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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?
||CleanThe Grift Presents: Family Ghosts||When Nick's grandfather died in 1994, something bizarre happened: his aunt Susan stole the body and hid it.||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Greatest Impostor||Ferdinand Demara is quite possibly the greatest con artist you’ve never heard of.||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCrooked Carnival||This week, we go inside the world of carnival game scams, why we fall for them even when we know the odds are against us.||5/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPsychic Faith||A fraud is lurking on most every block of most every city and town, all over the world: the psychic.||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFor a Small Investment...||Oscar Hartzell, born to humble beginnings, would go on to craft one of the most elaborate and successful mail fraud cons of all time.||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe One Who Almost Got Away||Sam Israel not only ran one of the most successful Ponzi schemes in history, he would eventually go on to the single most extreme con there is.||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLoving a Lie||Maria talks with the Atlantic’s Emily Yoffe about the most common grift of them all: the sweetheart scam.||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Religion of the Black Dog||A small secretive cult was started in the 1970s and operated out of New Jersey for decades without notice.||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Self-Made Heiress||Cassie Chadwick was one of the most famous, or infamous, seductresses of the Gilded Age.||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenuine Fake||The only thing Ken Perenyi loved as much as art was swindling the art world.||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFast Jack, the Card Shark||“Fast Jack” Farrell is one of the greatest card and dice manipulators of the twentieth century.||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing: The Grift||Coming soon from Panoply and Maria Konnikova, The Grift: stories about con artists and the lives they ruin.||3/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I went looking for a podcast about grifters and confidence men a month or two ago. There was nothing. Now there is, and it's off to a good start, straightforward and to the point, no overproduction and silly sound effects, just good storytelling.
Maria's book is great. She's always been a favorite as a regular on The Gist. This is the perfect combo of the two.
Great concept. Hope it evolves
The host to subject airtime ratio seemed to be flipped. Would have liked to have heard more from the subject or more about how the host got into the work. Less of the host telling the subject's story. There was a lot of telling the listener how to respond and not a lot of showing. I'll give it another go.