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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

    More or Less: Superforecasting, wood burning stoves and the real story of Hidden Figures

    More or Less: Superforecasting, wood burning stoves and the real story of Hidden Figures

    Dipping into the archive for stories on the art of prediction and wood burner pollution

    • 25 min
    Artificial (not so) Intelligence

    Artificial (not so) Intelligence

    Artificial Intelligence – or AI for short – is often depicted in films in the shape of helpful droids, all-knowing computers or even malevolent ‘death bots’. In real life, we’re making leaps and bounds in this technology’s capabilities with satnavs, and voice assistants like Alexa and Siri making frequent appearances in our daily lives. So, should we look forward to a future of AI best friends or fear the technology becoming too intelligent. Tim Harford talks to Janelle Shane, author of the book ‘You Look Like a Thing and I Love you’ about her experiments with AI and why the technology is really more akin to an earthworm than a high-functioning ‘death bot’.

    • 8 min
    WS More or Less: Coronavirus - The Numbers

    WS More or Less: Coronavirus - The Numbers

    A lot has changed since our last episode covering the numbers behind the coronavirus - for a start it now has a name, Covid-19. This week news has broken that deaths are 20 per cent higher than thought, and the number of cases has increased by a third. Tim Harford talks to Dr Nathalie MacDermott, a clinical lecturer at King’s College London about what we know – and what we still don’t.

    • 8 min
    Coronavirus, jam, AI and tomatoes

    Coronavirus, jam, AI and tomatoes

    Covid-19 stats, spreading jam far and wide, cooking with AI, and James Wong on vegetables

    • 23 min
    WS More or Less: How fast are Alligators and Hippos?

    WS More or Less: How fast are Alligators and Hippos?

    We all know that you should never smile at a crocodile, but rumour has it that alligators are great perambulators – at least that’s what a booklet about Florida’s wildlife claimed. Tim Harford speaks to John Hutchinson, Professor of evolutionary bio-mechanics to see whether he could outrun one of these reportedly rapid retiles. Also – our editor thinks he could outrun a hippo, is he right? (…probably not).

    • 10 min
    Tracking terror suspects

    Tracking terror suspects

    Costing counter-terrorism, interrogating tomatoes, the UK's reading age, politics and GDP

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

maggiem79 ,

Made me smarter

I am much more critical when I hear or read stats in the news. Thank you so much! Please keep on!!

cpragman ,

good except for the short episodes...

Overall I like this podcast, but recently they have started releasing short episodes that just recycle material from the main (longer) episode they just released the day before. Since these short episodes are just reused content from the episode I just listened to, I find them tedious in my feed.

saperlo ,

Going downhill unfortunately

The BBC political bias is getting advanced here too much. The episode prior to the UK election is overtly political. The metropolitan elitist politics are so arrogant and self assured that it ‘s unapologetically pro-Labour. And that’s BIAS on a show about accuracy and accountability. You couldn’t make it up...so disappointed.
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