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?

"Fast Jack" Farrell is one of the greatest card and dice manipulators of the twentieth century. Read more

Released 4/4/17

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

Released 4/11/17

Cassie Chadwick excelled at impersonating high society royalty—and at getting everyone in her path to shower her with cash. Read more

Released 4/18/17

A cult survivor tells us her dark story of abuse and manipulation at the hands of the charismatic cult leader. Read more

Released 4/25/17

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

Released 5/2/17

Sam Israel not only ran one of the most successful Ponzi schemes in history, he would eventually go on to the most extreme con there is. Read more

Released 5/9/17

Oscar Hartzell, born to humble beginnings, would go on to craft one of the most elaborate and successful mail fraud cons of all time. Read more

Released 5/16/17

Lyla was just looking for a ride home from the mall when she met a woman who would nearly ruin her life. Read more

Released 5/23/17

Peter Fenton had two careers as a con artist. In his youth, he ran the crooked games at a traveling carnival. Read more

Released 5/30/17

Ferdinand Demara is quite possibly the greatest con artist you’ve never heard of. Read more

Released 6/6/17