Brian Brushwood (Scam School, Modern Rogue, Scam Nation) brings you the hidden stories behind the most audacious con jobs, swindles and heists in history.
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June 7th, 2021
Feature Trailer - Brian Brushwood is on a quest to find the World's Greatest Con.
June 14th, 2021
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.
June 15th, 2021
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?
June 21st, 2021
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.
June 28th, 2021
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?
July 5th, 2021
0105: Operation Mincemeat Questions - Brian answers questions about the debut season of World's Greatest Con.
February 28th, 2022
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.
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March 7th, 2022
An Ohio conman exploits Press Your Luck for the largest single-day haul in game show history. That's only the beginning of his strange, sad story.
March 14th, 2022
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.
March 21st, 2022
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.
March 27th, 2022
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.
April 4th, 2022
Brian is joined by WGC co-creator Justin Robert Young to answer your questions from this season.
April 8th, 2022
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 https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/ctcon.
May 11th, 2022
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.