Education is failing our kids, claim experts. We go sleuthing around the world.
Have 65% of Future Jobs Not Yet Been Invented?
Samba, strings and the story of HIV
Can medical statistics be transformed into a jazzy night out?
Are African Football Players More Likely to Die on the Field?
After the death of Cheick Tiote, are African footballers more prone to heart attacks?
UK election: was it the youth vote?
What do the general election results mean? Did more young people vote than expected?
How Rare Are Deadly Tower Block Fires?
How statistics can help us understand the tragic fire at London’s Grenfell Tower.
Making Penalty Shoot-outs Fairer
The maths behind plans to change penalty shoot-outs
Is Steph Curry Cheap and How Random is Random?
Evaluating the biggest basketball contract in NBA history, plus Ryanair’s seat allocation
Calling the shots at Wimbledon
Using statistics to prove or disprove the wisdom of tennis.
Maryam Mirzakhani – A Genius of Maths
Celebrating the only woman to win the biggest prize in mathematics.
More boys than girls in Sweden?
Exploring if an influx of teenage boys claiming asylum skewed the population’s sex ratio
Why is Kenya’s election so expensive?
Why the cost of running the vote will be $25 a person.
Are there 15,000 transgender people serving in the US military?
President Trump says transgender individuals cannot serve, but how many do already?
President Trump has taken credit for a booming economy. But is that fair?
Fantasy Football - How to win
Figuring out the best strategy as a wannabe team manager
London’s High-rise Death Toll
Why it’s so hard to know how many people died in the Grenfell Tower fire.
More Horses than Tanks?
Is the UK the only country with more horses than tanks in its army?
How to Measure a Hurricane
What’s the best way to measure a hurricane?
Sperm - Are we Going Extinct?
How much of a problem is falling sperm count?
Big Polluters: Ships v Cars
Do the largest ships emit as much pollution as all the cars in the world?
Kilobyte to Brontobyte: Naming the Monster Numbers
How the names of digital storage files evolved.
How Richard Thaler Changed Economics
The behavioural economist who has inspired governments around the world
Are US Millennials More Politically Engaged Online?
Did the 2016 US election galvanise young people to become more engaged in politics?
Novelists in Numbers
Counting the favourite words of well-known authors
Do Nigerian Lawmakers Make More than President Trump?
Fact checking the claim that Nigerian politicians earn more than 1.7million dollars
Why Albums are Getting Longer
More or less finds out the numbers that are changing modern music.
How Expensive is Italy’s World Cup Failure?
How much will Italy's surprise failure to make it to the world cup cost FIFA?
How Rich was Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy?
What the Pride and Prejudice character would have earned in today’s money
Just how lucky are regular lottery winners?
How statistics were used to show how unlikely it is to win hundreds of times by chance.
Does Eating Chocolate Make Your Brain Younger?
Are research findings misrepresented by funders, PR machines and the media?
Diet Coke Habit
What effect could the US President’s Diet Coke habit have on his health?
Will Bitcoin use more electricity than the United States?
Measuring the energy used to keep the crypotcurrency secure
Statistics of the Year 2017
Phones, lawn mowers and how Kim Kardashian helped the public understanding of risk
Just How Rare is a Hole-in-One?
Why it is not as simple to work out as you think
How Louis Bachelier Scooped Economists by Half a Century
A forgotten French mathematician’s unusual approach to the stock market.
Real Lives Behind the Numbers
How individuals manage their money - the personal stories behind economic data.
Is the US Census Under Threat?
The survey question that could affect the accuracy of its results.
Is China On Track to End Poverty by 2020?
We investigate whether the Chinese government can really achieve its extraordinary pledge
Russia: Has drinking fallen by 80% in five years?
Alcohol consumption has fallen sharply according to Russia’s health ministry.
Debunking guide – on a postcard
How to question dubious statistics in just a few short steps
The Winter Olympics
Which is the most successful country? Plus the chances of a dead heat.
Women, the Oscars and the Bechdel Test
Ninety years’ worth of Best Picture winning films under the spotlight.
Did Sir Roger Bannister make the ‘impossible’ possible?
A mile in under four minutes. Did positive thinking propel dozens to do the same?
Factchecking Trump on Trade
The US President regularly talks about America's trade deficit - do his figures stack up?
Were ‘Extra’ Votes Counted in Russia’s Presidential Election?
We look at voting data to investigate allegations of election fraud in Russia
How Deadly Was 1920s Melbourne?
