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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

More or Less: Behind the Stats BBC Podcasts

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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

    Federer’s 54%: Tennis stats explained

    Federer’s 54%: Tennis stats explained

    How can tennis star Roger Federer have won only 54% of the points he played, but been the best player in the world?

    Jeff Sackmann, the tennis stats brain behind tennisabstract.com, explains to Tim Harford how probability works in the sport.
    Presenter: Tim Harford
    Producer: Debbie Richford
    Series producer: Tom Colls
    Production co-ordinator: Brenda Brown
    Sound Mix: Nigel Appleton
    Editor: Richard Vadon

    • 8 min
    The magic of trigonometry

    The magic of trigonometry

    You might have found it boring in school maths classes, but Matt Parker thinks we should all learn to love trigonometry.
    The ‘Love Triangle’ author talks to Tim Harford about the maths used in GPS, architecture and special effects.
    Presenter: Tim Harford
    Producer: Debbie Richford
    Series Producer: Tom Colls
    Production Co-ordinator: Brenda Brown
    Sound Mix: Nigel Appleton
    Editor: Richard Vadon

    • 9 min
    Election endings, tennis and meeting men in finance

    Election endings, tennis and meeting men in finance

    Are Labour right about employment? Are the Conservatives right about cutting NHS managers? Are the Lib Dems right about share buyback? Are Reform UK right about their tax plans?
    How do they make the exit poll so accurate?
    What are the odds of meeting a very tall man in finance (with a trust fund)?
    What does it mean that Roger Federer only won 54% of the points he played?
    Tim Harford investigates some of the numbers in the news.
    Presenter: Tim Harford
    Reporter: Kate Lamble
    Producers: Nathan Gower, Beth Ashmead Latham and Debbie Richford
    Series producer: Tom Colls
    Production coordinator: Brenda Brown
    Sound mix: Rod Farquhar
    Editor: Richard Vadon

    • 37 min
    How a tick box doubled the US maternal mortality rates.

    How a tick box doubled the US maternal mortality rates.

    he US has been portrayed as in the grip of a maternal mortality crisis. In contrast to most other developed nations, the rate of maternal deaths in the US has been going up since the early 2000s.
    But why? With the help of Saloni Dattani, a researcher at Our World in Data, Tim Harford explores how a gradual change in the way the data was gathered lies at the heart of the problem.
    Presenter: Tim Harford
    Producer: Debbie Richford
    Production Co-ordinator: Brenda Brown
    Series Producer: Tom Colls
    Sound Mix: Emma Harth
    Editor: Richard Vadon

    • 9 min
    Election claims and erection claims

    Election claims and erection claims

    Are Labour right about the Liz Truss effect on mortgages? Are the Conservatives right about pensioners? Are Plaid Cymru right about spending? Are the Lib Dems right about care funding? Is Count Binface right about croissants?
    Why are MRP polls coming up with such different numbers?
    Do erections require a litre of blood?
    Tim Harford investigates the numbers in the news.
    Presenter: Tim Harford
    Reporter: Kate Lamble
    Producers: Simon Tulett, Nathan Gower, Beth Ashmead Latham and Debbie Richford
    Series producer: Tom Colls
    Production coordinator: Brenda Brown
    Sound mix: Rod Farquhar
    Editor: Richard Vadon

    • 28 min
    Do ‘pig butchering’ cyber scams make as much as half Cambodia’s GDP?

    Do ‘pig butchering’ cyber scams make as much as half Cambodia’s GDP?

    So-called “pig butchering” scams take billions of dollars from people around the globe.

    But do the cyber scams run from compounds in Cambodia really take an amount of money equivalent to half that country’s GDP?

    We investigate how the scale of these criminal operations has been calculated.
    Presenter: Tim Harford
    Reporter: Tom Colls
    Production coordinator: Brenda Brown
    Sound mix: Andrew Garratt
    Editor: Richard Vadon

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.8K Ratings

2.8K Ratings

Evil_Pumba ,

Informative

I often end up finding myself correcting friends and colleagues using knowledge from this podcast. Everyone should listen to something like this and read and watch news and other media through the same critical lens taken on this show. Thank you!

A Feral Pigeon ,

Jumping on the transphobia bandwagon.

I’m really disappointed that they chose to let Hilary Cass, a transphobic quack, speak without also featuring any trans people or people with expertise on trans medical care. I’m unsubscribing, as I can’t trust them to present a balanced view any more.

NewModelNo122 ,

Disgusting anti-trans propaganda

Shameful for the BBC to be platforming Dr Cass, who collaborated with anti-trans lobbyists in the U.K. and US to create a sham of a document that is now being used to deny trans people healthcare. No trans people were interviewed for the episode either. Reaching new low every day at the BBC.

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