Cautionary Tales

My podcast, telling true stories about mistakes and what we should learn from them.

Cautionary Conversation – Flying on empty

A metre is longer than a yard. An ounce is heavier than a gram. We harmlessly mix them up sometimes, but a "unit conversion error" when you're filling up the fuel tanks of an airliner can be fatal. Which is exactly what happened to Air Canada Flight 143.  Tim...

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Cautionary Tales – Chicago when it sizzles

July 1995. A deadly heat wave gripped Chicago - bridges buckled; the power grids failed; and the morgue ran out of space - but some neighbourhoods saw more deaths than others. Of course, richer and leafier districts suffered less, but poor places where social...

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