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The Truth

Jonathan Mitchell

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THE TRUTH makes movies for your ears. They're short stories that are sometimes dark, sometimes funny, and always intriguing. Every story is different, but they all take you to unexpected places using only sound. If you're new, some good starting plac...Show More

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The Dark End of the Mall

22:24 | Jan 11th, 2017

Shopping can make you work up a thirst. Performed by Lauren Adams and Peter Grosz, written by Casper Kelly, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

Nuclear Winter

15:42 | Feb 14th, 2018

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 D...Show More

The Decider

16:45 | Oct 25th, 2017

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. Wr...Show More

Songonauts (episode 6)

17:43 | May 24th, 2017

Doc, Penny, and Jojo have found the elusive music journalist Gina Staxx. But will she help them save the Songoverse? Written by Joshua Perillo, with songs by Jonathan Mann. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell. http://songonauts.com

Visible & Drive Straight Ahead

19:22 | May 24th, 2018

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...Show More

The Runaways

16:59 | Apr 4th, 2018

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 THETR...Show More

Rideshare

18:10 | Mar 1st, 2018

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.

Mall Santa

20:45 | Dec 13th, 2017

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 B...Show More

Troll

16:25 | Nov 22nd, 2017

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, Becc...Show More

Game Night

14:02 | Nov 9th, 2017

It’s a show of mystery, fun, and bad memories! Written by Davy Gardner, produced by Jonathan Mitchell and Kerry Kastin.

Possible Side Effects

20:10 | Sep 13th, 2017

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 Antonuc...Show More

Songonauts (episode 8)

20:05 | Jun 7th, 2017

Doc, Penny, and Jojo are trapped in a cell in Obscurity. How will they ever save the Songoverse from in there? Written by Jonathan Mann, Jonathan Mitchell, and Joshua Perillo, with songs by Jonathan Mann. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

Songonauts (episode 7)

13:05 | May 31st, 2017

Doc, Penny, and Jojo learn what it's really like to live in Obscurity. With Jonathan Mann, Elena Skopetos, Bianca Casusol, Tom Ligon, Livia Scott, and Nikiya Mathis. Written by Jonathan Mann & Joshua Perillo, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

Hey Bumblebee

17:17 | Apr 12th, 2017

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 onl...Show More

Miracle on the L Train

17:53 | Mar 9th, 2017

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

21:20 | Feb 9th, 2017

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 Mitche...Show More

Sleep Some More

30:09 | Sep 7th, 2016

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.

Songonauts (episode 1)

22:37 | Apr 13th, 2016

A struggling indie band finds a drum machine that transports them into their songs. Performed by Jonathan Mann, Elena Skopetos, Bianca Casusol, Tom Ligon, Louis Kornfeld, and Jimmy O'Connell. Written by Jonathan Mann and Jonathan Mitchell, with songs...Show More

You're Not Alone

21:56 | Jun 24th, 2015

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 ...Show More

Remember the Baby

14:15 | Jun 4th, 2015

You're having a stroke. Performed by Ann Carr, Louis Kornfeld, and Amy Warren. Written by Louis Kornfeld, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

Can You Help Me Find My Mom?

14:25 | Apr 9th, 2015

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. http://thet...Show More

The One about the Dead Dog

15:24 | Jan 15th, 2015

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.

Voyager Found

14:05 | May 14th, 2014

The Voyager spacecraft has landed: meet the aliens who found it. Performed by Chet Siegel and Peter McNerney. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

In Good Hands

23:47 | Nov 15th, 2012

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 Body Genius, Part 1

29:38 | Apr 4th

Evan is the most sought after personal trainer in Hollywood. His brain has always been good at bodies. But can it solve a murder? Starring Chris Cafero, and written by Hunter Nelson. For a full list of credits, go to thetruthpodcast.com The Truth...Show More

