9 episodes

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.

Cautionary Tales Pushkin Industries

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    • 4.9, 210 Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
210 Ratings

210 Ratings

DuncanDrew ,

Didn’t think I needed it til it was gone

When I listened to the first 3 episodes I was in love but after that each episode was a bit disappointing not bad but not the best either but now that it’s gone when I go to listen to a podcast a new episode of this is all I want

0 to 100 ,

Failure porn at its all time best

Tim with his lovely calm voice takes Apart failures we can all learn from. With the silicon valley pandering and cliches

fgtrderfg ,

Like cake that you want to eat all at once!

Simply the very best stuff - like ASMR for history nerds. Thanks for every word.

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