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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?
Is Suicide Seasonal?
Tim Harford asks which times of the year are riskiest for suicide.
You Have 15,000 Likes!
When listener Helen got 15,000 likes on Tinder she questioned the stats behind swiping
Hyperinflation in Venezuela
Tim Harford on the astonishing speed of price rises in Venezuela; teenagers’ screen use
When maths mistakes really matter
Tim Harford talks to Matt Parker about how simple maths mistakes can cause big problems.
How to make your artwork more valuable
Six top tips on how to get the best price for your art
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?
Daylight saving time and heart attacks
Does the sudden loss of an hour of sleep raise the risk of having a heart attack?
Is Mansa Musa the richest person of all time?
Is the West African king, Mansa Musa, the richest person who ever lived?
Chess cheats and the GOAT
What a statistical analysis of chess moves can teach us about this ancient game.
Rounding up the weed killer cancer conundrum
We examine the cancer-causing potential of the weed killer glyphosate
Where is Scotland’s highest village?
A battle is brewing in the Southern Scottish uplands between two rival villages.
The economic impact of mega sporting events
Major sports events and the benefits to the local economy.
Bernie Sanders and the cost of having a baby
Did Bernie Sanders get the cost of giving birth right?
Avengers - Should we reverse the snap?
Exploring the economic impact of losing half the world’s population