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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  • 28 Feb 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Black prisoners in the US 28 Feb 15

    Oscar-winner John Legend said that there are more black men "under correctional control" in the United States today than

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 21 Feb 5MB

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

    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

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 14 Feb 5MB

    MoreOrLess: The mathematical secrets to relationships 14 Feb 15

    How maths can help you find love, and hold on to it. Plus, we hear a collection of our listeners’ favourite

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 09 Feb 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Is strenuous jogging bad for you? 07 Feb 15

    Tim Harford asks whether claims that keen runners might be damaging their health are really true? And is infidelity

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 06 Feb 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Is strenuous jogging bad for you? 06 Feb 15

    Tim Harford on claims that keen runners might be damaging their health. Plus, tuition fees; affairs among cruise

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 02 Feb 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: The maths of dating 31 Jan 15

    How to use mathematics to find your life partner. Plus: what are the chances that two friends, given the same due date

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 30 Jan 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Cameron’s 1000 jobs 30 Jan 15

    Fact-checking the Conservatives' employment claims; the price of milk; unhappy teachers; how to use maths to find your

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 26 Jan 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Global Wealth 24 Jan 15

    Who is in the world's wealthiest elite, and where do they live? Which are the world's best and worst board-games? Oliver

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 23 Jan 13MB

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

    Are the majority of hate crimes in the UK directed against Jewish people? Plus: who are the wealthiest 1% and

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 19 Jan 5MB

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

    In the wake of the Paris killings, an imam in Paris told the BBC that most terrorism victims around the world are

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 16 Jan 13MB

    MoreOrLess: How big are the Conservatives' planned cuts? 16 Jan 14

    The Conservatives' plans to achieve a budget surplus by 2019-20 have led to near universal acknowledgment that big

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 12 Jan 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Bad Luck and Cancer 10 Jan 15

    Most cancers are caused by "bad luck" according to reports of a new study. But, actually, the study doesn't say that.

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 09 Jan 13MB

    MoreOrLess: A&E waiting times 09 Jan 15

    The NHS in England has missed its four-hour A&E waiting time target with performance dropping to its lowest level for a

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 04 Jan 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Numbers of the Year part 3. 03 Jan 15

    What is the most important number in the world? Robert Peston tells us and Helen Joyce and Dr Hannah Fry choose their

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 02 Jan 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Numbers of the Year 2014. 02 Jan 15

    Tim Harford and guests look back at some of the weird and wonderful numbers of 2014. Featuring contributions from Simon

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 27 Dec 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Numbers of the Year part 2. 27 Dec 14

    How optimistic are people about the future? The BBC's Evan Davis tells More or Less as the programme looks back at the

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 20 Dec 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Numbers of the Year part 1. 20 Dec 14

    What is so special about 39,222 Mexican teachers? In the first of three episodes looking back at 2014, Mexico specialist

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 13 Dec 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Soviet World War Deaths 12 Dec 14

    Did almost 80% of the males born in the Soviet Union in 1923 not survive World War Two, as has been claimed online?

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 06 Dec 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Zimbabwe's Economy 05 Dec 14

    Zimbabwe’s budget provided a fascinating insight into the country’s economy last week. Ben Carter looks at what the

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 29 Nov 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Teenage Pregnancy 28 Nov 14

    "About one-third of American girls become pregnant as teenagers” a recent article claimed. More or Less asks if this

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 22 Nov 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Caps off to Rooney 21 Nov 14

    England captain Wayne Rooney made his 100th appearance last weekend but former England star Chris Waddle claims that

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 15 Nov 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Pregnancy and Homicide 14 Nov 14

    The movie Gone Girl claims homicide is a leading cause of death for pregnant women. Ruth Alexander asks Dr Katherine

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 08 Nov 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Tracking and Tackling Ebola 07 Nov 14

    Hans Rosling, global health expert and data visionary, has just arrived in Liberia. He is working as an independent

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 01 Nov 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Kidney Donation 31 Oct 14

    The chance of a successful kidney match between two unrelated people has increased significantly in the past 10 years -

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 25 Oct 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Screening for Ebola 24 Oct 14

    Are airport screenings for Ebola really an effective way of stopping transmission of the disease? And as the United

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 18 Oct 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Big Data 17 Oct 14

    Big data has been enjoying a lot of hype, with promises it will help deliver everything from increased corporate profits

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 11 Oct 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Species in Decline? 10 Oct 14

    The coverage of the Living Planet Index and its claim that species populations have dropped 50% in the last 40 years

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 06 Oct 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Will Berlin see a sub-two-hour marathon? 03 Oct 14

    Why is Berlin the place to break the marathon world record and how long will it be before we witness someone run it in

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 29 Sep 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: How do we calculate the distance to the sun? 26 Sept 2014

    Two young listeners emailed the programme to ask how we calculate the distance to the sun. We decided to invite them and

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 26 Sep 13MB

    MoreOrLess: The Barnett Formula 26 Sept 14

    This week Tim explains the Barnett Formula with a bit of help from Money Box's Paul Lewis. He looks at Ed Balls sleight

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 22 Sep 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: The UK vs Mississippi 19 Sept 2014

    Is Britain poorer than every US state, except for Mississippi? Journalist Fraser Nelson calculates that’s the case.