How accurate is the murder rate in the crime series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries?
Why London’s Murder Rate is Being Compared to New York’s
Finding out if London is now more deadly than New York.
Are We Breathing Unsafe Air?
The W.H.O. say 95% of people in cities breathe unsafe air, but what does 'unsafe' mean?
How Should We Think About Spending?
Tim Harford talks to economist Dan Ariely about the psychology of money.
Puerto Rico: Statistics v Politics
Why some fear the statistics authority is about to lose its independence
Exposing the Biases We Have of the World
Statistician Hans Rosling’s family talk about the book they co-wrote about preconceptions
What is the truth behind the 17th Century Dutch craze for tulips?
James Comey: Basketball Superstar?
James Comey is very tall - but what are the chances he could have been a pro baller?
Do one in seven businessmen throw out their underwear after wearing them once?
Harry Potter: How Many Wizards?
Fans have long debated - just how many wizards live among us?
How Many Animals are Born Every Day?
From penguins to nematodes - is it possible to count how many animals are born every day?
FIFA World Cup Extravaganza
How the ‘beautiful game’ has changed…through numbers.
How Many Words Do You Need to Speak a Language?
How many words do you need to speak a language and how many do native speakers use?
Running at the World Cup
Is it strange that Russian football players have run such big distances?
Are There More Stars Than Grains of Beach Sand?
Stars vs Sand. We work out who wins the ultimate cosmic battle.
Should We Have Smaller Families To Save The Planet?
Having one fewer child could be the biggest thing you do to reduce your carbon footprint
How to Cycle Really Fast
How much better are the pros than the rest of us and how effective is slipstreaming?
Getting Creative with Statistics
How big are your testicles and what does that mean?
Carbs, Sugar and the Truth
Does a baked potato contain the equivalent of 19 cubes of sugar?
Numbers Behind a Tweetstorm
How do you get a hashtag to trend around the world?
Are Wildfires Really Burning More Land?
Are Wildfires in the United States and Southern Europe burning more land than before?
Computer programmes are being developed to combat fake news.
How well do you understand your world?
Tim Harford talks to Bobby Duffy about why we are often wrong about a lot of basic facts
The safest car in the world?
A listener asks whether his Volvo is the safest car on the road
DNA: Are you more Chimp or Neanderthal?
Is our DNA more chimp or Neanderthal?
Trump and the Puerto Rico Death Toll
How can we calculate excess mortality after a natural disaster?
Surviving the Battle of Britain
Were Spitfire pilots killed after an average of four weeks in the World War Two battle?
Why are Lesbians More Likely to Divorce than Gay Men?
Tim Harford talks to economist Marina Adshade about same-sex divorce statistics.
Paul Romer and William Nordhaus’ Big Ideas
The economists tackling climate change and growth
Foreign Aid: Who’s The Most Generous?
In foreign aid terms what’s the best way of measuring how generous a country is?
Vaccines: The Importance of The Herd and Social Media
What proportion of a population needs to be vaccinated to stop a disease spreading?
Timing a Tsunami
How fast do Tsunamis travel?
Do Assassinations Work?
How likely are assassination attempts on heads of state to succeed?
When’s a Kilogram Not a Kilogram?
Updating the kilogram.
Are 90% of War Fatalities Civilians?
Xavier Zapata examines what the data tells us about the deadly impact of war on civilians
Sex and Heart Attacks
Are women more likely to die from a heart attack than men?
Lennon or McCartney?
How statistical modelling can work out which Beatle wrote which song
Dam Lies and Statistics
Are mega-dams really sustainable?
Mission: Impossible - Quantifying Santa
What to look out for on Christmas Eve
Numbers of the Year Part One
The numbers that made 2018
Numbers of the Year Part Two
Helena Merriman with numbers about water shortage, plastic recycling and American jobs
The Mathematics of Fever
We look at the numbers behind body temperature – what is normal?
Close Encounters of a Planetary Kind
Which planet is closest to Earth?
Andrew Martin's five essays that muse on the county of his birth and upbringing.
Update: Political stalemate in US leads to queues at food banks
Thousands of unpaid workers turn to food banks as the shutdown enters its second month.
Sean Curran has the best of the day at Westminster.
Modern Day Matchmaking
Ankur Desai is in for Mobeen to discuss the modern day matchmaking process and rishtas.
Workers Turn to Food Banks as US Shutdown Continues
Thousands of workers are still without pay as the US shutdown enters its second month.