Cautionary Tales with Tim Harford

Martin Luther King Jr, the Jewelry Genius, and the Art of Public Speaking

Feb. 26, 2021

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 should stick to the script and when you should take a risk.

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