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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. 
Time: 1:14:08
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.
Episode ID: 1000536143539
GUID: d54e0893-68c8-425e-b30c-46caae4c9235
Release Date: 10/12/2021, 8:00:00 AM

Description

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.

Customer Reviews

Testing testing little stars

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Beowood
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2021-10-08
Dearest Mike and Charles… I thought I’d throw out a test. I’ve been told during nearly every episode of this, whatever it is, that all five star reviews are read. Also while listening to this… audio something or other, I was lead to believe there wouldn’t be many… I was mislead. However, I will proceed with my rambling idiocy with very little hope of either of you ever reading this, let alone hearing my own words come out of that sweet, soothing, deep baritone voice my wife so often uses through the night to drown out my horrific snores of selfish slumber.
We’ve been listening to this impersonation of a podcast since the beginning and I have finally decided it was time to do my part, and click those wonderful stars. Apologies for the wait, hopefully my reluctance to fulfill the duties of a proper “gentle listener” haven’t held back proper payment from advertisers. What has prompted me to leave these messy musings of a madman, is a recent Amazon delivery. Just in the last month I’ve bought the first three Travis McGee books, and today Don Quixote arrived. Perhaps that information, if shown to the right corporate shills, will make up for the delay in my due diligence.
What prompted me to actually remember to write this rambling review however was a post from our local police department on Facebook. Moline Police Department in Moline, Illinois have employed perhaps a match of Officer Tim Cottons wit, and is something I think you’d enjoy checking out if given the time. Perhaps rather than employing Mr. Cottons most recent book in a time of quiet reflection, MPD’s past posts can help you poop.
Keep up the great work, and thank you for inspiring me to not only get the aforementioned reading materials, but to stretch a long forgotten muscle I’ve forgotten I had… the one used here for this really late, really sincere, really real review.
Anyway, I’m off to continue impersonating a food broker while waiting for your writings to once again make a stretch of highway tolerable.
Tony - Moline, Illinois

Why so fast

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slvbh
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2021-10-08
On my phone, in the lower left hand corner, I have the option of different speeds. I have accidentally hit that option without intending to which caused the podcast to speed up. Hope this helps

How Can You NOT LOVE Mike Rowe?

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elikqitie
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2021-10-08
Between his sexy voice and his style of storytelling, Mike Rowe could read a recipe book and make it sound as if it were an enchanting and ancient cultural tale of wonder.
With so many interesting topics he discusses in this show, my favorite is the episode where his parents join him.
If this wasn’t enough, you also get to learn really cool history with almost every episode.
I’d love to be his ghostwriter and create the most amazing biography!

Entertaining and Thoughtful

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M1$7
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2021-10-07
I’m really only writing this review because Apple seems to keep deleting the episodes of this podcast that I have downloaded. Hasn’t ever happened with any other podcast that I follow… Great show, and I’d hate to think that Apple is shadow-banning Mike Rowe because of his non-compliant personal and political beliefs…

Why so fast?

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MYZ1224
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2021-10-06
I love Mike’s podcast but the last few shows sound like they have been sped up and I’m not sure why. It reminds me of the old FedEx commercial where it was going a mile a minute. I was loving the duck of justice but it’s hard to listen to when it’s going by so clipped and fast. Is there anyway to slow the roll down?

Duck of Justice

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Nessiebum
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2021-10-06
Please! Please! Please! Someone needs to give Officer Cotton his own podcast! Although Mike and Chucks regular game of verbal ping pong is extremely entertaining, I laughed til I hurt as I listened to Mr Cottons updates on Bangor Maine!! Well done Sirs. Well done.

Episode 208

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only took 1 acid trip
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2021-10-05
I just finished listening to this podcast. (208). I’m a 69 yo middle aged woman and I feel like I just had an acid trip, and giggled my way through this discussion. Thanks Mike, Chuck and the other guy. Extremely amusing.
Just bought both of Tim Cotton’s books

One of the best!

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TedK8
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2021-10-04
Mike is definitely the B-List (his words) celebrity I’d most like to have beer and crabs with. I feel like everyone feels like they know him. What a great quality. He’s either as real as he seems, or he’s mastered faking authenticity better than anyone. Enjoy every minute, from the original short TWIHI, to the newer “Two dudes talking”.

