14 episodes

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?

The Grift Panoply

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4, 29 Ratings

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

4.4 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

JanePaneAZ ,

Grifting told well!

Really well done - a little too much admiration for the grifters but otherwise a really well told story. Hearing the words from the grifters is fascinating

Rene poitras ,

All in al

Love the music, host was a great fit!
Over all I loved and shared it, please make more!

Firsttimetraveller ,

Tired, victim blaming commentary towards some of the interviewees

The conversations that take place in “loving a lie” feel straight out of the 1960’s. Have we not moved at all past the notion of assuming we are the expert of someone else’s lives, knowing exactly what they *should* feel, and how their relationships were, and what is an acceptable way for them to view their situation. The conversation that happened was as though there was a complete disregard for dominant discourse. There were so many missed opportunities to:
A) learn from the person you are writing a story about, rather than assuming you know what is best for her and what she needs
B) the complete disregard of a person that uses abusive behaviour as nothing but abusive does not do anything to prevent further abuse, but rather, serves to isolate both people who have been abusive and those who been abused.
C) Intentionally not engage in language that is victim-blaming, shaming, and extremely judgemental, but rather, demonstrate basic human kindness, compassion, and empathy.

If you have a platform such as this, I’d consider the kind of messages you want to contribute to the world.

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