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 Death Penalty 23 May 15

                Sat, 23 May 15

                Duration:
                10 mins

                Death Row exoneration statistics. Recently it’s been claimed that for every nine people executed in the US, one person has been exonerated. Is this true – and do the statistics vary state to state?

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              • Female Drink Drivers 22 May 15

                Fri, 22 May 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                The Police Federation says female drivers aren’t heeding the drink drive warnings. Tim Harford attempts to find out the numbers behind this. Plus: the Rotterdam Effect; Death Row exonerations; pub closures; and owl counting.

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              • WS Big Numbers 16 May 15

                Sat, 16 May 15

                Duration:
                10 mins

                How computers are fooled by big numbers. Chris Baraniuk, technology journalist, talks about the simple software bug that has led to explosions, missing space probes, and more. Plus, an update on the two mothers-to-be whose due dates we analysed earlier on in the year.

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              • Strokes, Teachers, Confused Computers 15 May15

                Fri, 15 May 15

                Duration:
                24 mins

                Are stroke numbers on the rise? This was according to recent headlines. We spoke to Tony Rudd, National Clinical Director for Stroke NHS England. Plus: teachers leaving their jobs; computers being confused by big numbers; and how the UK Election would have been changed by alternate polling methods.

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              • WS Princess Charlotte 08 May 15

                Mon, 11 May 15

                Duration:
                10 mins

                The birth of Princess Charlotte could contribute £1 billion to the British economy, according to some newspapers. True? Plus, the statistics of sex. This programme was first broadcast on the BBC World Service.

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              • Election and Adultery Special 08 May 15

                Fri, 8 May 15

                Duration:
                24 mins

                Tim Harford and a panel of experts discuss pre-election polls and election fact checking. Plus, is Beeston in Nottinghamshire really the most adulterous town in the country?

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              • UK election podcast 4 06 May 15

                Wed, 6 May 15

                Duration:
                17 mins

                Why don’t all the opinion polls give the same results? Plus, would Labour’s plan to introduce a rent cap work, and how boring has this election been? The podcast features a collection of interviews from Radio 4's PM programme.

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              • WS Nuns on the rise 02 May 15

                Sat, 2 May 15

                Duration:
                10 mins

                It was recently reported that the number of women training to become Catholic nuns in Great Britain has reached a 25-year high. What's the long-term trend – are more women becoming nuns? Tim Harford looks at figures from the UK and across the world. Plus, Matt Parker the stand-up mathematician is invited back to the programme to respond to a listener's query about his theory on the best way to find a life partner.

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              • Polls, nuns and life partners 01 May 15

                Fri, 1 May 15

                Duration:
                24 mins

                On the eve of the UK's general election, Tim Harford takes a look at what polling data can tell us about predicting elections. Is the number of Catholic nuns on the up? What's the long-term trend – are more women becoming nuns in the UK? Tim Harford looks at the figures. Plus, Matt Parker the stand-up mathematician is invited back to the programme to respond to a listener's query about his theory on the best way to find a life partner.

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              • WS Xenophobia in South Africa 24 Apr 15

                Sat, 25 Apr 15

                Duration:
                10 mins

                Are migrants ‘stealing’ jobs; does South Africa have more asylum seekers than any other country in the world? These are some of the claims we explore this week in the midst of some of the worst xenophobic attacks in recent years in South Africa. Plus – could you go to jail for reporting false statistics? You might in Tanzania where they are in the process of bringing in a law to tackle publishing bad figures. We ask whether journalists and researchers should be worried. This edition of More or Less was first broadcast on the BBC World Service.

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