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Jan 18, 2020
WS More or Less: Japan’s 99% Conviction RateJanuary 18, 2020
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.
Jan 17, 2020
Weighing the Cost of BrexitJanuary 17, 2020
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?
Jan 11, 2020
WS More or Less: Bushfire mysteryJanuary 11, 2020
Have a billion animals died in Australia’s fires? And which ones are likely to survive?
Jan 10, 2020
Australian Animal Deaths, Carbon Emissions, Election MysteryJanuary 10, 2020
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?
Jan 04, 2020
C-sections and sharksJanuary 04, 2020
How many women in China give birth in hospitals, and whether it was true that 50% of births there are delivered by caesarean section. Oh, and we also mention guts and bacteria… Sharks kill 12 humans a year but humans kill 11,417 sharks an hour. That’s the statistic used in a Facebook meme that’s doing the rounds. Is it true?
Dec 28, 2019
Presidential candidates and dementiaDecember 28, 2019
We talk about the age of some of the frontrunners in the Democrat nomination race and President Donald Trump and the health risks they face. Also, More or Less listeners were surprised by a claim they read on the BBC website recently: “Pets are estimated to be consuming up to 20 percent of all meat globally.” So we – of course – investigated and will explain all.
Dec 20, 2019
The Simpsons and mathsDecember 20, 2019
We explore the maths secrets of The Simpsons on their 30th anniversary.
Dec 13, 2019
KoalasDecember 13, 2019
As bushfires rage in Australia, the plight of the koala made front-page news around the world. There were warnings that fires wiped out 80% of the marsupial's habitat and that koalas are facing extinction. We check the claims with the help of National Geographic's Natasha Daly and Dr Christine Hosking of the University of Queensland. (A Koala receives treatment at the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie after its rescue from a bushfire. Credit: Safeed Khan/Getty Images)
Dec 10, 2019
Election Special (2/2)December 10, 2019
Labour's spending plans, Conservatives claims on homelessness, the SNP's education record
Dec 06, 2019
Tree Planting PledgesDecember 06, 2019
The UK General Election is fast approaching, top of the agenda are the political parties green ambitions and one particular initiative is garnering a lot of attention, tree planting. The Labour Party has the most ambitious target – a whopping 2 billion trees planted by 2040. How much land would this take, how does it stack up against other party pledges and what difference will it make? Presenter: Tim Harford Producer: Lizzy McNeill