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Three Seconds to Nowhere
Dec 11 • 22 min
If you want to get from point A to point B, teleportation sounds like a good idea. But if you ever get the opportunity, just take a cab. Learn what happened to teleportation’s First Man. Written by Louis Kornfeld Performed by Peter McNerney, Hannah Chase,…
Meet Cara
Dec 2 • 15 min
Get to know our associate producer Cara Ehlenfeldt, and hear outtakes from the past year of The Truth. Make your mark. Go to radiotopia.fm to donate today.
Possessive
Nov 21 • 20 min
Eve, Jay, and Michael used to be close friends until life moved them in different directions. They are brought together by the death of an old friend Lilia, who reaches out from beyond the grave to meddle in their relationship. Written by Tim Platt…
Under the Influence
Nov 6 • 25 min
Rory, an influencer with over 2 million followers, discovers she has the incredible ability to rewrite history through social media. But what does having 2 million followers really mean if you have nothing to say? Written by Sam Reece Performed by Erica…
Double Feature of Darkness
Oct 23 • 32 min
Down in the dusty crypt of The Truth, we uncover the remains of two haunting stories. In the first, a mother’s most precious possession is discovered. In the second, a blood ritual conjures up angels… “Don’t Touch a Thing” was written by Louis Kornfeld,…
Self-Made Man
Oct 9 • 26 min
The mysterious founder and CEO of a tech company is about to tell the world the secret of his latest product… and his past. Written by Luke Burns Performed by Richie Moriarty, Josh Perilo, Jon Cook, Daniel Hubbard, Frankie Johnson, Louis Kornfeld, Mary…
Your Ears Are Burning
Sep 25 • 26 min
Tony’s always had a hard time reading the room. But then a mysterious man tells him about a podcast that plays back everything people say about you when you’re not there. Written by Mac Rogers Performed by Doug Moe, Dennis Pacheco, Louis Kornfeld, Alana…
Poofed
Sep 12 • 19 min
After helping a woman on a subway platform, a busker discovers that her ukulele has a strange power. Written by Rachel Wenitsky Performed by Rachel Wenitsky, Tallie Medel, Jeremy Bent, Bianca Casusol, Michael Delisle, Naomi Lorrain, Kyle Gordon, Jimmy…
BONUS: The Fitzroy Diaries
Aug 7 • 31 min
A woman walks, baby strapped to her chest, through the streets of Fitzroy and Carlton. As she walks, she notices the way the skyline edges upward, nudged by the cranes of developers. And she notices the history of this place, ever-present, despite those…
Hush Little Baby
Jul 24 • 24 min
Joanna thought she was prepared for her new baby. But the baby has plans of her own. Written by Marina Tempelsman Performed by Ann Carr, Erica Schroeder, David Ebert, Katie Hartman, Louis Kornfeld, Leslie Meisel, Erica Hernandez, Ariel Gitlin, Boris…
Moon Graffiti
Jul 10 • 16 min
Our story was inspired by a real contingency speech written in 1969 by William Safire for Richard Nixon titled “In Event of Moon Disaster.” It was the most listened-to piece on PRX in 2010, and the winner of the 2010 Mark Time Gold Award for Best Science…
Persuasive Tactics
Jun 26 • 24 min
A psychology student must clear her name using the power of persuasion. Written by Mary McDonnell. Performed by Kimberly Chatterjee, Jeff Wucher, Anthony Franqui, Margaret Burrus, Leonard Lyzner, and Nevada Caldwell. The Truth Instagram Twitter
BONUS: The Shadows
Jun 12 • 48 min
For today’s episode, we’re featuring an episode from another podcast: The Shadows. Kaitlin Prest, creator and host of the Prix-Italia winner The Heart, presents the first audio fiction from CBC Podcasts. The Shadows is a story about the anatomy of a…
The Body Genius, Part 5
May 29 • 28 min
Questions are answered and blood is spilled backstage at the 15th Annual Octane Awards. Performed by Chris Cafero, Eli James, Damon Ketron, Claire Burns, Chris Kipiniak, Jeremy Bent, Johan Matton, Connor Ratliff, Amy Warren, Ariel Gitlin, Erin Bartley,…
The Body Genius, Part 4
May 15 • 25 min
The walls close in on Evan, and new revelations shed light on the short, sad career of Wesley Stern. Performed by Chris Cafero, Eli James, Joanna Bradley, Margaret Burrus, Keith Rubin, Michael Cullen, Lila Newman, Rich Armstead, Liz Leimkuhler, Hunter…
The Body Genius, Part 3
May 1 • 26 min
Clues, conspiracy, and cutting-edge Swedish fitness technology await Evan at the Straffmotor Showroom. Performed by Chris Cafero, Marina Gasparyan, Johan Matton, Liz Leimkuhler, Hunter Nelson, Dennis Pacheco, Linnea Larsdotter, Ellinor DiLorenzo, Conrad…
The Body Genius, Part 2
Apr 17 • 23 min
