The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe

The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe

By Mike Rowe

All good stories have a twist, and all great storytellers are just a little twisted. Join Mike Rowe for a different take on the people and events that you thought you knew -- from pop-culture to politics from Hollywood to History... The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe -- short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span.


Episode 158: On the Pursuit of Satisfaction

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

Episode 157: A Novel Hero

What he did was unspeakably brave.  So why then, did no one speak of it?
05/05/2024m 21s

Episode 156: A Bridge Too Far

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

Episode 155: Lullaby for a Crackhead

He only had the one hit...but boy, was it a wonder!
07/04/2018m 55s

Episode 154: OCCASIONALLY--Quarantined Edition

Mike was the keynote speaker at the last large gathering in the United States before the country officially closed for business. His job? Shaking hands--with over a hundred thousand people. Now, after three weeks of self-isolation, he'd like to tell you about it. And then, read a very funny story from his mom's new book.
31/03/2020m 57s

Episode 153: An Offer They Couldn't Refuse

The player loved to play... but on this particular occasion--he chose the wrong playmate.
17/03/2011m 44s

Episode 152: They Had Their Way With Her

Or did they...
10/03/2017m 40s

Episode 151: He Was Ready For His Close Up

It was the gig of a lifetime... it just wasn't Gig's.
03/03/2017m 5s

Episode 150: Dude Looks Like a Lady

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

Episode 149: Broadswords in a Pit

James and Rebecca simply could not settle their differences... that's where the broadswords came in.
18/02/2021m 37s

Episode 148: A Book to Pass the Time

Because you need something to break the boredom of marching 300 miles in 10 degree weather to bring three boat thieves to justice... or so I'm told.
11/02/2016m 9s

Episode 147: Her Biggest Fan

The doctor told her not to sing... but she did anyway.
21/01/206m 45s

Episode 146: OCCASIONALLY--Christmastime

Christmastime is upon us, and with it comes the season of giving. Mike recites perhaps the greatest story ever written about the spirit of giving.
24/12/1918m 41s

Episode 145: Does This Look Infected

Yes, as a matter of fact, it does.  But penicillin won't help...
19/11/198m 5s

Episode 144: A Legend In His Own Mind

He was destined for greatness.  No one knew it but him.
12/11/199m 55s

Episode 143: Rude Awakenings

Some said he was cursed, others said he was blessed, but everyone agreed--he was the luckiest kraut in the navy.
05/11/1910m 8s

Episode 142: OCCASIONALLY--Halloween

It's All Hallow's Eve! So what better way to mark the occasion than with an episode of OCCASIONALLY. Mike pays homage to the macabre musings of the great Edgar Allan Poe by reciting perhaps his most famous story. Light a candle, pour a beverage, and let the Victorian goosebumps wash over you. Prepare yourself for the insidious beating of... The Tell Tale Heart
31/10/1918m 13s

Episode 141: On Average 15 Times a Day

But for this woman... maybe a bit more.
15/10/197m 19s

Episode 140: Another Band of Brothers

This group gave us the most iconic sound of all time.
08/10/197m 40s

Episode 139: A Penniless Singer

Who earned a funeral fit for a king.
01/10/198m 1s

Episode 138: An Extraordinary Swap

A love story.  Sort of...
17/09/199m 28s

Episode 137: A Bona Fide Sex Symbol

She simply had no choice.
10/09/197m 24s

Episode 136: A Boy And His Dog

The skinny kid was so desperate that he was about to sell his best friend.
03/09/197m 12s

Episode 135: The Illegitimate Son-of-a-Smith

Denied his father's true last name for most of his life, James reclaimed it--in a monumental way.
28/05/1911m 18s

Episode 134: Not Your Typical Homemaker

Julia was flattered by the proposal—but it came with certain… preconditions.
07/05/199m 36s

Episode 133: Call It What You Will

It's difficult to describe the chaos of an unpredictable world--but Peter sure tried.
01/05/199m 7s

Episode 132: Harvey's Future Ex-Wife

She just said she was going home - but it's the way she said it that we remember.
16/04/197m 4s

