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Fathers and Babies
Have only 1 per cent of men taken the option of shared parental leave?
Have more famous people died this year than usual?
Do the Treasury's Brexit numbers add up?
What will happen to migration if the UK leaves the EU?
The Most Profitable Product in History
The most profitable product in history. Can the iPhone claim this accolade?
The Referendum by Numbers
The Cost of EU Membership
Tim Harford asks how much would be saved and what would be lost if Britain left the EU.
Tim Harford on the costs and benefits of EU migrants and what might happen if Britain left
Tim Harford looks at how much of Britain's law comes from the EU.
Tim Harford on how much red tape from the EU costs and what might happen if the UK leaves.
The Referendum by Numbers - Omnibus: Part 1
Tim Harford fact-checks the vital statistics from the EU referendum debate.
The Referendum by Numbers - Omnibus: Part 2
The Supermarket Effect
Tim Harford returns with Brexit, Trumpton, the Antiques Roadshow and some good news.
Has a 5p charge caused a drop in the use of carrier bags?
Do selective schools improve grades and improve social mobility?
Counting Terror Deaths
Is 2016 an unusually deadly year for terrorism?
Gender Pay Gap
Making sense of the difference between men's and women's pay.
Do one in four Brits claim Irish ancestry?
Trump tells the Truth
How the presidential hopeful has used statistics
US election, stray cats and puzzles
Who voted in the US elections? Plus are there nine million stray cats in the UK?
Is dementia the number one killer?
Is dementia on the rise? Plus immigration, incomplete contacts and chocolate muffins
Pensioners aren't poor anymore
High-rolling pensioners, predicting norovirus, finding friends, and air pollution.
Are you related to Edward III…and Danny Dyer?
Tim Harford investigates the numbers in the news.
How wrong were the Brexit forecasts?
The economic doom that never was; childhood cancer figures and Ed Balls
Have more famous people died this year?
Notable deaths, Rule Britannia and creating your own Christmas speech
Tim Harford poses a tough statistical challenge.
Economics of Overbooking
Why airlines take a bet that you won't show for your flight.
Living standards and Kate Bush maths
Are people's incomes falling? Plus singing Pi like Kate Bush.
Fact-checking Boris Johnson
Giant bombs, a war hero and the foreign secretary's stats.
Is Crime Rising?
It looks like homicides are on the rise - but better check the footnotes.
Nurses' pay, Scottish seats, Penalty shootouts
Are nurses paid more than the national average? We take a look.
Tax, speed dating and sea ice
Exploring the Labour manifesto's tax plans for high earners.
Spies, care homes, and ending sneak peeks
Monitoring threats, chances of needing care plus who sees official stats first.
Election Special: Tax, borders and climate
Who pays income tax, cutting migration and where in the UK is cold?
The results of the general election are in - but what do they mean?
A-Levels, Drowning, Dress sizes
Are boys getting more top A-Level grades than girls?
Grenfell Tower's Death Toll
The difficulties of finding the true number of people who died in the fire.
Electric cars, school-ready and feedback
Will we need more power stations? Plus, are children in Manchester ready for school?
Are natural disasters on the rise?
Has the number of natural disasters really quadrupled in the last forty years?
Statistics abuse, Tuition fees, Beer in 1887
Foreign secretary Boris Johnson is accused of misusing official statistics.
Uber, EU passports, Counting domestic violence
Is Uber safe? The post Brexit dual nationality surge; measuring partner abuse.
Missed appointments, Graduate pay, Cocaine on bank notes
Do missed appointments cost the NHS £1 billion? And do you always earn more with a degree?
Gender pay gaps and how to learn a language
How much more are men paid than women? And how many words do you need to speak a language?
A girl's first time, Shark's stomachs, Prime numbers
Challenging the claim that one in three girls' first sexual experience is rape.
Transgender numbers, parkrun and snooker
How many transgender people are there in the UK? Plus a statistical take on parkruns.
The Dow, Tampons, Parkrun part II
Why the biggest ever fall in the Dow wasn't, and how much do women spend on tampons?
UN rape claims, Stalin, Mr Darcy
Back of the envelope calculations on rape, and how many died under Stalin?
Straws, Women on boards, Animals born each day
Measuring plastic pollution, female FTSE directors and counting animal offspring.
