More or Less: Behind the Stats
WS MoreOrLess: Caps off to Rooney 21 Nov 1411/22/14
England captain Wayne Rooney made his 100th appearance last weekend but former England star Chris Waddle claims that it’s easier to win caps now than it was in previous generations. Wesley Stephenson asks whether Waddle is right and how many caps...
WS MoreOrLess: Pregnancy and Homicide 14 Nov 14
The movie Gone Girl claims homicide is a leading cause of death for pregnant women. Ruth Alexander asks Dr Katherine Gold from the University of Michigan if this is true. And can we trust country rankings seen in the growing number of performance...
MoreOrLess: Tracking and Tackling Ebola 07 Nov 14
Hans Rosling, global health expert and data visionary, has just arrived in Liberia. He is working as an independent professor at the Health ministry there, as part of the team tracking and tackling Ebola. We talk to him about the latest numbers...
WS MoreOrLess: Kidney Donation 31 Oct 14
The chance of a successful kidney match between two unrelated people has increased significantly in the past 10 years - why? Ruth Alexander speaks to Professor Anthony Warrens, president of the British Transplantation Society. And we find out for our...
MoreOrLess: Screening for Ebola 24 Oct 14
Are airport screenings for Ebola really an effective way of stopping transmission of the disease? And as the United Nations asks for another $1bn (£625m) in aid we take a look at which governments and charities are rallying to the cause and which are...
MoreOrLess: Big Data 17 Oct 14
Big data has been enjoying a lot of hype, with promises it will help deliver everything from increased corporate profits to better healthcare. While the potential is certainly there, Tim Harford asks if the hype is blinding us to some basic...
MoreOrLess: Species in Decline? 10 Oct 14
The coverage of the Living Planet Index and its claim that species populations have dropped 50% in the last 40 years aroused much suspicion among More Or Less listeners. The team looks at what the figure means and how it was calculated. This programme...
WS MoreOrLess: Will Berlin see a sub-two-hour marathon? 03 Oct 14
Why is Berlin the place to break the marathon world record and how long will it be before we witness someone run it in less than two hours?
WS MoreOrLess: How do we calculate the distance to the sun? 26 Sept 2014
Two young listeners emailed the programme to ask how we calculate the distance to the sun. We decided to invite them and their parents to More or Less towers where Andrew Pontzen, an astrophysicist at University College London was on hand to explain...
MoreOrLess: The Barnett Formula 26 Sept 14
This week Tim explains the Barnett Formula with a bit of help from Money Box's Paul Lewis. He looks at Ed Balls sleight of hand in his speech to the Labour Party Conference. Is Ed Miliband's promise on NHS funding really worse than the funding...
WS MoreOrLess: The UK vs Mississippi 19 Sept 2014
Is Britain poorer than every US state, except for Mississippi? Journalist Fraser Nelson calculates that’s the case. Tim Harford speaks to economist Chris Dillow about why he’s right. Late last year BBC Trending referred to Eritrea as ‘tiny’. Listeners...
MoreOrLess: Kidney donation: the chance of finding a match 19 Sept 14
The chance of a successful kidney match between two unrelated people has increased significantly in the past ten years - why? Tim Harford speaks to Professor Anthony Warrens, president of the British Transplantation Society. Donations to the...
MoreOrLess: Shakespeare vs Rappers 12 Sep 14
It's a 'fact' beloved of English teachers around the world: that Shakespeare, the greatest playwright in English, also had the greatest vocabulary. But research published earlier this year suggests English teachers might have to look elsewhere to...
MoreOrLess: Scottish referendum polls 12 Sep 14
Tim Harford talks to pollsters about how they are trying to gauge the political mood in Scotland, and he analyses Nigel Farage's claim that more than half of Scotland is on benefits. Plus: celebrating Countdown, the longest-running TV quiz show;...
WS MoreOrLess: To ice or not to ice? 05 Sep 14
The ALS ice bucket challenge has become a viral phenomenon. People around the world have been dousing themselves in ice-cold water and in the process have raised over $100m for charity. But a true nerd doesn't run with the herd, and Tim Harford is...
MoreOrLess: To ice or not to ice? 05 Sep 14
The ALS ice bucket challenge viral phenomenon has raised over $100m. Is this good for charitable giving overall, and should we be more choosy about the charities we give to? Plus: is there a 'rising tide' of anti-Semitism in Europe; does Shakespeare...
WS MoreOrLess: Do We Use Only 10% of Our Brains? 29 Aug 14
Is it true that humans use just 10% of their brains? Itâs the premise of the new film Lucy, in which the brain capacity of Scarlett Johanssonâs character increases to dangerous levels. Tim Harford uses considerably more than 10% of his brain to...
MoreOrLess: How Deadly Is Ebola? 29 Aug 14
Media reports are suggesting that as many as 12,000 people may have Ebola in West Africa, but experts tell More or Less that's not the case. It's also said that Ebola kills up to 90% of victims, but while that's true of one outbreak, the death rate in...
WS MoreOrLess: Deaths in Gaza 22 Aug 14
As the Gaza conflict continues, the fact that there are estimated to be nearly three times as many men as women among the Palestinian civilian casualties has been an issue in the spotlight. Tim Harford and Ruth Alexander look at why men are often...
MoreOrLess: Troubled families? 22 Aug 14
"Revealed: half a million problem families" reported The Sunday Times. The government's expanding its Troubled Families programme - two years after More or Less found it statistically wanting. Tim Harford discusses the new numbers with BBC Newsnight's...
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