More or Less: Behind the Stats

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Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4

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Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4
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🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-02-12 05:39
last episode published
2019-02-08 22:44
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8.02.2019

Teen Suicide; Brexit Business Moves; Wood-Burner Pollution

Tim Harford finds untrue a recent report that there is a 'suicidal generation' of teens.
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4.02.2019

WS More or Less: You have 15,000 likes!

A listener doubts her popularity on the dating app Tinder. We investigate the numbers.
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1.02.2019

Holocaust Deniers; Venezuelan Hyperinflation; Tinder Likes

Tim Harford on Holocaust deniers; food prices in Venezuela, and dating app statistics
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26.01.2019

WS More or Less: Is Suicide Seasonal?

Tim Harford asks which times of the year are riskiest for suicide.
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25.01.2019

Domestic Violence, Jobs, Easter Snowfall

Tim Harford on domestic violence, employment numbers, and the chance of a white Easter.
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19.01.2019

WS More or Less: Close Encounters of a Planetary Kind

Which planet is closest to Earth?
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18.01.2019

Intersex Numbers, Fact-Checking Facebook, Jack Bogle

Tim Harford asks whether 1.7% of people are intersex, and examines false claims about MPs
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12.01.2019

WS More or Less: The Mathematics of Fever

We look at the numbers behind body temperature – what is normal?
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11.01.2019

Sugar, Outdoors Play and Planets

Tim Harford on sugar, train fares, children's outdoors play and Earth's closest neighbour
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5.01.2019

WS More or Less: Numbers of the Year Part 2

Helena Merriman with numbers about water shortage, plastic recycling and American jobs.
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4.01.2019

WS More or Less: Numbers of the Year Part 2

Helena Merriman with numbers about water shortage, plastic recycling and American jobs.
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29.12.2018

WS More or Less: Numbers of the Year Part 1

The numbers that made 2018.
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22.12.2018

WS More or Less: Mission Impossible - Quantifiying Santa

What to look out for on Christmas Eve.
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17.12.2018

WS More or Less: Dam Lies and Statistics

Are mega-dams really sustainable?
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30.11.2018

WS More or Less: Sex and Heart Attacks

Are women more likely to die from a heart attack than men?
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23.11.2018

WS More or Less: Are 90% of War Fatalities Civilians?

Xavier Zapata examines what the data tells us about the deadly impact of war on civilians
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16.11.2018

WS More or Less: When’s a Kilogram Not a Kilogram?

Updating the kilogram.
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9.11.2018

WS More or Less: Do Assassinations Work?

How likely are assassination attempts on heads of state to succeed?
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28.10.2018

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

What proportion of a population needs to be vaccinated to stop a disease spreading?
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19.10.2018

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

In foreign aid terms what’s the best way of measuring how generous a country is?
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12.10.2018

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

The economists tackling climate change and growth.
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9.10.2018

Why are Lesbians More Likely to Divorce than Gay Men?

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 doin...
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7.10.2018

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

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 doin...
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5.10.2018

Loneliness; School Funding; Same-Sex Divorce.

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 dat...
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1.10.2018

WS More of Less: Surviving the Battle of Britain

Were Spitfire pilots killed after an average of four weeks in the World War Two battle?
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28.09.2018

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

Tim Harford on Spitfire pilots, and whether football triggers violence in the home.
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24.09.2018

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

How can we calculate excess mortality after a natural disaster?
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21.09.2018

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

Tim Harford on child carers, shareholder income, football vs museums and dangerous sports
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17.09.2018

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

What is the difference between 96% similarity or sharing 20% of our DNA?
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14.09.2018

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

Tim Harford with statistics on suicide, good schools and sexism in tennis. Plus goats
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10.09.2018

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

A listener asks whether his Volvo is the safest car on the road?
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7.09.2018

Heart Age Calculator; Danish Sperm Imports; Counting Goats

Tim Harford questions the usefulness of a popular heart age calculator.
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3.09.2018

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

Tim Harford talks to Bobby Duffy about why we are often wrong about a lot of basic facts
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31.08.2018

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

Tim Harford fact checks EU trade deals with Africa, and whether one drink is one too many
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29.08.2018

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

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....
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27.08.2018

WS: More or Less - Automated fact-checking

Computer programmes are being developed to combat fake news.
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24.08.2018

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

What would have been the most efficient way to get to Mordor?
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22.08.2018

BONUS PODCAST: Economics with Subtitles - How Condoms Can Cost a Week’s Wages

BONUS PODCAST: The Moneybox podcast is on it’s summer holiday but fear not, for the rest of August, you will get a brand new podcast instead. Economics with Subtitles is your everyday guide to economics and why you should care. In this show, Ayeisha an...
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20.08.2018

WS More or Less: Are Wildfires Really Burning More Land?

Are Wildfires in the United States and Southern Europe burning more land than before?
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15.08.2018

Economics with Subtitles - Bracelets for Bullets

Why an Essex mum wanted her jewellery melted down and what it says about government debt. Economics with Subtitles is your everyday guide to economics and why you should care. In this show, Ayeisha and Steve explore government debt. Why did an anony...
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10.08.2018

Numbers Behind a Tweetstorm

How do you get a hashtag to trend around the world?
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8.08.2018

Economics with Subtitles - How Buying Cocaine Helps the Government

The surprising story of GDP and whether it's time to change how we measure our economy. Economics with Subtitles is your everyday guide to economics and why you should care. In this edition, Ayeisha and Steve look at how we quantify economic success. ...
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3.08.2018

Carbs, Sugar and the Truth

Does a baked potato contain the equivalent of 19 cubes of sugar?
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27.07.2018

Getting Creative with Statistics

How big are your testicles and what does that mean?
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23.07.2018

Should we have smaller families to save the planet?

Having one fewer child could be the biggest thing you do to reduce your carbon footprint
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20.07.2018

How to Cycle Really Fast

How much better are the pros than the rest of us and how effective is slipstreaming?
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6.07.2018

Are there more stars than grains of beach sand?

The astronomer, Carl Sagan, famously said that there were more stars in our Universe than grains of sand on the Earth’s beaches. But was it actually true? More or Less tries to count the nearly uncountable. Content warning: This episode includes gigant...
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29.06.2018

Running at the World Cup

This week we take a look at some of the statistics which have caught our attention at the World Cup. There has been much debate in both the press and social media about the large distances which Russian football players have run in their first two game...
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22.06.2018

How many words do you need to speak a language?

Ein Bier bitte? Loyal listener David made a new year's resolution to learn German. Three years later, that's about as far as he's got. Keen to have something to aim for, he asked More or Less how many words you really need to know in order to speak a l...
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15.06.2018

FIFA World Cup Extravaganza

The World Cup starts this week and the More or Less team is marking the event by looking at the data behind all the World Cups since 1966 (our data shows that this was the best world cup because England won). We’ll answer all football fans most bur...
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