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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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Our whole lives, we are told “Cautionary Tales” to keep us safe from trouble. But how many cautionary tales do you live by? Are there other things in this world we should be aware of beyond the obvious? This is the podcast where Harper and Tony Brueski explores true cautionary tales and what happens to those who did not heed the warning and learned the hard way. Please subscribe and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts.
 
You want to have a career in music, but someone else is getting the money. AltPress editor in chief Jason Pettigrew engages with rockers of all kinds to learn how they navigated the treacherous waters of the music industry to end up with smooth sailing or swimming back to shore. You'll laugh, you might cry, you may end up matriculating after all.
 
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This week, we're sharing an episode from a new podcast brought to you by Pushkin Industries and the Financial Times. The series is hosted by Tim’s colleagues, reporter Patricia Nilsson and editor Alex Barker. In this episode, Patricia and Alex wonder how it's legal for porn sites to host millions of videos uploaded by uses. The answer is in the sto…
 
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 …
 
Cautionary Tales will be back with a new original story next week, but in the meantime, check out one of Pushkin's newest shows, Car Show! With Eddie Alterman. The Chevrolet Corvair was unusual. And it was a Cautionary Tales on four wheels. It was Motor Trend’s Car of the Year for 1960, yet the car hit bottom just three years later. In this episode…
 
When Mount Tambora erupted it spewed ash across the globe; blotting out the sun; poisoning crops; and bringing starvation, illness and death to millions. It may also have helped inspire great scientific and cultural advances - including the horror masterpiece Frankenstein. How well do we adapt to catastrophe and what are the limits of our ability t…
 
When Billy Joel agreed to let dance legend Twyla Tharp turn his songs into a Broadway musical it seemed like a surefire hit. But in previews, Movin’ Out was panned by the critics. It was soon headed for Broadway and was set to be an expensive and embarrassing failure.So how could Twyla turn things around and avert disaster before opening night? For…
 
This week, we're sharing an episode of Against the Rules, hosted by perhaps the greatest non-fiction writer on the planet, Michael Lewis. On the show, Michael explores what’s happened to fairness in modern life. He’s looked at referees and at coaches. Now, he’s looking at experts—the kind who transform people’s lives for the better, and get absolut…
 
What happens when a monkey gets elected mayor? Well, not really a monkey, but a monkey mascot for a town’s football games. Tim Harford joins This Day in Esoteric Political History to discuss a weird moment from UK history in 2002, when the northeastern English town of Hartlepool was gearing up for a mayoral election and ended up voting in…the local…
 
An airline captain thought he was giving his children a harmless thrill by letting them "fly" his packed airplane - the young cockpit visitors weren't really in control... the autopilot was doing the real flying. Until it wasn't. Do safety features actually lull us into a false sense of security - tempting us to take greater risks than we otherwise…
 
We'll be back with another story of human error next week, but today we're sharing another podcast you might like. On World's Greatest Con, Brian Brushwood talks about the most audacious con jobs, swindles, and heists in history. In this episode of World's Greatest Con, Brian tells the story of how a game show producer was tempted into upping the a…
 
Sherlock Holmes is known for approaching all mysteries with cool logic - and yet when his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle saw photographs taken by two young girls purporting to show real life fairies at play... he unwisely declared them genuine. How did Elsie and Frances fool so many people with their photography... and why did they keep the hoax go…
 
‘No Such Thing as a Fish’ is one of Tim Harford’s favorite podcasts and he was recently invited on as a guest. So here’s a chance to listen to the host of Cautionary Tales chat vital vitamins, stinging schemes, and the practice of pyrography. Listen to more episodes from No Such Thing as a Fish wherever you get podcasts. Cautionary Tales will retur…
 
Sir Clive Sinclair was a computer whizz and business mogul to rival Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. He was a visionary who could do no wrong... until he tried to launch an electric vehicle. The C5 “electrically assisted pedal cycle" doesn't seem so outlandish to us now... but 1985 just wasn't ready for the "aerodynamic bathtub" on wheels. Sir Clive was r…
 
When Disneyland released one million helium balloons to set a new world record, Cleveland, Ohio looked on in envy. Could it top the Magic Kingdom? What did citizens hope to gain from getting into the record books... and at what cost? This is a special Cautionary Tales Short - a bitesize warning for history. To hear FOUR more Cautionary Tales Shorts…
 
With its splendid modern architecture, the Hyatt Regency was the place to be seen in Kansas City in 1981. Beneath space-age walkways, guests drank, laughed and danced... not realizing that the 60 tons of of glass, concrete and steel hanging above their heads was about to come crashing down. One hundred and fourteen people died. But why? Was it chea…
 