Yes

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Grafs24
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2021-10-04
Gentle listener approved.

Nailed it!

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TDgrateful
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2021-10-04
Man, this is so needed, and timeless truth bomb. Thanks for doing us this favor, you rock!

One road trip 46 episodes

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NolanErickson
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2021-10-03
Mike and Chuck, I am perplexed by the sheer amount of content I’ve joyously consumed on my 10 day photography trip to Colorado from Northern California. 46 episodes, no doubt my vocabulary has increased and my aptitude to soak in and expel knowledge has too been furthered. So thank you, thank you for your engaging, fun and thoughtful and thought provoking content. -Nolan

Need I say more?

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firemnbt
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2021-10-01
It’s Mike Rowe… Need I say more?

The Beard is Getting Itchy 👍👍 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Qlassy
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2021-09-28
The podcast was wonderful, per usual. After the podcast I had to watch to watch “The True Don Quixote” on Prime Video. What a charming film. It gets 2 thumbs up and 5 stars as well as the podcast. I can’t wait for the new podcast to drop. It feels like I am in the same room as Mike, Chuck and their guest each week.

Great podcast, start to finish

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Jimbyjimb
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2021-09-28
Mike Rowe is an excellent storyteller. In his more recent podcasts the format has changed but is just as entertaining and educating. Chuck is great, too.

Just Awesome

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Seeing eye girl
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2021-09-28
I love these podcast

Always funny and interesting!!!!

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Markchez6plus
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2021-09-27
Mike does a great job with all the stories. Funny and very enjoyable for sure. Length varies for each episode and I can enjoy them all. Very well done!!!!!

I’m probably the #1 fan of this podcast!

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Brett Bro
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2021-09-26
If you want to give Mike and Chucks podcast a chance I’d begin with, “The King and Me”. It is a great trial run if it’s you are just starting to listen. I am a 25 year old student and employed worker, and I can’t thank you enough for doing what you are doing. The podcast is just jammed with penny for your thoughts moments and hilarious banter between both Mike and Chuck. I know that you aren’t necessarily “authorities” on any matter of “life lessons,” but that’s why you two are my favorite. Also, Mike and Chuck rarely get political but when they have it’s actually good moderate conversation. I’m a young Libertarian and I always feel my values resonate with what you both talk about.

Mike and chuck !!!❤️

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best rates girl123
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2021-09-26
This is a great listen .
Nice work guys.
God bless ✌🏻❤️

Keep up the good work Mike

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OldPainlessSoCal
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2021-09-26
Seriously. Keep it up. Not TLTR

Excellent Podcast about Labor Day!

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Homeslice Pdiddy gunit
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2021-09-24
Labor Day “Off the Wall” episode was an excellent episode. As someone who spent 4 years completing a degree because it was what I was supposed to do. I finished and still was unsure what to do so I went on to work on a master’s degree. After spending the first 2 years working part time on my masters degree and working full time at a white collar job, I managed to buy a house, turn a 160% profit doing all the work myself, and picked up another part time job doing trim carpentry on the nights and weekends. I worked hard developing that trade for 3 more years while I finished my master’s degree, (only because I committed to finishing and could pay for the classes without loans) and I was working as a job site superintendent for a major production home builder. I’ve now found myself making nearly 100k a year as a home inspector. The only required education for this trade is a single 90 hour course, a test, and state licensing. The best decision I’ve ever made. I can now spend time with my family while knowing I can provide for them. I didn’t know about the work ethic scholarship when I started my path toward the trades, but I’m thankful for the work ethic that my father, grandfather, and many others have taught me through the years. Thanks Mike, Chuck, and everybody at the Mike Rowe Works Foundation for all the great things you are doing for the skilled workforce!

Love this podcast

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emttim
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2021-09-22
Refreshing and informational with a touch of storyteller’s prerogative. It’s true to Mike Rowe. Telling the story of the people who have made our lives what they are today: from musicians, inventors, historical periods, modern heroes, anti-villains and quiet do-gooders. These stories usually bring a smile to my face at the reveal. Keep up the good work Mike.
UPDATE: With the new format that Mike has settled on, it is no longer billed for those with a “short attention span”, however the winding story telling of historical biography and mirrored autobiographical stories lends to those with short attention span holding on to the end. Mike has made a great podcast superb.
UPDATE 2: Since I couldn’t rerate at a higher than 5 stars, I needed to come back to give an update on how amazing the episode “Han Shot First” was. Brilliant, fun, prescient. Perhaps the best podcast episode I’ve ever heard.

