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Risky Talk

13 EpisodesProduced by Ilan GoodmanWebsite

How can we best communicate the risks and the evidence on the most pressing issues of the day – from genetics and nutrition, to climate change and immigration? David Spiegelhalter is joined by the world’s top experts to tackle urgent, practical challenges which affect us all.

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How Misinformation Spreads

December 14th, 2021


From anti-vaxx propaganda to partisan political news and wild covid conspiracies, social media is awash with dodgy, even dangerous (mis)information. …

Covid By Numbers

October 14th, 2021


Excess deaths, vaccine harms and lockdowns: how should experts communicate about these complex, politically explosive issues? Michael Blastland …

Communicating Evidence to Policymakers

April 26th, 2021


Politicians and civil servants are hungry for data to help design effective policy. How do we best collect and communicate this evidence - to support …

Doing Journalism with Data

March 28th, 2021


Statistics need care and context - but journalists are under pressure to craft engaging stories. Is there a way of doing both? 

Joining David to explore how you turn data into a clear and compelling story are:

Caelainn …

Communicating about Vaccines

November 23rd, 2020


Communicating about vaccines has never been higher stakes. How do we do it well?

Joining David to explore the importance of scientific rigour, listening and building relationships are:

Professor Heidi Larson - Director …

Communicating In a Crisis

September 18th, 2020


Chemical spills, food scares, terrorist attacks and, of course, pandemics: How can we help manage and reduce the impact of these frightening events with good communication - even while evidence is scant and uncertainty …

Communicating Evidence in a Pandemic

August 20th, 2020


The public appetite for scientific evidence during the coronavirus pandemic has been voracious. But communicating it well is a fiendish challenge. How can governments give clear advice while also acknowledging …

Confronting Uncertainty with Tamsin Edwards

May 23rd, 2020


For leading climate scientist Dr Tamsin Edwards, probabilities and possible futures are part of her everyday work. She joins David to explore uncertainty in different aspects of her life: as a statistician and …

Coronavirus: Understanding the Numbers

April 2nd, 2020


The unfolding coronavirus pandemic is a story driven by numbers. But how reliable are the numbers we have? What can the data really tell us – and …

Communicating about Climate Change

March 1st, 2020


How can we communicate about climate change in the most engaging, informative and even persuasive ways? What are the different audiences we need to reach, and how can we craft effective communications for each of them?

Stats in the Headlines: Crime, Immigration and Political Polls

March 1st, 2020


Stats about crime, immigration, unemployment and political polls fuel political debate and drive headlines. But how are these ‘soft’ numbers really …

Communicating Genetic Risk

March 1st, 2020


Personal genetic risk information is set to be become part of everyday healthcare. But is some unhelpful, even dangerous? What psychological impact …

Introducing Risky Talk

February 5th, 2020


Risky Talk features conversations with the world’s top experts in risk and evidence communication addressing urgent, practical challenges: How can doctors communicate the risks and benefits of medical treatment? How …

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