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The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe

The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe

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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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.
2022-12-06
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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. 
2022-12-02
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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.  
2022-11-29
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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. 
2022-11-25
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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 RationalGround.com, 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.
2022-11-22
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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.

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2022-11-18
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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.
2022-11-15
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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. 
2022-11-11
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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. 
2022-11-08
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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. 
2022-11-04
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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!)
2022-11-01
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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!
2022-10-31
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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. 
2022-10-28
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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.
2022-10-25
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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. 
2022-10-21
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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.
2022-10-18
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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.
2022-10-14
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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.
2022-10-11
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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.
2022-10-04
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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.
2022-09-26
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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.   
2022-09-20
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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. 
2022-09-13
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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.  
2022-09-05
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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.  
2022-08-30
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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.
2022-08-22
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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.
2022-08-16
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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.
2022-08-09
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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.
2022-08-02
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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.  
2022-07-26
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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.
2022-07-19
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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.  
2022-07-12
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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.
2022-07-05
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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.
2022-06-28
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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.
2022-06-21
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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. 
2022-06-14
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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.  
2022-06-07
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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.   
2022-05-30
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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.    
2022-05-24
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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.
2022-05-17
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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. 
2022-05-10
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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.  
2022-05-03
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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.  
2022-04-26
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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.
2022-04-19
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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.  
2022-04-12
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245: Mom, Do You Have a Stud Finder?

Bloody do-gooder and Returning The Favor alum, Katie Hughes of GirlsBuild.org talks curiosity, confidence, and how a broken toaster changed the course of her life.  
2022-04-05
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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.
2022-03-29
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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.
2022-03-22
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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. 
2022-03-15
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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.
2022-03-08
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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.  
2022-02-28
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