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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 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

    Ukraine’s progress in numbers

    Ukraine’s progress in numbers

    Ukraine has reportedly recaptured nearly 10,000 square kilometres of territory that had been occupied by Russia. We ask where the numbers come from and what they mean. Plus with Norway supplanting Russia to become Europe’s biggest supplier of natural gas, we ask how much money the country is making from the increased demand and higher prices.

    Presenter: Tim Harford
    Producer: Jon Bithrey
    Editor: Richard Vadon
    Production Coordinator: Jacqui Johnson
    Sound Engineer: Neil Churchill

    • 10 min
    Ukraine offensive, weak pound & how much do women really exercise

    Ukraine offensive, weak pound & how much do women really exercise

    Ukraine has reportedly recaptured nearly 10,000 square kilometres of territory that had been occupied by Russia. We ask where the numbers come from, what they mean and why everyone is comparing them to the size of Greater London. We ask how much money Norway is making out of the current energy crisis. Also why is the pound so weak against the dollar, some odd claims about women and exercise and does it really take 20,000 uses for an organic cotton bag to become more environmentally friendly than a plastic bag?

    Presenter: Tim Harford
    Series producer: Jon Bithrey
    Reporters: Charlotte McDonald, Nathan Gower
    Production Coordinator: Jacqui Johnson
    Editor: Richard Vadon

    • 28 min
    How bad is fashion for the environment?

    How bad is fashion for the environment?

    Is fashion really the second most polluting industry after oil and does it account for 10% of greenhouse gas emissions? Sustainable fashion journalist Alden Wicker does some fashion fact checking with Adam Fleming, presenter of BBC podcast and Radio 4 programme Antisocial. And reporter Charlotte McDonald revisits a claim made in an edition of More or Less last month about the effectiveness of using condoms as a form of contraception.

    Presenter: Tim Harford
    Producer: Jon Bithrey
    Editor: Richard Vadon
    Production Coordinator: Jacqui Johnson
    Sound Engineer: Rod Farquhar

    (Image: Models display outfits / BBC images/Susana Vera/Reuters)

    • 8 min
    Energy crisis plan, imperial measures survey, gardens v national parks

    Energy crisis plan, imperial measures survey, gardens v national parks

    One of Liz Truss's first acts as Prime Minister was to announce a giant plan to protect domestic energy users from huge rises in wholesale gas and electricity costs, meaning a typical household will pay about £1000 less than otherwise would have been the case. We ask how much the Energy Price Guarantee will cost the government and also explain what a “typical” household really is. A consultation has opened into whether we’d like more of our goods and services priced in imperial measures – but some listeners are suggesting a survey on the issue is biased against metric. And we examine a claim made on the BBC’s Springwatch programme that all of the gardens in Newcastle are bigger than the combined size of our national parks.

    Presenter: Tim Harford
    Series producer: Jon Bithrey
    Reporters: Nathan Gower, Charlotte McDonald
    Production Coordinator: Jacqui Johnson
    Editor: Richard Vadon

    • 28 min
    Is a third of Pakistan really under water?

    Is a third of Pakistan really under water?

    Pakistan is battling a huge natural disaster as a result of heavy monsoon rains. It’s been widely reported that a third of the country is under water. But can that really be the case? Featuring the BBC’s correspondent in Pakistan Pumza Fihlani and Dr Simon Cook, a senior lecturer in Environmental Science at the University of Dundee.

    Presenter: Tim Harford
    Producer: Jon Bithrey
    Editor: Richard Vadon
    Production Coordinator: Jacqui Johnson
    Sound Engineers: Graham Puddifoot & James Beard

    (Image: aerial photograph of flooded residential areas after heavy monsoon rains in Dera Allah Yar, Balochistan province. Credit: Getty/Fida Hussain)

    • 8 min
    Pakistan flooding, UK power prices and Boris’s broadband claim

    Pakistan flooding, UK power prices and Boris’s broadband claim

    Devastating floods have wreaked havoc across Pakistan after the heaviest monsoon rains in at least a decade. But is a third of the country really under water, as has been claimed? Also why do electricity prices in the UK rise in line with gas prices when we get so much of our power from other sources like nuclear, wind and solar? As criminal barristers go on strike in England and Wales, we ask if those starting in the profession really earn £12,200 a year. And as Boris Johnson waves goodbye to Downing Street, we investigate his claim that 70% of the UK now has access to gigabit broadband.

    Presenter: Tim Harford
    Series producer: Jon Bithrey
    Reporters: Nathan Gower, Charlotte McDonald
    Production Coordinator: Jacqui Johnson
    Editor: Richard Vadon

    • 28 min

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