The Grift

The Grift

When we hear about confidence games, we think, “never me.” Welcome to The Grift, a show about con artists and the lives they ruin. Best-selling author and New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova takes us to the darker side of human nature and deceit. Ten stories about card sharks, cult leaders, art forgers, impostors, and more. Why do we fall for them time and time again?

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Loving a Lie

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Maria talks with the Atlantic’s Emily Yoffe about the most common grift of them all: the sweetheart scam.

28 Min

May 2, 2017

The Religion of the Black Dog

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A small secretive cult was started in the 1970s and operated out of New Jersey for decades without notice.

41 Min

Apr 25, 2017

The Self-Made Heiress

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Cassie Chadwick was one of the most famous, or infamous, seductresses of the Gilded Age.

30 Min

Apr 18, 2017

38 min
Apr 11, 2017

The only thing Ken Perenyi loved as much as art was swindling the art world.

33 min
Apr 4, 2017

“Fast Jack” Farrell is one of the greatest card and dice manipulators of the twentieth century.

2 min
Mar 30, 2017

Coming soon from Panoply and Maria Konnikova, The Grift: stories about con artists and the lives they ruin.

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