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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 “The Data Detective” 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. iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries. 

Cautionary Tales with Tim Harford Pushkin Industries

    • History
    • 4.8 • 975 Ratings

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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 “The Data Detective” 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. iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries. 

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Sharing a special preview of the new season of Pushkin's show Lost Hills: Dead in the Water. Lost Hills investigates the dark side of Malibu, California. Beneath a seductive facade, this city of billionaires, celebrities, and surf bums is hiding somethi

    Sharing a special preview of the new season of Pushkin's show Lost Hills: Dead in the Water. Lost Hills investigates the dark side of Malibu, California. Beneath a seductive facade, this city of billionaires, celebrities, and surf bums is hiding somethi

    This week, we're sharing a special preview of the new season of Pushkin's show Lost Hills: Dead in the Water. Lost Hills investigates the dark side of Malibu, California. Beneath a seductive facade, this city of billionaires, celebrities, and surf bums is hiding something menacing.
    Season 2 takes place in the early ‘80s, as Malibu was changing from a low-profile beach town into a celebrity haven, full of new money and hard drugs. When a woman and her son mysteriously drowned, her husband was arrested for their murders—and ultimately convicted. But to this day, many people—including the victim's family—claim he’s innocent.
    You can hear the first two episodes right now at https://link.chtbl.com/cautionarytaleslosthills
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    • 9 min
    Cautionary Tales Presents Miracle And Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon

    Cautionary Tales Presents Miracle And Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon

    Presenting: An Excerpt from Miracle And Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon by Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam. Download the audiobook today at miracleaudiobook.com and receive an exclusive listener's guide pdf featuring additional commentary from Bruce, the producers and editors of Miracle and Wonder.
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    • 38 min
    The Mummy’s Curse

    The Mummy’s Curse

    Disturbing the remains of the Egyptian pharaohs is known to incur a deadly curse, so why did a team of archeologists still risk inciting the wrath of King Tutankhamun by entering his burial chamber? And how many of them met a premature end for their impudence?
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    • 42 min
    The Truth About Hansel and Gretel

    The Truth About Hansel and Gretel

    Was the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel - the story of a woodcutter’s children abandoned in the woods and left at the mercy of a witch - in fact, early true crime? A hit book - The Truth About Hansel and Gretel - said that historical records pointed to the story being based on fact. Are we too quick to dismiss the truth behind tall stories? Or are we always falling for tales that are too good to be true?
    The first of two special Halloween editions of Cautionary Tales. Next up... The Mummy's Curse.
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    • 42 min
    The Ripper Retold: A Cautionary Tale

    The Ripper Retold: A Cautionary Tale

    The story of Jack the Ripper we all know... is wrong. Tim Harford talks to historian Hallie Rubenhold (host of Bad Women: The Ripper Retold) about her research that dispels many of the myths about the awful murders that terrified London in 1888 - and how she's putting the victims center stage.
    You'll also get to hear an episode of Bad Women: The Ripper Retold - which transports you back to the slums of Whitechapel as the killer's bloody spree is about to begin and introduces you to the women who will soon become his victims.
    Subscribe to Bad Women: The Ripper Retold wherever you get your podcasts.
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    • 58 min
    The Ripper Retold: A Cautionary Tale

    The Ripper Retold: A Cautionary Tale

    The story of Jack the Ripper we all know... is wrong. Tim Harford talks to historian Hallie Rubenhold (host of Bad Women: The Ripper Retold) about her research that dispels many of the myths about the awful murders that terrified London in 1888 - and how she's putting the victims center stage.

    You'll also get to hear an episode of Bad Women: The Ripper Retold - which transports you back to the slums of Whitechapel as the killer's bloody spree is about to begin and introduces you to the women who will soon become his victims.

    Subscribe to Bad Women: The Ripper Retold wherever you get your podcasts.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
975 Ratings

975 Ratings

Denbyster ,

Digging deeper

Tim is a genius for lifting the hood and getting to the root of our behaviours revealing so much that both makes sense, and which I would not have expected.
A brilliant interviewer, and every episode is a joy and takes me on a journey of discovery. I hope I can look forward to thanking Tim for making me more curious.

Te Maru ,

Interesting but...

The stories with Tim Harford are interesting, in fact very interesting but every second episode seems to be an advertisement for something else they’re doing so I have just unsubscribed.

T Stringer ,

Great show, when it’s actually the show

The show itself is great. When it’s actually Tim. Most times though it’s Malcolm Gladwell selling stuff or promoting other projects. Almost feel sorry for Tim.

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