Evan’s great body and surprisingly decent brain team up to investigate rumors and strange goings-on on the set of “Immortal Cop.” Performed by Chris Cafero, Joanna Bradley, Marina Gasparyan, Alli Brown, T.J. Mannix, Will Martinez, Boris Khaykin, Elana…
The Body Genius, Part 1
Apr 3 • 29 min
Evan is the most sought after personal trainer in Hollywood. His brain has always been good at bodies. But can it solve a murder? Performed by Chris Cafero, Eli James, Joanna Bradley, Stefan Schuette, Jeremey Bent, Connor Ratliff, Margaret Burrus, Keith…
The Other Fran
Feb 27 • 22 min
When a lawyer (Jo Firestone) attends her 20th high school reunion, a former classmate mistakes her for another person, and nostalgically recounts a shocking and revealing story. Written by Davy Gardner. Performed by Jo Firestone, Caroline Cotter, Margaret…
Meet Cute
Feb 13 • 22 min
Kate finally talks to that cute guy at the bowling alley, and he even asks her out on a date. It’s just like a movie romance until something unexpected happens… Written by Becca Schall. Performed by Ariel Gitlin, Amy Lynne Berger, Billy Bob Thompson,…
The Cavern
Jan 30 • 26 min
After her husband goes missing while on a tour of Ellsworth Caverns, a woman seeks to uncover the secret of the caves. Written by Luke Burns. Performed by Ann Carr, Rebecca Robles, Max Brand, Ed Herbstman, Danielle Delgado, Louis Kornfeld, Jonathan Nail,…
The Curse of Numb
Jan 15 • 22 min
A modern day hero awakes from a Curse, And looks for adventure. Oh! And there’s verse! Written by Mary McDonnell. Performed by Marisa Brau, Alison Cimmet, Liz Leimkuhler, Rachel Botchan, Alana Raquel Bowers, Will Storie, Stefan Schuette, and Davy Gardner.…
The Unremarkables
Dec 19, 2018 • 21 min
It’s bad enough that Alice and Mort find themselves in their late 50s with no jobs, and ruinous medical debt. But they’re also buckling under a feeling of utter insignificance, that the world ignores them. Then their best friends offer them an unexpected…
BONUS: All Your Questions Answered
Dec 13, 2018 • 33 min
In this special episode, Jonathan Mitchell and Davy Gardner answer listener questions, and talk about how the show is made. “Commitment” was written by Davy Gardner. Performed by Margaret Burrus, Jack Frederick, and Mac Rogers. Produced by Jonathan…
November 31st
Dec 5, 2018 • 16 min
After a humiliating defeat, an MMA fighter is eager for a rematch. But will the haunting memories of her loss get in the way? Written by Georgie Aldaco and Davy Gadner Performed by Ariana Rodriguez, Taylor Ortega, Chris Thompson, Will Martinez, Nanie…
Murder at Cakery Bakery
Nov 21, 2018 • 20 min
After murdering an annoying customer in a moment of rage, Meg must finish her bakery shift and destroy the corpse while being haunted by the dead customer’s ghost. Written by Mary McDonnell, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell. Our associate producer is…
The Saint of Machine
Nov 7, 2018 • 24 min
A reality tv producer travels to a small Texas town to find a man who can perform miracles. But there’s no such thing as miracles… right? Written by Louis Kornfeld, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell. Our associate producer is Davy Gardner.…
The Off Season, Part 4
Oct 22, 2018 • 22 min
“Notes from the Network” As a storm rages outside, a visit from the head of the network complicates Erica’s big story and Bruce’s attempt at a comeback. A four-part limited series from The Truth. Starring Peter Grosz and Erica Hernandez. Written by Marina…
The Off Season, Part 3
Oct 15, 2018 • 29 min
“Young Man, You’re Doing Fine” Erica interviews Bruce. Is she getting to the truth of his story? Or just helping a serial abuser get back on television? A four-part limited series from The Truth. Starring Peter Grosz and Erica Hernandez. Written by Marina…
The Off Season, Part 2
Oct 8, 2018 • 27 min
“Breaking In” Meet Erica. She’s an aspiring journalist who enjoys squatting in vacant Montauk homes during the off season. And on the second floor of one house she finds… a locked door. What could be in there? A four-part limited series from The Truth.…
The Off Season, Part 1
Oct 1, 2018 • 23 min
“Banished to the Hamptons” After being accused of sexual harassment live on air, television host Bruce Alvarez retreats to the Hamptons until the whole thing can blow over… if it ever will. A four-part limited series from The Truth. Starring Peter Grosz…
BONUS: Everything Is Alive
Jul 30, 2018 • 25 min
Meet Louis, a can of generic cola. For this special bonus episode of The Truth, we’re introducing you not only to an inanimate object, but a brand new Radiotopia show that features interviews with said objects. It fun and informative and fresh and smart,…
Wonderworld, U.S.A.