Cancer screening, the Windrush Generation, Audiograms
Calculating the benefits and risks of breast screening. Plus, patchy citizenship data.
Abortion, Modern slavery, Math versus maths
The British abortion statistics gaining attention in Ireland's referendum debate.
Child poverty, Progress 8, How green is grass?
Are more working families in poverty? Plus exploring the new school league tables.
Forecasting rain, Teabags, Voter ID trials
How to read the weather forecast, plus measuring the amount of tea we drink.
The high street, Home births, Harry Potter wizardry
Is WH Smith really the worst on the high street? Plus how safe is giving birth at home?
How to Reduce Exam Revision with Maths, Infant Mortality, London's Murder Rate
Tim Harford explains how maths can help lazy students reduce their revision workload.
A no-frills life, automated fact-checking, Lord of the Rings maths
Tim Harford on no-frills living, automated fact-checking and Lord of the Rings maths.
African trade tariffs, Alcohol safe limits, President Trump's popularity
Tim Harford fact-checks EU trade deals with Africa, and whether one drink is one too many.
Heart age calculator; Danish sperm imports; The size of the services sector; The 'safest car on the road'; Counting goats.
Tim Harford questions the usefulness of a popular heart age calculator.
Male suicide, School ratings, Are female tennis players treated unfairly by umpires?
Tim Harford on what statistics tell us about suicide, good schools and sexism in tennis.
How many schoolchildren are carers? Counting shareholder income, Museum visitors vs football fans
Tim Harford on child carers, shareholder income, football, museums and dangerous sports.
Surviving the Battle of Britain, The World Cup and domestic violence, Buckfast and arrests in Scotland
Tim Harford on Spitfire pilots, and whether football triggers violence in the home.
Loneliness, School funding, Same-sex divorce
Tim Harford on a BBC loneliness survey, school funding, same-sex divorce, loyal listeners.
Sugar, Outdoors Play and Planets
Tim Harford on sugar, train fares, children's outdoors play and Earth's closest neighbour.
Intersex Numbers, Fact-Checking Facebook, Jack Bogle
Tim Harford asks whether 1.7% of people are intersex, and examines false claims about MPs.
Domestic Violence, Jobs, Easter Snowfall
Tim Harford on domestic violence, employment numbers, and the chance of a white Easter.
Holocaust deniers, Venezuelan hyperinflation, Tinder likes
Tim Harford on Holocaust deniers, food prices in Venezuela and dating app statistics.
Teen suicide, Brexit business moves, Wood-burner pollution
Tim Harford on teen suicide, Brexit business moves and wood-burner pollution
Climate change, Victorian diseases, Alcohol
Tim Harford on climate change, Victorian diseases, maths mistakes and alcohol consumption.
Hottest Easter, Insects, Scottish villages
Should we be surprised Easter Monday was the hottest recorded?
Nurses, flatmates and cats
We look into sobering statistics about nurses and some curious claims about house-sharing.
Sex, coal, missing people and mice
Are we having less sex? And what happened to coal? (These items are unrelated.)
Heart deaths, organised crime and gender data gaps
Are more people dying from coronary disease? Plus how we need more economic data on women.
Eurovision and fact-checking Naomi Wolf
The stats behind making a successful song, plus misunderstanding Victorian court records.
Hay Festival Special
What does it mean to say that the UK is the fifth largest economy in the world?
Are married women flipping miserable?
Measuring happiness, university access in Scotland, plus will one in two get cancer?
Exam grades, Chernobyl, Ethiopian trees
Was your A-level grade correct? Plus were 350m trees planted in one day in Ethiopia?
Amazon fires, State pension, American burgers
Are forest fires in Brazil the worst in recent times? What is the state pension worth?
Climate deaths, Austerity, Pet food
Challenging the idea of six billion deaths due to climate change; plus what pets eat.
Maternal deaths, taxi driver earnings and statistical pop music
Are black women five times more likely to die in childbirth? Plus making pop music.
Dementia, inflation and shark deaths
Health risks for presidential hopefuls, falling inflation, shark deaths and salary claims
Austerity Deaths, C-Sections and being struck by lightning.
Has Austerity caused 120 thousand deaths in the UK and does God hate men?
New hospitals promised, Aid to Ukraine, Bacon sandwiches
Dissecting the government’s hospitals announcement and President Trump’s Ukraine claims.