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More or Less: Behind the Stats

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More or Less: Behind the Stats

More or Less: Behind the Stats

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Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4

Latest Episodes

WS More or Less: How fast are Alligators and Hippos?

We all know that you should never smile at a crocodile, but rumour has it that alligators are great perambulators – at least that’s what a booklet about Florida’s wildlife claimed. Tim Harford speaks to John Hutchinson, Professor of evolutionary bio-mechanics to see whether he could outrun one of these reportedly rapid retiles. Also – our editor thinks he could outrun a hippo, is he right? (…probably not).

10 MIN1 w ago
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WS More or Less: How fast are Alligators and Hippos?

Tracking terror suspects

Costing counter-terrorism, interrogating tomatoes, the UK's reading age, politics and GDP

28 MIN1 w ago
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Tracking terror suspects

WS More or Less: Coronavirus

The WHO have declared a ‘Global Health Emergency’ as health officials are urgently trying to contain the spread of a new coronavirus in China and beyond; but not all the information you read is correct. We fact-check a particularly hyperbolic claim about its spread that’s been doing the rounds on social media.

8 MIN2 w ago
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WS More or Less: Coronavirus

Coronavirus, emotions and guns.

Fact checking claims about coronavirus and whether more guns equal fewer homicides.

28 MIN2 w ago
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Coronavirus, emotions and guns.

WS More or Less: Dozy Science

Anxiety around sleep is widespread. Many of us feel we don’t get enough. An army of experts has sprung up to help, and this week we test some of the claims from one of the most prominent among them: Professor Matthew Walker. He plays ball and answers some of the criticisms of his bestselling book Why We Sleep.

9 MIN3 w ago
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WS More or Less: Dozy Science

Netflix and Chill

The list of ways campaigners say we need to change our behaviour in response to climate change seems to grow every week. Now, streaming video is in the frame. We test the claim that watching 30 minutes of Netflix has the same carbon footprint as driving four miles. We hear scepticism about a report that sepsis is responsible for one in five deaths worldwide. Author Bill Bryson stops by with a question about guns – and gets quizzed about a number in his new book. And, how much sleep do we really need? Find out if we need more or less.

28 MIN3 w ago
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Netflix and Chill

WS More or Less: Japan’s 99% Conviction Rate

The fugitive former Nissan boss, Carlos Ghosn, has raised questions about justice in Japan. The government in Tokyo has defended its system, where 99% of prosecutions lead to conviction. Prof Colin Jones, from Doshisha Law School in Kyoto, explains what's behind this seemingly shocking statistic. And a listener asks if it’s true Canada’s is roughly the same. Toronto lawyer Kim Schofield sets them straight.

8 MINJAN 19
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WS More or Less: Japan’s 99% Conviction Rate

Weighing the Cost of Brexit

Is it possible to calculate the cost of Brexit? Gemma Tetlow from the Institute for Government helps us weigh the arguments. How much does luck play into Liverpool FC's amazing season? And, crucially, how fast is an alligator?

16 MINJAN 18
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Weighing the Cost of Brexit

WS More or Less: Bushfire mystery

Have a billion animals died in Australia’s fires? And which ones are likely to survive?

9 MINJAN 12
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WS More or Less: Bushfire mystery

Australian Animal Deaths, Carbon Emissions, Election Mystery

Tim Harford on animal deaths in Australia's fires, how many Labour voters went Conservative and are UK carbon emissions really down 40%. Plus: have we really entered a new decade?

34 MINJAN 11
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Australian Animal Deaths, Carbon Emissions, Election Mystery

Latest Episodes

WS More or Less: How fast are Alligators and Hippos?

We all know that you should never smile at a crocodile, but rumour has it that alligators are great perambulators – at least that’s what a booklet about Florida’s wildlife claimed. Tim Harford speaks to John Hutchinson, Professor of evolutionary bio-mechanics to see whether he could outrun one of these reportedly rapid retiles. Also – our editor thinks he could outrun a hippo, is he right? (…probably not).

10 MIN1 w ago
Comments
WS More or Less: How fast are Alligators and Hippos?

Tracking terror suspects

Costing counter-terrorism, interrogating tomatoes, the UK's reading age, politics and GDP

28 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Tracking terror suspects

WS More or Less: Coronavirus

The WHO have declared a ‘Global Health Emergency’ as health officials are urgently trying to contain the spread of a new coronavirus in China and beyond; but not all the information you read is correct. We fact-check a particularly hyperbolic claim about its spread that’s been doing the rounds on social media.

8 MIN2 w ago
Comments
WS More or Less: Coronavirus

Coronavirus, emotions and guns.

Fact checking claims about coronavirus and whether more guns equal fewer homicides.

28 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Coronavirus, emotions and guns.

WS More or Less: Dozy Science

Anxiety around sleep is widespread. Many of us feel we don’t get enough. An army of experts has sprung up to help, and this week we test some of the claims from one of the most prominent among them: Professor Matthew Walker. He plays ball and answers some of the criticisms of his bestselling book Why We Sleep.

9 MIN3 w ago
Comments
WS More or Less: Dozy Science

Netflix and Chill

The list of ways campaigners say we need to change our behaviour in response to climate change seems to grow every week. Now, streaming video is in the frame. We test the claim that watching 30 minutes of Netflix has the same carbon footprint as driving four miles. We hear scepticism about a report that sepsis is responsible for one in five deaths worldwide. Author Bill Bryson stops by with a question about guns – and gets quizzed about a number in his new book. And, how much sleep do we really need? Find out if we need more or less.

28 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Netflix and Chill

WS More or Less: Japan’s 99% Conviction Rate

The fugitive former Nissan boss, Carlos Ghosn, has raised questions about justice in Japan. The government in Tokyo has defended its system, where 99% of prosecutions lead to conviction. Prof Colin Jones, from Doshisha Law School in Kyoto, explains what's behind this seemingly shocking statistic. And a listener asks if it’s true Canada’s is roughly the same. Toronto lawyer Kim Schofield sets them straight.

8 MINJAN 19
Comments
WS More or Less: Japan’s 99% Conviction Rate

Weighing the Cost of Brexit

Is it possible to calculate the cost of Brexit? Gemma Tetlow from the Institute for Government helps us weigh the arguments. How much does luck play into Liverpool FC's amazing season? And, crucially, how fast is an alligator?

16 MINJAN 18
Comments
Weighing the Cost of Brexit

WS More or Less: Bushfire mystery

Have a billion animals died in Australia’s fires? And which ones are likely to survive?

9 MINJAN 12
Comments
WS More or Less: Bushfire mystery

Australian Animal Deaths, Carbon Emissions, Election Mystery

Tim Harford on animal deaths in Australia's fires, how many Labour voters went Conservative and are UK carbon emissions really down 40%. Plus: have we really entered a new decade?

34 MINJAN 11
Comments
Australian Animal Deaths, Carbon Emissions, Election Mystery
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