Jul 11, 2018 • 32 min
Explore Wonderworld, U.S.A., where the fun and the mental are fundamental! Featuring stories by Chris Kipiniak, Becca Schall, Louis Kornfeld, Lila Newman, and Davy Gardner.
Fish Girl
Jun 20, 2018 • 19 min
A girl finds an unlikely friend in a porcupine puffer fish. Written by Becca Schall, produced by Jonathan Mitchell. Performed by Bee Herbstman, Alison Cimmet, Scott Richardson, and Ed Herbstman.
The Jesse Eisenberg Effect
Jun 6, 2018 • 19 min
In 1993, a young boy named Jesse Eisenberg wrote a fan letter to an NBA star that would change the course of history. Written and performed by Eisenberg, this story was produced by Jonathan Mitchell and originally released on Slate Magazine’s Upon Further…
Visible & Drive Straight Ahead
May 23, 2018 • 19 min
Two stories: What if there were an app for blind people that could describe to them what they can’t see? Not just directions like a GPS, but descriptions of objects that paint a picture. It doesn’t exist quite like that yet, but we wrote a story that…
The Matter of Tyco
May 10, 2018 • 21 min
When you inherit a parrot with a past, you never know what you might hear. Written by Lila Newman and produced by Jonathan Mitchell. Performed by Lila Newman, Erica Hernandez, Joel Bernstein, Margaret Burrus, Kyle Gordon, Davy Gardner, Jeff Wucher, Jack…
Justice Battalion
Apr 19, 2018 • 29 min
How far is too far in the fight for Truth, Justice, and the American Way? This episode asks some serious questions by taking the form of a Saturday morning cartoon. Written by Casper Kelly, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell. Performed by Jake Hart, Marc…
The Runaways
Apr 4, 2018 • 16 min
A couple tries to make a break, without the future getting in their way. Performed by Chris Henry Coffey and Jenny Mudge Written by Chris Kipiniak Produced by Jonathan Mitchell This episode was sponsored in part by: Burrow (Use the promo code THETRUTH to…
The Hilly Earth Society
Mar 21, 2018 • 23 min
Some people are just too interesting to be left alone. Written by Louis Kornfeld and produced by Jonathan Mitchell. Performed by Michael Cullen. This episode was sponsored in part by: Burrow (Use the promo code THETRUTH to get $50 off your order); and…
Rideshare
Feb 28, 2018 • 18 min
Ordering a rideshare seems like a safe choice. But really, it’s just getting into a stranger’s car. Performed by Dana Kaplan-Angle, Amir Darvish, and Boris Khaykin. Written by Lila Newman, directed and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
Nuclear Winter
Feb 14, 2018 • 15 min
The end of the world didn’t scare them. They were nuclear launch officers, that’s their job. What scared them was the ghost. Written by Eric Molinsky (of the Imaginary Worlds podcast) and produced by Jonathan Mitchell. Featuring Woody Fu, Danielle…
The Co-op
Jan 31, 2018 • 20 min
A couple moves into a Co-op apartment that becomes more than they bargained for. Performed by Hannah Chase, Dennis Pacheco, Amy Warren, Susan Owen, Betty Hudson, Joel Bernstein, Michael Cullen, and Sam Tsoutsouvas. Written by Becca Schall, and produced by…
BONUS: The Polybius Conspiracy
Jan 17, 2018 • 36 min
An investigation into the origins of the Polybius legend leads to Bobby, who claims the game was responsible for his abduction as a teenager. In the thirty-five years since, Bobby has remained steadfast with his story, going so far as to organize a…
Mall Santa
Dec 13, 2017 • 20 min
A disenchanted mall Santa gets a surprise gift from SantaCon. Written by Louis Kornfeld, produced by Jonathan Mitchell. Performed by Tom Ligon, Chris Dwane, Anna Neu, Bianca Casusol, Jimmy O’Connell, Kevin Cobbs, Louis Kornfeld, Kerry Kastin, and Becca…
Troll
Nov 22, 2017 • 16 min
Everything would be fine if everyone would just listen. Written by Chris Kipiniak, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell. Performed by Abby Royle, Kyle Gordon, Ashlie Atkinson, and Jennete Cronk. With Jaymes Jorsling, Kerry Kastin, Chris Kipiniak, Becca…
Game Night
Nov 8, 2017 • 14 min
It’s a show of mystery, fun, and bad memories! Written by Davy Gardner, produced by Jonathan Mitchell and Kerry Kastin.
