Maria Konnikova on con artists and Ted Cruz on the State of the Union.

Inside the Minds of Con Artists With Maria Konnikova

Inside the Minds of Con Artists With Maria Konnikova

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Jan. 13 2016 5:03 PM

How to Spot a Con Artist

The story behind history’s greatest con artists, including Ferdinand Waldo Demara, who pretended to be monks, surgeons, and prison wardens.

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Listen to Episode 415 of Slate’s The Gist:


On The Gist, Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker explains how the best con artists make their victims emotionally invested. She’s the author of The Confidence Game. For the Spiel, all the self-flagellation Ted Cruz thinks was missing from Obama’s State of the Union address.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.