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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 2,199 ratings
The definition of edutainment
Fascinating and entertaining. Loved it.
Eediot via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 01/22/20
Love it
Love! Love! Love this podcast! I cant wait for a season two(?)
J-CND via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 01/21/20
A new favourite
A new favourite podcast with high quality production
Peter368 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/20/20
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