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Brian Brushwood (Scam School, Modern Rogue, Scam Nation) brings you the hidden stories behind the most audacious con jobs, swindles and heists in history. Email the show at Worlds Greatest Con at Gmail dot comSupport us directly at Patreon dot com slash Greatest Con

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27 Episodes
Feature Trailer - Brian Brushwood is on a quest to find the World's Greatest Con. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Here’s a special preview of the Cautionary Tales podcast from Pushkin Industries. On Cautionary Tales, bestselling author Tim Harford shares stories of human error, natural disasters, and tragic catastrophes from history that contain valuable lessons for today. In this preview, you’ll hear about two young girls who faked an image of fairies so compelling that expert photographers could not explain it and esteemed figures like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were left believing in the existence of tiny nymphs. Hear the full story, and more from Cautionary Tales, at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Brian Brushwood brings you an update on the work of World's Greatest Con season three. Meanwhile...We’re sharing a bonus episode from our friends at Revisionist History, Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast about things misunderstood and overlooked. This season, Malcolm’s obsessed with experiments – natural experiments, scientific experiments, thought experiments. In this preview, you’ll learn about a mysterious and disfiguring disease plagued parts of the world. No one could find a remedy, until a doctor in Ohio conducted a controversial experiment and finally found a cure …with an everyday condiment. You can hear more of Revisionist History at: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Brian is in the booth recording Season Three of World's Greatest Con but in the meantime, Dog and Pony Show Audio has a new series for you: Don't Explain.Every time you go to the theater, you're experience an onslaught of movie tropes. Every romantic comedy has the down-on-her-luck best friend. Every action movie has the badass one-liners. Every Oscar-bait drama has that tear-jerker ending.But where do those tropes come from? How do audiences become so aware of Hollywood's bag of tricks, parody movies can become a massive genre on their own?This series explores the birth, death, and rebirth of one of the most successful cinematic genres ever: the rockstar biopic. In this episode, we start from the beginning, focusing on the earliest established tropes of the genre.Lady Sings the Blues, The Buddy Holly Story, and 8 Mile.The first episode is available now in this feed and the reminder of the season is ready to binge on the Don't Explain feed on all podcast platforms. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
0101: How To Fool Hitler - The Allies have an audacious plan to win WW2. Drop a body with misinformation to hoax Hitler into believing they'll attack the wrong place. The only problem? They have to approve it first.Support the show directly by buying actual spy gear at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
0102: When is the perfect story too perfect? - The Twenty Committee have the go ahead to fool Hitler with the most audacious Trojan Horse in history. Can they help themselves from over writing it into a bad soap opera?"Still Alive" piano cover played by Claire Waluch. Find her at Readyclaireone on YouTube.Video game checkpoint theme is "Cascade" by Kubbi. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
0103: In The Flesh

