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  • The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

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    From best-selling writer Jon Ronson and the executive producer behind the TED Radio Hour and Invisibilia, Audible Originals presents a new seven-episode series. The Butterfly Effect is available now to pre-order for free.

    [Contains explicit content] Free for a limited time, hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.

    About Jon Ronson:

    Known for exploring the fringes of society, Jon Ronson is a best-selling writer, noted documentarian, and screenwriter – including the award-winning Frank and critically acclaimed Okja. He is the author of international hits So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, The Men Who Stare at Goats, and The Psychopath Test, amongst others. A TED Talks favorite, Ronson is also a regular contributor to public radio’s This American Life, the New York Times magazine, and GQ magazine.


    A Note from Jon:

    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to The Butterfly Effect. It’s sort of about porn, but it’s about a lot of other things. It’s sad, funny, moving and totally unlike some other nonfiction stories about porn - because it isn’t judgmental or salacious. It’s human and sweet and strange and lovely. It’s a mystery story, an adventure. It’s also, I think, a new way of telling a story. This season follows a single butterfly effect. The flap of the butterfly’s wings is a boy in Brussels having an idea. His idea is how to get rich from giving the world free online porn. Over seven episodes I trace the consequences of this idea, from consequence through to consequence. If you keep going in this way, where might you end up? It turns out you end up in the most surprising and unexpected places.

    So if you’re thinking, why do I want to listen to a show about the tech takeover of the porn industry, I have two things to say:

    1. Why wouldn’t you want to listen to a show about the tech takeover of the porn industry? That’s a great idea for a show.

    2. Would you want to listen to a show about three women destroying a mysterious Norwegian man’s stamp collection? Well, that happens at the end of episode 2. At the end of Episode 3 a woman becomes convinced that she played a part in a murder committed by an Italian priest. At the end of Episode 4 a boy in Oklahoma is forced to move to a house on the very, very edge of his town.

    I hope you like our show,

    Jon Ronson

  • The Elephant in the Room: A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the

    The Elephant in the Room: A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the "Alt-Right"

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    'But Hillary is a known Luciferian,' he tried. 'She's not a known Luciferian,' I said. 'Well, yes and no,' he said. In The Elephant in the Room, Jon Ronson, the New York Times best-selling author of The Psychopath Test, Them, and So You've Been Publicly Shamed, travels to Cleveland at the height of summer to witness the Republican National Convention.

  • Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie | Jon Ronson

    Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie

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    In the late 1980s Jon Ronson was the keyboard player in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band. Frank wore a big fake head. Nobody outside his inner circle knew his true identity. This became the subject of feverish speculation during his zenith years. Together, they rode relatively high. Then it all went wrong. Twenty-five years later and Jon has co-written a movie, Frank, inspired by his time in this great and bizarre band. Frank is set for release in 2014, starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Domhnall Gleeson and directed by Lenny Abrahamson.

  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries | Jon Ronson

    Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

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    Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures.

  • Them: Adventures with Extremists | Jon Ronson

    Them: Adventures with Extremists

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    Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed | Jon Ronson

    So You've Been Publicly Shamed

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    From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it? ''The terror of what?' I said.' The terror of being found out. 'For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work.

  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed | Jon Ronson

    So You've Been Publicly Shamed

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    From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. 'The terror of being found out.' For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work.

  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry | Jon Ronson

    The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

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    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

  • 52: The Checklist | Phoebe Judge,Dr. Ronald Schouten,Jon Ronson

    52: The Checklist

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    SPOILER WARNING: Please listen to Episode 51: "Money Tree" before you listen to this one. While working on our last episode, we became curious about the nature of psychopathy - how it is defined, and what to do if someone close to you meets the criteria. We spoke with Dr.Ronald Schouten, author of Almost a Psychopath, and Jon Ronson, authorof The Psychopath Test.

  • The Psychopath Test | Jon Ronson

    The Psychopath Test

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    This is a story about madness. It all starts when journalist Jon Ronson is contacted by a leading neurologist. She and several colleagues have recently received a cryptically puzzling book in the mail, and Jon is challenged to solve the mystery behind it. As he searches for the answer, Jon soon finds himself, unexpectedly, on an utterly compelling and often unbelievable adventure into the world of madness.

  • The Men Who Stare at Goats | Jon Ronson

    The Men Who Stare at Goats

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    In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US Army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

  • Strange Answers to the Psychopath Test | Jon Ronson

    Strange Answers to the Psychopath Test

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    Is there a definitive line that divides crazy from sane? With a hair-raising delivery, Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test, illuminates the gray areas between the two.

  • One for the Trouble: Book Slam, Volume One | Irvine Welsh,Jon Ronson,William Boyd,Hari Kunzru,Joe Dunthorne,Bernardine Evaristo,Helen Oyeyemi

    One for the Trouble: Book Slam, Volume One

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    • By Irvine Welsh, Jon Ronson, William Boyd, and others
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    One for the Trouble: Book Slam, Volume One is the first release from the UK’s premier literary event. Eighteen Book Slam alumni, from household names like Irvine Welsh and William Boyd to newcomers like Kate Tempest and Sophie Woolley, were approached to take a song title for inspiration for a new short story or poem. Some took this literally (Jon McGregor’s moving reimagining of A House’s 'Endless Art', for example); others suggestively....

  • Ep. 4: Punderdome 3000 | Will Arnett,Fred Firestone,Jo Firestone,Maeve Higgins,Jon Ronson

    Ep. 4: Punderdome 3000

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    [Contains explicit content] Co-hosted by the father-daughter duo of Fred and Jo Firestone, Punderdome 3000 features the best in competitive punnery. So pop up your umbrella, because the weatherman forecasts nothing but funder.

  • Strange Answers to the Psychopath Test | Jon Ronson

    Strange Answers to the Psychopath Test

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    Is there a definitive line that divides crazy from sane? With a hair-raising delivery, Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test, illuminates the gray areas between the two. Don’t miss Jon Ronson's Audible Original series, The Butterfly Effect, premiering July 27. More details at audible.com/thebutterflyeffect.

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