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The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe

Author: Mike Rowe

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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.
190 Episodes
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.
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.
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.
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!
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…
“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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.”
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.     
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. 
A spooky tale of an ordained minister and a demonic possession. 
Bill waited until the crowd had gathered on his property... and then he shot them all.
Episode 173: Visiting Hours

Episode 173: Visiting Hours


When you have a family this big, you’re guaranteed an occasional visit…
With the war in full bloom all eyes were on the president — would he or wouldn’t he launch?  
And that was good news for the naked burglar.
Especially those with a pre-existing condition…
Comments (329)


we just need to stop apologizing

Mar 2nd

Sean Leveroos


Feb 28th

John Zemanick

I miss the old format. The short stories. I’m listening to the old podcast over again. Guess it’s my short attention span.

Feb 11th

Ariel Worden

LOL! I've always been the gal at the party just sitting in a corner and listening to family and friends chat. These chats you have after each episode are really fun to listen to and make me feel like I'm there hanging out with ya. I look forward to hearing more.

Feb 10th


its not hard. God causrd the big bang. also. this is why I dont listen to doctors or politicians

Feb 4th

Kym M

The best part is Mike giggling at his mother's stories.

Jan 28th

Kevin Crile

your mom said she didn't feel safe without a nurse in the office with the man but she didn't say if she got a nurse in the office with the woman GYN

Jan 26th


She is delightful!

Jan 19th


this was wonderful! I #TheWayIHeardIt

Jan 14th

Rene Vargas

This was wholesome. 👍

Jan 13th

Kris White

I listen on my way to and from work, in Indiana. i have shared some of your wonderful story telling with some of my fellow foundry maintenance co workers and now they are listening as well. THANK YOU!

Jan 11th

Winnie Sullivan

This one sparked an enjoyable discussion in our house. Really enjoy his style

Dec 27th
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Mike H

Keep selling out Mr. Rowe, and thanks for doing so!

Dec 15th

Allan Bunt

Love the new format! Love the discussions with Chuck!

Dec 15th

Kelly Spear

i came here for great storytelling. Not for banter.

Dec 15th

Saphyr Hancock

This Speech is just great in itself. But with him portraying it in this way is absolutely beautiful.

Nov 17th

rose pollanen

I love your way of honestly questioning yourself. i wish more people did. keep writing

Nov 16th

Alisha Baxter

keep writing!!

Nov 13th


Thank you, Mike ❤️👍

Nov 13th

linda fusig

Such a great one!

Nov 11th
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