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 19 Sep 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Kidney donation: the chance of finding a match 19 Sept 14

    The chance of a successful kidney match between two unrelated people has increased significantly in the past ten years -

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 15 Sep 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Shakespeare vs Rappers 12 Sep 14

    It's a 'fact' beloved of English teachers around the world: that Shakespeare, the greatest playwright in English, also

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 12 Sep 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Scottish referendum polls 12 Sep 14

    Tim Harford talks to pollsters about how they are trying to gauge the political mood in Scotland, and he analyses Nigel

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 08 Sep 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: To ice or not to ice? 05 Sep 14

    The ALS ice bucket challenge has become a viral phenomenon. People around the world have been dousing themselves in

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 05 Sep 14MB

    MoreOrLess: To ice or not to ice? 05 Sep 14

    The ALS ice bucket challenge viral phenomenon has raised over $100m. Is this good for charitable giving overall, and

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 01 Sep 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Do We Use Only 10% of Our Brains? 29 Aug 14

    Is it true that humans use just 10% of their brains? It’s the premise of the new film Lucy, in which the brain

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 29 Aug 13MB

    MoreOrLess: How Deadly Is Ebola? 29 Aug 14

    Media reports are suggesting that as many as 12,000 people may have Ebola in West Africa, but experts tell More or Less

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 25 Aug 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Deaths in Gaza 22 Aug 14

    As the Gaza conflict continues, the fact that there are estimated to be nearly three times as many men as women among

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 22 Aug 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Troubled families? 22 Aug 14

    "Revealed: half a million problem families" reported The Sunday Times. The government's expanding its Troubled Families

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 18 Aug 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Anti-Semitism 15 Aug 14

    Is anti-semitism on the rise? Ruth Alexander and James Fletcher look at the numbers, as media reports in the wake of the

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 15 Aug 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Student Loans 15 Aug 14

    The cost of the government's new student loan system is rising according to a recent report. Tim Harford investigates

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 10 Aug 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Ebola 10 Aug 14

    What do we know about how deadly the Ebola virus is, and how likely is it that there might be an outbreak of the virus

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 02 Aug 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Fear of Flying 01 Aug 14

    After three tragic airline incidents in eight days, is flying becoming more dangerous? Wesley Stephenson looks at the

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 26 Jul 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: The prevalence of paedophilia? 25 Jul 14

    The Pope was reported to have said that 2% of Catholic clergy were paedophiles. Is this a big number? Wesley Stephenson

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 19 Jul 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: The Tour de France 18 Jul 14

    The Tour de France has reached the mountains, but what does it take to be a good climber and why are the cyclists thin

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 12 Jul 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Golden Ticket 11 Jul 14

    In Roald Dahl’s novel "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", Charlie Bucket wins a golden ticket to visit Willy

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 05 Jul 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Will we die before our parents? 04 Jul 14

    Obesity may mean children have a shorter lifespan than their parents, it has been claimed, but is this true? Ruth

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 28 Jun 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Is this the greatest world cup ever? 27 Jun 14

    As we reach the end of the group stage are we really witnessing the greatest world cup ever? Ruth Alexander casts a

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 21 Jun 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Money for nothing? 20 Jun 14

    When it comes to aid, what works best – giving people food, shelter, medicine, or just handing over cash and letting

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 16 Jun 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Heads Or Tails? 13 Jun 14

    Freakonomics guru Steven Levitt joins us to talk about an unusual experiment – getting people to agree to make major

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 13 Jun 14MB

    MoreOrLess: Faith and Charity? 13 Jun 14

    "Religion Makes People More Generous"- according to The Daily Telegraph's interpretation of a new BBC poll on charitable

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 09 Jun 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: 'Spurious Correlations' 06 Jun 14

    Is the divorce rate in the US state of Maine linked to margarine consumption? It's one of many pairs of statistics

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 06 Jun 13MB

    MoreOrLess: What's Scottish Independence Worth? 06 Jun 14

    Scottish independence - yes or no? Which will line your pocket more? The Scottish government says a Yes vote will leave

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 02 Jun 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: The Piketty Affair 30 May 14

    Did 'rock-star' French economist Thomas Piketty get his numbers wrong? His theories about rising inequality and the

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 30 May 13MB

    MoreOrLess: The Piketty Affair 30 May 14

    Did 'rock-star' French economist Thomas Piketty get his numbers wrong? His theories about rising inequality and the

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 26 May 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Risk Savvy 23 May 14

    A famous probability puzzle is discussed involving goats and game shows with German psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer. Is he

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 23 May 14MB

    MoreOrLess: Romanian Crime 23 May 14

    Are the statistics put forward by UKIP accurate, and are Romanians responsible for more crime than other nationalities?

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 19 May 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Did global poverty halve overnight? 16 May 14

    Did the number of people around the world living in extreme poverty fall by half a few weeks ago? That's one

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 16 May 14MB

    MoreOrLess: Tax Dodgers and Benefits Cheats 16 May 14

    Does the government have lots of people chasing the relatively small amounts lost to benefits cheats, while massive

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 12 May 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Brazil’s Maths Superstar 09 May 14

    The Man Who Counted, a book of 'Arabic' mathematical tales written by Middle Eastern scholar Malba Tahan was published

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 09 May 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Food Bank Britain 09 May 14

    Food banks are being used by a million people in Britain according to recent newspaper reports. But what do we really

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 05 May 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Sir Roger Bannister's ‘impossible’ feat 02 May 14

    Sir Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in under four minutes 60 ago. It's one of the most famous records

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 02 May 14MB

    MoreOrLess: British Law - Made in Brussels? 02 May 14

    How much British law is made in Brussels - 75% as UKIP say, or 7% as Nick Clegg says? And how might the ideas of an 18th

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 26 Apr 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Killed for being female? 25 Apr 14

    Are 100 million women missing from the world? A listener asks More or Less to explore this powerful statement - "More

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 19 Apr 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Magic Numbers 18 Apr 14

    Do you have a favourite number - one you love, one you think stands out from all the others? Author Alex Bellos joins us

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 12 Apr 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Nigeria - rich or poor? 11 Apr 14

    Nigeria's bureau of statistics has overhauled the way it calculates the country's GDP figures. With GDP now estimated at

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 05 Apr 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Freedom in Numbers 04 Apr 14

    How many people in the world live in freedom? The BBC's Freedom 2014 season got Tim Harford and the More or Less team