Episode 131: The Mystery of the Vanishing Woman

When one of the most famous women in the world disappears without a trace, it sets off one of the greatest whodunits you've never heard of.
09/04/198m 58s

Episode 130: A Tale of Two Pupils

They were classmates, bandmates, and best friends - even after one devastating punch changed everything.
02/04/198m 38s

Episode 129: Mother Knows Best

Mary had issues, no doubt about it.  But her mother was always there for her...
19/03/198m 48s

Episode 128: One Hell of a Toll

The journey was an incredible achievement - but the true cost was difficult to bear.
12/03/199m 39s

Episode 127: No Polite Way To Put It

When it comes to writing steamy love letters, you really gotta hand it to Elizabeth and George - even though they handed it to themselves...
05/03/198m 37s

Episode 126: Smooth Operator

It was a mission he chose to accept - and the tape did not self-destruct.
01/03/197m 26s

Episode 125: On The Importance of Staying Grounded

How many near misses can one guy take - and still remain grounded.
01/03/198m 23s

Episode 124: At The Crossroads

Where one can ponder a big decision and enjoy a continental breakfast.  Sponsored by Postmates, use promo code: ROWE
01/03/198m 22s

Episode 123: Another Tortured Artist

A battered boy who couldn't stand the sight of his own reflection - so he changed it.
01/03/197m 46s

Episode 122: The Cherry Pie Is To Die For

But Ted was craving a slice of something else.
01/03/199m 33s

Episode 121: Her Most Notable Assets

She was plucked from obscurity and destined to satisfy the appetite of her insatiable benefactor.
01/03/199m 4s

Episode 120: 30 Minutes of Disappointing Television

You can't put THAT on TV!
01/03/197m 28s

Episode 119: They Shook On It

The significance of that shake was beyond this world.
01/03/1910m 2s

Episode 118: A Rapacious Capitalist

He talked to everyone - but it was the interview he didn't give that changed his life forever.
01/03/199m 42s

Episode 117: Some Kind of Consequence

It wasn't exactly the trial of the century, but nearly everyone agreed - something had to be done.  
01/03/198m 0s

Episode 116: A Little Town Up North

It was just a tiny patch of farmland near a tiny little burg - but oh, the things that happened there...
01/03/198m 20s

Episode 115: A Conventional Hero

There are many ways to save a life - this one was rather conventional. 
01/03/198m 57s

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

How to wave goodbye to your current career. 
01/03/199m 40s

Episode 113: According To Peter

This man's reputation needed to be destroyed - and that's the gospel truth... according to Peter.
01/03/198m 55s

Episode 112: No Ordinary Fan

Nothing came between Don and his boys - especially on game day.
01/03/198m 59s

Episode 111: Can You Be There By Nine?

Sure, as soon as I'm done playing Cowboys and Indians.
01/03/198m 6s

Episode 110: The Man Who Ran Away

When the shooting started this patriot ran for his life.
01/03/196m 44s

Episode 109: The Biggest Name In Town

She was young and beautiful - and about to kill someone.
01/03/196m 50s

Episode 108: Words Worth Remembering

These words take on a whole new meaning once you know the story behind why they were written.  
01/03/196m 17s

Episode 107: His Last Letter Home

It contained a much desired promise - from beyond the grave.
01/03/198m 55s

Episode 106: Keep Your Voice Down

All he wanted was a little peace and quiet - from himself.
01/03/197m 13s

Episode 105: Just What the Doctor Ordered

This doctor believed it was a right that came with the PhD.
01/03/197m 49s

Episode 104: The One Percenters

They paid their fair share, and then some...
01/03/197m 12s

Episode 103: A Girl Named Frank

When it came to getting exactly what she wanted - Frank could be very persuasive.  
01/03/197m 50s

Episode 102: The Manchester Cowboy

This famous aspiring jockey just wanted to hear the roar of the crowd - but this was not the crowd he was expecting.
01/03/196m 46s

Bonus Episode 101: The Way I Talked About The Way I Heard It

WARNING: This is not your ordinary The Way I heard It. This episode contains SPOILERS.  Storyteller Mike Rowe is joined by producer Chuck Klausmeyer to answer questions posed by fans of The Way I Heard It.  Mike covers everything from how the podcast started to where it's headed in the future.  
01/03/1940m 14s

