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?

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.2, 379 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

4.2 out of 5
379 Ratings
379 Ratings
avidposcastfan ,

Vocal Fry

Cannot stand the vocal fry that the presenter uses on the last word on every sentence. Seems like it could be an interesting podcast, but she sounds like a 17 year old high school mean girl. Nope!

FirstMLW ,

Poor audio quality

Too much is garbled and buzzy. I gave up after two episodes...sadly as sit seems a good set of shows.

Trickbooks ,

Naïve, lazy journalism.

The problem with this series is that the investigative “journalism”lacks diligence, effort, or substance. Though the host says she’s interested in the plight of victims whose lives have been ruined, she does nothing to verify the statements by the con artists she interviews, or even track down the victims. Take the episode about the painter who painted fake paintings – – she gives his view of how the victims got what they deserved but makes no effort to contact even one of them. This is a small point, but in the “card shark” episode, the correct term is card sharp. this feels like a bad high school project, that would get a B- for an absence of effort. while I am fascinated by the topics selected, I will unsubscribe shortly.

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