The Decider
Oct 25, 2017 • 16 min
What if a device could tell you exactly how satisfied you’d be with any decision? What if you could carry the future around in your pocket? What if you never had to say “what if” again? Performed by Tallie Medel and Tim Platt, with Kelsey Bailey. Written…
Magic Hugs
Oct 11, 2017 • 20 min
Maybe a hug really can be magic. Maybe. Performed by Austin Pendleton, April Matthis, and Jenny Lee Mitchell. Written by Louis Kornfeld and produced by Jonathan Mitchell
Brain Chemistry
Sep 27, 2017 • 23 min
A cryogenically-frozen man is revived in the future, to a world that is not quite what he expected. Written by Eric Molinsky, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell. Performed by Scott Adsit, Amy Warren, and Ed Herbstman, with Anna Neu, Billy Griffin, Alexis…
Possible Side Effects
Sep 13, 2017 • 18 min
Intestilax is a miracle cure for stomach pains. But be careful: it may have side effects. Written by Casper Kelly, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell. Performed by Adam Wade, Hannah Chase, Mariette Strauss, Elana Fishbein, Dennis Pacheco, Anne Antonucci,…
Influencers part 1
Jun 28, 2017 • 13 min
Imagine a near future where media influencers are sent to an internment camp. This episode was made in collaboration with Benjamen Walker, and part 2 is available now on his podcast Theory of Everything. Featuring Michael Delisle, Ann Carr, T.J. Mannix,…
Do the Voice
May 10, 2017 • 13 min
The voice of a cartoon boy takes a shot at live action. Starring Erica Schroeder as Betsy and Happy Louie. With Brian Dykstra, Marc Thompson, Justin Morgan, Rosie Whalen, Susan J. Jacks, Chris Kipiniak, Lorena Russi, Eric Molinsky, Kerry Kastin, Asher…
Intimacy Challenge
Apr 26, 2017 • 14 min
On the island of Thassos grows a very rare variety of the Lotus flower, Nymphaea Anamnesis. If you drink its extract, whatever you say or do for ten minutes after drinking it, you won’t remember. It’s kind of like Snapchat but “in life”. On this episode…
Hey Bumblebee
Apr 12, 2017 • 15 min
Spring is in the air and so are the bees. To celebrate, we made this collection of comedy sketches! Learn how Quantum Mechanics can help solve that familiar dilemma: scone or muffin? Meet the most conscientious mom on the playground. And hear the only…
Scavenger Hunt
Mar 22, 2017 • 12 min
What will they find? Performed by Rebecca Robles and Louis Kornfeld. Story by Louis Kornfeld, produced by Jonathan Mitchell. Recorded on location in New York City.
Miracle on the L Train
Mar 8, 2017 • 14 min
A subway ride becomes divinely dangerous. With Joanna Hausmann as Alice and T.J. Mannix as God. Written by Sarah Siskind with Louis Kornfeld, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
A Drop in the Ocean
Feb 9, 2017 • 18 min
A submarine crew goes deeper than they thought possible. Written by Louis Kornfeld and Chris Kipiniak. Performed by Gregory Jones, Chris McKinney, Russell G. Jones, Billy Griffin Jr., Reynaldo Piniella, and Michael Cullen. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
The Dark End of the Mall
Jan 11, 2017 • 20 min
Shopping can make you work up a thirst. Performed by Lauren Adams and Peter Grosz, written by Casper Kelly, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
The Sweet Music of Friction
Dec 21, 2016 • 18 min
A man mysteriously transports himself into the body of a prison inmate. Performed by Khalil Kain and Craig muMs Grant, with Keith Randolph Smith, Shamika Cotton, Chris McKinney, Louis Kornfeld, and Jaymes Jorsling. Written by Jaymes Jorsling, produced by…
Naughty or Nice
Dec 7, 2016 • 17 min
An elf named Spark has just been promoted to the “Naughty or Nice” division of Santa’s workshop. But when he finds out how Santa determines if you’ve been bad or good, he makes it his mission to change the system. Written by Jonathan Mitchell and Seth…
Commentary Track
Nov 10, 2016 • 14 min
A (fictional) Director’s Commentary from the (fictional) short film that inspired the (fictional) big budget feature romantic comedy “Then I Saw Her Face”. Performed by Birgit Huppuch, with Maurice Jones and Libby Woodbridge. Written by Chris Kipiniak and…
Cor-wrong-ct!
