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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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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 May 2019

Rank #1

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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.  


10 May 2018

Rank #2

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147: Her Biggest Fan

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


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5: Breaking The Silence

He found his voice and defined a generation. And he owes it all to a little piece of fruit. 


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134: Not Your Typical Homemaker

Julia was flattered by the proposal—but it came with certain… preconditions.


7 May 2019

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136: A Boy And His Dog

The skinny kid was so desperate that he was about to sell his best friend.


3 Sep 2019

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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.


1 Mar 2016

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33: You Don't Know Mike

Sometimes, all you can do is watch.


11 Sep 2016

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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!


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144: A Legend In His Own Mind

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


12 Nov 2019

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133: Call It What You Will

It's difficult to describe the chaos of an unpredictable world--but Peter sure tried.


1 May 2019

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145: Does This Look Infected

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


19 Nov 2019

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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 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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119: They Shook On It

The significance of that shake was beyond this world.


11 Dec 2018

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64: It's Good To Be The King

Mike tells a very personal story of the King that changed his life.  


8 Jul 2017

Rank #15

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8: It's a Shame About Your Face

The most recognizable face that no one wanted to hire.


15 Mar 2016

Rank #16

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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 Feb 2020

Rank #17

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9: The Longshot

Sometimes the only way to prove your worth, is with a trial by fire.


22 Mar 2016

Rank #18

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150: Dude Looks Like a Lady

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


25 Feb 2020

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143: Rude Awakenings

Some said he was cursed, others said he was blessed, but everyone agreed--he was the luckiest kraut in the navy.


5 Nov 2019

Rank #20