Cautionary Tales

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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 Econo...Show More

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41:06 | Dec 6th, 2019

Both of the world’s greatest economists, Irving Fisher and John Maynard Keynes, thought they could see into the future and make a killing on the stock market - and then both were wiped out by the Wall...Show More
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Fascinating history lesson!

35:08 | Dec 20th, 2019

Bowie, Jazz and the Unplayable Piano It was the biggest concert of Keith Jarrett's career - but the pianist was in for a shock when he entered Koln's opera house. The only piano at the venue was a bro...Show More
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Amazing!! Shares story about Keith Jarrett's Koln Concert (ECM) was recorded. Overall great episode, fantastic storytelling, you'll love th...Show More

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33:37 | Nov 22nd, 2019

Galileo tried to teach us that adding more and more layers to a system intended to avert disaster often makes catastrophe all the more likely to happen. His basic lesson has been ignored in nuclear po...Show More

35:51 | Nov 15th, 2019

One crisp morning in Berlin, in 1906, a small group of soldiers were led on an extraordinary heist by a man they believed to be a Captain. So how did an ageing nobody in a fake uniform trick them into...Show More
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Damn. Covers so many things. If nothing else, listen at the 27 min mark to hear how height likely played a major role in the results of the ...Show More

18:47 | Jan 31st

In this special episode of Cautionary Tales, we feature Cautionary Tales host Tim Harford's TED Talk Daily from 2018. What can we learn from the world's most enduringly creative people? They "slow-mot...Show More
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