Cautionary Tales

By Pushkin Industries

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 Jan 18, 2020

Kimberly Adkins
 Jan 7, 2020

Grant
 Dec 22, 2019
The already respected Tim Harford finally gets the time that his traditional statistical nature (and podcasts) deserves and it's more than well worth the listen!

Deekyevans
 Dec 20, 2019
Like the podcast, good stories and perspective, but what is going in with some of the random sound gaps. has me looking at my device to see if there is a fault?

podcast user
 Dec 16, 2019
stunning

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<p>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 Gladwell.</p>

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You Have Reached Your Destination
2254
We may mock our ancestors for seeking the advice of oracles, soothsayers and psychics, but today we rely heavily on computer programs and math formulas to help us navigate our world. If we continue to follow them unthinkingly, should we be surprised when we end up in unexpected and dangerous places? Read more about Tim's work at http://timharford.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 27, 2019
Bowie, Jazz and the Unplayable Piano
2108
It was the biggest concert of Keith Jarrett's career - but the pianist was in for a shock when he entered Koln's opera house. The only piano at the venue was a broken-down wreck. Should he risk humiliation and play anyway or simply walk out? The collaboration between pop superstar David Bowie and arch disruptor Brian Eno offers a lesson that staying in your comfort zone isn't always the best option. Read more about Tim's work at http://timharford.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 20, 2019
How Britain Invented, Then Ignored, Blitzkrieg
2453
In 1917, a brilliant British officer developed a way to use an emerging military technology: the tank. The British army promptly squandered the idea – but the Germans did not. Blitzkrieg, the devastating advance of German tanks across Europe in 1940, was invented by the British. This is a common story: Sony invented the forerunner of the iPod, Xerox the personal computer, and Kodak the digital camera. In each case they failed to capitalize on the idea. Why? Read more about Tim's work at http://timharford.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2019
Buried by the Wall Street Crash
2466
Both of the world’s greatest economists, Irving Fisher and John Maynard Keynes, thought they could see into the future and make a killing on the stock market - and then both were wiped out by the Wall Street Crash. One died a pauper, the other millionaire. What does it take to bounce back from ruin? Oh... and UFOs. Read more about Tim's work at http://timharford.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2019
The Deadly Airship Race
2541
A British Lord wanted to build the best airship in the world - and so he had two rival design teams battle it out to win the juicy government contract. Competition is supposed to bring the best out of people, but run in the wrong way it can cause people (and the things they produce) to fall apart in the most horrifying ways. Read more about Tim's work at http://timharford.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2019
La La Land: Galileo's Warning
2137
Galileo tried to teach us that adding more and more layers to a system intended to avert disaster often makes catastrophe all the more likely to happen. His basic lesson has been ignored in nuclear power plants, financial markets and at the Oscars... all resulting in chaos. Read more about Tim's work at http://timharford.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2019
The Rogue Dressed as a Captain
2271
One crisp morning in Berlin, in 1906, a small group of soldiers were led on an extraordinary heist by a man they believed to be a Captain. So how did an ageing nobody in a fake uniform trick them into aiding him in the crime of the century? Some say we humans will obey orders from anyone who dresses the part... but the real reason why we fall for tricksters time and again is far more interesting. Fraudsters and charlatans reel us in slowly by using psychology against us. Read more about Tim's work at http://timharford.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2019
DANGER: Rocks Ahead!
2388
Torrey Canyon was one of the biggest and best ships in the world - but its captain and crew still needlessly steered it towards a deadly reef known as The Seven Stones. This course seemed like utter madness, but the thinking that resulted in such a risky manoeuvre is something we are all prone to do when we fixate on a goal and a plan to get us there. Read more about Tim's work at http://timharford.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2019
Introducing: Cautionary Tales
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Coming November 15 from Tim Harford and Pushkin Industries, Cautionary Tales relates a true story of a time when something did not go according to plan. Some of these true stories are tragic, some are comic, but like the great fables and parables, each of them has a moral. Equipped with the latest research from psychology, economics and the social sciences, Harford explains why things went so awry – and teaches us lessons that we won’t forget. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2019