The Confidence Game #373

June 10, 2016

This week we're looking at the science -- and art -- of the con, from huge Ponzi schemes to small-time frauds. We speak to Maria Konnikova about her new book The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It... Every Time" on the psychology of the con and why we keep falling for the same old tricks.

This episode is hosted by Bethany Brookshire, science writer from Science News.


  • Maria Konnikova

Guest Bios

Maria Konnikova

Maria is the New York Times bestselling author of "The Confidence Game" and "Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes", and is also a contributing writer for The New Yorker, where she writes a regular column with a focus on psychology and culture. Her articles have also appeared online and in print in the Atlantic, the New York Times, Slate, the New Republic, the Paris Review, the Wall Street Journal, Salon, the Boston Globe, the Observer, the Scientific American MIND, WIRED, and the Scientific American, among numerous other publications. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she studied psychology, creative writing, and government, and received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University.

comments powered by Disqus