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Oct 14, 2021

Excess deaths, vaccine harms and lockdowns: how should experts communicate about these complex, politically explosive issues? Michael Blastland quizzes statistical duo David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters on what they’ve learnt while writing a weekly column for the Observer. They explore the importance of context...


Apr 26, 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?  Joining David to explore interactive dashboards, misinformation and what’s not in the data are: 

Professor John Aston -...


Mar 28, 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 Barr - Data Projects Editor at The Guardian

Tom Chivers - Science Editor at UnHerd and the author of


Nov 23, 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 of the Vaccine Confidence Project and the author of Stuck: How Vaccine Rumours Start — and Why They...


Sep 18, 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 predominates?

Joining David to share their experience from the frontlines are:

Professor Brooke Rogers...