More or Less: Behind the Stats

More or Less: Behind the Stats

Tim Harford investigates numbers in the news. Numbers are used in every area of public debate. But are they always reliable? Tim and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. A half-hour programme broadcast at 1600 on Friday afternoons and repeated at 2000 on Sundays on Radio 4. BBC World Service broadcasts a short edition over the weekend.

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  • WS Black prisoners in the US 28 Feb 15

    Sat, 28 Feb 15

    Duration:
    10 mins

    Oscar-winner John Legend said that there are more black men "under correctional control" in the United States today than were in slavery in 1850. Is he right? Plus, how many Lego bricks, stacked one on top of the other, would it take to destroy the bottom brick? This programme was first broadcast on the BBC World Service.

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  • WS Sleeping: the 8-hour myth 21 Feb 15

    Sat, 21 Feb 15

    Duration:
    10 mins

    It’s often said that we should all be aiming to get eight hours of sleep a night but could it actually lead you to an early grave? Ruth Alexander reports. This programme was first broadcast on the BBC World Service.

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  • The mathematical secrets to relationships 14 Feb 15

    Sat, 14 Feb 15

    Duration:
    10 mins

    How maths can help you find love, and hold on to it. Plus, we hear a collection of our listeners’ favourite statistics. This programme was first broadcast on the BBC World Service.

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  • WS Is strenuous jogging bad for you? 07 Feb 15

    Mon, 9 Feb 15

    Duration:
    10 mins

    Tim Harford asks whether claims that keen runners might be damaging their health are really true? And is infidelity among cruise ship passengers rife? This programme was first broadcast on the BBC World Service.

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  • Is strenuous jogging bad for you? 06 Feb 15

    Fri, 6 Feb 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Tim Harford on claims that keen runners might be damaging their health. Plus, tuition fees; affairs among cruise passengers; UK election safe seats; loyal listeners' favourite statistics.

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  • WS The maths of dating 31 Jan 15

    Mon, 2 Feb 15

    Duration:
    10 mins

    How to use mathematics to find your life partner. Plus: what are the chances that two friends, given the same due date for their babies' birth, actually do give birth on the same day? This programme was first broadcast on the BBC World Service.

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  • Cameron’s 1000 jobs 30 Jan 15

    Fri, 30 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Fact-checking the Conservatives' employment claims; the price of milk; unhappy teachers; how to use maths to find your life partner; baby due dates; teen pregnancies.

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  • WS Global Wealth 24 Jan 15

    Mon, 26 Jan 15

    Duration:
    10 mins

    Who is in the world's wealthiest elite, and where do they live? Which are the world's best and worst board-games? Oliver Roeder, a senior writer for FiveThirtyEight, says a statistical analysis can tell us. This programme was first broadcast on the BBC World Service.

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  • Is anti-Semitism widespread in the UK? 23 Jan 15

    Fri, 23 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Are the majority of hate crimes in the UK directed against Jewish people? Plus: who are the wealthiest 1% and politicians' healthcare connections examined.

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  • WS Are 95% of Terrorism Victims Muslim? 17 Jan 15

    Mon, 19 Jan 15

    Duration:
    10 mins

    In the wake of the Paris killings, an imam in Paris told the BBC that most terrorism victims around the world are Muslim. Is that true? Plus: The death toll of the Boko Haram attack in Baga, Nigeria. This programme was first broadcast on the BBC World Service.

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