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Tim Harford investigates numbers in the news. Numbers are used in every area of public debate. But are they always reliable? Tim and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us.

Tim Harford investigates numbers in the news. Numbers are used in every area of public debate. But are they always reliable? Tim and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us.
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London, United Kingdom

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BBC

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Tim Harford investigates numbers in the news. Numbers are used in every area of public debate. But are they always reliable? Tim and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us.

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English


Episodes

WS More or Less: Do Assassinations Work?

11/9/2018
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How likely are assassination attempts on heads of state to succeed?

Duration:00:09:06

WS More or Less: Vaccines - The importance of the herd and social media

10/28/2018
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What proportion of a population needs to be vaccinated to stop a disease spreading?

Duration:00:11:10

WS More or Less: Foreign Aid: Who’s the most generous?

10/19/2018
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In foreign aid terms what’s the best way of measuring how generous a country is?

Duration:00:08:58

WS More or Less: Paul Romer and William Nordhaus’ Big Ideas

10/12/2018
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The economists tackling climate change and growth.

Duration:00:09:12

Loneliness, School Funding, Same-Sex Divorce

10/9/2018
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New figures reveal that same-sex divorce rates are much higher among women than among men. The pattern is the same in Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK. Everywhere where there are statistics on same-sex divorce it is the same sex doing the bulk of the divorcing. Tim Harford discusses why this may be with Marina Ashdade, economist at Canada’s Vancouver School of Economics and author of Dirty Money, a book which applies economic ideas to the study of sex and love. Producer:...

Duration:00:09:48

WS More or Less: Why are Lesbians More Likely to Divorce than Gay Men?

10/7/2018
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New figures reveal that same-sex divorce rates are much higher among women than among men. The pattern is the same in Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK. Everywhere where there are statistics on same-sex divorce it is the same sex doing the bulk of the divorcing. Tim Harford discusses why this may be with Marina Ashdade, economist at Canada’s Vancouver School of Economics and author of “Dirty Money”, a book which applies economic ideas to the study of sex and love. Producer:...

Duration:00:09:19

Loneliness; School Funding; Same-Sex Divorce.

10/5/2018
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This week BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind programme announced the results of The Loneliness Experiment. It was a large survey conducted by the programme in collaboration with the Wellcome Collection. The largest survey into the issue of loneliness to date, said All in the Mind, while the accompanying BBC press release reported that “The survey results indicate that 16-24 year olds experience loneliness more often and more intensely than any other age group. 40% of respondents aged 16-24...

Duration:00:21:07

WS More of Less: Surviving the Battle of Britain

10/1/2018
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Were Spitfire pilots killed after an average of four weeks in the World War Two battle?

Duration:00:09:06

Surviving the Battle of Britain; the World Cup and Domestic Violence; Buckfast and Arrests in Scotland

9/28/2018
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Tim Harford on Spitfire pilots, and whether football triggers violence in the home.

Duration:00:22:33

WS More or Less: Trump and the Puerto Rico Death Toll

9/24/2018
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How can we calculate excess mortality after a natural disaster?

Duration:00:08:58

How Many Schoolchildren are Carers? Shareholder Income, and Museum Visitors Vs Football Fans

9/21/2018
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Tim Harford on child carers, shareholder income, football vs museums and dangerous sports

Duration:00:25:22

WS More or Less: DNA - Are You More Chimp or Neanderthal?

9/17/2018
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What is the difference between 96% similarity or sharing 20% of our DNA?

Duration:00:09:19

Male suicide, school ratings, are female tennis players treated unfairly by umpires?

9/14/2018
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Tim Harford with statistics on suicide, good schools and sexism in tennis. Plus goats

Duration:00:24:42

WS More or Less: The Safest Car in the World?

9/10/2018
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A listener asks whether his Volvo is the safest car on the road?

Duration:00:09:53

Heart Age Calculator; Danish Sperm Imports; Counting Goats

9/7/2018
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Tim Harford questions the usefulness of a popular heart age calculator.

Duration:00:23:49

WS: More or Less - How well do you understand your world?

9/3/2018
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Tim Harford talks to Bobby Duffy about why we are often wrong about a lot of basic facts

Duration:00:09:45

African Trade Tariffs; Alcohol Safe Limits; President Trump's Popularity

8/31/2018
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Tim Harford fact checks EU trade deals with Africa, and whether one drink is one too many

Duration:00:23:45

BONUS PODCAST: Economics with Subtitles - Coffins Full of Car Keys

8/29/2018
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BONUS PODCAST: For the rest of August, in addition to More or Less you’ll get a brand new podcast, Economics with Subtitles. It’s your everyday guide to economics and why you should care. In this edition, Ayeisha and Steve make sense of interest rates. Why did they lead to coffins full of car getting sent to the US Federal Reserve? What factors affect what you have to pay on your loans? And what do your film choices say about why you decide to borrow? Producers: Simon Maybin & Phoebe Keane...

Duration:00:29:29

WS: More or Less - Automated fact-checking

8/27/2018
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Computer programmes are being developed to combat fake news.

Duration:00:08:58

A no-frills life, automated fact-checking and Lord-of-the-Rings maths

8/24/2018
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What would have been the most efficient way to get to Mordor?

Duration:00:24:42