While we're getting ready to premiere our new season next week, check out Pushkin's newest show, What's Your Problem? In this preview, Tim talks to former Planet Money host Jacob Goldstein about the entrepreneurs interviewed on the show, the future they’re trying to build—and the problems they have to solve to get there. Since Tim is obsessed with …
 
The greatest mistakes, disasters and fiascos of the past aren't just gripping stories... they're also warnings from which we all can learn. Cautionary Tales with Tim Harford returns EVERY OTHER FRIDAY FROM MARCH 25th to chronicle the defeats of mighty armies, the destruction of business empires and the deadly eruptions of fearsome volcanoes. And fr…
 
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.c…
 
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 …
 
Lizzie J. Magie (played by Helena Bonham Carter) should be celebrated as the inventor of what would become Monopoly - but her role in creating the smash hit board game was cynically ignored, even though she had a patent. Discrimination has marred the careers of many inventors and shut others out from the innovation economy entirely. Could crediting…
 
The British Government promised to create a "world-beating" system to track deadly Covid 19 infections - but it included an outdated version of the off-the-shelf spreadsheet software Microsoft Excel. The result was disastrous. When under pressure or lacking in expertise we can all be tempted to use a tool unsuitable for the job in hand. But whether…
 
Claude Shannon was brilliant. He was the Einstein of computer science... only he loved "fritterin' away" his time building machines to play chess, solve Rubik's cubes and beat the house at roulette. If Shannon had worked more diligently - instead of juggling, riding a unicycle and abandoning project after project - would he have made an even greate…
 
German measles is a minor illness for most people - but for unborn children it can be devastating. In 1943 - when the link was only just becoming clear - a young US marine decided to break rubella quarantine to meet the movie star Gene Tierney (played by Mircea Monroe). The marine was sick... and Gene was pregnant. The appalling consequences of tha…
 
Financial expert Ray Dirks (played by Jeffrey Wright) exposed one of the biggest corporate crimes of all time - and yet he was the one who ended up in front of the Supreme Court. Whistleblowers often face intimidation from those they bring to justice, but also face hostility from their co-workers, new employers, the authorities and even the public.…
 
Lady Sale (played by Helena Bonham Carter) was part of a bloody and ignominious British retreat from Afghanistan in 1842. The arrogant colonial invaders had thought intervening in Afghan affairs and dominating the country would be easy - they were wrong. Lady Sale was among the lucky few to escape with her life. Wiser heads later recommended "maste…
 
When James Dallas Egbert III was reported missing from his college dorm - one of America's most flamboyant private detectives was summoned to solve the case. "Dallas" had many of the same problems that most teenagers face - but P.I. William Dear stoked fears that he might have fallen under the evil spell of a mysterious and sinister game.... Dungeo…
 
Pepsi twice ended up in court after promotions went disastrously wrong. Other big companies have fallen into the same trap - promising customers rewards so generous that to fulfil the promise might mean corporate bankruptcy. Businesses and customers alike are sometimes blinded by the big numbers in such PR stunts - but it's usually the customers, n…
 
Why were soldiers on horseback told to ride straight into a valley full of enemy cannon? The disastrous "Charge of the Light Brigade" is usually blamed on blundering generals. But the confusing orders issued on that awful day in 1854 reveal a common human trait - we often wrongly assume that everyone knows what we know and can easily comprehend our…
 
The hijackers of flight 961 wanted its pilot to fly them to Australia - and wouldn't listen to his pleas that there simply wasn't enough fuel for the mammoth trip. What would cause them to totally disregard the advice of an expert when the stakes were so very high? The Dunning Kruger effect. But being too stupid to recognise the limits of your know…
 
Family doctor Harold Shipman got away with murdering his patients for decades. He was one of the most prolific serial killers in history - but his hundreds of crimes largely went unnoticed despite a vast paper trail of death certificates he himself had signed. Why do we sometimes fail to see awful things happening right under our noses? And how can…
 
"The Pope" was a revered Dutch art expert - and yet he fell for a not very convincing forgery of a "lost" Vermeer masterpiece. The forger had duped other art connoisseurs too - including the high ranking Nazi Hermann Göring. But perhaps Han van Meegeren's biggest con was to convince the Dutch public that he was a cheeky resistance hero. We assume k…
 
Victorian nurse Florence Nightingale (played by her distant cousin Helena Bonham Carter) is a hero of modern medicine - but her greatest contribution to combating disease and death resulted from the vivid graphs she made to back her public health campaigns. Her charts convinced the great and the good that deaths due to filth and poor sanitation cou…
 
One speechmaker inspired millions with his words, the other utterly destroyed his own multi-million-dollar business with just a few phrases. Civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr (played by Jeffrey Wright of Westworld, The Hunger Games, and the James Bond films) and jewelry store owner Gerald Ratner offer starkly contrasting stories on when you s…
 
