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The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe

The Way I Heard It with 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.


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Episode 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.

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Episode 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.

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Episode 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!

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Episode 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?

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Episode 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?

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Episode 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?

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Episode 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.

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Episode 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.

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Episode 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.

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Episode 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. 

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Episode 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.?

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Episode 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.     

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Episode 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. 

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Episode 175: His Brother's Keeper

A spooky tale of an ordained minister and a demonic possession. 

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Episode 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.

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Episode 173: Visiting Hours

When you have a family this big, you?re guaranteed an occasional visit?

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Episode 172: An Unforgivable Overreaction

With the war in full bloom all eyes were on the president ? would he or wouldn?t he launch?  

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Episode 171: He Really Stuck With It

And that was good news for the naked burglar.

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Episode 170: They Were All at Risk

Especially those with a pre-existing condition?

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Episode 169: A Mouse in the House

That was particularly hard to find.

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Episode 168: A Hooker You Can Trust

Call her what you will--the lady had vision.

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Episode 167: They Knew It When They Saw It

And Jerry knew that he desperately needed to get to a meeting.

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Episode 166: A Disaster in the Kitchen

Seriously, her cakes were downright repulsive!

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Episode 165: The Feel Good Hit of the Summer

A real toe-tapper that no one could escape.

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Episode 164: A Line in the Sand

Sometimes, you simply have to draw one.

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Episode 163: He Was Not Inclined To Judge

But did he really have to eat bull testicles to prove it?  

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Episode 162: OCCASIONALLY--Independence Day

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

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Episode 161: Excess Baggage

A helicopter filled with evacuees tries to get off the ground as the shooting intensifies.  What could possibly go wrong?  

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Episode 160: A Groundbreaking Structure of Staggering Possibility

This architect enjoyed a good challenge.  But this one nearly broke him...

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Episode 159: He Was Just Trying To Get Home

So too, was the man who got in his way.

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Episode 158: On the Pursuit of Satisfaction

The kid had a head for numbers.

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Episode 157: A Novel Hero

What he did was unspeakably brave.  So why then, did no one speak of it?

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Episode 156: A Bridge Too Far

They built a lot of bridges.  Perhaps, one too many...

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Episode 155: Lullaby for a Crackhead

He only had the one hit...but boy, was it a wonder!

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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.

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Episode 153: An Offer They Couldn't Refuse

The player loved to play... but on this particular occasion--he chose the wrong playmate.

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Episode 152: They Had Their Way With Her

Or did they...

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Episode 151: He Was Ready For His Close Up

It was the gig of a lifetime... it just wasn't Gig's.

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Episode 150: Dude Looks Like a Lady

She broke the glass ceiling with ease.  But her secret was taken to the grave.

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Episode 149: Broadswords in a Pit

James and Rebecca simply could not settle their differences... that's where the broadswords came in.

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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.

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Episode 147: Her Biggest Fan

The doctor told her not to sing... but she did anyway.

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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.

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Episode 145: Does This Look Infected

Yes, as a matter of fact, it does.  But penicillin won't help...

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Episode 144: A Legend In His Own Mind

He was destined for greatness.  No one knew it but him.

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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.

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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

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Episode 141: On Average 15 Times a Day

But for this woman... maybe a bit more.

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Episode 140: Another Band of Brothers

This group gave us the most iconic sound of all time.

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Episode 139: A Penniless Singer

Who earned a funeral fit for a king.

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