I was coming off of a multiple-year SYSK addiction and in desperate need of a new podcast. I tried the other “Stuffs,” but never quite got excited about any of them. I settled on 99PI (which I still listen to often), but it wasn’t quite doing it for me. I had resigned to the idea that SYSK was just too good and that I’d never find a podcast quite as entertaining. But then Cautionary Tales was featured on an episode of 99PI and I had to check out the show. I immediately downloaded 10 episodes and have been listening to it nonstop. There may never be a podcast as entertaining as SYSK, but Cautionary Tales is more enthralling, exciting, mysterious and satisfying than anything I’ve ever heard.
Anyone who is a fan of history (particularly the little-known kind), mysteries, riddles, true-crime, and thrillers will enjoy this show. It’s got it all. Don’t get me wrong, 99PI is great, but it’s a little dry. Cautionary Tales is not a competitor to it, and I hope I’m not implying it is, but it serves a similar purpose while being vastly more entertaining. Each episode is presented as a short story, a folk-tale for adults, surrounding true-life events from history. Each episode features an underlying moral lesson, with barely noticeable commentary on contemporary society within the subtext of the story. These are - as the title aptly describes - cautionary tales, and we’d all be better off if everyone listened to this show.
Please, PLEASE, don’t stop producing. In fact, increase production please, without sacrificing quality. I’ll send you all the money I can, just please don’t stop. This show is outstanding and I can’t thank all involved enough.