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 29 Mar 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Is London France’s sixth largest city? 29 Mar 14

    Are there really be 300,000 French people in London and would they really want to leave France for the UK anyway? The

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 22 Mar 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Missing planes 22 Mar 14

    Could Bayesian statistics find Flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing? This niche form of statistical modelling has

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 15 Mar 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Mailbox edition 15 Mar 14

    Your questions answered - Do the Maasai in Africa number one million? Is it true that a quarter of Americans do not know

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 08 Mar 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Modern Slavery 08 Mar 2014

    Are there 21 million slaves in the world today? Director of 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen, made this claim at both the

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 01 Mar 5MB

    MoreOrLess: The 10,000 hours rule 01 Feb 14

    Becoming a pro on practice alone – is that possible? Or do you need innate talent? After reading books promoting the

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 22 Feb 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Neknomination Outbreak 22 Feb 2014

    The rise and fall of an online epidemic: How studying the spread of infectious diseases suggests the global drinking

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 15 Feb 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Love by numbers 15 Feb 14

    Can economics help you find love? Tim Harford and the team look at the maths behind modern match-making. Economist

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 10 Feb 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Rising drug overdose deaths 08 Feb 14

    In the US, more people are dying from drug overdoses than from road traffic accidents and firearms. As headlines are

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 03 Feb 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Immigration 01 Feb 14

    How much do migrants cost or benefit a nation? Plus, planning a wedding - when you have friends and family all around

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 31 Jan 13MB

    MoreOrLess: The 50p tax rate 31 Jan 14

    Chancellor George Osborne says a 50p tax rate does not bring in much revenue; Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls says it does.

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 27 Jan 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Alcohol risk 25 Jan 14

    Do two large glasses of wine triple your risk of mouth cancer, as claimed on a health leaflet spotted by a sceptical

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 24 Jan 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Immigration 24 Jan 14

    What does a detailed look at immigration statistics tell us about the benefits, or otherwise, of welcoming overseas

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 20 Jan 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: An apple-a-day 18 Jan 14

    An apple-a-day will actually keep the doctors away, according to a study in the Christmas edition of the British Medical

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 17 Jan 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Obesity crisis? 17 Jan 14

    Tim Harford discovers that health statistics contradict a report which says obesity is worsening. Plus, he fact-checks:

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 13 Jan 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Counting the Dead in Iraq 11 Jan 14

    In Iraq, estimates of the death count since the war started 2003 range from 100,000 to about one million. Tim Harford

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 10 Jan 13MB

    MoreOrLess: The week that kills 10 Jan 14

    Most deaths occur in this week of the year - Tim Harford asks why. He also asks: are there really two million

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 04 Jan 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: The numbers of 2013 - part 2 04 Jan 14

    A guide to 2013 in numbers - the most informative, interesting and idiosyncratic statistics of the year discussed by

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 03 Jan 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Pension Charges 03 Jan 14

    When the government announced that fees charged by pension providers could be capped, some listeners were sceptical that

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 28 Dec 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: The numbers of 2013 - part 1 28 Dec 13

    A guide to 2013 in numbers - the most informative, interesting and idiosyncratic statistics of the year discussed by

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 27 Dec 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Numbers of the year 27 Dec 13

    A guide to 2013 in numbers - the most informative, interesting and idiosyncratic statistics of the year discussed by

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 21 Dec 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Wine shortage? 21 Dec 13

    It has been reported that global wine supplies are running low. But shops still seem to be well-stocked. So, what is

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 20 Dec 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Britain's 80,000 homeless children 20 Dec 13

    About 80,000 children will wake up homeless on Christmas Day, according to the charity Shelter. What exactly does that

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 14 Dec 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Genocide in South Africa? 14 Dec 13

    It is claimed white South Africans are being systematically killed because of the colour of their skin, but do the crime

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 07 Dec 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Testing the PISA test 07 Dec 13

    The publication of the latest international education league table has created waves around the world. From Shanghai at

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 30 Nov 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Football Ranking Mysteries Explained 30 Nov 13

    Ahead of the 2014 World Cup draw next Friday, we look at world football rankings. How are Switzerland seeded when the

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 23 Nov 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Could statistics cure cancer? 23 Nov 13

    Ruth Alexander speaks to a statistician at the forefront of cancer research, Professor Terry Speed. He has just been

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 16 Nov 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Sachin Tendulkar - best batsman of all time? 16 Nov 13

    Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar has amassed 15,847 test runs, which is 2,500 more runs than any other batsman. But other ways

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 09 Nov 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Does politics make us get our sums wrong? 09 Nov 13

    To what degree do our personal opinions cloud our judgement? Yale University researchers have attempted to detect and

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 02 Nov 5MB

    MoreOrLess: 100,000 Christian martyrs? 02 Nov 13

    It is claimed an average of 100,000 Christians have died because of their faith every year for the past decade: and that

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 26 Oct 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Fertility - when is too late? 26 Oct 13

    Women in their late thirties shouldn’t be as anxious about their prospects of having a baby as is commonly assumed,

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 19 Oct 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Nobel Prize puzzle 19 Oct 13

    Tim Harford tells the story of how two economists who disagree with each other have been jointly awarded the Nobel

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 12 Oct 5MB

    MoreOrLess: The Hawthorne Effect 12 Oct 13

    Tim Harford tells the story of the Hawthorne Experiments, one of the most famous social studies of the Twentieth

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 07 Oct 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Mosquitoes and elephants 05 Oct 13

    Has the mosquito killed half the people who have ever lived? Tim Harford assesses the claim. Are 96 elephants a day

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 04 Oct 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Underage drinking 04 Oct 13

    Are hundreds of young children visiting A&E because of alcohol? Plus, an update on the Trumptonshire economy. And has

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 30 Sep 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: Population explosion? 28 Sep 13

    "We just shut our eyes to the fact that the world's population is increasing out of control." Is broadcaster and

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 27 Sep 13MB

    MoreOrLess: NHS hospital deaths 27 Sep 13

    Tim Harford examines the claim that NHS hospital patients are 45% more likely to die than US ones. Is Sir David

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 23 Sep 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: Formula 1 racing risk 21 Sep 13

    'I accept every time I get in my car, there's a 20% chance I could die'. It's a line from the Formula 1 hit film, Rush.

