Jon Ronson is a gonzo-style journalist, author, documentary filmmaker and radio presenter who is best known for his investigations of controversial fringe subject matter in the realm of politics and science.
After going down a Ronson rabbit-hole, we’ve discovered some highly entertaining documentaries that have a very special type of irony, and a unique humor all their own.
Below is a list of Ronson documentaries that are unlike anything else you’ve seen, and are worth the trip.
Crazy Rulers of the World
The Crazy Rulers of the World is a three part series that tells the extraordinary, never before told story of what happened when chiefs of US intelligence, the army, and the government began believing in very strange things.
Three years in the making, Jon Ronson’s Crazy Rulers of the World explores the apparent madness at the heart of US military intelligence. With first-hand access to the leading players in the story, Jon Ronson examines the extraordinary – and plain bizarre – national secrets at the core of George W Bush’s war on terror.
Part 1: The Men Who Stare At Goats
Part 2: Funny Torture
Part 3: The Psychic Footsoldiers
The final episode looks into the military’s involvement with remote viewing and mind control experiments.
Kidneys for Jesus
The Jesus Christians are unusually committed to their faith. They give up everything they own – including, now, their spare kidneys. For a year, Jon Ronson exclusively followed the group as they attempted to donate their kidneys to strangers in the UK and the US.
But who should they give them to? Where can they advertise? Will the hospitals, the media, and the potential recipients see their gesture as a miracle, or as the self-destructive act of a controversial religious movement?
I Am, Unfortunately, Randy Newman
Randy Newman is a lifelong hero of Ronson’s, and in this intimate profile, Newman takes Ronson to his Bel Air home, plays some original songs, and muses on his inexplicable lack of popularity.