Episode 100: How Not To Ruin Your Most Expensive Suit

It was opening night on the world's largest stage, but when you gotta go - you gotta go.
01/03/196m 27s

Episode 99: My Little Machine

A truly democratic machine and the man who didn't invent it.
01/03/197m 0s

Episode 98: Send Me The Bill

Wee Johnny wanted a mighty check - so he sent out some mighty big bills.
01/03/197m 40s

Episode 97: A Very Lucky Lady

No doubt about it - Miriam's timing was impeccable.
01/03/197m 33s

Episode 96: The Pilot and the Passenger

No movie has been made about this heroic tale, but over a hundred movies have been made because of it.  
01/03/1911m 33s

Episode 95: Something Is Missing

He did everything a hero and patriot ought to do... almost.
01/03/1910m 24s

Episode 94: On The Importance of Better Driving

But how do you eliminate driver error?
01/03/198m 41s

Episode 93: As Long As It's Legal

Who says you can't preach Sunday morning, and then sell whiskey Sunday night?
01/03/198m 10s

Episode 92: Sharp as a Tack

Big John knew a simple but powerful equation when he saw one.
01/03/197m 10s

Episode 91: A Potty Mouth With a Secret

Do you want to know the bleeping secret or not!
01/03/198m 41s

Episode 90: A Man Well Hung

People came from miles around just to see it.
01/03/198m 31s

Episode 89: Armed For Love

Looking for love in the classifieds can lead to explosive consequences. 
01/03/198m 53s

Episode 88: The Missiles of December

It was never good new when the red phone rang - and on this December night it was ringing off the hook. 
01/03/1910m 2s

Episode 87: A Town Where Anything Can Happen

What does a former POW do when he returns home from an unpopular war?  Stand naked in the town square of course!
01/03/197m 49s

Episode 86: Francisco's Flakes

A tale of award-winning flakes and delayed gratification.
01/03/199m 10s

Episode 85: Strange Bedfellows

Pete just wanted to get some sleep - But he could not get his bunkmate's earworm out of his head.
01/03/196m 44s

Episode 84: A Very High Bar

He was willing to play the white-man's game - he just wished they had told him the rules first.
01/03/196m 44s

Episode 83: How Soon They Forget

It was the trial of the century - that no one remembers.
01/03/199m 25s

Episode 82: The Men Behind Bars

A father and a son with more than just bars between them.
01/03/197m 19s

Episode 81: The Consultant

He was notoriously proficient in his field and his advice was priceless – he just didn’t make house calls. 
01/03/198m 44s

Episode 80: How The Game Was Played

Saul's nephew kept a secret his entire career - you could do that back then.
01/03/197m 51s

Episode 79: Bobby Brings Home the Bacon

Only problem is - it's not Bobby's bacon.
01/03/198m 13s

Episode 78: Give That Man a Cigar

Eddie was really good at blowing smoke.
01/03/198m 23s

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

The story of a slightly subversive student with a taste for gin.
01/03/1910m 31s

Episode 76: A Hot Babe Who Liked It Rough

The family business was brutal - but this Babe wanted in.
01/03/198m 21s

Episode 75: A Safe Space

His personal proclivities seemed to trigger women – so he had to keep them a secret.
01/03/197m 32s

Episode 74: The Ride of His Life

When you're in the back of an ambulance in the middle of a snowstorm - every second counts.
01/03/198m 36s

Episode 73: Monkey Business

How to make a billion dollars and remain absolutely calm.
01/03/195m 49s

Episode 72: Better Late Than Never

When the time came to fight for their King, these knights were prepared to show the enemy what they were made of.
01/03/197m 26s

Episode 71: Head In The Clouds

Henry Junior just wanted to get out of Henry Senior's famous shadow.
01/03/198m 6s

Episode 70: You Might Feel a Little Pinch

No matter how bad your habits, this dentist can stop your pain - guaranteed! 
01/03/196m 13s

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

Take it from mother - never underestimate the power of a little make-up, properly applied.
01/03/197m 22s

