Jon Ronson on Conspiracies, Culture Wars and How Things Fell Apart

Jon Ronson on Conspiracies, Culture Wars and How Things Fell Apart

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‘We’re living in post-truth times where all sorts of lies are allowed to flourish for all sorts of reasons, and many people are guilty of that from across the political spectrum. What the podcast is about in the end is that we have to hold on to truth like driftwood or else we’ll drown.’ – Jon Ronson

The final minutes of the first episode of Jon Ronson’s new podcast and Radio 4 series on the history of the culture wars will stop you in your tracks wherever you happen to be. Walking the dog. Opening the fridge. Running in the park. It’s a remarkable moment of storytelling and reporting – and the episodes that follow just keep getting better.

Things Fell Apart, Ronson’s new series, has been listened to more than five million times already. It is a remarkable, pivotal body of work. In it, the journalist, author and filmmaker takes his long standing interest in conspiracy theories and the culture wars to a new level. Topics he explores include antifa (the US anti-fascist movement), Black Lives Matter, anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists and gender politics. Never before have the culture wars – which can sometimes appear unreal and distant – felt more alarming and real-world.

On June 3 Ronson, back in the UK from his home in New York, brings Things Fell Apart to the Intelligence Squared stage for an exclusive London event. He will use clips, images and outtakes and will share previously untold backstories about the making of the series.

Ronson is one of the world’s great live storytellers and he’s never had a more important story to tell.

He will be in conversation with a special guest, to be announced.


More Information:

The venue is seating only. All seats are unreserved and are taken on a first come first serve basis. Please arrive early before event door times if you have preferred seats. Due to the nature of our venue, please be prepared to queue for entry.

The venue is fully accessible, with use of ramps and the upstairs bar is accessible with use of a platform lift. Please email [email protected] with your accessibility requirements as soon as you purchase your ticket.

The bar is located on the first floor of the venue and will be open from the stated door time and remain open after the show.

Alcohol consumption will be limited to the bar area only, it is not permitted to take alcohol to the main chapel space.  An array of soft drinks and snacks will also be available and are permitted in the main space. (Please note, no food or drink may be brought from outside into the venue. Water bottles must be emptied before entering the venue, with refilling stations available inside).