Oct 12, 2016 • 17 min
A mixtape made especially for you, with five short comedy sketches produced by The Truth. Featuring performances by Scott Adsit, Tami Sagher, Ed Herbstman, Laura Grey, April Matthis, Peter McNerney, Lane Kewerdis, Al King, Becca Schall, Willie Appelman,…
Sleep Some More
Sep 7, 2016 • 25 min
Dan’s college roommate won’t stop talking. Even when he’s asleep. Performed by Brian Miskell and Mark Gessner, with Lusia Strus and Hannah Chase. Written by Chris Kipiniak, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
The Making of That’s Democracy
Jul 13, 2016 • 28 min
A new short film has been made based on our story “That’s Democracy”, and to celebrate we produced this documentary about how the original story was made. Including interviews with Louis Kornfeld, Peter McNerney, and filmmakers Jon Bowden & Cliff Traiman.…
The Man in the Barn
May 12, 2016 • 15 min
A mysterious man appears in the barn of an elderly Irish couple. This story was commissioned by RTE’s Drama on One, and recorded in Kilfinane, County Limerick, Ireland. Performed by Sarah Reynolds, Joe Mullins, Maeve McGrath, Diarmuid McIntyre, and Louis…
Man V. Nature
Mar 9, 2016 • 25 min
Three men are stranded in a lifeboat. Adapted from a short story by Diane Cook, our adaptation is by Diana McCorry. Performed by David Pasquesi, Ed Herbstman, and Mark Gessner. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell. “Man V. Nature” is from the collection of the…
Visible & Drive Straight Ahead
Feb 11, 2016 • 18 min
Two stories: A blind man gets a Seeing Eye App, and a personal GPS gets really personal. With performances by Russell G. Jones, Ann Carr, Rachel Hamilton, and Kerry Kastin, and writing by Louis Kornfled & Diana McCorry, and Jonathan Goldstein, Mira…
Where Have You Been?
Nov 17, 2015 • 11 min
Everyone thought you were missing, maybe even dead. And now you’re back. Performed by Ed Herbstman, Ben Jones, Christian Paluck, Chet Siegel, Louis Kornfeld, Amy Warren, and Asher Herbstman. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell. Also on this episode, a segment…
Starburst
Oct 22, 2015 • 11 min
Where’s your costume? Dressing up is the best part of these things! Performed by Matt Antonucci and Angela DeManti, with Kerry Kastin, Alejandro Kolleeny, and Louis Kornfeld. Written by Louis Kornfeld and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
Enjoy the Suffering
Sep 10, 2015 • 12 min
Greetings, souls of the damned! This story is about a young woman who always looked up to her older sister, until they found themselves in Hell. Performed by Bianca Casusol, Kate Emswiler, Louis Kornfeld, Jake Hart, Blanche Ames, Jimmy O’Connell, and…
Dark Matter
Jul 16, 2015 • 16 min
No one knows what it is, or why we can’t see it. All we know is that without it, the universe would fall apart. Performed by Kevin Corrigan, Chet Siegel, Ed Herbstman, Dennis Pacheco, Alexis Lambright, Rob Webber, and Anna Sale. Written by Diana McCorry,…
You’re Not Alone
Jun 24, 2015 • 17 min
Are you hearing voices? You’re not alone. Performed by Christian Paluck, Carly Monardo, Tom Stephens, Louis Kornfeld, Jon Keller, Kerry Kastin, Nick Mykins, Aina Rapoza, and Ashley Wilson. With special musical guest Elizabeth Ziman (of Elizabeth and the…
Remember the Baby
Jun 4, 2015 • 12 min
You’re having a stroke. Performed by Ann Carr, Louis Kornfeld, and Amy Warren. Written by Louis Kornfeld, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
The Last Job
May 20, 2015 • 13 min
It’s the Age of Leisure, and keeping it that way is a full time job. Performed by Peter McNerney, Dave Hill, Louis Kornfeld, India Kotis, Rebecca Robles, Alex Marino, Phoebe Tyers, T.J. Mannix, and Rupert Degas. Written and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.…
Tape Delay
Apr 22, 2015 • 15 min
The recording doesn’t lie. Performed by Ed Herbstman and Tami Sagher, with Libby George and Christian Paluck. It was produced by Jonathan Mitchell, and written by Jonathan Mitchell, Ed Herbstman, and Melanie Hoopes. This story originally aired on This…
Can You Help Me Find My Mom?
