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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

    Is opinion polling broken?

    Is opinion polling broken?

    The opinion polling industry’s reputation has taken a battering in recent years, as high profile slip-ups in the US presidential election exposed frailties. So should we write them off? Not according to Economist data journalist G Elliot Morris, who’s written a book called Strength in Numbers: How Polls Work and Why We Need Them.


    Presenter: Tim Harford
    Producer: Jon Bithrey
    Editor: Richard Vadon
    Programme Coordinator: Brenda Brown
    Sound Engineer: Rod Farquhar

    • 8 min
    Debunking the Liverpool FC Conspiracy Theory

    Debunking the Liverpool FC Conspiracy Theory

    Ahead of the opening of the new season of the English Premier League, baseless rumours and dodgy statistics circulating online have implied that Liverpool FC use asthma medication to enhance their players’ performance.

    Ben Carter speaks to sports scientist Professor John Dickinson to examine the science that disproves these rumour, and tracks down its original source with the help of Mike Wendling from the World Service's Trending programme.

    Presenter: Ben Carter
    Producer: Richard Vadon

    • 8 min
    How our world measures up

    How our world measures up

    Why do we measure the world around us in the way we do? There is a rich history to be explored - from measuring the depth of the Nile in Ancient Egypt to the central role the French played in developing the metric system and the ultra-precise measurement systems we use today. Presenter Tim Harford is joined by journalist and author James Vincent to discuss the political, social and technological factors that have influenced how we size up our world.

    • 8 min
    Does the World Athletics Championships have a false start problem?

    Does the World Athletics Championships have a false start problem?

    US athlete Devon Allen has made global headlines this week after being disqualified from the 110m hurdles final at the World Athletics Championship in Eugene, Oregon. He was judged to have left the starting blocks a thousandth of a second too early. On More or Less we crunch the numbers behind false starts in athletics, asking how quick is too quick when it comes to reacting to a starting gun and whether something else might have gone wrong with the measurement system.

    • 10 min
    Is Uganda about to become a middle income country?

    Is Uganda about to become a middle income country?

    In his State of the Nation address in early June 2022, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni said that Uganda was on the cusp of becoming a middle income country. That’s been contradicted by World Bank figures. In response to a question from a More or Less fan in Uganda, Tim Harford looks at how a country’s income status is calculated and what relevance it has. Featuring Rachel Sebudde, Senior Economist at the World Bank.

    • 10 min
    Does it take 10,000 litres of water to make a pair of jeans?

    Does it take 10,000 litres of water to make a pair of jeans?

    Various claims have been made about how much water is used in the production of a pair of jeans, that cornerstone of casual clothing. With growing worries over the environmental impact of denim production, More or Less decided to investigate - with the help of journalist and researcher Elizabeth L. Cline who has written extensively on sustainability and the fashion industry.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
668 Ratings

668 Ratings

High Fidelity ,

Just listen

This is one podcast that I almost never miss. Give a listen;you will be almost be guaranteed to learn something…. More importantly it will be something worth knowing!

If you don’t care about the data or analysis, then just listen to hear Tim’s velveteen vocal tone and British accent. 🤣

dldnh ,

Excellent

An excellent podcast, always very interesting.

mkcheshire ,

great show

My only complaint is the ANNOYINGLY LOUD SOUND after ADs.

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