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More or Less: Behind the Stats

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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: 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 MIN22 h ago
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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 MIN1 d ago
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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 MIN1 w ago
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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 MIN1 w ago
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Australian Animal Deaths, Carbon Emissions, Election Mystery

C-sections and sharks

How many women in China give birth in hospitals, and whether it was true that 50% of births there are delivered by caesarean section. Oh, and we also mention guts and bacteria… Sharks kill 12 humans a year but humans kill 11,417 sharks an hour. That’s the statistic used in a Facebook meme that’s doing the rounds. Is it true?

8 MIN2 w ago
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C-sections and sharks

Presidential candidates and dementia

We talk about the age of some of the frontrunners in the Democrat nomination race and President Donald Trump and the health risks they face. Also, More or Less listeners were surprised by a claim they read on the BBC website recently: “Pets are estimated to be consuming up to 20 percent of all meat globally.” So we – of course – investigated and will explain all.

8 MIN3 w ago
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Presidential candidates and dementia

The Simpsons and maths

We explore the maths secrets of The Simpsons on their 30th anniversary.

8 MIN2019 DEC 21
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The Simpsons and maths

Koalas

As bushfires rage in Australia, the plight of the koala made front-page news around the world. There were warnings that fires wiped out 80% of the marsupial's habitat and that koalas are facing extinction. We check the claims with the help of National Geographic's Natasha Daly and Dr Christine Hosking of the University of Queensland. (A Koala receives treatment at the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie after its rescue from a bushfire. Credit: Safeed Khan/Getty Images)

8 MIN2019 DEC 13
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Koalas

Election Special (2/2)

Labour's spending plans, Conservatives claims on homelessness, the SNP's education record

27 MIN2019 DEC 10
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Election Special (2/2)

Tree Planting Pledges

The UK General Election is fast approaching, top of the agenda are the political parties green ambitions and one particular initiative is garnering a lot of attention, tree planting. The Labour Party has the most ambitious target – a whopping 2 billion trees planted by 2040. How much land would this take, how does it stack up against other party pledges and what difference will it make? Presenter: Tim Harford Producer: Lizzy McNeill

8 MIN2019 DEC 7
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Tree Planting Pledges

Latest Episodes

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 MIN22 h ago
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 MIN1 d ago
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 MIN1 w ago
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 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Australian Animal Deaths, Carbon Emissions, Election Mystery

C-sections and sharks

How many women in China give birth in hospitals, and whether it was true that 50% of births there are delivered by caesarean section. Oh, and we also mention guts and bacteria… Sharks kill 12 humans a year but humans kill 11,417 sharks an hour. That’s the statistic used in a Facebook meme that’s doing the rounds. Is it true?

8 MIN2 w ago
Comments
C-sections and sharks

Presidential candidates and dementia

We talk about the age of some of the frontrunners in the Democrat nomination race and President Donald Trump and the health risks they face. Also, More or Less listeners were surprised by a claim they read on the BBC website recently: “Pets are estimated to be consuming up to 20 percent of all meat globally.” So we – of course – investigated and will explain all.

8 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Presidential candidates and dementia

The Simpsons and maths

We explore the maths secrets of The Simpsons on their 30th anniversary.

8 MIN2019 DEC 21
Comments
The Simpsons and maths

Koalas

As bushfires rage in Australia, the plight of the koala made front-page news around the world. There were warnings that fires wiped out 80% of the marsupial's habitat and that koalas are facing extinction. We check the claims with the help of National Geographic's Natasha Daly and Dr Christine Hosking of the University of Queensland. (A Koala receives treatment at the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie after its rescue from a bushfire. Credit: Safeed Khan/Getty Images)

8 MIN2019 DEC 13
Comments
Koalas

Election Special (2/2)

Labour's spending plans, Conservatives claims on homelessness, the SNP's education record

27 MIN2019 DEC 10
Comments
Election Special (2/2)

Tree Planting Pledges

The UK General Election is fast approaching, top of the agenda are the political parties green ambitions and one particular initiative is garnering a lot of attention, tree planting. The Labour Party has the most ambitious target – a whopping 2 billion trees planted by 2040. How much land would this take, how does it stack up against other party pledges and what difference will it make? Presenter: Tim Harford Producer: Lizzy McNeill

8 MIN2019 DEC 7
Comments
Tree Planting Pledges
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