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Apr 04, 2020
Are more men dying from coronavirus?April 04, 2020
Tim Harford and Ruth Alexander examine the statistics around the world to see if more men are dying as a result of Covid-19, and why different sexes would have different risks. Plus is it true that in the US 40% of hospitalisations were of patients aged between 20 and 50?
Mar 31, 2020
Supermarket stockpiling, A-level results and Covid-19 gender disparityMarch 31, 2020
This week, we examine criticisms of Imperial College’s epidemiologists. We ask how A-Level and GCSE grades will be allocated, given that the exams have vanished in a puff of social distancing. Adam Kucharski, author of The Rules of Contagion, tells us about the history of epidemiology. We look at the supermarkets: how are their supply chains holding up and how much stockpiling is really going on. And is coronavirus having a different impact on men than on women?
Mar 28, 2020
The RiskMarch 28, 2020
Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, puts the risks of Covid-19 into perspective. He found that the proportion of people who get infected by coronavirus, who then go on to die increases with age, and the trend matches almost exactly how our background mortality risk also goes up. Catching the disease could be like packing a year’s worth of risk into a couple of weeks. (Mathematician and Risk guru, Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter...
Mar 25, 2020
Coronavirus SpecialMarch 25, 2020
We’ve dedicated this special episode to the numbers surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. Statistical national treasure Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter put the risks of Covid-19 into perspective. We ask whether young people are safe from serious illness, or if statistics from hospitalisations in the US show a high proportion of patients are under 50. We try to understand what the ever-tightening restrictions on businesses and movement mean for the UK’s economy, and we take a look at the...
Mar 21, 2020
Mitigation or Suppression: What’s best to tackle Coronavirus?March 21, 2020
Last week, while schools and businesses across Europe closed in an attempt to halt the spread of Coronavirus the UK stood alone in a more relaxed approach to the pandemic; letting people choose whether they wanted to go to work, or socially distance themselves. This week, things have changed. Schools are closing for the foreseeable future and exams have been cancelled. The British government says their change of heart was based on the work scientists like Christl Donnelly from Imperial College...
Mar 14, 2020
The mystery of Iran’s coronavirus numbersMarch 14, 2020
Does Iran have a lot more covid-19 cases that its figures suggest?
Mar 09, 2020
How much heat do you lose from your head?March 09, 2020
Every winter its the same, someone will tell you to put a hat on to save your body from losing all of its heat. But how much heat do you actually lose from your head? We take you on a journey from arctic conditions to a hot tub in Canada to explain why there might actually be more than one answer... Presenter: Tim Harford Producer: Leoni Robertson and Lizzy McNeill
Feb 29, 2020
Netflix vs the environmentFebruary 29, 2020
Does watching 30 minutes of Netflix have the same carbon footprint as driving four miles?
Feb 28, 2020
More or Less: Superforecasting, wood burning stoves and the real story of Hidden FiguresFebruary 28, 2020
Dipping into the archive for stories on the art of prediction and wood burner pollution
Feb 22, 2020
Artificial (not so) IntelligenceFebruary 22, 2020
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...