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Tim Harford explains - and sometimes debunks - the numbers and statistics used in political debate, the news and everyday life

Tim Harford explains - and sometimes debunks - the numbers and statistics used in political debate, the news and everyday life
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London, United Kingdom

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BBC

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Tim Harford explains - and sometimes debunks - the numbers and statistics used in political debate, the news and everyday life

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English


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Mice and mind blowing maths

8/16/2019
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Re-inserting a caveat and discussing a really cool numbers trick.

Duration:00:09:18

Immigrant Crime Rate in the US

8/9/2019
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Do immigrants commit more crime than native-born Americans in the United States?

Duration:00:08:58

The spread of fact-checking in Africa

8/2/2019
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With misinformation so easy to spread, how can it be stopped or challenged?

Duration:00:08:58

Pregnancy prohibitions – the evidence

7/26/2019
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Taking a statistical look at what expectant mothers should avoid.

Duration:00:09:05

Missing women from drug trials

7/19/2019
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How medical testing on just men causes problems.

Duration:00:09:25

Zimbabwe’s economy: Are sanctions to blame?

7/19/2019
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We look at politicians’ claims that sanctions are to blame for Zimbabwe’s difficulties.

Duration:00:08:58

Two World Cups: Football and Cricket

7/5/2019
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On this week’s More or Less, Ruth Alexander looks at the numbers involved with the two world cups that are going on at the moment. Are more men than women watching the Women’s World Cup and how accurate is the Cricket World Cup rule of thumb that suggests if you double the score after 30 overs you get a good estimate of the final innings total? Producer: Richard Vadon Image: Cricket World Cup Trophy 2019 Credit: Getty Images/ Gareth Copley-IDI

Duration:00:09:07

Is nuclear power actually safer than you think?

6/28/2019
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We questioned the death count of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in last week’s More or Less podcast. In the end, Professor Jim Smith of Portsmouth University came up with an estimate of 15,000 deaths. But we wondered how deadly nuclear power is overall when compared to other energy sources? Dr Hannah Ritchie of the University of Oxford joins Charlotte McDonald to explore. Image:Chernobyl nuclear plant, October 1st 1986 Credit: Getty Images

Duration:00:10:17

Questioning the Chernobyl disaster death count

6/21/2019
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The recent TV miniseries ‘Chernobyl’ has stirred up debate online about the accuracy of its portrayal of the explosion at a nuclear power plant in the former Soviet state of Ukraine. We fact-check the programme and try and explain why it so hard to say how many people will die because of the Chernobyl disaster. Image: Chernobyl nuclear power plant a few weeks after the disaster. Credit: Getty Images

Duration:00:15:32

WS More or Less: Dealing with the Numbers of Cancer

6/14/2019
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How one woman used statistics to help cope with cancer.

Duration:00:09:18

WS More or Less: The things we fail to see

6/10/2019
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The hidden influences that a make a big difference to the way the world works.

Duration:00:09:06

Are married women flipping miserable?

6/7/2019
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Measuring happiness, university access in Scotland, plus will one in two get cancer?

Duration:00:23:33

WS More or Less: Volcanoes versus humans

6/3/2019
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Does Mount Etna produce more carbon emissions than humans? We check the numbers.

Duration:00:09:13

Hay Festival Special

5/31/2019
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What does it mean to say that the UK is the fifth largest economy in the world?

Duration:00:27:51

WS More or Less: Florence Nightingale – recognising the nurse statistician

5/27/2019
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How collecting data about the dead led the famous nurse to promote better sanitation.

Duration:00:11:07

Eurovision and fact-checking Naomi Wolf

5/24/2019
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The stats behind making a successful song, plus misunderstanding Victorian court records.

Duration:00:24:09

Making music out of Money

5/20/2019
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Data visualisation is all the rage, but where does that leave the old-fashioned values of audio? Some data visualisation experts are starting to explore the benefits of turning pictures into sound. Financial Times journalist Alan Smith plays his musical interpretation of a chart depicting the yield-curve of American bonds. Image: Human heart attack, illustration Credit: Science Photo Library

Duration:00:09:05

Heart deaths, Organised crime and Gender data gaps

5/17/2019
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Are deaths from heart disease on the rise? This week the British Heart Foundation had us all stopping mid-biscuit with the news that the number of under 75s dying from cardiovascular disease is going up for the first time in half a century. It sounds like bad news – but is it? Does Huawei contribute £1.7billion to the UK economy? People were sceptical that the Chinese telecom company could contribute such a large amount to the UK economy. We take a deeper look at the number and discuss...

Duration:00:27:57

Sex Every Seven Seconds

5/13/2019
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We revisit some classic topics from past years. We hear which statistics about sex you should trust, and which are less robust. Do men think about sex every seven seconds? Plus, did the arrival of royal baby Princess Charlotte really contribute to the British economy?

Duration:00:15:06

Sex, coal, missing people and mice

5/10/2019
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Sex Recession This week it was reported that British people are having less sex than they used to. Similar statistics are cropping up elsewhere in the world too. But one US stat seemed particularly stark: the number of young men having no sex at all in the past year has tripled in a decade. But is it true? No coal power for a week There were many reports in the newspapers this week saying the UK has set a new record for the number of consecutive days generating energy without burning any...

Duration:00:27:36