Apr 8, 2015 • 8 min
A girl is lost and can’t find her mom. Why won’t anyone help her? Performed by Bee Herbstman, Melanie Hoopes, Ed Herbstman, Evan Sudarsky Abadi, Gregory C. Jones, and Blanche Ames. Written by Diana McCorry, Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.…
Living the Dream
Mar 12, 2015 • 12 min
Hoping the dream date never ends… until it doesn’t. Performed by Adam Wade, Chrissie Gruebel, and Dan Fairall. Written by Alejandro Kolleeny, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell. http://www.thetruthpodcast.com
Don’t Touch a Thing
Feb 11, 2015 • 11 min
A hoarder’s daughter digs through the past. Performed by Amy Warren, Armando Diaz, Jackie Hoffman, Louis Kornfeld, and Noel Dinneen. Written by Louis Kornfeld, produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
Falling
Jan 29, 2015 • 14 min
An accidental love story. Performed by Chet Siegel and Peter McNerney, with Willy Appelman, Louis Kornfeld, Lauren Ashley Smith, Sebastian Conelli, Quinton Loder, Jon Bander, and Kim Ferguson. Written by Chet Siegel, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
The One about the Dead Dog
Jan 15, 2015 • 13 min
Who knows… maybe it’s true. Written by Diane McCorry. Performed by Phoebe Tyers and Dennis Pacheco, with Nick Mykins, T.J. Mannix, and Chris Dwane. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
Naughty or Nice
Dec 18, 2014 • 17 min
An elf gets a new job in the Naughty or Nice division of Santa’s workshop. This story was commissioned by NPR’s All Things Considered. It was written by Jonathan Mitchell and Seth Lind, and directed & produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
The Death of Poe
Oct 29, 2014 • 13 min
Edgar Allen Poe’s death has always been shrouded in mystery. In this episode, we imagine what may have happened. It was inspired by listener Matthew Mercier, who spent time as the caretaker of Poe’s last home. Performed by Christian Paluck, Ed Herbstman,…
Silvia’s Blood
Oct 15, 2014 • 16 min
Based on Philip K. Dick’s short story “Upon the Dull Earth,” originally published in 1954. Performed by Andy Moskowitz, Rebecca Robles, Diana McCorry, Ben Jones, and Al King. Produced and directed by Jonathan Mitchell.
Cold Read
Sep 17, 2014 • 17 min
A psychic love story. Performed by Alex Marino, Christina Dabney, Blanche Ames, and T.J. Mannix. Written by Louis Kornfeld, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
That’s Democracy
Aug 20, 2014 • 12 min
A teacher gives his students lesson about democracy that they’ll never forget. Performed by Peter McNerney, Russ Armstrong, Alexis Lambright, Fiona Bradford, Teddy Shivers, Oscar Montoya, and Ben Jones. Written by Louis Kornfeld, produced by Jonathan…
Moon Graffiti
Jul 16, 2014 • 16 min
45 years ago this week, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon. To commemorate, we’re sharing our pilot episode which asks the question: What if they crashed? This story is based on a real speech written for Richard Nixon in 1969 called “In…
Chaotic Neutral
Jun 18, 2014 • 14 min
A game of Dungeons and Dragons is thrown into chaos. Peformed by Elana Fishbein, Jon Bander, Justin Moran, and Matt Shafeek. Written by Alejandro Kolleeny, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
Voyager Found
May 14, 2014 • 13 min
The Voyager spacecraft has landed: meet the aliens who found it. Performed by Chet Siegel and Peter McNerney. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
Everybody SCREAM!!!
Apr 28, 2014 • 13 min
Keep your knees in, chest up, stay low, elbows soft… let’s go, let’s GO! Performed by Chet Siegel, Emily Tarver, and Ed Herbstman. Written by Chet Siegel, produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
The Extractor
Mar 9, 2014 • 17 min
The sounds we make don’t just fade away; they’re embedded in the wood around us. Performed by Ed Herbstman, Kevin Cragg, Annemarie Cullen, Dennis Pacheco, and Rebecca Robles, with Melanie Hoopes, Bea Herbstman, Alex Marino, and Kerry Kastin. Music…
Eat Cake
Feb 13, 2014 • 13 min
If you’ve ever been alone on Valentine’s Day, this story is for you. It’s performed by Eliza Skinner, Birch Harms, and Curtis Gwinn, who improvised all of the dialogue. It was originally produced in 2009 for Weekend Amercia, Hillary Frank was the editor,…
It’s Your Funeral
Jan 24, 2014 • 27 min
Live the death you’ve always wanted. Performed by Andy Moskowitz, Jackie Hoffman, Ben Jones, Damon Ketron, Phoebe Tyres, Shacottha Fields, Blanche Ames, and Rebecca Robles. Written by David Wilcox. Produced and directed by Jonathan Mitchell.
