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May 28, 2019
Episode 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.
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12 min
May 7, 2019
Episode 134: Not Your Typical Homemaker
Julia was flattered by the proposal—but it came with certain… preconditions.
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9 min
May 1, 2019
Episode 133: Call It What You Will
It's difficult to describe the chaos of an unpredictable world--but Peter sure tried.
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9 min
April 16, 2019
Episode 132: Harvey's Future Ex-Wife
She just said she was going home - but it's the way she said it that we remember.
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7 min
April 9, 2019
Episode 131: The Mystery of the Vanishing Woman
When one of the most famous women in the world disappears without a trace, it sets off one of the greatest whodunits you've never heard of.
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8 min
April 2, 2019
Episode 130: A Tale of Two Pupils
They were classmates, bandmates, and best friends - even after one devastating punch changed everything.
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8 min
March 19, 2019
Episode 129: Mother Knows Best
Mary had issues, no doubt about it.  But her mother was always there for her...
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8 min
March 12, 2019
Episode 128: One Hell of a Toll
The journey was an incredible achievement - but the true cost was difficult to bear.
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10 min
March 5, 2019
Episode 127: No Polite Way To Put It
When it comes to writing steamy love letters, you really gotta hand it to Elizabeth and George - even though they handed it to themselves...
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8 min
February 26, 2019
Episode 126: Smooth Operator
It was a mission he chose to accept - and the tape did not self-destruct.
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7 min
February 20, 2019
Episode 125: On The Importance of Staying Grounded
How many near misses can one guy take - and still remain grounded.
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7 min
February 14, 2019
Episode 124: At The Crossroads
Where one can ponder a big decision and enjoy a continental breakfast.  Sponsored by Postmates, use promo code: ROWE
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8 min
January 15, 2019
Episode 123: Another Tortured Artist
A battered boy who couldn't stand the sight of his own reflection - so he changed it.
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7 min
January 8, 2019
Episode 122: The Cherry Pie Is To Die For
But Ted was craving a slice of something else.
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9 min
January 1, 2019
Episode 121: Her Most Notable Assets
She was plucked from obscurity and destined to satisfy the appetite of her insatiable benefactor.
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8 min
December 18, 2018
Episode 120: 30 Minutes of Disappointing Television
You can't put THAT on TV!
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7 min
December 11, 2018
Episode 119: They Shook On It
The significance of that shake was beyond this world.
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9 min
December 4, 2018
Episode 118: A Rapacious Capitalist
He talked to everyone - but it was the interview he didn't give that changed his life forever.
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9 min
November 20, 2018
Episode 117: Some Kind of Consequence
It wasn't exactly the trial of the century, but nearly everyone agreed - something had to be done.
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7 min
November 13, 2018
Episode 116: A Little Town Up North
It was just a tiny patch of farmland near a tiny little burg - but oh, the things that happened there...
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8 min
November 6, 2018
Episode 115: A Conventional Hero
There are many ways to save a life - this one was rather conventional.
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8 min
October 16, 2018
Episode 114: A Manly Man, A Gold Medal, and A Really Big Sea
How to wave goodbye to your current career.
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9 min
October 10, 2018
Episode 113: According To Peter
This man's reputation needed to be destroyed - and that's the gospel truth... according to Peter.
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8 min
October 2, 2018
Episode 112: No Ordinary Fan
Nothing came between Don and his boys - especially on game day.
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9 min
September 18, 2018
Episode 111: Can You Be There By Nine?
Sure, as soon as I'm done playing Cowboys and Indians.
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7 min
September 11, 2018
Episode 110: A Rank Amateur
When the shooting started this patriot ran for his life.
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6 min
September 4, 2018
Episode 109: The Biggest Name In Town
She was young and beautiful - and about to kill someone.
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6 min
August 21, 2018
Episode 108: Words Worth Remembering
These words take on a whole new meaning once you know the story behind why they were written.
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6 min
August 14, 2018
Episode 107: His Last Letter Home
It contained a much desired promise - from beyond the grave.
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8 min
August 7, 2018
Episode 106: Keep Your Voice Down
All he wanted was a little peace and quiet - from himself.
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6 min
July 24, 2018
Episode 105: Just What the Doctor Ordered
This doctor believed it was a right that came with the PhD.
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7 min
July 3, 2018
Episode 104: The One Percenters
They paid their fair share, and then some...
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7 min
June 26, 2018
Episode 103: A Girl Named Frank
When it came to getting exactly what she wanted - Frank could be very persuasive.
