Things Fell Apart

Things Fell Apart

A series of strange, unexpected human stories from the history of the culture wars.

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March 30, 2022 43 min
In this bonus episode of Things Fell Apart, Jon Ronson's friend and fellow documentary maker Louis Theroux asks him all about how he made the series. They take a deep dive into Culture Wars battles and explore Jon's storytelling methods, all while chatting about Jon's broken arm, putting old rivalries to bed, and how they deal with difficult interviewees when they both hate conflict. Produced by Sarah Shebbeare
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An incident of racist bullying on Snapchat is currently tearing apart a small town on a lake in Michigan. As the ripples spread, practically every conflict we’ve encountered throughout our series rears its head. Presented by Jon Ronson Produced by Sarah Shebbeare Assistant Producer Sam Peach Music composed by Phil Channell
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January 25, 2022 32 min
It’s 2017. Late one night after a party a Hollywood actor plays a prank on a friend. But the prank backfires terribly and the ripples are seismic - taking us inside Donald Trump’s White House and the Capitol insurrection of January 2021. Written and presented by Jon Ronson Produced by Sam Peach Original music by Phil Channell Archive with credit to: Videos discussing Isaac Kappy: Lisa Crapella.– Youtube , The Truth Blog Part 2 –...
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January 25, 2022 35 min
This story is about how the unique experiences of a little girl growing up unconventionally in America in the 1970s seismically changed the face of feminism in the 90s and beyond. It's a story too about the invention of a word - one that's contributed to a ferocious schism in the British culture wars. Written and presented by Jon Ronson Produced by Sarah Shebbeare Original music by Phil Channell
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January 25, 2022 33 min
This is the story of the very first person to be publicly shamed because of something they did online. It’s 1988, the internet exists only in its most nascent form, and a software designer, Brad Templeton, uploads onto a message board a joke in poor taste. How the architects of the emerging internet respond to the joke will create a set of rules that the rest of us have lived under ever since… Written and presented by Jon Ronson P...
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January 25, 2022 32 min
In the mid 1980s a new conspiracy theory proliferates across America - that cabals of Satanists are secretly preying on children and polluting the culture. This ‘Satanic panic’ is a madness with bizarre and dreadful consequences – as an unsuspecting young woman in New Jersey is about to discover… Written and presented by Jon Ronson Produced by Sarah Shebbeare Original music by Phil Channell
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January 25, 2022 33 min
It’s the early 1980s and a hugely popular television evangelist is having a crisis of conscience. She wants Christian evangelism to be less bigoted. And so, to the horror of her peers, she invites a very unexpected guest onto her TV show… Written and presented by Jon Ronson Produced by Sarah Shebbeare Original music by Phil Channell Archive from the PTL network's 'Tammy's House Party' and the 'PTL Club'.
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January 25, 2022 31 min
1974. A church minister's wife in West Virginia learns of a brand new curriculum being introduced into her children's school. So she decides to read all 325 new textbooks herself. What she discovers horrifies her so much she instigates a State-wide insurrection. But were some of her concerns based on a misunderstanding? Written and presented by Jon Ronson Produced by Sarah Shebbeare Assistant Producer Sam Peach Original mu...
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January 25, 2022 31 min
It's the early 1970s. Frank Schaeffer is an American kid living in the Swiss Alps – the son of an influential Christian art historian - who daydreams of one day making Hollywood films. But for that he needs a show-reel to prove himself. The ripples of Frank's creative ambitions will help trigger one of America's most violent culture wars around the legalization of abortion and Roe vs Wade. Written and presented by Jon...
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January 5, 2022 3 min
If you've ever yelled at someone on social media about, say, cancel culture or mask-wearing, then you are a soldier in the culture wars - those everyday battles for dominance between conflicting values. The acclaimed writer and podcaster Jon Ronson has seen friends swallowed up in them to the extent that it's ruined their lives. Jon was curious to learn how things fell apart, and so he went back into the history of the cult...
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