Episode 68: A Nice Girl From Wisconsin

The consequences of her choice would forever change the world.
01/03/196m 42s

Episode 67: Charlie's Big Break

This aspiring songwriter was a family man who really wanted to be famous. 
01/03/196m 41s

Episode 66: A Serial Inventor

Because necessity is actually the mother of investment. 
01/03/197m 35s

Episode 65: A Full Figured Gal

She had tons of suitors because men knew that with her - anything was possible.
01/03/198m 1s

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

Mike tells a very personal story of the King that changed his life.  
01/03/1930m 27s

Episode 63: Render Unto Caesar

Caesar's ride that changed the course of Western Civilization. 
01/03/197m 45s

Episode 62: I'd Like to Buy a Vowel

But only if the spirit moves you.
01/03/197m 54s

Episode 61: When the World's on Fire

The melody was sweet, but the lyrics were too painful to sing.
01/03/195m 52s

Episode 60: Something to Stand For

What do you get when you cross a Private, a General, a lawyer, a doctor and two teenagers?  Something worth standing for.
01/03/199m 25s

Episode 59: A Hero Under the Influence

When all is lost and the end is near - why not have a drink... or several.
01/03/197m 11s

Episode 58: A Lesser Known Vessel

Captain Cooper was asked to do the impossible - But he found it impossible not to try.
01/03/196m 19s

Episode 57: But Who's Counting

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night could keep this 60 year-old mailman from finally receiving his due.
01/03/198m 53s

Episode 56: Something Unforgettable and Real

Bill was known for creating unforgettable car chases - but there was one chase he wished he could forget.  
01/03/198m 39s

Episode 55: The Man Behind the Microphone

Sometimes choosing the right words means not sticking to the script.
01/03/196m 57s

Episode 54: The Boy Who Loved to Fly

He flew into history - thanks to a nervous mother with an old-fashioned name.
01/03/196m 53s

Episode 53: A Simple Solution

His formula saved millions from starvation - among other things.
01/03/197m 23s

Episode 52: A Patient Man

John loved Peggy so much he would do anything for her... including this!
01/03/197m 59s

Episode 51: Kid Stuff

Mr. Akai had a secret - and every kid in the neighborhood knew it.
01/03/197m 44s

Episode 50: Size Matters

In a competition like this - every inch counts.
01/03/199m 12s

Episode 49: Dream Job

The greatest World's Fair on the planet - and it all started with shoveling horse poo.
01/03/196m 56s

Episode 48: An Unmistakable Sound

Bob was a Mad Man who could sell anything - but this new product gave him a terrible headache.  
01/03/197m 28s

Episode 47: On Thin Branches

How a mild mannered middle-school band teacher terrified America. 
01/03/196m 39s

Episode 46: Fair Warning

You know his name - now you'll know why.
01/03/196m 55s

Episode 45: The Biscuit Bomb

Melvin's Stories always had a surprise ending - this one surprised even Melvin.
01/03/197m 20s

Episode 44: The Greaseman Cometh

Don't like your job?  Just invent something that does it for you.
01/03/197m 37s

Episode 43: The Paint Salesman

"Work hard, tell the truth, and don't be late for supper."
01/03/198m 16s

Episode 42: A Standing Ovation

You can stand, but don't you dare applaud.
01/03/196m 36s

Episode 41: Words, Words, Words

Choose them wisely or deal with the consequences.  
01/03/196m 46s

Episode 40: Chip Off the Old Block

This groundbreaking agent had the world's most unique client.  And he took him straight to the top.
01/03/196m 48s

Episode 39: A Rose By Any Other Name

Neat trick, but can you copyright it?
01/03/197m 17s

Episode 38: On Self Abuse

Please sir, can I have some more?
01/03/197m 57s

Episode 37: Man of Faith

A showdown between a pious governor a righteous crowd - what could possibly go wrong? 
01/03/196m 5s

Episode 36: Oh Brother!