Too long

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ConcordiaSinger96
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2021-09-21
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.

Great episode with the Human Calculator

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Volk13
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2021-09-21
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.

Used to be great

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Slgelder
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2021-09-21
I used to love the podcast. The 10 minute episodes were great little “mysteries” to break up the rest of my podcast feed. They were popular enough that Mike wrote a book about them. He then used that book to transition the show to just another hour long podcast interviewing someone, and frequently it’s his parents. Now it’s the same old thing as all the others.

Mike and Chuck as they relate to my unexplainable heart rate

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Betty Kruszka
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2021-09-20
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

It’s okay

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Listener200000000
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2021-09-19
Mike seems to be enamored by his own ignorance to the point of thinking it’s equal to an expert being on the edge of knowledge and not knowing, but he is a master story teller. His false humility is trying, but overall worth listening to most of the time. Chuck is the real problem— inane commentary and desperate sucking up is nausea-inducing.

Big brother Gary

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willy bruce
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2021-09-19
Mike, absolutely fantastic episode with Gary. You two seem cut from the same cloth. You should introduce your parents to his, maybe something there we should know about…. 😀

Keep it short

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Blackjack09876
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2021-09-19
Have loved listening to your podcast. Still enjoy, but prefer the short 10-15 minute ones.

Mike~Take Me Away!!

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Gmamapossum
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2021-09-17
Remember the commercial. “Calgon, Take me Away!”?
That is how I feel about your podcast. Listening to you read chapters from your book, then telling a story related to the chapter, somehow takes me away, momentarily, from all of the responsibilities and craziness of life.
I would enjoy hearing you read other books, like “To Kill a Mockingbird” and other literary classics; then discuss them with Chuck, your parents, or any other interesting person in your life.
Thank you for what you do, Mike.
May God bless you.
Gindy V ( pronounced Jendy)

Letter to Garcia episode

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KFTC-AG
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2021-09-16
As the owner of a small business for the past 22 years I really enjoyed the “Letter to Garcia” episode. It has always been challenging to fill open positions with good people. But honestly, the post pandemic employee situation is awful. They don’t want to work, and that is if they even show up. They want to play on their phone and get paid $15/hour to do it! I’m selling my business and those jobs are going away. Keep fighting the good fight to to find people with a good work ethic, I’m done.

Message to Garcia — And to America

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SCADA_Guy
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2021-09-16
Loved the “Message to Garcia” episode — Mr. Johnson sounds a lot like my younger sister, a local union officer for several years… reminds me of the 1917 Russian slogans… “Power to the People” (which always translates to “power to the people in charge”)
🇺🇸😜😜🇺🇸😜😜🇺🇸 🇺🇸😜😜🇺🇸😜😜🇺🇸 🇺🇸😜😜🇺🇸😜😜🇺🇸

Super informative, funny and educational!

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rbean20
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2021-09-16
Long version or short, best podcast EVER!

That’s how I heard it

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Gifffmg
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2021-09-16
Like the new format

Attacking Dylan and giving Trump a free ride?

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GetOffItMike
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2021-09-15
In a recent podcast Mike Rowe attacked Bob Dylan and a “plagiarist” and a ”liar”. Oh really? And what evidence did he put forward to support these allegations? Exactly none, just venting his spleen in passing due to some grudge from probably decades past. Here’s some news Mike: Dylan hasn’t been controversial in years so why the attack?
More to the point, there is a current figure who is the biggest liar in American history: Donald Trump. He lies just about every time he opens his mouth. Evidence? Neutral observers counted up 20,000 lies told during his disgraceful Presidency not to mention the outrageous lie that he actually won the 2020 election. This student of Hitler practices the Big Lie principle that if you tell a lie often enough, people will believe it.
Come on, Mike let’s hear some of that outrage directed where it belongs — at (fortunately ex-President) Donald J. Trump.