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 20 Sep 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Do free school meals work? 20 Sep 13

    All pupils at infant schools in England are to get free school lunches from next September, but does the evidence prove

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 16 Sep 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: Sexual violence statistics in Asia 14 Sep 13

    Almost a quarter of men in some Asian countries admit rape, it has been reported. The headlines have been sparked by a

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 13 Sep 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Fertility: when is too late? 13 Sep 13

    Psychologist Jean Twenge argues that women in their late thirties shouldn’t be as anxious about their prospects of

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 09 Sep 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: The death toll in Syria 07 Sep 13

    As global leaders remain divided on whether to carry out a military strike against Syria in response to the apparent use

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 06 Sep 13MB

    MoreOrLess: The Death Toll in Syria 06 Sep 13

    Tim Harford looks at the different claims made about how many people have been killed in the apparent chemical attack in

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 31 Aug 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: Counting climate migrants 31 Aug 13

    Is it true that environmental problems will create 200 million migrants? Some politicians and environmentalists warn

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 30 Aug 13MB

    MoreOrLess: What price the life of a badger? 30 Aug 13

    Has the government taken into account the worth of a badger's life in any cost-benefit analysis of the badger cull? It

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 24 Aug 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Is coffee bad for you? 24 Aug 2013

    People who drink more than 4 cups of coffee increase their chances of dying by 50%, it was reported recently. Given

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 17 Aug 5MB

    MoreOrLess: The magic of maths 17 Aug 13

    Tim Harford speaks to Persi Diaconis, top professor of maths and statistics and legendary magician. The Stanford

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 10 Aug 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Where could we fit the entire world’s population? 10 Aug 13

    If all the world’s population crowded together, where could we all fit? London? Texas? More or Less figures it out,

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 03 Aug 5MB

    MoreOrLess: What is the most visited country in the world? 03 Aug 13

    This week we find out what the most visited country in the world is and ask why aren’t they capitalising financially

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 27 Jul 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Chris Froome's Tour de France victory 27 Jul 2013

    The winner of this year's Tour de France, British rider Chris Froome, faced numerous questions about doping during the

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 13 Jul 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: Egypt: Biggest protest in history? 13 Jul 2013

    It’s claimed that Egyptians have taken part in the biggest uprising the world has ever seen. The nationwide

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 06 Jul 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: Sex and the world wide web 06 Jul 13

    The world of porn is often exaggerated but does it really make up 37% of the web? And after some high profile cases we

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 29 Jun 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: How long will you live? 29 Jun 13

    Life expectancy at birth around the world has increased by six years in the past two decades. But can this striking

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 22 Jun 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: Will 40% of the world's workforce really be in Africa by 2050?

    Ruth Alexander examines US Secretary of State, John Kerry’s claim that 40% of the world’s workforce will be in

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 15 Jun 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: Is a child dying of hunger every 15 seconds? 15 Jun 13

    Ruth Alexander examines the claim that every 15 seconds a child dies of hunger. It’s a popular statistic used by

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 10 Jun 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: Sex on the Brain? 10 Jun 13

    Parents take note – what can numbers reveal about bringing up children? Plus, Tim Harford explore if men really do

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 07 Jun 13MB

    MoreOrLess: A&E, and the chances of having twins 07 Jun 13

    A&E waiting times have been making the headlines - Tim Harford takes a look at some of the numbers and puts them into

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 03 Jun 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: The maths of spies and terrorists 01 Jun 13

    In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and the killing of a British soldier on the streets of Woolwich in London, it

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 31 May 12MB

    MoreOrLess: The maths of spies and terrorists 31 May 13

    After the killing of a British soldier on the streets of Woolwich in London, it emerged that the suspects were known to

    Duration: 25 mins

  • 27 May 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: Ryanair punctuality; mistakes in academic papers 26 May 13

    Tim Harford examines Ryanair’s claim that more than 90% of its flights land on time; and discovers that millions of

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 24 May 12MB

    MoreOrLess: The economics of Scottish independence 24 May 13

    Tim Harford inspects the claims the UK Treasury and the Scottish government make about the economics of an independent

    Duration: 25 mins

  • 20 May 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: Angelina Jolie’s 87% cancer risk 18 MAY 13

    As Angelina Jolie announces that an 87% cancer risk has prompted her to have a double mastectomy, Tim Harford assesses

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 17 May 12MB

    MoreOrLess: Angelina Jolie’s 87% cancer risk 17 May 2013

    As Angelina Jolie announces that an 87% cancer risk has prompted her to have a double mastectomy, Tim Harford assesses

    Duration: 25 mins

  • 13 May 5MB

    MoreOrLess: How old is your dog? 11 May 2013

    It's often said that one dog year equals seven human years. But is it true? Tim Harford and Ben Carter unveil the More

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 10 May 13MB

    MoreOrLess: How much does the EU cost the UK? Plus, dog years 10 May 2013

    Tim Harford makes sense of the numbers being used in the political battle about the UK and its membership of the EU.

