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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

    WS More or Less: Dozy Science

    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 min
    Netflix and Chill

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

    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 min
    Weighing the Cost of Brexit

    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 min
    WS More or Less: Bushfire mystery

    WS More or Less: Bushfire mystery

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

    • 9 min
    Australian Animal Deaths, Carbon Emissions, Election 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 min

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