The Other Fran

22:01 | Feb 28th

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, M...Show More

Meet Cute

22:36 | Feb 14th

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 Thomps...Show More

The Cavern

26:00 | Jan 31st

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...Show More

The Curse of Numb

22:14 | Jan 16th

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 Ga...Show More

The Unremarkables

21:18 | Dec 20th, 2018

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 unexpe...Show More

BONUS: All Your Questions Answered

33:34 | Dec 13th, 2018

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 ...Show More

November 31st

16:22 | Dec 6th, 2018

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, Nani...Show More

Murder at Cakery Bakery

20:43 | Nov 22nd, 2018

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 ...Show More

The Saint of Machine

24:41 | Nov 8th, 2018

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. http:/...Show More

The Off Season, Part 4

22:04 | Oct 23rd, 2018

“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 ...Show More

The Off Season, Part 3

29:07 | Oct 16th, 2018

“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 b...Show More

The Off Season, Part 2

27:52 | Oct 9th, 2018

“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 ...Show More

The Off Season, Part 1

23:46 | Oct 1st, 2018

“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 Pe...Show More

BONUS: Everything Is Alive

25:48 | Jul 31st, 2018

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 sm...Show More

Wonderworld, U.S.A.

32:08 | Jul 12th, 2018

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

19:25 | Jun 21st, 2018

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

19:59 | Jun 7th, 2018

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 Fu...Show More

The Matter of Tyco

21:25 | May 11th, 2018

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...Show More

Justice Battalion

29:52 | Apr 19th, 2018

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,...Show More

The Hilly Earth Society

23:19 | Mar 22nd, 2018

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);...Show More

The Co-op

20:40 | Jan 31st, 2018

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 prod...Show More

BONUS: The Polybius Conspiracy

36:16 | Jan 17th, 2018

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 f...Show More

Magic Hugs

22:14 | Oct 11th, 2017

Maybe a hug really can be magic. Maybe. Performed by Austin Pendleton, April Matthis, and Jenny Lee Mitchell. With Kate Chapman, Becca Schall, Kevin Cobbs, Louis Kornfeld, Chris Kipiniak, Kerry Kastin, T.J. Mannix, and Phoebe Tyers.  Written by Louis...Show More

Brain Chemistry

25:55 | Sep 27th, 2017

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, Ale...Show More

Influencers part 1

13:10 | Jun 28th, 2017

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. Mann...Show More

Do the Voice

15:50 | May 10th, 2017

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, Ashe...Show More

Intimacy Challenge

17:21 | Apr 26th, 2017

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 epis...Show More

Scavenger Hunt

16:11 | Mar 22nd, 2017

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.

Bloodless

14:59 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Strangling is a bloodless crime. From the podcast "Getting On with James Urbaniak", we feature a story by Julie Klausner, performed by James Urbaniak.

Ice Music & Mirror Lake

20:12 | Jan 25th, 2017

The latest developments from the Laboratory for Innovation and Acoustic Research (L.I.A.R.), and a couple goes in search of childhood memories. With Gregory Whitehead, Ed Herbstman, Lauren Ashley Smith, and Louis Kornfeld.

The Sweet Music of Friction

19:38 | Dec 21st, 2016

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, produce...Show More

Naughty or Nice

20:48 | Dec 7th, 2016

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 Set...Show More

Songonauts (episode 5)

18:08 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Doc, Penny, and Jojo learn the real-world implications of being sent to Obscurity. Songs by Jonathan Mann, written by Josh Perilo, produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

Commentary Track

17:00 | Nov 10th, 2016

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 Kipinia...Show More

Songonauts (episode 4)

19:23 | Oct 26th, 2016

Doc, Penny, Jojo, and Buzzkill are being followed by Dr. Staccato. But what exactly is he after? With special guests John Ross Bowie and Jo Firestone. Songs by Jonathan Mann, written by Josh Perilo, produced by Jonathan Mitchell. http://songonauts.co...Show More

Cor-wrong-ct!

