This pandemic had a lot of people thinking that they would finally get around to the creative project that they have had in mind for the longest time. Louis Theroux is one such person. A journalist famed for the high quality of his popular documentary work, Theroux is a gift to the world of podcasts. Using this time to speak to the people that he has always wanted to interview, if the first episode of Grounded is anything to go by, it's going to be an audio gem.
Theroux always produces work that has something to say. He's a master interviewer who hardly ever gets flustered and knows which questions to ask and when to ask them. As he admits in his chat with Jon Ronson, he has a talent for directing conversations and situations to inconspicuously go where he wants them to. Theroux won't be releasing episodes that ramble on for hours at a time. Each episode will be stripped of fat; a lean listening experience.
The aim of creating interesting content is greatly assisted by the equally brilliant Ronson, a journalist and documentarian who is a contemporary of Theroux's. They speak about their parallel careers and it makes for fascinating podcasting. They share their opinions on conspiracy theorists, nazis, and other nefarious characters. It's a unique type of interview about these subjects because both participants have spent time studying them closely.
We rank the ten things that we learned from Jon Ronson's appearance on Louis Theroux's Grounded podcast.