Your identity is what makes you, you. What happens when someone steals your identity and starts to claim they are you? What kind of damage can be done? That's what we talk about today on Cautionary Tales with Harper!โดย Cautionary Tales With Harper
 
We're no stranger to stories about misinformation or deliberate disinformation. We live in a world where now more than ever, you have to be skeptical. That skepticism can be healthy, but it also can be used to cast more doubt and misinformation on data and statistics that are very real. Tim Harford talks to Niala Boodhoo, from the news podcast Axio…
 
Twins… Two people, that share the same genetic codes, right? Or, Could there be more to it? A connection that runs deeper than DNA… A supernatural Connection? That’s Today on Cautionary Tales With Harper.โดย Cautionary Tales With Harper
 
The world is filled with mysteries… many of which have been solved, yet most people have no idea!! Today we examine some of the world's most famous mysteries on Cautionary Tales With Harper!โดย Cautionary Tales With Harper
 
Cautionary Tales' host Tim Harford has a new book - The Data Detective - setting out ten commandments for understanding the numbers, charts, graphs and statistics that bombard us every day. In this free extract, Tim explains his extra "golden" rule that allows us to observe all his other commandments - be curious. Enjoy. Cautionary Tales returns Fe…
 
Family Secrets… From selling your children to arranged marriages to going after your father with an ax! Some things just shouldn’t be talked about… but that’s what we’re discussing today on Cautionary Tales with Harper!โดย Cautionary Tales With Harper
 
What do you do when your loved one goes mission on a vacation? Who took them? Did they fall, victim to a tragic accident? There are countless stories of what should have been dream vacations, turning into vacation nightmares. That's what we discuss today on Cautionary Tales With Harper.โดย Cautionary Tales With Harper
 
Is a doll just a toy? Or could it be something more, something with its own feelings, personality, and goals? What if one of those goals is murder? Today, the story of Robert the Doll on cautionary tales with harper.โดย Cautionary Tales With Harper
 
Our planet is filled with mysterious sights, sounds, and experiences. Rocks that move by themselves through the desert. Frogs that rain from the sky… And more… Strange Phenomena today on Cautionary Tales With Harperโดย Cautionary Tales With Harper
 
Don’t Eat Tide Pods For some reason… Some people thought it would be “FUN” to ingest Tide Pods. If they only knew what would happen AFTER they took a bite! Today, what REALLY HAPPENS to your body when you eat detergent pods? That’s today on Cautionary Tales With Harper!โดย Cautionary Tales With Harper
 
PUFFER FISH, CHEESE MADE BY WORMS… or CHERRY PITS? Today we learn about dangerous foods! Mom always says, finish your plate! But what if your plate is filled with things like PUFFER FISH, CHEESE MADE BY WORMS… or CHERRY PITS? Dangerous foods, today on Cautionary Tales With Harper!โดย Cautionary Tales With Harper
 
A town with an eternal fire burning beneath it?! A city where everyone lives in the same building? A village with two million souls??? But they are ALL died? These are just some of the unusual places some call home. Today… Strange Cities on Cautionary Tales With Harper.โดย Cautionary Tales With Harper
 
They called the ship of dreams… BUT…. IT Wasn’t… it really Wasn’t…. On its maiden voyage, struck an iceberg killing more than 1500 people. But what went wrong besides hitting a massive ice cube in the ocean? The Sinking of The Titanic, Today on Cautionary Tales With Harper.โดย Cautionary Tales With Harper
 
Home, it’s a place that’s supposed to make you feels safe and secure. But what happens if you find out your home was once the scene of a horrible murder, demonic haunting, or a gangster hideout? Today, be careful of the house you call home… On Cautionary Tales With Harperโดย Cautionary Tales With Harper
 
Bugs… Sometimes they can be cute and exciting. OTHER TIMES THEY MAY BE ON A MISSION TO ENTER YOUR BODY, THROUGH YOUR EAR TO EAT YOUR BRAIN!!!! Or are they? Brain-Eating Bugs! Today on Cautionary Tales With Harper!โดย Cautionary Tales With Harper
 
Friends. Some will always be by your side, but they also have their own secrets too. Some secrets may be harmless, like a secret crush. However, some go deep and much darker than that… all the way to murder. Today, Be Careful Who Your Friends Are, On Cautionary Tales With Harperโดย Cautionary Tales With Harper
 
Let's say you could go back in time to live in the wild west! Or, let's say the world just reverts back to old ways… How do you survive?! That's what we're talking about today on Cautionary Tales With Harper!โดย Cautionary Tales With Harper
 
Ouija Boards, some of you might be scared of them. Some of you might want to interact with the dead. But what really happens when you play with an Ouija Board. Who are you really talking to? That’s today on Cautionary Tales With Harper.โดย Cautionary Tales With Harper
 
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