0103: In The Flesh


0103: In The Flesh - The Twenty Committee wrote a story that could fool Hitler. Now they just need to make it real. Brian explores the disgusting gulf between the fantasy of a fake solider and the reality of a discarded corpse. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
0104: The Moment Of Surrender - Every con has a moment of surrender, when you've done all the work and now the mark needs to fool themselves. Our heroes haves surrendered, will Hitler do his part and fall for the what is quite possibly the world's greatest con? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
0105: Operation Mincemeat Questions - Brian answers questions about the debut season of World's Greatest Con. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Brian chats with John Madden about his new film Operation Mincemeat available on Netflix in America now. The film is adapted from the same book we used for the bulk of our research in Season One. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
A producer decides to juice his quiz show by feeding answers to contestants. The attention makes them rich and famous but the revelation of the scheme extracts a terrible societal cost from everyone who took the bargain. "...Baby One More Time" Piano Cover: Björn Gottschall http://www.bjoerngottschall.comAd Free Episodes: The Show: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
The largest single-day haul in game show history. An Ohio conman exploits Press Your Luck so cleanly they're forced to admit it and hand him the cash. That's only the beginning of his strange, sad story.Ad Free Episodes: The Show: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
A ranking member of the military finds himself in the center of pop culture, the hot seat on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire in 2001. After an embarrassing first day, he goes on an unlikely run to riches. A turnaround so unlikely he is accused of cheating with quite possibly the dumbest plan in deception history.Ad Free Episodes: The Show: Code: CON Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
A wanted con decides to fund his escape from the law on the television game show Super Password. He plays fairly. He wins. All hell breaks loose. Hi, Matthew. Ad Free Episodes: The Show:Manscaped // Code: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Only one man has guessed the exact amount on the Price Is Right's Final Showcase Showdown in the modern history of the show. He says he came up with the number by himself. Not so, says another super fan in the audience who says he fed him the answer. But wait, people backstage believe a bitter ex-producer has something to do with it. Who is lying? We find out using all of their own stories in their own words.Support The Show: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Brian is joined by WGC co-creator Justin Robert Young to answer your questions from this season. Ad Free Episodes: The Show: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Two boys demonstrate genuine psychic powers in a rigorous academic study in the late 1970s. When the results are revealed, the academics will be at the center of a new field of science coveted by governments, military and Hollywood. The only problem? The boys are frauds, out to debunk the very concept of parapsychology. For the first time ever, World's Greatest Con interviews the two boys, now men, at the center of the public embarrassment of a study funded for $4 million in today's money.You may have heard of it, you might even think you know the story but this season everyone will know the truth of Project Alpha. It all begins, April 10th. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
0301 - Project

0301 - Project


The Cold War is on, the threat of nuclear annihilation is constant. In a world of fear, a social contagion breaks out: the belief in psychic powers. Military, government and academia take it so seriously they spend millions to find people who can demonstrate these feats. Amidst this backdrop, the scion to one of America’s largest military contractors funds a study at Washington University in St. Louis to find child psychics. Two boys apply and are accepted, but they have something up their sleeve… Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
0302 - Alpha

0302 - Alpha


Steve Shaw is an orphan who bounced around the globe. Mike Edwards is an Iowa choirboy who fulfilled every hope of his loving parents. They both see a world being defrauded by hucksters. They both apply to the Mac Lab study in St. Louis and are accepted. They both believe the other to be a liability in a long con. Can they coexist? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
0303 - Demonic

0303 - Demonic


The boys are a team, they’ve been fooling the Mac Lab for over a year but what comes next? Fame and fortune for the Project Alpha team, hopefully. Yet, that means total humiliation for the professors and researchers Mike and Steve have come to know and appreciate. It all comes to a head at a conference in Madison, Wisconsin where the boys have to witness a truly disturbing consequence to their deception. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Comments (10)

Jman Pfluger

sooooo there's going to be a part 3 right??? RIGHT????!!!!

Nov 30th

Mecha Yoda

The funniest thing about Yuri Gellar is that he actually is the reason that the Pokemon Abra disappeared from the games for a while. He claimed the fact that the psychic Pokemon carried a spoon was an obvious analogue for him and attempted to sue for a portion of the profits. GameFreak/Nintendo kinda shrugged and just pulled the character lol.

Apr 11th

Hachig Rudolph Alyanakian

This is a fascinating & entertainment telling of the story. I am glad for the "Sorry, Canada", too.

Sep 12th

Tyrel Byler

could story but endless nonimportant babbel about mostly unrelated tangents.

Jun 29th


INCREDIBLE show. Should win some sort of award.

May 15th

Mohit Agarwal

Narrator is a good story teller but story is overcooked and stretched unnecessary. It’s more like director is trying to create sequal using a short story

Mar 30th

Hossein Montazeri

yes. thank you. been waiting for this

Jun 21st

Ariel Pérez

"overwritten video game" you say? yes! this is an overwritten podcast! I will listen no more. good bye

Jun 17th

Ariel Pérez

dude, what were those first 8 minutes all about!!? I thought I was listening to the wrong podcast! 😖

Jun 17th

Tim Norris

Glad I finally have an option to /listen/ to the modern rogue while going to work instead of holding my laptop in one hand and driving down the 405 with the other.

Jun 15th