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Cautionary Tales with Tim Harford

Pushkin Industries
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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.

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4.8 out of 5 stars from 6.2k ratings
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    Cautionary tales is a great podcast; thought provoking and engaging, it’s one of my all time favourites, and Tim delivers both the stories and their lessons in such as way as to make every story addictive. more

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    I like the thoroughness and perspective. Only thing is improving is the mic. U can hear the wind blow 😂

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    I love BBC’s More or Less which gives great insight into statistical puff, but here Tim Harford really excels in his storytelling. He brings these “cautionary tales” to life in such an interesting way, and they are obviously very well-researched. Absolute genius. Thank you!

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