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7 min
May 15, 2018
Episode 102: The Manchester Cowboy
This famous aspiring jockey just wanted to hear the roar of the crowd - but this was not the crowd he was expecting.
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6 min
May 10, 2018
Bonus Episode 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.
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40 min
May 8, 2018
Episode 100: How Not To Ruin Your Most Expensive Suit
It was opening night on the world's largest stage, but when you gotta go - you gotta go.
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7 min
May 1, 2018
Episode 99: My Little Machine
A truly democratic machine and the man who didn't invent it.
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6 min
April 17, 2018
Episode 98: Send Me The Bill
Wee Johnny wanted a mighty check - so he sent out some mighty big bills.
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7 min
April 10, 2018
Episode 97: A Very Lucky Lady
No doubt about it - Miriam's timing was impeccable.
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7 min
April 3, 2018
Episode 96: The Pilot and the Passenger
No movie has been made about this heroic tale, but over a hundred movies have been made because of it.
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11 min
March 20, 2018
Episode 95: Something Is Missing
He did everything a hero and patriot ought to do... almost.
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10 min
March 13, 2018
Episode 94: On The Importance of Better Driving
But how do you eliminate driver error?
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8 min
March 6, 2018
Episode 93: As Long As It's Legal
Who says you can't preach Sunday morning, and then sell whiskey Sunday night?
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7 min
February 27, 2018
Episode 92: Sharp as a Tack
Big John knew a simple but powerful equation when he saw one.
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7 min
February 13, 2018
Episode 91: A Potty Mouth With a Secret
Do you want to know the bleeping secret or not!
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9 min
February 6, 2018
Episode 90: A Man Well Hung
People came from miles around just to see it.
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8 min
January 3, 2018
Episode 89: Armed For Love
Looking for love in the classifieds can lead to explosive consequences.
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8 min
December 19, 2017
Episode 88: The Missiles of December
It was never good news when the red phone rang – and on this December night it was ringing off the hook.
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9 min
December 12, 2017
Episode 87: A Town Where Anything Can Happen
What does a former POW do when he returns home from an unpopular war?  Stand naked in the town square of course!
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8 min
December 5, 2017
Episode 86: Francisco's Flakes
A tale of award-winning flakes and delayed gratification.
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8 min
November 28, 2017
Episode 85: Strange Bedfellows
Pete just wanted to get some sleep - But he could not get his bunkmate's earworm out of his head.
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6 min
November 21, 2017
Episode 84: A Very High Bar
He was willing to play the white-man's game - he just wished they had told him the rules first.
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6 min
November 14, 2017
Episode 83: How Soon They Forget
It was the trial of the century - that no one remembers.
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9 min
November 7, 2017
Episode 82: The Men Behind Bars
A father and a son with more than just bars between them.
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7 min
October 31, 2017
Episode 81: The Consultant
He was notoriously proficient in his field and his advice was priceless – he just didn’t make house calls.
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8 min
October 24, 2017
Episode 80: How The Game Was Played
Saul's nephew kept a secret his entire career - you could do that back then.
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7 min
October 17, 2017
Episode 79: Bobby Brings Home the Bacon
Only problem is - it's not Bobby's bacon.
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8 min
October 10, 2017
Episode 78: Give That Man a Cigar
Eddie was really good at blowing smoke.
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8 min
October 3, 2017
Episode 77: How To Get Rich and Save Lives by Talking Dirty
The story of a slightly subversive student with a taste for gin.
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10 min
September 26, 2017
Episode 76: A Hot Babe Who Liked It Rough
The family business was brutal - but this Babe wanted in.
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8 min
September 22, 2017
Episode 75: A Safe Space
His personal proclivities seemed to trigger women – so he had to keep them a secret.
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7 min
September 12, 2017
Episode 74: The Ride of His Life
When you're in the back of an ambulance in the middle of a snowstorm - every second counts.
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8 min
September 5, 2017
Episode 73: Monkey Business
How to make a billion dollars and remain absolutely calm.
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5 min
August 29, 2017
Episode 72: Better Late Than Never
When the time came to fight for their King, these knights were prepared to show the enemy what they were made of.
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7 min
August 22, 2017
Episode 71: Head In The Clouds
Henry Junior just wanted to get out of Henry Senior's famous shadow.
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8 min
August 15, 2017
Episode 70: You Might Feel a Little Pinch
No matter how bad your habits, this dentist can stop your pain - guaranteed!
