21 episodes

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.
In Jon Ronson’s award winning first series of Things Fell Apart, he explored the origin stories of these culture wars which have divided us so toxically for decades. But now new battle lines have been drawn. Many of them are linked by one extraordinary thing: they all snowballed within days of each other, just weeks into lockdown. And so in Season Two of Things Fell Apart, Jon Ronson uncovers intriguing and wholly unexpected origin stories, but this time of the culture wars that ignited during lockdown, and now dominate society.

Things Fell Apart BBC Podcasts

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 506 Ratings

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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.
In Jon Ronson’s award winning first series of Things Fell Apart, he explored the origin stories of these culture wars which have divided us so toxically for decades. But now new battle lines have been drawn. Many of them are linked by one extraordinary thing: they all snowballed within days of each other, just weeks into lockdown. And so in Season Two of Things Fell Apart, Jon Ronson uncovers intriguing and wholly unexpected origin stories, but this time of the culture wars that ignited during lockdown, and now dominate society.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    S2. How Things Fell Apart, with Jon Ronson and Adam Buxton

    S2. How Things Fell Apart, with Jon Ronson and Adam Buxton

    In this bonus episode, Jon Ronson's friend and fellow podcaster Adam Buxton chat about the latest season of Things Fell Apart. They discuss their favourite moments from the show and how to best navigate the culture wars, all while also chatting about lockdown, fatherhood, social anxiety and how a rough time at Cardiff High School made Jon Ronson a better journalist.

    • 36 min
    S2. Ep 8: Mikki’s Hero’s Journey

    S2. Ep 8: Mikki’s Hero’s Journey

    How a former actor and model, burned by Hollywood and devastated by the death of his brother, has become an important culture warrior, fueling the flames of every story we tell this season.
    Written and presented by Jon Ronson
    Produced by Sarah Shebbeare
    Original music by Phil Channell

    • 37 min
    S2. Ep 7: You’ll Own Nothing and You’ll Be Happy

    S2. Ep 7: You’ll Own Nothing and You’ll Be Happy

    How a young man with a novel idea for affordable accommodation, and an Oxford man with a plan for bus lanes, and a Danish woman writing a thought experiment about car rentals, unwittingly became hate figures for conspiracy theorists.
    Written and presented by Jon Ronson
    Produced by Sarah Shebbeare
    Original music by Phil Channell

    • 33 min
    S2. Ep 6: A Hierarchy of Trauma

    S2. Ep 6: A Hierarchy of Trauma

    How a bestselling book about trauma - lockdown’s number one bestseller - helped the culture war over free speech burst out of colleges and into the workplace. A shift some people pejoratively call the Great Awokening.
    Written and presented by Jon Ronson
    Produced by Sarah Shebbeare
    Original music by Phil Channell

    • 33 min
    S2. Ep 5: Things Weren’t Going Back to Normal

    S2. Ep 5: Things Weren’t Going Back to Normal

    How a schism between a mother and her teenage daughter during lockdown contributed to Governor Ron DeSantis enacting new and far-reaching laws in Florida.
    Written and presented by Jon Ronson
    Produced by Sarah Shebbeare
    Original music by Phil Channell

    • 36 min
    S2. Ep 4: Spicy Brando

    S2. Ep 4: Spicy Brando

    How a disenfranchised young man, maddened by the strict lockdown laws in Michigan, joined a club of like-minded men and suddenly found himself under arrest for the most unlikely and horrific crime.
    Written and presented by Jon Ronson
    Produced by Sarah Shebbeare
    Original music by Phil Channell

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
506 Ratings

506 Ratings

lvicki11 ,

Best podcast I’ve listened to

All of Jon Ronson’s work is stellar. But Things Fell Apart is by far the best one. His fact checking is spot on and his manner of storytelling is down right addictive. Thank you for seeing and telling all sides! He’s the first I’ve seen to transcend the culture wars.

iGreeley ,

Fabulous Storytelling

A joy to listen to. Fabulous storytelling. Binged both seasons over a weekend.

kskrglmq ,

Tremendous podcast

Jon Ronson has an extraordinary way of connecting the dots, and his interviews are done with the deft and even hand of a remarkably skilled, curious and intelligent man. I would nominate him as the most important and accessible journalist on the topic of conspiracy theories today.

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