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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.

The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe Mike Rowe

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 28.9K Ratings

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.

    The Human Calculator is on a Mission

    The Human Calculator is on a Mission

    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.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    OCCASIONALLY – A Chat with Gary Sinise on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

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

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

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Off the Wall – A Message to Garcia, and Tim Johnson

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

    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.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Han Shot First

    Han Shot First

    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.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    There's a Fine Line Between a Hero and an A*****e

    There's a Fine Line Between a Hero and an A*****e

    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.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    “It’s Not What You’d Call a Page Turner”

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

    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.

    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28.9K Ratings

28.9K Ratings

Volk13 ,

Great episode with the Human Calculator

Great episode. It’s great to hear from someone from my neck of the woods in Central NY.

I hope Scott is successful in his big endeavor in Herkimer.

ConcordiaSinger96 ,

Too long

I love Mike, and his old stories are remarkable. However, this podcast is no longer for curious minds with short attention spans. Instead, it is for people with dull minds with the attention span of an elephants. I liked being challenged to figure out the sixth sense puzzle in 10 minutes or less. I miss those short stories. I also love the older, “Occasionally” stories. My suggestion…make this show a hybrid podcast. Do a little of the longer “stories”, which are actually druid conversations, and do some short stories like Mike did in the past. Don’t lose the attention of those who loved the original purpose of the podcast! Thanks.

Betty Kruszka ,

Mike and Chuck as they relate to my unexplainable heart rate

I promised my husband if he would agree to buy a house with a pool, I would use it every day for exercise. Being a woman of my word, I’m now in that cement pond daily, Fitbit monitoring my every burnt calorie. This has not been as painful physically as one would imagine for this 64 year old broad, but the mind numbing repetitive music on my playlist required to keep my heart rate up was close to torture. Then one day, quite impetuously, I decided to forgo the over played workout song list and clicked on The Way I Heard It podcast . I would like to say this was a purely quality content driven choice, but the truth is I chose it because it was the only one of my podcast subscriptions that ran the required 60 minutes I needed to complete my daily water run requirement.
Well no one was more surprised than I that Chuck, Mike and assorted guests of people I’ve never heard of, in their allotted 60 minutes, provided me a high enough heart rate to incinerate more calories than my Whitney/Stevie/BeeGees compilation.
Not to mention my delight that my husband is still trying to figure out why I spontaneously burst out laughing every now and then during my up till then boring aqua-size.
Keeping promises, getting in shape, endorphin boosts from hardy guffaws, learning a tidbit or two and keeping the hubs guessing- it’s all good.
Thanks guys.
Betty Kruszka

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