Biological Clock
Dec 20, 2013 • 14 min
Adam and Allie would do anything to have a baby. Performed by Tami Sagher, Ed Herbstman, Louis Kornfeld, and Kerry Kastin. Written by Ira Gamerman. Produced and directed by Jonathan Mitchell.
Naomi’s World
Dec 9, 2013 • 9 min
A trip to the museum takes a surreal turn. Performed by Isabel Frohnhofer, Tom Ligon, Elana Fishbein, Imran Chowdhury, Laura Parker, Philipp Goedicke, Dennis Pacheco, Blanche Ames, Ron Palais, Willy Appelman, Andrew Yurman-Glaser, and Phoebe Tyers.…
The Devil You Know
Oct 24, 2013 • 53 min
A collection of horror stories that take place in the world of electoral politics. This one-hour special was produced in 2012 for broadcast on public radio, and made possible by the generous support of the Public Radio Exchange (prx.org) and…
The Talk
Oct 13, 2013 • 15 min
A father comes to the rescue when three teenagers take things too far. Performed by Christian Paluck, Dmitry Shein, Willy Appelman, and Elana Fishbein. Written by Louis Kornfeld, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
Sweets for the Cheat
Aug 29, 2013 • 11 min
Two shock jocks make a big morning mess. Performed by Jon Bander, Alessandro King, Bianca Casusol, Brian Frange, and Elana Fishbein. Written by Ira Gamerman. Produced & directed by Jonathan Mitchell.
You’re Not Alone
May 9, 2013 • 17 min
Are you hearing voices? You’re not alone. Performed by Christian Paluck, Carly Monardo, Tom Stephens, Louis Kornfeld, Jon Keller, Kerry Kastin, Nick Mykins, Aina Rapoza, and Ashley Wilson. With special musical guest Elizabeth Ziman. Written by Louis…
Falling
Apr 10, 2013 • 14 min
A freak accident on a train platform leads to… romance? Performed by Chet Siegel and Peter McNerney, with Willy Appleman, Louis Kornfeld, Lauren Ashley-Smith, Sebastien Conelli, Quinton Loder, Jon Bander, and Kim Ferguson. Written by Chet Siegel and…
Where Have You Been?
Mar 22, 2013 • 11 min
A prodigal daughter returns. Performed by Ed Herbstman, Ben Jones, Christian Paluck, Chet Siegel, Louis Kornfeld, Amy Warren, and Asher Herbstman. The story was developed collaboratively by The Truth, with dialogue improvised by the actors. Produced by…
Happy New Year
Jan 9, 2013 • 12 min
You’re cordially invited to spend New Year’s Eve with Walt Avery. To attend, simply play this podcast. Performed by Ben Jones and Tom Ligon, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
Mirror Lake
Dec 13, 2012 • 14 min
A couple goes in search of childhood memories. Performed by Ed Herbstman, Lauren Ashely Smith, and Louis Kornfeld. Story by Jonathan Mitchell with dialogue improvised by the actors. Produced and directed by Jonathan Mitchell.
Interruptible
Nov 28, 2012 • 17 min
This is a re-edited version of a previoulsy released story. A taxi driver is working on his anniversary, and gets more than he expected when he picks up a couple in Lower Manhattan. Featuring: Christian Paluck as The Driver, Chet Siegel as Mary, Louis…
In Good Hands
Nov 14, 2012 • 23 min
Two urban explorers enter an abandoned subway. What happens next is our secret. This is the complete version of a story that was previously only available in two parts.
The Modern Prometheus
Nov 2, 2012 • 16 min
What happens when a corporation becomes a person? In this satire by Tony Award-winning playwright Greg Kotis, we follow a company called Geneva Mutual that becomes a sentient being. Performed by Louis Kornfeld, Rachel Hamilton, Tom Ligon, Chet Siegel, Amy…
The Death of Poe
Oct 17, 2012 • 13 min
This story was inspired by a submission from listener Mathew Mercier, for our Halloween/Election crowd-sourcing experiment. It’s based on his experience as caretaker of the Edgar Allan Poe estate, and imagines what Poe’s last living hours may have been…
Do You Have a Minute for Equality?
