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The Data Detective

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From "one of the great (greatest?) contemporary popular writers on economics" (Tyler Cowen) comes a smart, lively, and encouraging rethinking of how to use statistics. Today we think statistics are the enemy, numbers used to mislead and confuse us. That's a mistake, Tim Harford says in The Data Detective. We shouldn't be suspicious of statistics - we need to understand what they mean and how they can improve our lives: they are, at heart, human behavior seen through the prism of numbers and are often "the only way of grasping much of what is going on around us." If we can toss aside our fears and learn to approach them clearly - understanding how our own preconceptions lead us astray - statistics can point to ways we can live better and work smarter.  As "perhaps the best popular economics writer in the world" (New Statesman), Tim Harford is an expert at taking complicated ideas and untangling them for millions of listeners. In The Data Detective, he uses new research in science and psychology to set out 10 strategies for using statistics to erase our biases and replace them with new ideas that use virtues like patience, curiosity, and good sense to better understand ourselves and the world. As a result, The Data Detective is a big-idea book about statistics and human behavior that is fresh, unexpected, and insightful.

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Narrator: Tim Harford
Author: Tim Harford
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
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Tim Harford

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Tim Harford joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios for an exclusive interview. His latest book, Messy, may just make us all feel better when we have a messy desk at work!

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Simon Evans Goes to Market: The Complete Series 1-5


All five series of Simon Evans’ BBC Radio 4 show explaining economics through comedy. How do you make money funny? How do you put the comedy in commodity? In this BBC radio show, Simon Evans sets himself the challenge of making economics entertaining through comedic lectures, with the help of special guests including investment gurus, financial journalists and economists. In series one and two, he examines the chequered social and economic histories of eight important commodities: land, gold, oil, grain, alcohol, tobacco, coffee and sugar. By looking at these fundamental products, Simon brings us to a closer understanding of how global economic forces have a far-reaching and often surprising impact on our lives. Series three sees him exploring four of the stages that mark our journey through life - youth, marriage, birth and death - and how economics is part of every one of those stages, whether we like it or not. In series four, Simon looks at the concept of the ‘free lunch’ and shines a light on new ways of making money in the 21st century, from social media and multinationals that appear to be operating tax-free to philanthropy and the cost of health. Finally, in series five, he points his jokenomics lens at the competing theories of macroeconomics and the ‘Big Beards’ who devised them - Adam Smith, Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes - and reflects on how they shape our world today, and how they can help us out of our current economic predicament. Among his regular guests are Financial Times columnist and presenter of Radio 4’s More or Less, Tim Harford; Timandra Harkness, author of Big Data: Does Size Matter?; and the queen of investment know-how, editor-in-chief of MoneyWeek Merryn Somerset Webb. Produced by Tilusha Ghelani (series one), Claire Jones (series two and three), Richard Morris (series four and five).

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
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