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5 min
August 8, 2017
Episode 69: "A Little Dab'll Do Ya!"
Take it from mother - never underestimate the power of a little make-up, properly applied.
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7 min
August 1, 2017
Episode 68: A Nice Girl From Wisconsin
The consequences of her choice would forever change the world.
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6 min
July 25, 2017
Episode 67: Charlie's Big Break
This aspiring songwriter was a family man who really wanted to be famous.
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6 min
July 18, 2017
Episode 66: A Serial Inventor
Because necessity is actually the mother of investment.
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7 min
July 11, 2017
Episode 65: A Full Figured Gal
She had tons of suitors because men knew that with her - anything was possible.
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7 min
July 8, 2017
Bonus Episode 64: It's Good To Be The King
Mike tells a very personal story of the King that changed his life.
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30 min
July 4, 2017
Episode 63: Render Unto Caesar
Caesar's ride that changed the course of Western Civilization.
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7 min
June 27, 2017
Episode 62: I'd Like to Buy a Vowel
But only if the spirit moves you.
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8 min
June 20, 2017
Episode 61: When the World's on Fire
The melody was sweet, but the lyrics were too painful to sing.
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5 min
June 13, 2017
Episode 60: Something to Stand For
What do you get when you cross a Private, a General, a lawyer, a doctor and two teenagers?  Something worth standing for.
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9 min
June 6, 2017
Episode 59: A Hero Under the Influence
When all is lost and the end is near - why not have a drink... or several.
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7 min
May 30, 2017
Episode 58: A Lesser Known Vessel
Captain Cooper was asked to do the impossible - But he found it impossible not to try.
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6 min
May 23, 2017
Episode 57: But Who's Counting
Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night could keep this 60 year-old mailman from finally receiving his due.
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8 min
May 16, 2017
Episode 56: Something Unforgettable and Real
Bill was known for creating unforgettable car chases - but there was one chase he wished he could forget.
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8 min
May 9, 2017
Episode 55: The Man Behind the Microphone
Sometimes choosing the right words means not sticking to the script.
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6 min
May 6, 2017
Episode 54: The Boy Who Loved to Fly
He flew into history - thanks to a nervous mother with an old-fashioned name.
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7 min
May 2, 2017
Episode 53: A Simple Solution
His formula saved millions from starvation - among other things.
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7 min
April 25, 2017
Episode 52: A Patient Man
John loved Peggy so much he would do anything for her... including this!
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7 min
April 18, 2017
Episode 51: Kid Stuff
Mr. Akai had a secret - and every kid in the neighborhood knew it.
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7 min
April 11, 2017
Episode 50: Size Matters
In a competition like this - every inch counts.
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9 min
April 4, 2017
Episode 49: Dream Job
The greatest World's Fair on the planet - and it all started with shoveling horse poo.
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6 min
March 28, 2017
Episode 48: An Unmistakable Sound
Bob was a Mad Man who could sell anything - but this new product gave him a terrible headache.
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7 min
March 21, 2017
Episode 47: On Thin Branches
How a mild mannered middle-school band teacher terrified America.
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6 min
March 14, 2017
Episode 46: Fair Warning
You know his name - now you'll know why.
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7 min
March 7, 2017
Episode 45: The Biscuit Bomb
Melvin's Stories always had a surprise ending - this one surprised even Melvin.
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7 min
February 28, 2017
Episode 44: The Greaseman Cometh
Don't like your job?  Just invent something that does it for you.
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7 min
February 21, 2017
Episode 43: The Paint Salesman
"Work hard, tell the truth, and don't be late for supper."
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8 min
February 14, 2017
Episode 42: A Standing Ovation
You can stand, but don't you dare applaud.
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7 min
February 7, 2017
Episode 41: Words, Words, Words
Choose them wisely or deal with the consequences.
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6 min
January 31, 2017
Episode 40: Chip Off the Old Block
This groundbreaking agent had the world's most unique client.  And he took him straight to the top.
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6 min
January 24, 2017
Episode 39: A Rose By Any Other Name
Neat trick, but can you copyright it?
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7 min
January 17, 2017
Episode 38: On Self Abuse
Please sir, can I have some more?
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8 min
January 14, 2017
Episode 37: Man of Faith
A showdown between a pious governor a righteous crowd - what could possibly go wrong?
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5 min
January 12, 2017
Episode 36: Oh Brother!
