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Series 2 Episode 1: Living in the Past

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Jon recalls an incident in the past when he was thrown into a lake by school friends.

Journalist Jon Ronson confronts his bullies at his school reunion. With Dan Tetsell and Robert Popper. From January 2006.

Journalist and broadcaster Jon Ronson looks at the human condition with the help of interviewees and reporters from the world of writing and performance.

Jon investigates why often it is so difficult to leave a particular incident in the past. He he looks back to the time when he was thrown into a lake by his school friends, and confronts his bullies at his school reunion. Father Ted writer Graham Linehan remembers his own bully, and comedians Dan Tetsell and Robert Popper discover that they have parallel stories: one has a Nazi grandfather, the other a Jewish evacuee grandmother.

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Series 2 Episode 2: Irrational Thoughts

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Journalist Jon Ronson asks why his inner conversations spiral into irrationality.

Journalist and broadcaster Jon Ronson asks why his inner conversations spiral into irrationality and discovers he isn't alone.

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Series 2 Episode 3: Lying

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Journalist and broadcaster Jon Ronson asks whether we're all natural born liars.

Journalist and broadcaster Jon Ronson asks whether we're all natural born liars. With Danny Wallace and Danny Robbins. From January 2006.

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Series 2 Episode 4: Friendship

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Journalist Jon Ronson asks can you really have thousands of friends?

Journalist Jon Ronson asks can you really have thousands of friends? With Caitlin Moran. From February 2006.

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Series 2 Episode 5: Waiting

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Journalist and broadcaster Jon Ronson asks, why should we wait for the things we want?

Journalist and broadcaster Jon Ronson asks why should we wait for the things we want? With Alain De Botton. From February 2006.

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Series 2 Episode 6: Building Bridges

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Journalist Jon Ronson finds out about political networking and resolving conflict.

Journalist Jon Ronson finds out about political networking and resolving conflict. With Tom Hart Dyke. From February 2006.

Journalist and broadcaster Jon Ronson asks why and how we learn to metaphorically build bridges.

He talks to Tom Hart Dyke, who was kidnapped by Colombian rebels when out orchid hunting and spent nine months trying to build bridges with his captors. He hears how writer Jesse Armstrong remembers failing to build bridges while working in politics.

Jon also takes his producer to a workplace mediator to find out if he really is a difficult person to work with.

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Series 6 Episode 5: Aiming Low

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Jon Ronson talks to Stewart Lee about why we are all so caught up in competitive lives.

Jon talks to Stewart Lee about why we're all so caught up in competitive lives. How is aiming low a way forward? From May 2011.

Jon Ronson talks to Stewart Lee about why we are all so caught up in competitive lives. They discuss how choosing to aim low in a conscious way is the way forward.

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Series 5 Episode 5: Ambition

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Jon interviews people at different points in their lives to assess how ambition shapes us.

Jon Ronson interviews people at different points in their lives to assess how driving ambition shapes us. From February 2010.

The writer Jon Ronson asks how our driving ambitions shape us. By interviewing several people at different points in their lives, he sees how ambition can make and break people.

He talks to an 11 year old boy who has plans to be a world class architect, a young woman who has set her sites on being Prime Minister and an ambitious stock broker whose success led him down a dangerous path towards a high security prison in the US.

Producer: Laura Parfitt

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Series 6 Episode 3: The Fine Line Between Good and Bad

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Jon meets the sisters who were part of the girl group from the 1960s, 'The Shaggs'.

Jon Ronson returns with more fascinating stories shedding light on the human condition. He meets the sisters who were part of the girl group from the 1960s, 'The Shaggs'.

Writer and documentary maker Jon Ronson returns for another series of fascinating stories shedding light on the human condition.

Recorded on location in Fremont, New Hampshire, Jon meets the sisters who were part of the girl group from the 1960s 'The Shaggs'. Created by their father, the sisters were home schooled and made to practice every day. Their album, Philosophy of the World was ridiculed and a flop, but remarkably many years later they were re-discovered and hailed as way ahead of their time and a major contribution to music. The other story in this programme is told by Simon Hollis who recalls the time he worked as a designer in Calvin Klein's New York flag ship store and made a major mistake with too many red candles.

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Series 5 Episode 4: Being Alone

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Jon Ronson asks if we are more ourselves or less ourselves when we are alone.

Writer Jon Ronson asks are we more ourselves or less ourselves when we are alone? With David Quantick, Graham Linehan and Yoshiro Nakamatsu. From January 2010.

The writer Jon Ronson asks are we more ourselves or less ourselves when we are alone? He confronts David Quantick, who Jon noticed avoiding him in the street one day.

Father Ted writer Graham Linehan reveals the moment he was ignored. We also talk to Yoshiro Nakamatsu, the world's most prolific inventor about the moment he invents - alone and under water. Finally we hear of the British man who was jailed in Japan and wasn't allowed to speak to anyone in his daily life for nearly 3 years.

