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We tell our children unsettling fairy tales to teach them valuable 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”) brings you stories of awful human error, tragic catastrophes, and hilarious fiascos. They'll delight you, scare you, but also make you wiser. New episodes every other Friday. iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries. 

Cautionary Tales with Tim Harford Pushkin

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We tell our children unsettling fairy tales to teach them valuable 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”) brings you stories of awful human error, tragic catastrophes, and hilarious fiascos. They'll delight you, scare you, but also make you wiser. New episodes every other Friday. iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries. 

Luister op Apple Podcasts
Vereist abonnement en macOS 11.4 of nieuwer

    The Bowery Boys and the Black Tom Explosion

    The Bowery Boys and the Black Tom Explosion

    Cautionary Tales returns next week, but in the meantime a story of disaster from The Bowery Boys Podcast. 

    It's July 30th 1916, just after 2am, and a massive explosion rips apart the munitions depot on Black Tom, an island off Jersey City. Tons of debris and jagged shrapnel pepper neighboring Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Thousands of windows across New York are shattered, and millions of residents are awoken wondering what had just happened. Was it an accident or German sabotage? 

    The Bowery Boys is show about the people and events that have shaped the history of New York City, and really, shaped America.

    Listen to more episodes of The Bowery Boys at https://www.boweryboyshistory.com/bowery-boys-first/bowery-boys-podcast or wherever you get your podcasts.
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    • 45 min.
    South Pole Race: “Mummy, is Amundsen a good man?”

    South Pole Race: “Mummy, is Amundsen a good man?”

    Roald Amundsen beat Captain Scott to the South Pole. The Norwegian - using dog sleds and skis - made it look easy... fun, even. He was heading home to safety, while the British party - hauling sleds by hand - were struggling to survive out on the ice.

    In this case, to the victor went a spoiled reputation. The British grumbled that Amundsen had somehow cheated, or had at least behaved in an underhand manner. These stinging accusations would haunt the adventurer until the day he died in the polar wastes.

    For a full list of sources go to timharford.com
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    • 35 min.
    South Pole Race: David and Goliath on Ice

    South Pole Race: David and Goliath on Ice

    1910: Two men are racing to be the first to reach the South Pole. Captain Robert Falcon Scott heads a well-financed, technologically-advanced expedition - aiming to reach the pole in the "proper" and heroic way... on foot. Roald Amundsen's effort is more modest, relying on cheap sled dogs to carry him to victory. 

    Scott - for all his money, for all his fancy equipment, for all his backing from the mighty Royal Navy - is doomed to failure in the icy wastes of Antarctica. Why?

    For a full list of sources go to timharford.com
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    • 33 min.
    Gladwell on Doctors' Prescriptions, Carbon Copies and the Opioid Crisis.

    Gladwell on Doctors' Prescriptions, Carbon Copies and the Opioid Crisis.

    What if a little bit of extra paperwork could saves lives and perhaps end an epidemic? Enjoy a cautionary tale from our friend and fellow Pushkin host, Malcolm Gladwell. The new season of Revisionist History begins with a half-baked idea of an obscure bureaucrat in the 1930’s and ends with one of the worst public health disasters in American history - the opioid crisis. 

    Stick around to hear Tim and Malcolm discuss the episode and the importance of admitting you're wrong.
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    • 48 min.
    Chicago When It Sizzles

    Chicago When It Sizzles

    July 1995: A deadly heatwave gripped Chicago - bridges buckled; the power grids failed; and the morgue ran out of space - but some neighbourhoods saw more deaths than others.

    Sociologist Eric Klinenberg wanted to know why. So he headed to the hardest hit districts and found that social isolation and loneliness played an unsettling role in their heavy deaths tolls.   

    Does the Chicago heatwave teach us that in dealing with climate change we need to consider not just physical infrastructure, but social infrastructure too?  

    Eric Klinenberg's classic text on the topic is called Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago. For a full list of other sources go to timharford.com
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    • 38 min.
    The French Knight’s Guide to Corporate Culture

    The French Knight’s Guide to Corporate Culture

    France 1346: The army of King Philip VI is Europe's pre-eminent killing machine. It's accustomed to crushing any force stupid enough to oppose it, and now fully expects to annihilate a motley band of English invaders in a field near the village of Crecy.   

    Except as night falls, it is Philip's army that lies broken and bleeding in the mud. What went wrong? The French knights, it seems, had failed to update their corporate culture.   

    For a full list of sources go to timharford.com
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    • 36 min.

Klantrecensies

4,8 van 5
52 beoordelingen

52 beoordelingen

mmmuis ,

Brilliant!! Thanks so much tim& team

This podcast is simply brilliant, so gripping, clever, surprising and with fantastic host, soundscape and actors. I want to listen all of them twice or more. Please continue with a 3rd season.

Zoemelver ,

Superb storytelling combined with insightful psychology

This podcast has the perfect combination: the cautionary tales are masterfully told with a high production value. But the true power of this show lies in the uncovering of the psychological mechanisms behind the catastrophes. Highly recommended!

dennisdigibeet ,

Highly recommended

This podcast takes a particular incident and uses this to explore a deeper theme. Very insightful.
PS the sole three-star rating is my iPhone’s. I wanted to give a five star rating, but somehow my iPhone decided otherwise and I cannot remove that rating: a cautionary tale

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