More or Less: Behind the Stats
MoreOrLess: Cameron’s 1000 jobs 30 Jan 1501/30/15
Fact-checking the Conservatives' employment claims; the price of milk; unhappy teachers; how to use maths to find your life partner; baby due dates; teen pregnancies.
More or Less: Cameron's 1000 Jobs
The Conservatives' employment claims, milk, teachers, dating and pregnancy due dates.
WS MoreOrLess: Global Wealth 24 Jan 15
Who is in the world's wealthiest elite, and where do they live? Which are the world's best and worst board-games? Oliver Roeder, a senior writer for FiveThirtyEight, says a statistical analysis can tell us. This programme was first broadcast on the...
More or Less: Is Anti-Semitism Widespread in the UK?
Tim Harford asks if the majority of hate crime in the UK is directed against Jewish people
MoreOrLess: Is anti-Semitism widespread in the UK? 23 Jan 15
Are the majority of hate crimes in the UK directed against Jewish people? Plus: who are the wealthiest 1% and politicians' healthcare connections examined.
WS MoreOrLess: Are 95% of Terrorism Victims Muslim? 17 Jan 15
In the wake of the Paris killings, an imam in Paris told the BBC that most terrorism victims around the world are Muslim. Is that true? Plus: The death toll of the Boko Haram attack in Baga, Nigeria. This programme was first broadcast on the BBC World...
MoreOrLess: How big are the Conservatives' planned cuts? 16 Jan 14
The Conservatives' plans to achieve a budget surplus by 2019-20 have led to near universal acknowledgment that big reductions in spending would be required. However, David Cameron said this week that government spending would only need to be reduced...
WS MoreOrLess: Bad Luck and Cancer 10 Jan 15
Most cancers are caused by "bad luck" according to reports of a new study. But, actually, the study doesn't say that. Tim Harford finds out what the research really tells us. This programme was first broadcast on the BBC World Service.
MoreOrLess: A&E waiting times 09 Jan 15
The NHS in England has missed its four-hour A&E waiting time target with performance dropping to its lowest level for a decade, it's reported. Tim Harford takes a closer look at the numbers. Plus: do 85 people really own half the world's wealth; bad...
WS MoreOrLess: Numbers of the Year part 3. 03 Jan 15
What is the most important number in the world? Robert Peston tells us and Helen Joyce and Dr Hannah Fry choose their most memorable numbers from 2014. This programme was first broadcast on the BBC World Service.
MoreOrLess: Numbers of the Year 2014. 02 Jan 15
Tim Harford and guests look back at some of the weird and wonderful numbers of 2014. Featuring contributions from Simon Singh, Sir David Spiegelhalter, Helen Joyce, Nick Robinson, Helen Arney, Pippa Malmgren, Paul Lewis and Carlos Vilalta.
WS MoreOrLess: Numbers of the Year part 2. 27 Dec 14
How optimistic are people about the future? The BBC's Evan Davis tells More or Less as the programme looks back at the most interesting and important numbers of 2014. This programme was first broadcast on the BBC World Service.
WS MoreOrLess: Numbers of the Year part 1. 20 Dec 14
What is so special about 39,222 Mexican teachers? In the first of three episodes looking back at 2014, Mexico specialist Professor Carlos Vilalta tells Tim Harford. This programme was first broadcast on the BBC World Service.
WS MoreOrLess: Soviet World War Deaths 12 Dec 14
Did almost 80% of the males born in the Soviet Union in 1923 not survive World War Two, as has been claimed online? Plus: the problem with China’s economic figures. This programme was first broadcast on the BBC World Service.
WS MoreOrLess: Zimbabwe's Economy 05 Dec 14
Zimbabwe’s budget provided a fascinating insight into the country’s economy last week. Ben Carter looks at what the numbers mean for the future prosperity of Zimbabwe and the challenges the nation faces. The programme hears from David Blair, Chief...
MoreOrLess: Teenage Pregnancy 28 Nov 14
"About one-third of American girls become pregnant as teenagers” a recent article claimed. More or Less asks if this is true and looks at the long-term pregnancy trends in developed countries. Plus: Does 55% of communication really come from body...
WS MoreOrLess: Caps off to Rooney 21 Nov 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...
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