Michael Blastland

Michael worked as a journalist for the BBC for nearly 20 years where, among other programmes on R4, he created More or Less, and produced and presented Analysis. More recently, he wrote and produced A History of Britain in Numbers with Andrew Dilnot and devised and continues to present The Human Zoo on Radio 4, about behavioural science.

He writes, teaches and presents widely, ranging from executive leadership at Oxford’s Said Business School, or statistical thinking at the Dept of Health and the BBC, to risk communication for biogenetics or sustainable energy.

He’s written three books: Joe about autism; The Tiger That Isn’t (with Andrew Dilnot) about numbers in the news; and The Norm Chronicles (with David Spiegelhalter) about risk and chance.

Related Sessions
Sunday 19 October 2014, 14.00 Pit Theatre

From betting to minimum pricing: saving the poor from themselves?

"Five debates a day sounds a bit daunting beforehand, but I really loved it. The speakers are so knowledgeable and passionate about their chosen topic, and the amount of time dedicated to questions from the audience was great as it really brought in alternative views."
Exeter University student

follow the Academy of Ideas

Newsletter

Keep up to date with Academy of Ideas news and events by joining our mailing list.