Producer: Laura Parfitt

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Series 1 Episode 1: Amateur Sleuths

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Jon Ronson explores the world of amateur sleuthing with a collection of strange stories.

4 Extra Debut. Journalist Jon Ronson explores the world of amateur sleuthing with a collection of extraordinary stories. From December 2004.

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Series 1 Episode 2: Being Invisible

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Jon investigates invisibility, with extraordinary stories from Michael Foot and Jon Holmes

Journalist Jon Ronson investigates invisibility, with extraordinary stories from Michael Foot and Jon Holmes. From December 2004.

Journalist and broadcaster Jon Ronson tries to find out how to be invisible with the help of a collection of extraordinary stories which try to illuminate the human condition.

He talks to Frank Ahearn, whose job it is to make people vanish; comedian Jon Holmes, whose parents are 'invisible' to him as he is adopted; and Maggie O'Farrell who recalls her time as a chamber maid, cleaning hotel rooms while guests carried on extremely personal activities.

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Series 1 Episode 3: Positive Thinking

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The journalist tries walking on hot coals, and explores the power of cults.

Ian Haworth talks about his experience of leaving a cult, and Jon tries out his own powers of positive thinking when he goes fire-walking. From December 2004.

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Series 1 Episode 4: Going West

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Tales of hitchhiking and spirituality, featuring Mormons and a pair of criminal brothers.

Tales of hitchhiking and spirituality, featuring the Mormons and a pair of criminal brothers. With Rich Hall. From January 2005.

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Series 1 Episode 5: The Comfort of Strangers

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Jon talks to Abdullah Redpath, who found and lost the love of his life in a 12-hour period

A perfect relationship frozen in time and a dog healer - the journalist hears stories of chance encounters. From January 2005.

Jon Ronson collects a series of extraordinary stories to illuminate the human condition.

Jon talks to Abdullah Redpath, who found and then lost the love of his life in a remarkable 12-hour period. Comedian Danny Robins tries to make new friends in Amsterdam and Miranda Sawyer interviews Mark Pilkington, who hitch-hiked and found himself in the company of helpful strangers who turned out to be criminals.

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Series 1 Episode 6: Magical Moments

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The journalist shares extraordinary stories of enchanting human encounters.

Jeremy Dyson's father changed his life with a trip to a Blackpool joke shop, and Danny Wallace takes it upon himself to perform random acts of kindness. From January 2005.

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Series 4 Episode 4: How to Stop Time

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The scientist who wants to time travel and the world record holder for staying awake.

The scientist who wants to time travel and the world record holder for staying awake. With Danny Robins. From September 2008.

Jon Ronson wonders how we slow down or even stop time in a world which seems to be constantly accelerating. He talks to the scientist who claims to be developing a method of time travel and eventually hopes to visit the father who died in his childhood. He also talks to a man who holds the world record for staying awake the longest, thereby doubling his time. Guests include comedian Danny Robins.

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Series 3 Episode 2: Waking Up From a Dream

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Jon talks to Jon Downes, who spent his life searching for mythical creatures.

Jon talks to Jon Downes, who spent his life searching for mythical creatures before turning his attention to something more real. From June 2007.

Waking up from a Dream

Jon talks to John Downes, director of the Centre of Fortean Zoology who spent his life searching for mythical creatures. When he woke up and realised they didn't exist, he turned his attention to something much more real, a giant eel spotted in Lake Windermere. Jon follows him on his underwater adventure.

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Series 3 Episode 1: The Internet Date from Hell

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Mary's tale of marriage to a man who appeared to be a clever and brave CIA agent.

4 Extra Debut. Journalist Jon Ronson hears Mary's tale of marriage to a man who appeared to be a clever and brave CIA agent. From May 2007.

Journalist Jon Ronson investigates the extraordinary story of Mary Turner Thompson, who experienced the worst internet date ever which lasted seven years and was to cause the total devastation of her life.

Edinburgh-based Mary met and married a man who told her he was a CIA agent. Jon visits her in Scotland and hears the incredible twisting and turning love story of Will and Mary. Will carried a gun and had to dash off to Israel at a moment's notice; Mary was left holding the baby, never knowing when he would come back, and was unable to contact him. She even feared a terrorist attack on her home. But the most bizarre twist was still to come.

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Series 4 Episode 3: States of Mind

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How we all exist in different states of reality, according to the balance of our minds.

Jon Ronson looks at how we all exist in different states of reality. With Derek Draper on sociopathic behaviour in Parliament. From September 2008.

Jon Ronson looks at how we all exist in different states of reality, according to the balance of our minds.

He talks to ex-Labour spin doctor and psychoanalyst Derek Draper about the sociopathic behaviour in Parliament. Jon also interviews the ex-Norwegian prime minister who resigned after announcing he was depressed and who later went on to be re-elected.

There is also an update on a previous story involving ex-MI5 officer David Shayler, who announced he is the Messiah and invites Jon along to his first press conference.

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