Reviews
Show can be good, but you’ll nearly have to listen to as many adds as content.
sjjdnehdi via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/24/22
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gurrka via Apple Podcasts · Sweden · 09/24/22
Tim, what makes this podcast stand out from all the others is YOU and your calming voice. Having a guest completely changes the mood. Nothing was broke with your format. Need to hear more great stories like Masterly Inactivity, Catching a Killer Doctor and Dunning Kruger.
UbiCT via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 09/21/22
This is a well-crafted podcast - research, writing, and production are all excellent, allowing the true core to shine through - good, solid storytelling. The stories often have personal relevance, and always touch on something recognizable in my own experience. My only source of disappointment...Read full review »
Gooneybird47 via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 09/15/22
5⭐️
Elspeth* via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/14/22
i always learn something new whenever i listen to this podcast. Keep up the good work!
wingzy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/12/22
A must listen
Moby1515 via Apple Podcasts · Ireland · 09/12/22
I love this show, Tim is so engaging as a storyteller and I love how he breaks down the morals behind the tales. Always very interesting tales from history, with some episodes are more lighthearted and others that make you shiver with horror. Please please please, go back to the original format...Read full review »
MathildaRose via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 09/12/22
I heard about this podcast on another podcast I listen to. It’s incredible and I am so glad I found it. Truly interesting stories, well written, detailed and perfectly described so the story is simple to follow. Love love love this podcast
Casey Marie's Music via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/11/22
The phenomena covered are interesting, but told too dramatically for my taste, and at the end of the episodes the host passes moral judgement on the people who have been fooled by hoaxes, like “this person must have felt like an idiot”. A podcast in a similar vein but with a much more inclusive...Read full review »
AnneKathrine___ via Apple Podcasts · Denmark · 09/11/22
Don’t like the new interview format at all. I’m not interested in people trying to peddle their newest product.
Silvapain via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/10/22
I love this podcast, but do hope this format with guest is just temporary or “once in awhile”. The best part of the podcast, for me, was the single narrator mostly, with voice acting. Tim Hartford is a great story-teller and is what makes the show so great and always compelling.
Minkyz via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/09/22
Three series on and still a favourite but I HATE how so many episodes are now available only by subscription.
Dido star via Apple Podcasts · France · 09/09/22
Normal cautionary tales content is great. But it seems like half the time when I press play I’m listening to something completely different than what I subscribed to. Just do the cautionary tales episodes. I don’t care about your interviews and conversation with random people I’ve never heard of....Read full review »
AndyAndy23 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/08/22
Just listened to the story about the Sinclair electric vehicle, a perfect podcast episode. Beautiful sound design, great writing, narration, and just the right length!
Nate from tha States via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/06/22
love it. Thanks
foxsongs via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/02/22
Love this programme - it’s engaging, informative, insightful. I just want more of Cautionary Tales and less of all the other programmes Tim recommends.
wheeleybin89 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/02/22
I really enjoy this content but it is often interrupted by annoyingly frequent ads. If you must have this many ads, please make your advert breaks longer so that there are fewer breaks throughout the story.
shaking my fists at the sky via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/28/22
I adore this podcast. Tim is clever, entertaining yet he does not possess any intellectual snobbery. He’s a wonderful storyteller. However please remove Chamuc casino (or whatever is correct name) as any encouragement of gambling is socially offensive.
CharlieDXB via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 08/26/22
Tim is superb as usual 😀 Keep up the great work and thank you very much!
Michael Gurkov via Apple Podcasts · Israel · 08/25/22
These are so good! A combination of history, scientific research, excellent storytelling and all the brain tingles.I had to go back and listen to all of them starting from 2019. I just discovered this podcast, thank you Malcolm Gladwell, and I am absolutely am loving it. Makes weekend chores...Read full review »
Cae56 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/20/22
Toll gemacht, die Geschichten werden eindringlich geschildert, spannend, dabei sehr informativ. Richtig klasse. Habe viel Neues gelernt
theAnniwiththevan via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 08/18/22
Has gotten Gladwell-ized. Now 15-20% of all content are ads. You can hear Gladwell's delivery and cadence throughout. Much less interesting and more fluff.Read full review »
iGreeley via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/17/22
Heard Tim Harford on Useless Information Podcast. Thought I would give him a try. Podcast advertises "Clean Lyrics". Thrid episode in they dropped the F bomb. Shouldn't take too much gumption to realize that violates the clean lyrics premis.Read full review »
Imbouto via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/16/22
The free version has ads every few minutes. Even if you skip ads like I do it is absurd. And every time there are ads it goes on and on for an unusually long period of time. There are plenty of other good, free podcasts that don’t have equal part ads to storytelling.
