Stories by Jon Ronson

At 17, Eleanor Longden started to hear voices and was diagnosed as a schizophrenic — a label she rejects. Now she is a high achieving academic, living happily with the voices.

Jon Ronson
BBC Radio 4
30 min 00 sec
Air Date: 04/26/2011

The story of a man who has spent more than a decade trying to convince doctors that he’s not mentally ill. But the more he argues his case, the less they believe him.

Jon Ronson
This American Life
25 min 00 sec
Air Date: 07/10/2009

Comedian Robert Popper couldn’t stop his drunken friend from putting their lives at risk during a wedding in Israel, and a survivor of the 7/7 terrorist attacks is unable to refrain from joining in with message boards accusing her of being a government plant.

Jon Ronson
BBC Radio 4
30 min 00 sec
Air Date: 06/12/2007

The pop star Robbie Williams is taking time out from his career and has been researching UFO sightings, abductees, and the possibility of extra-terrestrial life. Jon Ronson accompanies him to a UFO conference in Laughlin, Nevada.

Jon Ronson
BBC Radio 4
30 min 01 sec
Air Date: 05/06/2008

Jon Ronson goes to his high school reunion to figure out why his friends threw him in a lake when he was 16. He suspects it was because he was fat. But no one at the reunion remembers it quite the way he does. A shorter version aired on This American Life.

Jon Ronson
BBC Radio 4
27 min 49 sec
Air Date: 09/03/2009

Rachel North was on a train that got blown up in the London subway bombings. After blogging about her experience, Rachel became a spokeswoman for a survivors’ group. Conspiracy theorists started attacking her online. For some reason, she engaged them.

Jon Ronson
This American Life
21 min 00 sec
Air Date: 08/10/2007

The extraordinary story of Mary Turner Thompson. Mary met and married Will, a man who said he was a CIA agent. He dashed off to Israel, leaving Mary holding the baby, never knowing when he would come back. But the most bizarre twist was still to come.

Jon Ronson
BBC Radio 4
30 min 04 sec
Air Date: 05/29/2007

Elliot Castro spent five years being a con man, travelling first class around the world, pursuing a five-star, fantasy life that eventually spiralled out of control.

Jon Ronson
BBC Radio 4
28 min 59 sec
Air Date: 09/04/2008

One percent of the general population tests as psychopath. Four percent of corporate leaders do. With that in mind, the reporter pays an unforgettable visit to a former Sunbeam CEO. Plus, Jon Ronson talks more about psychopaths with Jesse Thorn.

Jon Ronson
This American Life
15 min 00 sec
Air Date: 05/27/2011