More or Less, last episode of the series

The last episode of this series of More or Less airs on Radio 4 at 1.30 GMT today.

This week, we parse the unemployment numbers and ask why they haven’t risen as fast or as far as expected; Chris Bowlby asks whether we should pay so much attention to age benchmarks such as 18, 50 or 65 – I wonder if he is worried about something? We also ask what the midpoint of the last century was, and we discover celebrity ichyometry.

Mark Easton, BBC Home Editor, presents a fascinating essay on the history of political statistics. And we will also be discussing whether it’s possible to “keep libel laws out of science“, with libel expert Duncan Lamont, and science writer (and libel-court survivor) Ben Goldacre.

The program website is here, or you can subscribe to the podcast, or send us your ideas for investigations: moreorless@bbc.co.uk.

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Tim, also known as the Undercover Economist, writes about the economics of everyday life.