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 06 May 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: The Maths of Mozart and Birds 04 May 2013

    Birds + windows =? The BBC Quiz show The Unbelievable Truth reckons that more than 2 million birds die crashing into

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 03 May 14MB

    MoreOrLess: Birds, Mozart, austerity, Thatcher 03 May 13

    Birds + windows =? The BBC Quiz show The Unbelievable Truth reckons that more than 2 million birds die crashing into

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 27 Apr 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Are Man Utd a one-man team? 28 April 2013

    More or Less creates the Alternative Premier League, with lead scorer goals chalked off to work out whether it’s true

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 22 Apr 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Austerity: a spreadsheet error? 21 April 2013

    Tim Harford tells the story of the student who uncovered a mistake in a famous economic paper that has been used to make

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 15 Apr 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Thatcher in numbers 13 April 2013

    Baroness Margaret Thatcher, who has died aged 87, was Britain’s first female prime minister and one of the most

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 08 Apr 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Communicating Risk 06 April 2013

    It’s the fourth anniversary of the earthquake which devastated the city of L’Aquila in Italy and which led to the

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 30 Mar 5MB

    MoreOrLess: That's not much gold 30 March 2013

    What if a super-villain took control of the world's gold a melted it in to a cube? How big would it be? Wesley

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 25 Mar 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Can big data save lives? 23 March 2013

    With an avalanche of 2.5 quintillion bytes of data generated daily, could this be used to change our lives and does it

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 18 Mar 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: Are there more black men in college or prison in the US? 16 March 2013

    Only last week Ivory Toldson heard the speaker say there are more black men in prison in America than in college.

    Duration: 10 mins

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    WSMoreOrLess: HIV in numbers 09 March 2013

    With the news that a baby has been ‘cured’ of HIV what do the numbers tell us about the epidemic. Ruth Alexander

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 04 Mar 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: Is the Kenyan election already decided? 02 Mar 2013

    Kenya votes for its next President on 4th March. The opinion polls show that it is neck-and-neck between the two main

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 25 Feb 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: Counting Catholics 23 Feb 2013

    This week Tim Harford asks how the figure of 1.2 billion Catholics world-wide is calculated. He also tests the claims

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 18 Feb 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: How many people support Manchester United? 16 Feb 2013

    This week Ruth Alexander looks at Manchester United versus Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League. Real

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 11 Feb 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: The end of the Penny 09 Feb 2013

    Canada has stopped distributing its smallest coin –the one cent or the penny. This week Ruth Alexander looks at why

    Duration: 10 mins

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    WSMoreOrLess: A case of statistical significance in Greece 02 Feb 2013

    This week Ruth Alexander looks at the extraordinary case of Andreas Georgiou the head of the Greek statistics agency,

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 28 Jan 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Fat or Fiction 26 Jan 2013

    A ‘new’ BMI calculation has been proposed by Oxford Mathematician Professor Nick Trefethen but does it really

    Duration: 10 mins

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    WS MoreOrLess: Indian Farmer Suicides 19 Jan 2013

    This week Ruth Alexander is looking at farmer suicides in India. But is it any more prevalent than in any other area of

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 16 Jan 7MB

    MoreOrLess: Pop up economics - 16 Jan 2013

    Episode 1 of Tim Harford's new series, Pop Up Economics, in which he tells a live audience short stories about

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 14 Jan 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Food waste and Scrabble 12 Jan 2013

    Reports this week suggest that we are wasting 50 per cent of our food globally. It comes from a study by the Institute

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 07 Jan 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: The Parable of the Ox 04 Jan 2013

    What does a 'guess the weight of the ox' competition tells us about a bloated and dysfunctional financial system? We

    Duration: 10 mins

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    MoreOrLess: The Parable of the Ox 04 Jan 2013

    What does a 'guess the weight of the ox' competition tells us about a bloated and dysfunctional financial system? We

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 31 Dec 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: Numbers of 2012 29 Dec 2012

    A special review of the year through the interesting, informative and idiosyncratic numbers of 2012.

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 28 Dec 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Numbers of 2012 28 Dec 2012

    A guide to 2012 in numbers - the most informative, interesting and idiosyncratic statistics of the year discussed by

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 24 Dec 5MB

    WSMoreOrLess: Gun Statistics 21 Dec 2012

    Tim Harford investigates the numbers in the debate on firearms deaths, and discovers the mathematics of juggling. This

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 21 Dec 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Fact-checking US gun crime statistics 21 Dec 2012

    Tim Harford investigates gun crime statistics in the US. Plus, why death is not always the one hard fact that’s hard

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 17 Dec 5MB

    WS MoreOrLess: What is "rare"? 15 Dec 2012

    This week: What is ‘rare’? When we say something is rare what do we mean? Lightning strikes which typically kill

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 14 Dec 13MB

    MoreOrLess: The Census and what does 'rare' mean? 14 Dec 2012

    Why was the estimate, in 2003, for Eastern Europeans coming to the UK so wrong? Which is better when communicating

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 10 Dec 5MB

    World Service: Africa GDP & Royal twins 08 Dec 2012

    Where does Nigeria’s plan to revise its GDP leave our understanding of growth in Sub-saharan Africa? And what is

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 07 Dec 13MB

    Radio 4: Royal Twins & Autumn Statement 07 Dec 2012

    In light of the Royal pregnancy Tim Harford asks what severe morning sickness tells us about the chances of having

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 03 Dec 5MB

    More or Less: How reliable is Kevin Pietersen? 01 Dec 2012

    Kevin Pietersen has been widely praised as one of the best England batsmen of the current era and possibly of all time.

