Okay, I really should be giving you more book suggestions for spring break, but I’ve found a new podcast that I am just so in love with I have to share it with you today.
I just started using an app on my phone called Podcast Republic to download my podcasts. Once I got my regular subscriptions on there (like Stuff You Should Know and Stuff You Missed in History Class and Freakonomics), I took at look at their list of top podcasts. And that’s where I found The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe (the link is to the website for the show, but you can also find it on iTunes or any other podcast app).
You may know Mike Rowe from the awesome TV show Dirty Jobs. I loved that show and always appreciated his humor. So I decided to add this to my subscriptions, with no idea what it was about.
He dubs it “the only podcast for the curious mind with a short attention span.” Each podcast is 5 minutes long. He presents the story as a mystery…not telling who the person is or what the discovery was until the end. And the episodes have great titles like “Little Bits of Corpse” and “Sorry About Your Face.” Did you know that an actress from the 30s and 40s, who was considered the most beautiful woman in the world, is responsible for the technology that makes wi-fi and Bluetooth work?
The other neat part about this podcasts comes from one of Mike Rowe’s passion projects. He is a big believer in training young people to work in the trades…as electricians, plumbers, carpenters, auto mechanics, etc. So he starts each podcast with a reminder of all of the corporations that help support his scholarships for people who want to enter a trade. If you’re thinking about a technical college for when you graduate from here, start checking out his mikeroweWORKS Foundation for all sorts of scholarships.