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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


Episodes

WS More or Less: Cape Town murders

9/16/2019
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Are eight people a day murdered in Cape Town and is that number unusually high?

Duration:00:08:58

More or Less: Maternal deaths, taxi driver earnings and statistical pop music

9/13/2019
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Are black women five times more likely to die in childbirth? Plus making pop music.

Duration:00:25:00

Maternal deaths, taxi driver earnings and statistical pop music

9/13/2019
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Are black women five times more likely to die in childbirth? Plus making pop music.

Duration:00:24:08

WS More or Less: Deforestation in Brazil

9/9/2019
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Has it increased significantly since President Bolsonaro took office in January?

Duration:00:08:58

Climate deaths, austerity and pet food

9/6/2019
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Challenging the idea of six billion deaths due to climate change; plus what pets eat.

Duration:00:24:07

WS More or Less: Amazon forest fires

9/2/2019
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Are they really 85 percent worse than last year?

Duration:00:08:58

Amazon fires, state pension and American burgers

8/30/2019
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Are forest fires in Brazil the worst in recent times? What is the state pension worth?

Duration:00:27:29

Amazon fires, state pension and American burgers

8/30/2019
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Are forest fires in Brazil the worst in recent times? What is the state pension worth?

Duration:00:23:54

WS More or Less: Ethiopia’s 350m trees in a day

8/26/2019
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Were millions of trees planted in just one day in Ethiopia?

Duration:00:08:58

Exam grades, Chernobyl and Ethiopian trees

8/23/2019
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Was your A Level grade correct? Plus were 350m trees planted in one day in Ethiopia?

Duration:00:24:48

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