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 30 Nov 12MB

    More or Less: Opinion polling, Kevin Pietersen, and stacking Lego 30 Nov 2012

    On More or Less this week Tim Harford looks at three polls carried out to gauge the public’s opinion on press

    Duration: 25 mins

  • 26 Nov 5MB

    Fergie Time 24 Nov 2012

    This is the first in the new series of the programme. There’s a well-established idea that Manchester United get

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 23 Nov 13MB

    Ash Die Back and Fergie Time 23 Nov 2012

    This is the first in the new series of the programme. Tim Harford has been busy felling some ash tree statistics. He

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 19 Nov 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Brain Food and Bacteria: 19 Nov 2012

    There's not an obvious link between chocolate and Nobel prizes, but this did not stop news outlets around the world

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 12 Nov 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Voodoo polling? Predicting the US election: 12 Nov 2012

    This week Ruth Alexander looks at the other winner the US elections. Blogger and pioneer of aggregated polling, Nate

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 05 Nov 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Is America’s conviction rate really 99.5%? 03 Nov 2012

    Conrad Black has claimed that 99.5% of prosecution cases in America end up in convictions. Is it really this high? We

    Duration: 10 mins

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    MoreOrLess: Predicting L'Aquila Earthquake: is it right to blame the scientists? 27 Oct 2012

    This week six scientists and one ex-government official were sentenced to prison for multiple manslaughter following the

    Duration: 10 mins

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    MoreOrLess: Life-saving economics 20 Oct 2012

    Professor Al Roth tells Tim Harford about the work for which he has just been awarded the 2012 Nobel Memorial Prize in

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 15 Oct 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Predicting the global population 12 Oct 2012

    Predicting the global population: does anyone really know what’s going to happen?

    Duration: 9 mins

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    MoreOrLess: Predicting the Presidency 06 Oct 2012

    Nate Silver tells us who will win the 2012 US election - and how he knows.

    Duration: 10 mins

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    MoreOrLess: Plenty more fish in the sea? 29 Sep 2012

    Only 100 cod are left in the North Sea according to newspapers. Is this the most wrong headline in More or Less history?

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 24 Sep 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Factchecking America 21 Sep 2012

    US Presidential Election factchecked. Is Mitt Romney right to say that 47% of Americans pay no tax? And how many jobs

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 17 Sep 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Investigating crime statistics 14 Sep 2012

    Ruth Alexander investigates Sweden's high rape rate, and finds out which countries are the surprise leaders of the world

    Duration: 10 mins

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    MoreOrLess: Where are the Paralympics Medals? 08 Sep 2012

    Why did the USA top the gold medals league in the Olympics, but not the Paralympics? Ruth Alexander examines the

    Duration: 10 mins

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    MoreOrLess: How to explain infinity to a 4-year-old 01 Sep 2012

    ‘What’s the number before infinity?’ asks Claudia, aged 4. We challenge Johnny Ball, legendary British TV

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 27 Aug 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Are African leaders more likely to die in office? 24 Aug 2012

    The Prime Minister of Ethiopia is the fourth African premier to die this year alone. Are African leaders more likely to

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 20 Aug 5MB

    MoreOrLess:Levelling the statistical playing field 20 Aug 2012

    Given that some countries are richer than others, and some have larger populations, what should the Olympic medal tally

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 17 Aug 13MB

    MoreOrLess: The great playing field sell off? 17 Aug 2012

    Given that some countries are richer than others, and some have larger populations, what should the Olympic medal tally

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 13 Aug 5MB

    MoreOrLess: How to lose money - fast!

    Last week Knight Capital lost a lot of money very quickly. It was the latest chapter in the story of something called

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 10 Aug 13MB

    MoreOrLess: How to lose money - fast!

    Last week Knight Capital lost a lot of money very quickly. It was the latest chapter in the story of something called

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 04 Aug 5MB

    MoreOrLess: How extraordinary is Ye Shiwen? WS 03 Aug 2012

    There was controversy this week after Ye Shiwen, a young Chinese swimmer, won the 400 metre individual medley in fine

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 03 Aug 13MB

    MoreOrLess: How extraordinary is Ye Shiwen? 03 Aug 2012

    There was controversy this week after Ye Shiwen, a young Chinese swimmer, won the 400 metre individual medley in fine

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 28 Jul 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Gun laws and gold medals (WS) 28 July 2012

    Last week's mass-shooting at a cinema in Colorado has - not surprisingly - intensified America's bitter and long-running

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 27 Jul 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Gun laws and gold medals 27 July 2012

    Last week's mass-shooting at a cinema in Colorado has - not suprisingly - intensified America's bitter and long-running

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 21 Jul 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Has clamping down on drugs made the Tour de France slower? (WS) 20 July 2012

    The Tour de France, we are told, has finally cleaned up its act and clamped down on the use of performance-enhancing

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 20 Jul 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Has clamping down on drugs made the Tour de France slower? 20 July 2012

    The Tour de France, we are told, has finally cleaned up its act and clamped down on the use of performance-enhancing

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 14 Jul 13MB

    MoreOrLess:Who are the Libor losers? 13.07.12

    How much damage did messing with Libor really do to the financial system? And we investigate the claim made by a leading

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 14 Jul 5MB

    More or Less: Who are the Libor losers? (WS) 13 July 2012

    How much damage did messing with Libor really do to the financial system? After all, most financial trades are two way

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 06 Jul 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Drinks and drugs capital of the world? (WS) 06 July 2012

    Do residents of the tiny micronesian island of Palau really smoke more cannabis, and drink more beer, than anyone else?

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 29 Jun 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Hit movies and killer birthdays (WS) 29 June 12

    What is the highest-earning film ever if you adjust for inflation? And are birthdays killing us?

