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Cautionary Tales with Tim Harford

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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... more

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Until the 1960s, it was deemed too "dangerous" for women athletes to run distances longer than 200m - and a marathon would kill them, or leave them unable to have children. Rubbish, of course. But when Kathrine Switzer signed up for the 1967 Boston M... more

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Adi and Rudi Dassler made sports shoes together - until a feud erupted between them. They set up competing companies, Adidas and Puma, and their bitter rivalry divided the sporting world, their family and even the inhabitants of their home town. more

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In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, in 1819, Owen Chase is standing on a slowly sinking ship. It's just been headbutted by an 85 foot whale. It's taking in water. And now the creature is coming back for another go. This is a whaling ship, and Chase i... more

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Tim Harford is joined by Jacob Goldstein to answer your questions. Does winning the lottery make you unhappy? Is Bitcoin bad for the economy? When does correlation imply causation? And what will Tim and Jacob do when the robot overlords come for thei... more

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4.8 out of 5 stars from 11.6k ratings
  • Wonderful show, thank you Tim!

    One of the best podcasts, entertaining and fun, yet also educational and informative - the way Tim picks the stories and the unique way of telling the stories (brings back memories of old radio shows , half theatrical..) makes it all come together ! more

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    NBA heavy user
    United States17 days ago
  • I always look forward to new episodes of this.

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    Kiwi J9
    20 days ago
  • Always a pleasure

    I’m an expat from the UK living in NZ and used to listen to Tim’s work on BBC Radio 4. more

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    Cockney traveller
    New Zealand20 days ago
  • Brilliantly researched, excellent narration and production

    As the title says. Fascinating narratives which examine history, society and culture. The narrator has a relaxed, but informative style and you can tell the research has been thorough in the stories - highly recommended.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom22 days ago
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