Cautionary Tales
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 “Messy” 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. Featuring original music and an award-winning cast including Alan Cumming and Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Toby Stephens (Die Another Day), Russell Tovey (Quantico) – and Malcolm Gladwell.
History
Society & Culture
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Cautionary Tales Presents: TED Talk Daily
In this special episode of Cautionary Tales, we feature Tim Harford's TED Talk Daily from 2018.
18 min
2
You Have Reached Your Destination
If you rely on fortune tellers, GPS or clever forecasting algorithms to guide you through live... you may end up in a bad place.
32 min
3
Bowie, Jazz and the Unplayable Piano
Sometimes we do our best work not when things are going well, but when a wrench has been thrown in the works.
30 min
4
How Britain Invented, Then Ignored, Blitzkrieg
Why big and successful organisations can't always see a brilliant idea that's staring them in the face.
36 min
5
Buried by the Wall Street Crash
A tale of two men who faced ruin because they thought they could predict the financial future... and how one bounced back.
35 min
6
The Deadly Airship Race
Competition can makes things better, but when two airships were pitted against one another the result was disaster.
37 min
7
La La Land: Galileo's Warning
Giving an Oscar to the wrong film proved that some safety systems make mistakes even more likely.
30 min
8
The Rogue Dressed as a Captain
Humans aren't as blindly obedient as we are made out to be... but we still fall too easily for convincing fraudsters.
33 min
9
DANGER: Rocks Ahead!
Why did an oil tanker captain steer his beloved ship towards a reef? It's a mistake many of us make.
35 min
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Introducing: Cautionary Tales
Coming November 15 from Tim Harford and Pushkin Industries, Cautionary Tales relates a true story of a time when something did not go according to plan.
2 min