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Futility Closet

Greg Ross

Forgotten stories from the pages of history. Join us for surprising and curious tales from the past and challenge yourself with our lateral thinking puzzles.


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Latest Episodes

For this final episode of the Futility Closet podcast we have eight new lateral thinking puzzles — play along with us as we try to untangle some perplexing situations using yes-or-no questions. more

2 years ago

One of the most remarkable pilots of World War II never fired a shot or dropped a bomb. With his pioneering aerial reconnaissance, Sidney Cotton made a vital contribution to Allied planning. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll... more

2 years ago

In 1891, a mysterious figure appeared on the streets of London, dispensing pills to poor young women who then died in agony. Suspicion came to center on a Scottish-Canadian doctor with a dark past in North America. In this week's episode of the Futil... more

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4.8 out of 5 stars from 1k ratings
  • One of the best

    I found futility closet when my mom gave me her old iPod and some of the episodes had been downloaded on it and I've been a listener ever since.I haven't ever been able to find a podcast where every single episode catches my attention but I think this is the one! 500 stars!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago
  • Such a Treasure!

    I just stumbled across this podcast a few days ago and been absolutely hooked since. The chemistry between the married hosts is so sincere and refreshing in a flood of corporate content creation. I’m learning new things and it feels cozy, not condescending. Sad to discover the show has already wrapped, but life is about discovering new things!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States6 months ago
  • The best stories

    This podcast was and still is amazing and easy to revisit like a good book. I just noticed they put out exactly enough to get through the year with an episode a day. I will miss Greg and Sharon and the great Sasha..

    Apple Podcasts
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    United States7 months ago
  • Gosh. Episode 2 sounds like current circumstances South Africa 2023….

    8 months ago
  • This podcast has improved my life

    I learned so many amazing and interesting things from this podcast and I used it to help me sleep more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States9 months ago

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