Jon Ronson has explored the world of psychopaths, conspiracy theorists, public shaming and most recently, the porn industry. So what drives him to look so closely at the fringes of society? We talk about his latest series, The Last Days Of August, an investigation into the untimely death of pornstar August Ames. Delving deeper into the making of this podcast, we discuss ethics, Ronson’s own mental health struggles and the psychology of shame. Inspired by gonzo journalism, Ronson reflects on longform journalism and why he stays in the picture. One of today’s most humanistic storytellers, this time he tells us his.

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