OU on the BBC: More or Less - HPV Vaccine, Qatar migrant workers and chocolate diets

Updated Thursday 4th June 2015

Tim Harford and the More or Less team investigate the numbers behin the side-effects of the HPV vaccine, deaths of migrant workers in Qatar and look at the story behind the chocolate experiment designed to fool the press. 

Injection of a vaccine with a syringe. Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Thodonal | Dreamstime.com About the episode

The Independent on Sunday reported that the number of cases of serious side-effects being reported from the HPV vaccine were through the roof compared to other vaccines. Is this the case? More or Less investigates.

Where does the figure 1200 deaths among migrant workers who work on the world cup actually come from? More or Less talks to the International Trade Unions Confederation who first published the figure.

Tim Harford and the More or Less team also tell the story behind the chocolate experiment designed to deliberately fool the press.

How long is a generation? More or Less ask how you measure a generation and whether the length is changing.

Finally, Jordan Ellenberg talks about his book about how using maths in life can stop you being fooled. 

Listen to More or Less

Tune into BBC Radio 4 on Friday 5 June at 16:30 to listen to this week's programme. It is repeated at 20:00 on Sunday 7 June. More information and a link to listen again later will be available from the BBC Website. See the series page on OpenLearn here.

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