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 23 Jun 5MB

    MoreOrLess: (WS) Weight of the world 23 JUN 12

    How fat could the global population become? Plus, Angela Saini considers whether statistics could settle the disputed

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 18 Jun 5MB

    MoreOrLess (WS) Chance encounters 15.06.12

    Is the likelihood of bumping into your boss on holiday greater than you think? Angela Saini and the More or Less team

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 11 Jun 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Interview with Daniel Kahneman 08.06.12

    Tim Harford interviews Daniel Kahneman, a psychologist who won the Nobel Prize in Economics. The author of Thinking,

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 04 Jun 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Counting images of The Queen. (WS) 01 June 12

    How many images of Queen Elizabeth II have ever been created? And is Facebook really worth more than twice as much as

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 28 May 12MB

    MoreOrLess: Would firing staff 'at will' work? (R4) 25 May 12

    Is there any evidence to support the Beecroft Review's recommended changes to employment law? Plus: hard-working Greeks,

    Duration: 25 mins

  • 25 May 5MB

    MoreOrLess: The maths of infidelity (WS) 25 May 12

    It’s a very commonly-held belief that men are less faithful than women But it takes two to tango. So can this be

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 21 May 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Where are the world hardest workers? (WS) 18 May 12

    Earlier in the year we found out that Greeks put in more working hours than Germans. But the Germans are more efficient.

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 18 May 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Troubled families and unneutered cats. (R4) 18 May 12

    Troubled families, nursing numbers and the mathematical consequences of unneutered cats.

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 14 May 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Trouble on the Greek railways (WS) 11 May 12

    Would it be cheaper to send every Greek rail passenger by taxi instead? This programme was first broadcast on the BBC

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 11 May 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Are CEOs worth it? (R4) 11 May 12

    Executive pay, chess and trouble on the Greek railway.

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 04 May 5MB

    MoreOrLess: A grand economic experiment? (WS) 04 May 12

    Are we witnessing a grand economic experiment being played out between Europe, trying to cut its way out of trouble, and

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 04 May 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Austerity, border queues and bank holidays (R4) 04 May 12

    Are we witnessing a grand economic experiment playing out between Britain and the United States? How long have

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 27 Apr 5MB

    MoreOrLess: The formula that changed the world 27 Apr 12

    The Midas Formula - In this week's More or Less: The story of Black-Scholes, the equation that transformed Wall Street

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 27 Apr 13MB

    MoreOrLess: The formula that changed the world 27 Apr 12

    Rain and drought in numbers, the formula which changed Wall Street and then the world forever - and why Conservative MPs

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 20 Apr 5MB

    MoreOrLess: 20 Apr 12

    Is the rate of species extinction exaggerated - or even unknowable? Producer: Richard Knight This programme was

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 20 Apr 13MB

    MoreOrLess: 20 Apr 12

    We investigate the height of North Koreans, the width of police officers and rate of species extinction. Producer:

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 13 Apr 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Eurostats - True or False? 13 Apr 12

    Are there really more Porsche Cayenne owners in Greece than taxpayers earning over 50,000 euros? Can there really be

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 06 Apr 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Stamp prices and the first maths book 06 Apr 12

    The Royal Mail says UK stamp prices are still among the best value in Europe, despite an imminent steep price rise. Tim

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 30 Mar 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Do big football clubs win more penalties? 30 Mar 12

    Do Manchester United and other leading clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona benefit from biased refereeing decisions

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 23 Mar 5MB

    MoreOrLess: What is the world average salary? 23 Mar 12

    If there were perfect income equality worldwide, and everybody earned the same amount of money, how much would they

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 16 Mar 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Red meat death risk? 16 Mar 12

    Eating an extra portion of red meat every day is associated with an increased risk of death, says a new study. But what

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 09 Mar 5MB

    MoreorLess: Is Apple worth more than Poland? 09 Mar 2012

    Tim Harford explains why the technology giant Apple is not bigger than Poland, as media reports have claimed. And he

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 02 Mar 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Less than a dollar a day 02 Mar 12

    Tim Harford assesses how global poverty is measured, as the World Bank releases the latest figures on the number of

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 24 Feb 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Syria poll and Europe’s work hours 24 Feb 12

    Fifty-five per cent of Syrians do not think their leader President Assad should resign, according to media reports of an

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 17 Feb 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Cybermetrics and Groundhog Day 17 Feb 12

    Can you measure your popularity – or that of anyone or anything – by the number of results that an internet search

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 10 Feb 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Measuring famine 10 Feb 12

    How do you measure a famine? Following the UN’s recent announcement that famine conditions have ended in Somalia, More

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 03 Feb 5MB

    MoreOrLess: More alive than dead? 03 Feb 12

    Tim Harford investigates one of the most popular questions from More or Less listeners: “Are there more people alive

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 27 Jan 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Sizing up cities 27 Jan 2012

    Which are the world’s biggest cities, and what are their populations? Two simple questions that we discover are

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 20 Jan 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Climate bet; Africa Cup of Nations 20 Jan 2012

    A four-year bet about global warming between two scientists is settled. In 2008, after there had been no new record for

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 14 Jan 5MB

    MoreOrLess: Chavez's cancer claims 14 Jan 12

    President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela thinks the US may have developed a secret technology to give him and other Latin

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 13 Jan 14MB

    MoreOrLess: High speed rail 13 Jan 12

    High Speed rail - Tim Harford speaks to railway consultant Chris Stokes and Alison Munro from HS2 Ltd. He investigates

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 06 Jan 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Using statistics in court 06 Jan 12

    Tim Harford tackles the use of statistics in court, the average rise in rail fares, infinity and resolves another

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 30 Dec 13MB

    MoreOrLess: 2011 in numbers 30 Dec 11

    A guide to interesting, informative or just plain idiosyncratic numbers of the year. Plus, does probability really

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 23 Dec 14MB

    MoreOrLess: Who are the 1% and the 99%? 23 DEC 11

    Tim Harford on income inequality in the UK, and elsewhere. He speaks to Professor Sir Tony Atkinson of Oxford

    Duration: 31 mins

  • 16 Dec 14MB

    MoreOrLess: Higgs boson statistics 16 Dec 11

    In the week scientists at the Large Hadron Collider announced that the most coveted prize in particle physics - the

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  • 09 Dec 14MB

    MoreOrLess: Supermarket price wars 09 Dec 12

    Tim Harford on National Literacy Trust figures and the maths of supermarket price wars. Plus, he continues to scrutinise

    Duration: 30 mins

  • 02 Dec 14MB

    MoreOrLess: Pensions, and the Eurozone crisis.