Oct 3, 2012 • 14 min
A canvasser gets the donation she needs, but it will cost her… Performed by Chet Siegel and Tom Ligon, with Matt J. Weir, Quentin Loder, and Melanie Hoopes. From an outline by Chet Siegel. Produced & Directed by Jonathan Mitchell, with sound design help…
Domestic Violins
Sep 19, 2012 • 11 min
Produced at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio Beyond Radio conference, featuring performances by Amie McKenna, Michele Durman, Michael Whalley, and Martin Dingle Wall. Produced by Ed Herbstman and Jonathan Mitchell.
That’s Democracy
Sep 5, 2012 • 12 min
A teacher gives his students lesson about democracy that they’ll never forget. Performed by Peter McNerney as Mr. Mohr, Russ Armstrong as Eric, and Alexis Lambright as Margaret, with Fiona Bradford, Teddy Shivers, Oscar Montoya, and Ben Jones as the…
Third Party
Aug 9, 2012 • 22 min
Mike Coleman is an independent candidate running for Congress, and he’s finally getting some attention… from a serial killer. Performed by Ed Herbstman, Chet Siegel, Rick Adrews, Nick Kanellis, Louis Kornfeld, Amy Warren, and Bryn Magnus. Written by Ed…
Lucy and the Bike Girl
Jul 25, 2012 • 12 min
This is a short story written and produced by Hillary Frank, made by combining fictional narration with real interview tape. It was edited by Julie Snyder, and orginally aired on This American Life.
Human Intelligence
Jun 20, 2012 • 22 min
Written by Kurt Andersen, this story was originally heard on PRI’s Studio 360. Narrated by Ed Herbstman, with John Ottavino as Nicholas, and Melanie Hoopes as Nancy. The story editor was David Krasnow. Produced and directed by Jonathan Mitchell. The…
In Good Hands
Jun 6, 2012 • 23 min
A pair of urban explorers goes underground, in the first part of a continuing story. Starring Emily Tarver, Alex Marino, Louis Kornfeld, Ed Herbstman, Christian Paluck, and Amy Warren. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
Total Transparency & Eye Contact
May 23, 2012 • 13 min
Two different approaches to making stories that combine improvisation with the recording studio. Total Transparency is a brand new piece, it was completely improvised and recorded in one take, and then edited. It was made up on the spot by Chet Siegel, Ed…
Tape Delay
Apr 25, 2012 • 15 min
The recording doesn’t lie. Performed by Ed Herbstman & Tami Sagher, with Libby Geroge & Christian Paluck. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell, written by Jonathan Mitchell, Ed Herbstman, & Melanie Hoopes. Originally produced for This American Life. Production…
Everybody SCREAM!!!
Apr 11, 2012 • 13 min
Spin class gets personal. Performed by Chet Siegel, Emily Tarver, and Ed Herbstman. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell, written by Chet Siegel & The Truth.
They’re Made Out of Meat
Mar 20, 2012 • 17 min
Terry Bisson’s classic short story “They’re Made Out of Meat” originally appeared in Omni Magazine in 1991, and our audio version was produced for WNYC’s Studio 360 in November 2011. We’ve re-mixed the story especially for this podcast, and it’s followed…
Interruptible
Mar 6, 2012 • 17 min
A taxi driver is working on his anniversary, and gets more than he expected when he picks up a couple in Lower Manhattan. Featuring: Christian Paluck as The Driver, Chet Siegel as Mary, Louis Kornfeld as Frank, and Amy Warren as Morgan. With Ed Herbstman,…
Movie Mash-Ups
Feb 22, 2012 • 8 min
As we finish up some new stories for the podcast, here’s a selection of three short pieces from the archives. These pieces are a little different than the stories we normally present on The Truth. They were all made by taking different characters from…
Eat Cake
Feb 14, 2012 • 13 min
Can coconut cake + random phone calls = love? Find out, when these two Valentine’s Day traditions collide. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell Edited by Hillary Frank Performed by Eliza Skinner, Birch Harms, and Curtis Gwinn
 Additional voices: Pat Etchill,…
Moon Graffiti
Feb 11, 2012 • 16 min
Episode #1: Moon Graffiti. In our pilot episode, we imagine what may have happened if the Apollo 11 mission ended in tragedy. Featuring performances by Matt Evans, Ed Herbsman, and John Ottavino. Inspired by a real contingency speech written in 1969 by…