20:48 | Oct 12th, 2016

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 Appelm...Show More

Songonauts (episode 3)

24:05 | Sep 21st, 2016

Doc, Penny, Jojo, and Buzzkill are trapped in the Cookie Duck Dance! With special guest star John Ross Bowie (Speechless, The Big Bang Theory). Also featuring Jonathan Mann, Elena Skopetos, Bianca Casusol, and Tom Ligon. Written by Jonathan Mann and ...Show More

The Making of That's Democracy

29:37 | Jul 13th, 2016

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 Tra...Show More

Songonauts (episode 2)

20:38 | Jun 8th, 2016

Doc, Penny, and Jojo are trapped in the Songoverse. Will they ever find a way home? Performed by Jonathan Mann, Elena Skopetos, Bianca Casusol, Tom Ligon, Dan Fairall, and Amy Warren. Written by Jonathan Mitchell, Jonathan Mann, and Pat Shay, with so...Show More

The Man in the Barn

17:49 | May 12th, 2016

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 L...Show More

Man V. Nature

26:05 | Mar 10th, 2016

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 ...Show More

Visible & Drive Straight Ahead

20:13 | Feb 11th, 2016

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 B...Show More

Call of Dating & The Big Prawn

18:23 | Jan 14th, 2016

Two stories: one turns dating into a video game, and the other is about a young girls' preoccupation with a big prawn. "Call of Dating" was originally produced for CBC's Wiretap by Mira Burt-Wintonick and Cristal Duhaime. And "The Big Prawn" was orig...Show More

Santa for President

24:30 | Dec 16th, 2015

Santa Claus enters the race for President as the ultimate outsider candidate. Featuring Rachel Dratch and Tom Ligon. Written by Mario Correa, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell. With Mo Rocca, Russell G. Jones, Connie Ray, Shaina Feinberg, Jo Fireston...Show More

Where Have You Been?

21:09 | Nov 17th, 2015

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 seg...Show More

Starburst

15:09 | Oct 22nd, 2015

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.

Tuesday

30:33 | Sep 24th, 2015

Today's story comes to us by way of Australia, it was made by ABC RN's Creative Audio Unit, for their program Radiotonic. In Louris van de Geer's Tuesday, adapted here from a stage production, the lives of four shoppers get tangled up as they float f...Show More

Enjoy the Suffering

15:30 | Sep 10th, 2015

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...Show More

Dark Matter

20:14 | Jul 16th, 2015

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 McCo...Show More

The Last Job

18:14 | May 20th, 2015

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 Mitch...Show More

Tape Delay

19:46 | Apr 22nd, 2015

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 Thi...Show More

Joe Frank

28:07 | Mar 26th, 2015

Two pieces by legendary producer Joe Frank: Rent-a-Family and Fragments for Mixed Voices. These originally aired on his show Work In Progress, which aired on KCRW from 1986 to 1992. You can learn more about Joe Frank on his website, joefrank.com

Living the Dream

15:45 | Mar 12th, 2015

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

14:43 | Feb 11th, 2015

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

18:11 | Jan 29th, 2015

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...Show More

Naughty or Nice

20:48 | Dec 19th, 2014

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

15:55 | Oct 29th, 2014

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 Herbst...Show More

Silvia's Blood

19:53 | Oct 16th, 2014

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

18:36 | Sep 17th, 2014

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

13:38 | Aug 20th, 2014

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...Show More

Everything, Nothing, Harvey Keitel

20:05 | Aug 6th, 2014

Finding inner peace is difficult... especially when you're sitting next to Harvey Keitel. This story was produced by Pejk Malinovski as a Falling Tree production, and originally aired on BBC Radio 3.

Moon Graffiti

16:21 | Jul 16th, 2014

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 "I...Show More

Audio Smut

22:36 | Jul 2nd, 2014

This episode features a story made by Audio Smut, a podcast about "your body, your heart, and your junk." Directed and produced by Kaitlin Prest in collaboration with composer Shani Aviram, this story is about how your mind can deceive you when you'r...Show More

Chaotic Neutral

16:18 | Jun 18th, 2014

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.

Everybody SCREAM!!!