Thanksgiving isn't complete without a second helping of Presidential election politics.
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6 min
January 10, 2017
Episode 35: The Code Breaker
His ear for hearing patterns served him well.
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6 min
December 14, 2016
Episode 34: That's All Folks
Who knew cartoon characters could be so litigious?
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8 min
September 11, 2016
Episode 33: You Don't Know Mike
Sometimes, all you can do is watch.
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7 min
August 30, 2016
Episode 32: The Dreamer
He couldn't change the people, so he changed the world.
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6 min
August 23, 2016
Episode 31: The Hangman & The Windsor Knot
How a perfectly tied Windsor knot led to a date with the gallows.
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5 min
August 16, 2016
Episode 30: The Demoted Deserter
War is hell, but the paperwork is intolerable.
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7 min
August 9, 2016
Episode 29: The 100 Billion Dollar Bar
How his sweet tooth changed your life.
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5 min
August 2, 2016
Episode 28: An Incredible Reinvention
When no one wants your product, don't change the product, change the name.
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6 min
July 26, 2016
Episode 27: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
I don't want to split hairs, but EVERYONE should know this woman's name.
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6 min
July 19, 2016
Episode 26: Rose Garden Rubbish
Even the President can't help this guy catch a break.
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5 min
July 12, 2016
Episode 25: The Prisoner
The craziest prison break story you've never heard of.
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5 min
July 5, 2016
Episode 24: Big Guy, Little Guy
How do you compete with a thriving 20th century company? Use 18th century technology of course.
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5 min
June 28, 2016
Episode 23: Donnie's Secret
Donnie has a secret... and it's a doozie.
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5 min
June 21, 2016
Episode 22: In Laws on the Outs
Their escape from an overbearing family really put them on the map.
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6 min
June 14, 2016
Episode 21: The Coward of the Deep
Who will sing the praises of the famous warrior who refused to fight.
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6 min
June 7, 2016
Episode 20: Fred's Final Wish
Why Fred's kids stopped for a snack on the way to his funeral.
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5 min
May 31, 2016
Episode 19: John's Portuguese Cousin
A most unlikely path to becoming one of the greatest voices of all time.
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6 min
May 24, 2016
Episode 18: The Toymaker
Al didn't want to make toys, he just wanted to fly.
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5 min
May 17, 2016
Episode 17: The Lady Calls the Shots
He loved her so much he gave her his job.
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6 min
May 10, 2016
Episode 16: The Orphan Hero
She was plucked from the streets and catapulted to fame.
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6 min
May 3, 2016
Episode 15: Sorry, Wrong Number
Sometimes in life, it's better not to stick to the script.
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5 min
April 26, 2016
Episode 14: The American Rock Star
His music career really blew up.
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6 min
April 19, 2016
Episode 13: On My Honor
They say the truth will set you free, but in this case, it was a little white lie.
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6 min
April 12, 2016
Episode 12: One Hit Wonder
No one has ever matched his record, and no one knows his name.
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5 min
April 5, 2016
Episode 11: Lord of Loud
He didn't like the quiet, so he made sure we all could pump up the volume.
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5 min
March 29, 2016
Episode 10: Lord of Light
The most expensive theme park there never was.
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6 min
March 22, 2016
Episode 9: The Longshot
Sometimes the only way to prove your worth, is with a trial by fire.
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6 min
March 15, 2016
Episode 8: It's a Shame About Your Face
The most recognizable face that no one wanted to hire.
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5 min
March 8, 2016
Episode 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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5 min
March 1, 2016
Episode 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.
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6 min
March 1, 2016
Episode 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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5 min
March 1, 2016
Episode 4: Little Bits Of Corpse
Was he a lunatic or a genius? Sometimes it's hard to tell, especially when you're telling the world that doctors are killing their patients.
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7 min
March 1, 2016
Episode 3: Clean Up On Aisle 4!
How did the clerks in a modest grocery store change the world as we know it?
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5 min
March 1, 2016
Episode 2: He Had It All
He had the talent. He had the charisma. He had the looks. But without one little change, he'd never be the household name he is today.
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5 min
February 24, 2016
Episode 1: The 25 Million Dollar Kiss
A kiss from her helped win the war. But her real assets changed the world as we know it.
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5 min
February 23, 2016
Introducing 'The Way I Heard It'
What inspired this series of short mysteries for the curious mind? Mike Rowe reveals the inspiration behind the new podcast.
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2 min
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