    In the week of a nationwide strike over pension changes, Tim Harford explains how the government can make public sector

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 29 Nov 14MB

    MoreOrLess: Brain Culture Part 3, 29 Nov 2011

    In a change to our usual format, we are podcasting Matthew Taylor's "Brain Culture" series. The former Number 10

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 22 Nov 14MB

    MoreOrLess: Brain Culture Part 2, 22 Nov 2011

    In a change to the usual format, we are podcasting Matthew Taylor's "Brain Culture" series. Matthew Taylor’s series

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 15 Nov 14MB

    MoreOrLess: Brain Culture Part 1, 15 Nov 2011

    In a change to the usual format, we are podcasting Matthew Taylor’s series “Brain Culture”. He explores how

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 09 Sep 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Government waste 09 Sep 11

    In More or Less this week: Government waste, a logic puzzle, the statistics of spying, Olympic economics and the Janitor

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 02 Sep 13MB

    MoreOrLess: A Euro Debt Odyssey: 02 Sep 2011

    In this week's More or Less: a Euro debt odyssey, the placebo effect and 70 years of social surveys.

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 26 Aug 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Scottish Independence: 26 Aug 2011

    On this week's More or Less: Scottish independence, mobile phones and cancer, and is Tendulkar the greatest sportsman?

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 19 Aug 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Is salt bad for you? 19 Aug 2011

    More or Less has the latest on salt, 'zero tolerance' policing, and how to predict the adult height of growing children.

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 12 Aug 13MB

    MoreOrLess: The maths of rioting: 12 Aug 2011

    In More or Less this week: riots, debt, disability benefit and when to buy a lotto ticket.

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 05 Aug 13MB

    MoreOrLess: US debt: 05 Aug 2011

    Tim Harford and the More or Less team unpick more numbers in the news. This week: US debt, NHS funding and the "27

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 13 May 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Public Sector Pay: 13 May 2011

    Investigating the public sector pay premium, statins and the 'decline effect'.

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 07 May 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Climate Refugees: 8 May 2011

    More or Less looks at child poverty, climate refugees and Sir Henry Cooper's greatest moment.

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 29 Apr 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Wedding Stats: 29 April 2011

    In More or Less this week: a cornucopia of wedding-related numbers. And AV explained.

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 22 Apr 13MB

    MoreOrLess: How useful is GDP? 22 Apr 2011

    Tim Harford and team look at GDP, school standards and the results of 'The Other Census'.

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 15 Apr 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Tuition fees: 15 April 2010

    Tim Harford and the team examine examine tuition fees, drugs testing and inflation.

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 08 Apr 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Youth Unemployment: 08 Apr 2011

    In More or Less this week: youth unemployment, Trumpton and social mobility.

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 01 Apr 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Small spending cuts? 01 Apr 11

    Tim Harford is back with a new series of More or Less, and the numbers behind the news. Are the cuts "small"? And we

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 30 Mar 13MB

    MoreOrLess: The Story of Economics 'Monsters': 30 Mar 11

    In this three-part series Michael Blastland lays out the history of economic ideas to understand why economics goes

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 23 Mar 13MB

    MoreOrLess: The Story of Economics 'Cogs': 23 Mar 2011

    'More or Less' creator Michael Blastland goes to Chicago to explore a machine-like view of the economy in the second

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 16 Mar 13MB

    MoreOrLess: The Story of Economics 'Gods': 16 Mar 2011

    More or Less creator Michael Blastland lays out the history of economic ideas to understand why economics goes wrong and

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 21 Jan 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Health check 21 Jan 11

    The Government says Britain's health care standards have fallen behind those of our European neighbours. And World

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 14 Jan 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Street grooming 14 Jan 11

    We look at street grooming, examine the new bank taxes, revisit Ambridge in the wake of Loxleygate and ask just how many

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 07 Jan 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Big numbers 07 Jan 11

    More or Less examines this week's claims and counter-claims about VAT, exposes some seriously sloppy reporting and -

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 31 Dec 13MB

    MoreOrLess: 2010 in numbers 31 Dec 10

    Tim Harford and the More or Less team explore 2010 in numbers. Happy New Year to all our listeners.

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 24 Dec 13MB

    MoreOrLess: What the Dickens? 24 Dec 10

    Boom. Bust. Bah humbug. Tim Harford narrates 'A More or Less Christmas Carol' in which British Bank plc boss Ebenezer

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 17 Dec 14MB

    MoreOrLess: Council of despair 17 Dec 10

    Local government budgets are being cut. More or Less looks at how the pie is sliced and finds everything depends on

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 10 Dec 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Degrees of Debt: 10 Dec 2010

    We look at the numbers behind the increase in the cap on undergraduate tuition fees in England. Are the changes fair and

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 01 Oct 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Gay Britain 01 Oct 10

    Tim Harford and the More or Less team examine the micromort measure of risk and official statistics on sexual identity.

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 24 Sep 13MB

    MoreOrLess: How welfare works 24 Sep 10

    Tim Harford and the More or Less team examine more numbers in the news. This week: Claiming benefits has been described

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 17 Sep 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Who earns more? 17 Sep 2010

    Who earns more: private or public employees? And are your trousers flattering you?

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 10 Sep 13MB

    MoreOrLess: Back to school: 10 Sep 2010

    More or Less looks at how maths is taught in schools today and it asks what the population of the world be if WWI had

    Duration: 29 mins

  • 03 Sep 13MB

    MoreOrLess: 03 Sep 2010

    How reliable are life expectancy figures? Can cycling ever be safer than driving? And, what can maths tell us about

    Duration: 28 mins