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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

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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

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By maggiem79 - Dec 19 2019
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I am much more critical when I hear or read stats in the news. Thank you so much! Please keep on!!

Excellent correction to public fictions.

By nicmart - Oct 31 2019
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This is a refreshing antidote to the irrational hysteria of the media, including the BBC.

iTunes Ratings

484 Ratings
Average Ratings
398
51
12
10
13

Made me smarter

By maggiem79 - Dec 19 2019
Read more
I am much more critical when I hear or read stats in the news. Thank you so much! Please keep on!!

Excellent correction to public fictions.

By nicmart - Oct 31 2019
Read more
This is a refreshing antidote to the irrational hysteria of the media, including the BBC.
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More or Less: Behind the Stats

Latest release on Aug 01, 2020

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Covid in Africa

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Do we have enough data to know what’s happening on the continent? We talk to Dr Justin Maeda from the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Ghanaian public health researcher Nana Kofi Quakyi about tracking Africa’s outbreak. Producer: Jo Casserly Picture: Volunteers wait to feed local people during the weekly feeding scheme at the Heritage Baptist Church in Melville on the 118 day of lockdown due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2020. Credit: EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Aug 01 2020

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Data in the time of cholera

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Tim Harford speaks to Steven Johnson about William Farr and the birth of epidemiology in the 1800s.

Jul 25 2020

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Covid misconceptions and US deaths

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Tim Harford talks to statistician Ola Rosling about his research into misconceptions about Covid-19. And an update on the epidemic in the US.

Jul 18 2020

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Sweden’s lockdown lite

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Unlike its Nordic neighbours, Sweden never imposed a lockdown to stem the spread of coronavirus. Tim Harford speaks to statistician Ola Rosling to find out what the results have been.

Presenter: Tim Harford
Producer: Jo Casserly

Picture: A woman wearing a face mask stands at a Stockholm bus stop where a sign reminds passengers to maintain a minimum social distance. Sweden 25 June 2020. Credit: EPA/ Stina Stjernkvist

Jul 11 2020

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Why Trump is wrong about the USA’s coronavirus case comeback

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Are cases really rising in the US or are they just testing more? Tim digs into the data.

Jul 04 2020

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Why did the UK have such a bad Covid-19 epidemic?

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The UK has suffered one of the worst outbreaks of coronavirus anywhere in the world. We’ve been tracking and analysing the numbers for the last 14 weeks, and in the last programme of this More or Less series, we look back through the events of March 2020 to ask why things went so wrong - was it bad decision-making, bad advice, or bad luck?

Jul 01 2020

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A new Covid-19 drug and a second wave

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The steroid Dexamethasone has been hailed a “major breakthrough” in the treatment of Covid-19. But what does the data say? Plus, why haven’t mass protests led to a second wave?

Jun 27 2020

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Child Poverty, School Inequality and a Second Wave

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As lockdown eases, why hasn't there been a spike in infections? We get a first look at the evidence for the much-trumpeted Covid-19 treatment, Dexamethasone. Stephanie Flanders tells us what’s happening to the UK economy. Keir Starmer says child poverty is up; Boris Johnson says it’s down, who's right? Plus which children are getting a solid home-school experience, and who is missing out?

Jun 24 2020

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Who Should be Quarantined?

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Some countries are requiring new arrivals to self-isolate, a policy designed to stop infection spreading from areas of high prevalence to low prevalence. Tim Harford and Ruth Alexander find out which countries have the highest rate of Covid-19 infection.
Plus, is it really true that the coronavirus mostly kills people who would die soon anyway?

Jun 20 2020

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Quarantine, Test and Trace and BODMAS

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The UK has introduced new rules requiring all people arriving in the country to self-isolate for 14 days. But given the severity of the UK’s outbreak can there be many places more infectious? Is it true that Covid-19 mostly kills people who would die soon anyway? The first figures are out showing how England’s Test and Trace programme is performing, but they contain a mystery we’re keen to resolve. And we play with some mathematical puzzles, courtesy of statistician Jen Rogers.

Jun 17 2020

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