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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

Tree Planting Pledges

The UK General Election is fast approaching, top of the agenda are the political parties green ambitions and one particular initiative is garnering a lot of attention, tree planting. The Labour Party has the most ambitious target – a whopping 2 billion trees planted by 2040. How much land would this take, how does it stack up against other party pledges and what difference will it make? Presenter: Tim Harford Producer: Lizzy McNeill

8 MIN3 d ago
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Tree Planting Pledges

Election Special 1/2

50,000 nurses? 40 new hospitals? Big corporate tax rises? Childcare promises? Election pledges might sound good, but do they stand up to scrutiny? In the run up to the General Election on 12th December, Tim Harford takes his scalpel of truth to the inflamed appendix of misinformation. Presenter: Tim Harford Producer: Neal Razzell

27 MIN6 d ago
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Election Special 1/2

Testing tomatoes

Have these saucy fruits become less healthy over time?

8 MIN1 w ago
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Testing tomatoes

WS More or Less: The world’s busiest shipping lanes

A listener wrote in asking which is the busiest shipping lane in the world. Ruth Alexander tries to find out with sea traffic analyst and former captain, Amrit Singh and Jean Tournadre, a researcher that uses satellite date to ships. Producer: Darin Graham Editor: Richard Vadon Image: Freighter ships in Thessaloniki, Greece Credit: Getty Images

9 MIN2 w ago
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WS More or Less: The world’s busiest shipping lanes

Bolivia: Can statistics help detect electoral fraud?

Evo Morales, Bolivia’s longest-serving leader and first indigenous president, stepped down last week amid weeks of protests sparked by a dispute over a recent presidential election in the country. His opponents say the election was rigged but the embattled former president said it was a cunning coup. We take a closer look at the election results and ask if statistics can tell whether it was fair or fraudulent. Dr Calla Hummel of the University of Miami and Professor Romulo Chumacero of the University of Chile join Ruth Alexander to discuss.

11 MIN3 w ago
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Bolivia: Can statistics help detect electoral fraud?

Reducing your risk of death

Two statistics about reducing your risk of an early death made headlines around the world recently. The first seems to be a great reason to add a four-legged friend to your life. It suggests that owning a dog is tied to lowering your chance of dying early by nearly a quarter. The second statistic claims that even a minimal amount of running is linked to reducing your risk of premature death by up to 30%. Ruth Alexander finds out what’s behind these numbers and we hear from epidemiologist, Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz. Producer: Darin Graham

8 MINNOV 10
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Reducing your risk of death

Unbelievable: The forgotten rape data

In the United States, some police jurisdictions didn’t send off DNA evidence from people who were raped for testing in a crime lab and for uploading into a national criminal database. Instead, the sets of evidence, known as rape kits, were sat on shelves and in warehouses. It’s estimated that hundreds of thousands need processing. In this edition, Ruth Alexander explores how some jurisdictions are testing the kits now and using the data to catch criminals. Producer: Darin Graham Presenter: Ruth Alexander (Untested sexual assault kits on warehouse shelves. Image: courtesy Joyful Heart Foundation)

8 MINNOV 2
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Unbelievable: The forgotten rape data

Edith Abbott and crime statistics

Social worker and economist Edith Abbott and her contribution to crime statistics.

8 MINOCT 28
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Edith Abbott and crime statistics

Esther Duflo and women in economics

Discussing Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer’s economics Nobel Prize.

20 MINOCT 18
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Esther Duflo and women in economics

The Extra Episode: Minimum wage, drinking in Scotland and identical twins.

We explore the numbers behind the new minimum wage announcements, whether drinking is going up or down in Scotland, the truth about squeezing people onto the Isle of Wight and how long one identical twin lives after the other twin dies. You’ll want to hear our special extra episode.

28 MINOCT 11
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The Extra Episode: Minimum wage, drinking in Scotland and identical twins.

Latest Episodes

Tree Planting Pledges

The UK General Election is fast approaching, top of the agenda are the political parties green ambitions and one particular initiative is garnering a lot of attention, tree planting. The Labour Party has the most ambitious target – a whopping 2 billion trees planted by 2040. How much land would this take, how does it stack up against other party pledges and what difference will it make? Presenter: Tim Harford Producer: Lizzy McNeill

8 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Tree Planting Pledges

Election Special 1/2

50,000 nurses? 40 new hospitals? Big corporate tax rises? Childcare promises? Election pledges might sound good, but do they stand up to scrutiny? In the run up to the General Election on 12th December, Tim Harford takes his scalpel of truth to the inflamed appendix of misinformation. Presenter: Tim Harford Producer: Neal Razzell

27 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Election Special 1/2

Testing tomatoes

Have these saucy fruits become less healthy over time?

8 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Testing tomatoes

WS More or Less: The world’s busiest shipping lanes

A listener wrote in asking which is the busiest shipping lane in the world. Ruth Alexander tries to find out with sea traffic analyst and former captain, Amrit Singh and Jean Tournadre, a researcher that uses satellite date to ships. Producer: Darin Graham Editor: Richard Vadon Image: Freighter ships in Thessaloniki, Greece Credit: Getty Images

9 MIN2 w ago
Comments
WS More or Less: The world’s busiest shipping lanes

Bolivia: Can statistics help detect electoral fraud?

Evo Morales, Bolivia’s longest-serving leader and first indigenous president, stepped down last week amid weeks of protests sparked by a dispute over a recent presidential election in the country. His opponents say the election was rigged but the embattled former president said it was a cunning coup. We take a closer look at the election results and ask if statistics can tell whether it was fair or fraudulent. Dr Calla Hummel of the University of Miami and Professor Romulo Chumacero of the University of Chile join Ruth Alexander to discuss.

11 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Bolivia: Can statistics help detect electoral fraud?

Reducing your risk of death

Two statistics about reducing your risk of an early death made headlines around the world recently. The first seems to be a great reason to add a four-legged friend to your life. It suggests that owning a dog is tied to lowering your chance of dying early by nearly a quarter. The second statistic claims that even a minimal amount of running is linked to reducing your risk of premature death by up to 30%. Ruth Alexander finds out what’s behind these numbers and we hear from epidemiologist, Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz. Producer: Darin Graham

8 MINNOV 10
Comments
Reducing your risk of death

Unbelievable: The forgotten rape data

In the United States, some police jurisdictions didn’t send off DNA evidence from people who were raped for testing in a crime lab and for uploading into a national criminal database. Instead, the sets of evidence, known as rape kits, were sat on shelves and in warehouses. It’s estimated that hundreds of thousands need processing. In this edition, Ruth Alexander explores how some jurisdictions are testing the kits now and using the data to catch criminals. Producer: Darin Graham Presenter: Ruth Alexander (Untested sexual assault kits on warehouse shelves. Image: courtesy Joyful Heart Foundation)

8 MINNOV 2
Comments
Unbelievable: The forgotten rape data

Edith Abbott and crime statistics

Social worker and economist Edith Abbott and her contribution to crime statistics.

8 MINOCT 28
Comments
Edith Abbott and crime statistics

Esther Duflo and women in economics

Discussing Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer’s economics Nobel Prize.

20 MINOCT 18
Comments
Esther Duflo and women in economics

The Extra Episode: Minimum wage, drinking in Scotland and identical twins.

We explore the numbers behind the new minimum wage announcements, whether drinking is going up or down in Scotland, the truth about squeezing people onto the Isle of Wight and how long one identical twin lives after the other twin dies. You’ll want to hear our special extra episode.

28 MINOCT 11
Comments
The Extra Episode: Minimum wage, drinking in Scotland and identical twins.
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