15:07 | Apr 28th, 2014

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

18:16 | Mar 10th, 2014

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 pe...Show More

Eat Cake

13:20 | Feb 13th, 2014

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 edi...Show More

It's Your Funeral (part 2)

16:17 | Feb 7th, 2014

Live the death you've always wanted. This is part 2 of a two-part story. Performed by Andy Moskowitz, Ben Jones, Amy Warren, Jackie Hoffman, Blanche Ames, and Damon Ketron. Written by David Wilcox, inspired by a segment from his podcast A Twilight Wo...Show More

It's Your Funeral (part 1)

15:58 | Jan 24th, 2014

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

15:31 | Dec 21st, 2013

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

11:01 | Dec 10th, 2013

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. W...Show More

The Devil You Know

54:09 | Oct 24th, 2013

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 SoundClo...Show More

The Talk

15:38 | Oct 13th, 2013

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.

The Mutiny

08:57 | Sep 13th, 2013

If you don't want your kids to drive you crazy, don't give them the keys. Performed by Melanie Hoopes. Asher Herbstman, and Bea Herbstman. With Blanche Ames, Ed Herbstman, Shacottha Fields, and Noel Dinneen. Written by Elana Fishbein, and produced by...Show More

Sweets for the Cheat

11:45 | Aug 29th, 2013

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.

Fine Dining

25:33 | Aug 15th, 2013

Of all the five senses, taste is the most intimate. The art of cooking is more than just a meal; it's a dialogue spoken in that universal language beyond words. It's a communion between souls. It's an act of love. Performed by Louis Kornfeld, Elana ...Show More

You're Not Alone

21:56 | May 10th, 2013

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 ...Show More

Falling

15:44 | Apr 11th, 2013

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 an...Show More

Where Have You Been?

12:17 | Mar 22nd, 2013

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 ...Show More

False Ending

17:46 | Jan 23rd, 2013

Recorded live at NYC PodFest on January 13, 2013. Performed by Ed Herbstman, Louis Kornfeld, Chet Siegel, Christian Paluck, Kerry Kastin, Kelly Buttermore, Matt Weir, and Sebastian Conelli. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

Happy New Year

12:18 | Jan 10th, 2013

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

15:15 | Dec 14th, 2012

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

17:49 | Nov 29th, 2012

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, Loui...Show More

The Modern Prometheus

16:23 | Nov 2nd, 2012

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...Show More

The Death of Poe

14:43 | Oct 18th, 2012

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 be...Show More

Do You Have a Minute for Equality?

15:36 | Oct 4th, 2012

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...Show More

Domestic Violins

15:31 | Sep 20th, 2012

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

13:38 | Sep 5th, 2012

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...Show More

Third Party

26:06 | Aug 9th, 2012

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 b...Show More

Lucy and the Bike Girl

13:11 | Jul 26th, 2012

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.

In Good Hands (part 2)

14:05 | Jul 12th, 2012

Our story about two urban explorers concludes, when they are helped by a group of very eccentric people. Performed by Emily Tarver, Alex Marino, Louis Kornfeld, Christian Paluck, Ed Herbstman, Amy Warren, and Ben Jones. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

Human Intelligence

23:36 | Jun 20th, 2012

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 ...Show More

In Good Hands (part 1)

12:14 | Jun 7th, 2012

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

13:24 | May 24th, 2012

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 Siege...Show More

People Beat

12:18 | May 9th, 2012

High school sophomore Samantha O'Connell has just won a math award, and Gary Vosot is on the story. Performed by India Kotis, Matt Evans, Melanie Hoopes, Carmen Berkeley, Matt J. Weir, Bryn Magnus, Christian Paluck, Ed Herbstman, and Amy Warren. With...Show More

Tape Delay

16:24 | Apr 25th, 2012

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. Product...Show More

Everybody SCREAM!!!

10:33 | Apr 11th, 2012

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

17:39 | Mar 20th, 2012

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 foll...Show More

Interruptible

17:53 | Mar 6th, 2012

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 Herbs...Show More

Movie Mash-Ups

09:06 | Feb 22nd, 2012

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 fro...Show More

Eat Cake

10:46 | Feb 14th, 2012

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 ...Show More

Moon Graffiti

15:23 | Feb 11th, 2012

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 ...Show More