Always Fun

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bill3851
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2021-09-15
Mike has a down to earth, easy, interesting way of getting the most out of his guests. He keeps the show fun but he gets the guests to open up about a variety of interesting topics in each podcast. Thanks!

Awesome!!

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Notanyfuntoplay
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2021-09-15
Mike, thanks for having Travis Mills on. Boy was that the best podcast yet!!! That guy is truly inspirational.

Enjoyable

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Siemnho
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2021-09-15
I have enjoyed the free association, it feels like a conversation with friends that take turns as it evolves.

9/11

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Daparks82
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2021-09-14
Long time follower of you Mike and have always loved what Gary does for my fellow Service members. 17+ years in the Army, I was 3 days back from leave in S. Korea on that fateful day. It’s people like you two that help make my time in Iraq and Afghanistan have meaning. I know I’m late to this but I spend many of anniversaries like this and Memorial Day’s in reflection. Listening to you, even with the goosebumps I have I admire and respect every you do for those how have given most and those who gave all. While choking back this lump in my throat I simply want to say thank you.

Grateful for What I Heard!

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Jneenrn
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2021-09-13
Fantastic interview. Great men doing great work!
Thank you

Love this podcast

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hamblinb
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2021-09-13
I've been listening since near the begining, love every episode. Can't believe how much work it was to get to the review process, though. Thought i could've done it from app i use to listen to the podcast. Anyway i love the stories, and the way he makes you think one way and then at the end, bam! Love hearing the recent shows with the interviews. And I love chuck. Keep up the good work.

Very Patriotic Show!!

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ScOOter0723
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2021-09-13
Thank You Mr. Rowe for this podcast in the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 and what a great guest to hear all the great things that you and Mr. Sinise do for the American people. Hope to cross paths sometime to shake your hand and maybe buy you a beer.

Awesome Labor Day

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Blazing Asian
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2021-09-13
Thank you!

Gary Sineae

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123Moon321
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2021-09-12
Just listened to your podcast with Gary Sinese and it was the best one yet. Mr Sinese is one of the most amazing people I know of. I was hanging on every word of the podcast. Thank you, Mike, for bringing that show to us, your fans and listeners. And Hi Chuck.

Touching

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M-Uly
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2021-09-12
Listening to Gary and Mike talk got me thinking about my own family history in World War 2, its in our blood. Thanks for the reminder.

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L Wellin
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2021-09-11
9-11 episode: Thank you.

Podcasts and Mom

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Maximus Betamus Chingamus
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2021-09-10
Listening to your podcasts brightens my day. My wife loves it when your mom is on the show, as do I. Thanks for all you do. Tell Chuck we said hey.

What is Butt Cheerful

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Medic258
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2021-09-09
Mike and Chuck, listened to the podcast 216 today, which by the way was a great story. Mike, the story you told was ringing loud bells for those of us who busted our chops working 3 jobs simultaneously during our lives. I admit I loved all of them. At 69 I get to say that I was blessed to be able to work in the fields of EMS, Law Enforcement and Education in both topics. I loved going to work every day. It wasn’t until age 64, when I was disappointed that I had to work vs going paddle boarding with friends, that I knew it was time to retire.
Mike if I were still teaching, I would request the SWEAT curriculum so I could take it to every technical college in Wisconsin. It is so much how we live here; except for a few picky pronoun cities.
Thank you for the ‘wide swathe’ comment to my fellow listener. I have met so many people that believe one cannot have different views on many subjects in spite of voting preferences. Why is it all or nothing with some people?
So as to the title of my review……go back and listen to the segment where you were talking about your Scout Leader, and the pledge you took as a scout. You said how could anyone be anything ‘but cheerful’……I was in traffic in Minn. and kept waiting for you to go back and run away with that….
Thanks for keeping me hopeful that I don’t have to keep watching youtube videos to re plumb my house with PEX, seal the sky lights, and patch my driveway. Hopefully skilled workers will be come fashionable again.

Love this podcast so much!!

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Bejeweled crazy
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2021-09-09
Thank you so much for this podcast. It’s exactly what is needed in this world. It transcends politics & culture and just speaks to the values that, in my opinion, we all need to be reminded of.

Mike for President

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Enltsnekkwqhuwjafrkjwjaahdm
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2021-09-09
Love what you are doing for the skilled trades. One of my must listen to podcasts.