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Futility Closet

A Society, Culture and History podcast
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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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253-The Dame of Sark
In June 1940, German forces took the Channel Islands, a small British dependency off the coast of France. They expected the occupation to go easily, but they hadn't reckoned on the island of Sark, ruled by an iron-willed noblewoman with a disdain …
252-The Wild Boy of Aveyron
In 1800 a 12-year-old boy emerged from a forest in southern France, where he had apparently lived alone for seven years. His case was taken up by a young Paris doctor who set out to see if the boy could be civilized. In this week's episode of the …
251-Joseph Palmer's Beard
In 1830 Joseph Palmer created an odd controversy in Fitchburg, Massachusetts: He wore a beard when beards were out of fashion. For this social sin he was shunned, attacked, and ultimately jailed. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podca…


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Frankie reviewed this podcast on Jul 8th, 2017
"Every episode is insightful & thoroughly researched, the hosts are a pleasure to listen to, the audio is great & they're a good length"
giraffe reviewed this podcast on Jun 14th, 2018
"Super quirky and unique with lovable hosts and lots of very interesting and lesser-known stories from history. "
minikui reviewed this podcast on Feb 17th, 2018
"I loved the stories I heard, but in the episodes I listened to, they were delivered by a man who spoke entirely too fast and gave me no time to actually process the story. It was just a guy reading a story with little emotion. There were no other sound effects or music to enhance the story. I wanted to like it more because the stories themselves were so intriguing! "

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Mar 14th, 2014
Latest Episode
May 27th, 2019
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