The surprising story of GDP and whether it's time to change how we measure our economy
BONUS PODCAST: Economics with Subtitles - How Buying Cocaine Helps the Government
BONUS PODCAST: Economics with Subtitles - Bracelets for Bullets
Why an Essex mum wanted her jewellery melted down and what it says about government debt
BONUS PODCAST: Economics with Subtitles - How Condoms Can Cost a Week’s Wages
Inflation can change your sex life – and pretty much everything else.
BONUS PODCAST: Economics with Subtitles - Coffins Full of Car Keys
Why we have interest rates, how we misunderstand them - and a curious coffin connection.
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?
WS More or Less: Are Wildfires Really Burning More Land?
Are Wildfires in the United States and Southern Europe burning more land than before?
A no-frills life, automated fact-checking and Lord-of-the-Rings maths
What would have been the most efficient way to get to Mordor?
WS: More or Less - Automated fact-checking
Computer programmes are being developed to combat fake news.
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
WS: More or Less - 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
Heart Age Calculator; Danish Sperm Imports; Counting Goats
Tim Harford questions the usefulness of a popular heart age calculator.
WS More or Less: The Safest Car in the World?
A listener asks whether his Volvo is the safest car on the road?
Male suicide, school ratings, are female tennis players treated unfairly by umpires?
Tim Harford with statistics on suicide, good schools and sexism in tennis. Plus goats
WS More or Less: DNA - Are You More Chimp or Neanderthal?
What is the difference between 96% similarity or sharing 20% of our DNA?
How Many Schoolchildren are Carers? Shareholder Income, and Museum Visitors Vs Football Fans
Tim Harford on child carers, shareholder income, football vs museums and dangerous sports
WS More or Less: Trump and the Puerto Rico Death Toll
How can we calculate excess mortality after a natural disaster?
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.
WS More of Less: Surviving the Battle of Britain
Were Spitfire pilots killed after an average of four weeks in the World War Two battle?
Loneliness; School Funding; Same-Sex Divorce.
Tim Harford on a BBC loneliness survey; school funding; same-sex divorce; loyal listeners
WS More or Less: Why are Lesbians More Likely to Divorce than Gay Men?
Tim Harford talks to economist Marina Ashdade about same-sex divorce statistics.
Loneliness, School Funding, Same-Sex Divorce
A BBC loneliness survey, school funding, same-sex divorce and the loyalty of listeners.
WS More or Less: Paul Romer and William Nordhaus’ Big Ideas
The economists tackling climate change and growth.
WS More or Less: Foreign Aid: Who’s the most generous?
In foreign aid terms what’s the best way of measuring how generous a country is?
WS More or Less: Vaccines - The importance of the herd and social media
What proportion of a population needs to be vaccinated to stop a disease spreading?
WS More or Less: Do Assassinations Work?
How likely are assassination attempts on heads of state to succeed?
WS More or Less: When’s a Kilogram Not a Kilogram?
Updating the kilogram.
WS More or Less: Are 90% of War Fatalities Civilians?
Xavier Zapata examines what the data tells us about the deadly impact of war on civilians
WS More or Less: Sex and Heart Attacks
Are women more likely to die from a heart attack than men?
WS More or Less: Dam Lies and Statistics
Are mega-dams really sustainable?
WS More or Less: Mission Impossible - Quantifiying Santa
What to look out for on Christmas Eve.
WS More or Less: Numbers of the Year Part 1
The numbers that made 2018.
WS More or Less: Numbers of the Year Part 2
Helena Merriman with numbers about water shortage, plastic recycling and American jobs.
WS More or Less: The Mathematics of Fever
We look at the numbers behind body temperature – what is normal?
Sugar, Outdoors Play and Planets
Tim Harford on sugar, train fares, children's outdoors play and Earth's closest neighbour
WS More or Less: Close Encounters of a Planetary Kind
Which planet is closest to Earth?
Intersex Numbers, Fact-Checking Facebook, Jack Bogle
Tim Harford asks whether 1.7% of people are intersex, and examines false claims about MPs
WS More or Less: Is Suicide Seasonal?
Tim Harford asks which times of the year are riskiest for suicide.
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
WS More or Less: You have 15,000 likes!
A listener doubts her popularity on the dating app Tinder. We investigate the numbers.
Teen Suicide; Brexit Business Moves; Wood-Burner Pollution
Tim Harford finds untrue a recent report that there is a 'suicidal generation' of teens.
WS More or Less: From the archives: Groundhogs and Kings
Assessing the accuracy of a Groundhog; How many English people have right royal relatives?
Climate Change, Victorian Diseases, Alcohol
Tim Harford on climate change, Victorian diseases, maths mistakes and alcohol consumption
WS More or Less: When maths mistakes really matter
Tim Harford talks to Matt Parker on how simple maths mistakes can cause big problems.
How To Make Your Art Work More Valuable
Die, sell on a sunny day, place your work a third of the way through the auction.
Could insects go extinct in one hundred years?
The gender gap in tech
Are women really less likely than men to be hired for jobs in tech?
Day light saving time and heart attacks
Does the sudden loss of an hour of sleep raise the risk of having a heart attack?
Fork in the Road
Fork in the Road - God in the War on Terror
Jane Little finds out how similar experiences can affect two people's faith differently
Garry Owen gydag ymateb i bynciau trafod y dydd.
Hypebeast culture: Why do fashion fans queue for hours?
Fashion fan Sam Harris finds out why limited release streetwear items are big business.
Richard Benson - The Valley
Winnie and Harry grow frail, but there are still surprises in store.
News, views, issues and culture from across the north west of Northern Ireland.