product gave him a terrible headache.  
28/03/176m 36s

47: On Thin Branches

How a mild mannered middle-school band teacher terrified America. 
21/03/175m 53s

46: Fair Warning

You know his name - now you'll know why.
14/03/176m 14s

45: The Biscuit Bomb

Melvin's Stories always had a surprise ending - this one surprised even Melvin.
07/03/176m 32s

44: The Greaseman Cometh

Don't like your job?  Just invent something that does it for you.
28/02/176m 46s

43: The Paint Salesman

"Work hard, tell the truth, and don't be late for supper."
21/02/177m 25s

42: A Standing Ovation

You can stand, but don't you dare applaud.
14/02/175m 55s

41: Words, Words, Words

Choose them wisely or deal with the consequences.  
07/02/176m 1s

40: Chip Off the Old Block

This groundbreaking agent had the world's most unique client.  And he took him straight to the top.
31/01/175m 57s

39: A Rose By Any Other Name

Neat trick, but can you copyright it?
24/01/176m 31s

38: On Self Abuse

Please sir, can I have some more?
17/01/177m 16s

37: Man of Faith

A showdown between a pious governor a righteous crowd - what could possibly go wrong? 
14/01/175m 17s

36: Oh Brother!

Thanksgiving isn't complete without a second helping of Presidential election politics.
12/01/175m 37s

35: The Code Breaker

His ear for hearing patterns served him well.
10/01/175m 28s

34: That's All Folks

Who knew cartoon characters could be so litigious?
14/12/168m 3s

33: You Don't Know Mike

Sometimes, all you can do is watch.
11/09/167m 7s

32: The Dreamer

He couldn't change the people, so he changed the world.
30/08/166m 13s

31: The Hangman & The Windsor Knot

How a perfectly tied Windsor knot led to a date with the gallows.
23/08/165m 7s

30: The Demoted Deserter

War is hell, but the paperwork is intolerable.
16/08/166m 8s

29: The 100 Billion Dollar Bar

How his sweet tooth changed your life.
09/08/165m 14s

28: An Incredible Reinvention

When no one wants your product, don't change the product, change the name.
02/08/165m 29s

27: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

I don't want to split hairs, but EVERYONE should know this woman's name.
26/07/165m 43s

26: Rose Garden Rubbish

Even the President can't help this guy catch a break.
19/07/165m 28s

25: The Prisoner

The craziest prison break story you've never heard of.
12/07/165m 5s

24: Big Guy, Little Guy

How do you compete with a thriving 20th century company? Use 18th century technology of course.
05/07/164m 28s

23: Donnie's Secret

Donnie has a secret... and it's a doozie.
28/06/165m 15s

22: In Laws on the Outs

Their escape from an overbearing family really put them on the map.
21/06/166m 2s

21: The Coward of the Deep

Who will sing the praises of the famous warrior who refused to fight.
14/06/166m 10s

20: Fred's Final Wish

Why Fred's kids stopped for a snack on the way to his funeral.
07/06/165m 1s

19: John's Portuguese Cousin

A most unlikely path to becoming one of the greatest voices of all time.
31/05/165m 50s

18: The Toymaker

Al didn't want to make toys, he just wanted to fly.
24/05/164m 17s

17: The Lady Calls the Shots

He loved her so much he gave her his job.
17/05/165m 39s

16: The Orphan Hero

She was plucked from the streets and catapulted to fame.
10/05/165m 37s

15: Sorry, Wrong Number

Sometimes in life, it's better not to stick to the script.
03/05/165m 0s

14: The American Rock Star

His music career really blew up.
26/04/165m 57s

13: On My Honor

They say the truth will set you free, but in this case, it was a little white lie.
19/04/165m 27s

12: One Hit Wonder

No one has ever matched his record, and no one knows his name.
12/04/165m 18s

11: Lord of Loud

He didn't like the quiet, so he made sure we all could pump up the volume.
05/04/164m 51s

10: Lord of Light

The most expensive theme park there never was.
29/03/165m 48s

9: The Longshot

Sometimes the only way to prove your worth, is with a trial by fire.
22/03/165m 32s

8: It's a Shame About Your Face

The most recognizable face that no one wanted to hire.
15/03/165m 16s

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!
08/03/164m 24s

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.
01/03/165m 32s

5: Breaking The Silence

He found his voice and defined a generation. And he owes it all to a little piece of fruit. 
01/03/165m 24s

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.
01/03/166m 32s

3: Clean Up On Aisle 4!

How did the clerks in a modest grocery store change the world as we know it?
01/03/164m 43s

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.
01/03/164m 48s

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.
24/02/165m 18s

Introducing 'The Way I Heard It'

What started as a series of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span, has evolved into enlightening conversations for the not-so-short attention span.   Whether it's a short mystery, a long conversation, or an audio book, The Way I Heard It is a veritable box of chocolates for the ears, because you never know what you're going to get.  
23/02/162m 21s
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