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Michael Blastland

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Michael Blastland

Michael Blastland

Michael Blastland is a freelance writer and broadcaster. Programmes he has devised and presented or produced include More or Less (about numbers in the news, with Andrew Dilnot); The Human Zoo (about behavioural science); The History of Britain in Numbers (also with Andrew), and Whodunnit (about the causes of social change). He is also an occasional presenter of Analysison Radio 4 and The inquiry. His writing includes The Tiger That Isn’t (with Andrew Dilnot, about numbers in public debate); The Norm Chronicles (with David Spiegelhalter, about risk), and Joe (about his son’s autism). He talks and presents widely to public and private sector, and trains senior BBC and other journalists to interpret data. He is currently working on a book so foolhardy it might never see daylight, aiming at a popular treatment of causality and evidence. 

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Latest news

A new episode of RiskyTalk: Communicating covid-19 statistics

14 October 2021

Michael Blastland returns to nudge Sir David out of his own podcast hosting chair and turn the tables, to interview Sir David Spiegelhalter and Dr Anthony Masters on what they've …

Latest data from the MHRA on blood clots associated with the Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine

7 May 2021

We've produced some new graphics to illustrate the data released on 6th May 2021 on blood clots and the AstraZeneca vaccine from the MHRA

Risky Talk - Communicating Evidence to Policymakers

26 April 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 good governance and public accountability? …

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