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The Grift

By Panoply

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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?

Customer Reviews


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.