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Cautionary Tales
We tell our children unsettling fairy tales to teach them valuable life lessons, but these Cautionary Tales are for the education of the grown ups – and they are all true. Tim Harford (Financial Times, BBC, author of “Messy” and “The Undercover Economist”) brings you stories of awful human error, tragic catastrophes, daring heists and hilarious fiascos. They'll delight you, scare you, but also make you wiser. Featuring original music and an award-winning cast including Alan Cumming and Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Toby Stephens (Die Another Day), Russell Tovey (Quantico) – and Malcolm...
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Ratings & Reviews
4.8 stars from 3,101 ratings
Awesome podcast for anytime!
This is by far one of my favorite podcasts. I listen to it while I sew, just want to relax, or do any hobbie!
taylorgirl12 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/23/20
it's back :)
I was so happy to see it was back.
- Spark - via Apple Podcasts · Switzerland · 05/22/20
Love it!
Love this! Nice storytelling, with interesting mostly unheard of stories.
Mandy71295 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/22/20
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In this special episode of Cautionary Tales, we feature Cautionary Tales host Tim Harford's TED Talk Daily from 2018. What can we learn from the world's most enduringly creative people? They "slow-motion multitask," actively juggling multiple projects and moving between topics as the mood strikes...
Published 01/31/20
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