Thanksgiving isn't complete without a second helping of Presidential election politics.
01/03/196m 29s

Episode 35: The Code Breaker

His ear for hearing patterns served him well.
01/03/196m 15s

Episode 34: That's All Folks

Who knew cartoon characters could be so litigious?
01/03/198m 44s

Episode 33: You Don't Know Mike

Sometimes, all you can do is watch.
01/03/197m 55s

Episode 32: The Dreamer

He couldn't change the people, so he changed the world.
01/03/197m 5s

Episode 31: The Hangman & The Windsor Knot

How a perfectly tied Windsor knot led to a date with the gallows.
01/03/195m 54s

Episode 30: The Demoted Deserter

War is hell, but the paperwork is intolerable.
01/03/196m 49s

Episode 29: The 100 Billion Dollar Bar

How his sweet tooth changed your life.
01/03/196m 1s

Episode 28: An Incredible Reinvention

When no one wants your product, don't change the product, change the name.
01/03/196m 20s

Episode 27: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

I don't want to split hairs, but EVERYONE should know this woman's name.
01/03/196m 30s

Episode 26: Rose Garden Rubbish

Even the President can't help this guy catch a break.
01/03/196m 14s

Episode 25: The Prisoner

The craziest prison break story you've never heard of.
01/03/195m 52s

Episode 24: Big Guy, Little Guy

How do you compete with a thriving 20th century company? Use 18th century technology of course.
01/03/195m 19s

Episode 23: Donnie's Secret

Donnie has a secret... and it's a doozie.
01/03/196m 2s

Episode 22: In Laws on the Outs

Their escape from an overbearing family really put them on the map.
01/03/196m 43s

Episode 21: The Coward of the Deep

Who will sing the praises of the famous warrior who refused to fight.
01/03/196m 57s

Episode 20: Fred's Final Wish

Why Fred's kids stopped for a snack on the way to his funeral.
01/03/195m 53s

Episode 19: John's Portuguese Cousin

A most unlikely path to becoming one of the greatest voices of all time.
01/03/196m 37s

Episode 18: The Toymaker

Al didn't want to make toys, he just wanted to fly.
01/03/194m 58s

Episode 17: The Lady Calls the Shots

He loved her so much he gave her his job.
01/03/196m 27s

Episode 16: The Orphan Hero

She was plucked from the streets and catapulted to fame.
01/03/196m 28s

Episode 15: Sorry, Wrong Number

Sometimes in life, it's better not to stick to the script.
01/03/195m 47s

Episode 14: The American Rock Star

His music career really blew up.
01/03/196m 38s

Episode 13: On My Honor

They say the truth will set you free, but in this case, it was a little white lie.
01/03/196m 15s

Episode 12: One Hit Wonder

No one has ever matched his record, and no one knows his name.
01/03/196m 9s

Episode 11: Lord of Loud

He didn't like the quiet, so he made sure we all could pump up the volume.
01/03/195m 37s

Episode 10: Lord of Light

The most expensive theme park there never was.
01/03/196m 29s

Episode 9: The Longshot

Sometimes the only way to prove your worth, is with a trial by fire.
01/03/196m 21s

Episode 8: It's a Shame About Your Face

The most recognizable face that no one wanted to hire.
01/03/196m 8s

Episode 7: "Be right back, hon!"

She believes her husband is a genius. The only problem, no one else does. How her road trip changed everything – for YOU!
01/03/195m 11s

Episode 6: "This isn't funny!"

It was a cold, dark night on the field of battle – and one man had the perfect plan to strike back at the enemy.
01/03/196m 13s

Episode 5: Breaking the Silence

He found his voice and defined a generation. And he owes it all to a little piece of fruit. 
01/03/196m 12s

Episode 4: Little Bits Of Corpse

Was he a lunatic or a genius? Sometimes it's hard to tell, especially when you're telling the world that doctors are killing their patients.
01/03/197m 24s

Episode 3: Clean Up On Aisle 4!

How did the clerks in a modest grocery store change the world as we know it?
01/03/195m 30s

Episode 2: He Had It All

He had the talent. He had the charisma. He had the looks. But without one little change, he'd never be the household name he is today.
01/03/195m 29s

Episode 1: The 25 Million Dollar Kiss

A kiss from her helped win the war. But her real assets changed the world as we know it.
01/03/196m 6s

Introducing 'The Way I Heard It'

What inspired this series of short mysteries for the curious mind? Mike Rowe reveals the inspiration behind the new podcast.
01/03/192m 13s
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