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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

Latest Episodes

Exam grades, Chernobyl and Ethiopian trees

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

24 MIN1 days ago
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Exam grades, Chernobyl and Ethiopian trees

Mice and mind blowing maths

Re-inserting a caveat and discussing a really cool numbers trick.

9 MIN1 weeks ago
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Mice and mind blowing maths

Immigrant Crime Rate in the US

Do immigrants commit more crime than native-born Americans in the United States?

8 MIN2 weeks ago
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Immigrant Crime Rate in the US

The spread of fact-checking in Africa

With misinformation so easy to spread, how can it be stopped or challenged?

9 MIN3 weeks ago
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The spread of fact-checking in Africa

Pregnancy prohibitions – the evidence

Taking a statistical look at what expectant mothers should avoid.

8 MINJUL 27
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Pregnancy prohibitions – the evidence

Missing women from drug trials

How medical testing on just men causes problems.

9 MINJUL 20
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Missing women from drug trials

Zimbabwe’s economy: Are sanctions to blame?

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

8 MINJUL 19
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Zimbabwe’s economy: Are sanctions to blame?

Two World Cups: Football and Cricket

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

8 MINJUL 5
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Two World Cups: Football and Cricket

Is nuclear power actually safer than you think?

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

9 MINJUN 29
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Is nuclear power actually safer than you think?

Questioning the Chernobyl disaster death count

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

15 MINJUN 22
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Questioning the Chernobyl disaster death count

Latest Episodes

Exam grades, Chernobyl and Ethiopian trees

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

24 MIN1 days ago
Comments
Exam grades, Chernobyl and Ethiopian trees

Mice and mind blowing maths

Re-inserting a caveat and discussing a really cool numbers trick.

9 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Mice and mind blowing maths

Immigrant Crime Rate in the US

Do immigrants commit more crime than native-born Americans in the United States?

8 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Immigrant Crime Rate in the US

The spread of fact-checking in Africa

With misinformation so easy to spread, how can it be stopped or challenged?

9 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
The spread of fact-checking in Africa

Pregnancy prohibitions – the evidence

Taking a statistical look at what expectant mothers should avoid.

8 MINJUL 27
Comments
Pregnancy prohibitions – the evidence

Missing women from drug trials

How medical testing on just men causes problems.

9 MINJUL 20
Comments
Missing women from drug trials

Zimbabwe’s economy: Are sanctions to blame?

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

8 MINJUL 19
Comments
Zimbabwe’s economy: Are sanctions to blame?

Two World Cups: Football and Cricket

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

8 MINJUL 5
Comments
Two World Cups: Football and Cricket

Is nuclear power actually safer than you think?

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

9 MINJUN 29
Comments
Is nuclear power actually safer than you think?

Questioning the Chernobyl disaster death count

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

15 MINJUN 22
Comments
Questioning the Chernobyl disaster death count

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