dgclasen via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/15/22
Tim Harford shows us how to actually learn from history in the most insightful ways. Don't judge that you know the story or that it doesn't "look" interesting. It always is.Read full review »
jmarieyogi via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/09/22
What a disappointment. Small amount of content puffed out with barely relevant case studies and truly excruciating acted transcripts. All about production values. Not enough about the content. Is it the commercial imperatives of needing to create series for advertising? Tim H’s own More or Less...Read full review »
greg_bedford via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 08/06/22
I was coming off of a multiple-year SYSK addiction and in desperate need of a new podcast. I tried the other “Stuffs,” but never quite got excited about any of them. I settled on 99PI (which I still listen to often), but it wasn’t quite doing it for me. I had resigned to the idea that SYSK was...Read full review »
Bhoelle1809 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/06/22
Wonderful storytelling about intriguing events and topics. Tim’s voice has become part of my routine.
smm99 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 08/05/22
Don’t let the narrative nature of this show fool you. It brilliantly challenges its listener to consider the beautiful lessons to be learned from failure. We will all be better for taking the time to listen
jbdavis via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/04/22
This used to be one of my favorite podcasts — I learned, I laughed, I evaluated life choices. But now it’s just an ad for other podcasts that I have zero interest in. I keep hoping the next release is going to be a new interesting tale and it’s 90% re-posted podcast ads. It’s lost my trust and...Read full review »
Meganfinley via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/01/22
The stories in these cautionary tales are interesting and the narrator’s voice is soothing. I would have rated this podcast more stars if not for two issues: 1. The partisan political commentary and smug, snide asides detract from the stories. 2. The voice talent uses a moronic southern accent...Read full review »
1SmartBlonde via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/30/22
I love this programme. It tells stories that make you reflect and learn from past mistakes without being sensationalist. Very well narrated, very entertaining. I deeply thank you for it!
Carmenahi via Apple Podcasts · Spain · 07/29/22
We love this podcast and listen as a family during car rides. This is fantastic in every other way— great storytelling, historical insights with real-life application that gets us all thinking. The hard part for us is that the theme music and background sound effects are far too loud compared to...Read full review »
Pdxgirl333 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/24/22
I love listening to this podcast. I’m confused about the other Pushkin podcasts but I’ll happily listen to all episodes.
msnh08 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/15/22
Thanks for very rich content
Le Radiologue via Apple Podcasts · Egypt · 07/14/22
Seriously, imagine if on Netflix every second episode of your favourite show was… a completely different show.
Cherrystone94 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 07/12/22
This is an excellent podcast- different and thought-provoking. But are you actively trying to include the most annoying podcast commercials you can find? Generally, I don’t mind sponsored podcasts— but wow— these are really hard to take
BridgetMVP via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/09/22
so many of the episodes are just other people’s podcasts / cross promotions with a brief introduction by Tim. Certainly not what I am looking for in a show
Craig Lundon via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 07/09/22
This is, without a doubt, my favourite podcast. Tim’s calming voice just brightens my day. Each episode is thoughtfully crafted. Sometimes they begin with a fascinating story, and I feel curious about where it’s all going. Tim has a masterful way of tying these anecdotes to psychological or...Read full review »
helm108 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 07/08/22
This show is hit and miss when it actually posts an episode. Usually it posts episodes of other podcasts to supplement the fact that it rarely has new episodes.
Alba Varden via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/08/22
I love Cautionary Tales, but this season I can’t tell which Podcasts are actually Cautionary Tales and which ones are some other Pushkin show. Please stop pushing so many other shows. It is really frustrating, especially when I have to sift through the same “bonus” material in Against the Rules...Read full review »
CAP2001 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/06/22
This was a fantastic podcast but it has massively dropped off in the last several episodes. Listen to the first season, it’s fabulous. The latest season struggles to find interesting topics and comes across as almost preachy.
GPowis via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/03/22
The podcast is very good but the most recent series has far to many adverts for a 30m episode. I understand they need adverts to make it and I’m happy with most podcasts having 2 adverts at the beginning and 2 at the end. Having 2 at the beginning, 5 during the podcast and 2 at the end in 30...Read full review »
Capn Derp via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/28/22
In the episodes set in the US feature some of the worst attempts at American accents I have ever heard. FYI Twyla Tharp does not sound like that
JimmyJimBobBobby via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/28/22
I used to love this, but anymore there’s no new content and instead it’s just entirely different shows getting put into this feed. It’s like they’re done making this show, but don’t want to miss out on the ad revenue. Don’t waste your time.
hannibal87 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/27/22
A really really great podcast. Links together such fascinating things from history and the modern world to help us learn from the past and understand the present. It has allowed me to make links to other things I’ve listen to and understand how everything connects. Can’t recommend it enough.
addicted to podcasts 123 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/27/22
I tuned in once again to find not an actual Cautionary Tale, but another programme, merely introduced by Tim Hartford. These shows that are being plugged are no where near as good as Cautionary Tales. Tim; don’t let them highjack you!
radio4atemyhamster via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/26/22
When this podcast is airing, I find it entertaining. Well worth the listen. However, during this week’s episode, which is actually just an ad for another podcast, it dawned on me that more episodes on this feed are just promos for other podcast than are actually Cautionary Tails episodes. If I...Read full review »
Theobald_Walter via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/26/22
Stop advertising for other podcasts and produced the normal episode they are much better the the advertisement ones! Otherwise the normal episode are good, but I wait a month for this advertisement! Please stop the advertisement episode
Konodokid via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/26/22
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