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The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe

Storytelling Podcasts

In The Way I Heard It, Mike Rowe gives a different take on a variety of topics—from pop culture to politics, history to Hollywood, each mystery is a trueish tale about someone you know, filled with facts that you don’t. Delivered with Mike’s signature blend of charm, wit, and ingenuity, these stories are part of a larger mosaic—full of surprising revelations, sharp observations, and intimate, behind-the-scenes moments drawn from Mike’s own life and career.

In The Way I Heard It, Mike Rowe gives a different take on a variety of topics—from pop culture to politics, history to Hollywood, each mystery is a trueish tale about someone you know, filled with facts that you don’t. Delivered with Mike’s signature blend of charm, wit, and ingenuity, these stories are part of a larger mosaic—full of surprising revelations, sharp observations, and intimate, behind-the-scenes moments drawn from Mike’s own life and career.

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United States

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In The Way I Heard It, Mike Rowe gives a different take on a variety of topics—from pop culture to politics, history to Hollywood, each mystery is a trueish tale about someone you know, filled with facts that you don’t. Delivered with Mike’s signature blend of charm, wit, and ingenuity, these stories are part of a larger mosaic—full of surprising revelations, sharp observations, and intimate, behind-the-scenes moments drawn from Mike’s own life and career.

Language:

English


Episodes

228: Good Question

11/30/2021
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.

Duration:01:14:03

227: About Those Safe Spaces

11/23/2021
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.

Duration:01:05:55

226: We're Not Making The Godfather

11/16/2021
Mike’s guest is a man called Lindsay Schnebly, an accomplished voiceover artist whose unusual name inspired a town, almost.

Duration:01:08:32

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

11/9/2021
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.”

Duration:01:21:30

224: "I Didn't Get It!"

11/2/2021
Mike has a very serious conversation with a very funny guest about a very serious topic that turns out to be very funny.

Duration:01:14:06

223: Would You Care to Have Your Head Read?

10/26/2021
Mike chats with David Keltz, an actor from Baltimore who has assumed the identity of Edgar Alan Poe, and memorized most of his published works.

Duration:01:07:31

222: I Don't Want to Recover From This

10/19/2021
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.

Duration:01:21:45

221: Tim Allen Lives on a Runway

10/12/2021
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...

Duration:01:26:10

220: The Duck of Justice Flies Again

10/5/2021
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.

Duration:01:07:18

219: The Beard is Getting Itchy

9/28/2021
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.

Duration:01:20:03

218: The Human Calculator is on a Mission

9/21/2021
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.

Duration:01:14:07

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

9/11/2021
Mike sits down with his “professional big brother,” to discuss the relevance of 9/11, twenty years after the attack on America.

Duration:01:16:09

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

9/6/2021
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.

Duration:01:14:24

215: Han Shot First

8/31/2021
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.

Duration:01:30:10

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

8/24/2021
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.

Duration:01:14:57

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

8/17/2021
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.

Duration:01:30:04

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

8/10/2021
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.

Duration:01:04:02

211: "Can You Tell Me About the Testicles?"

8/3/2021
Mike welcomes Tim Ferriss, 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.

Duration:01:25:46

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

7/27/2021
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...

Duration:01:29:16

209: Oops, I Did It Again

7/20/2021
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.

Duration:01:19:36