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The Truth

Jonathan Mitchell

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 places are: Silvia's Blood, That's Democracy, Moon Graffiti, Tape Delay, or whatever's most recent. Listening with headphones is encouraged! We're a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

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The Dark End of the Mall

Jan 11th, 201722:24

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

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Nuclear Winter

Feb 14th15:42

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 Delgado, and Billy Griffin, Jr. This episode was sponsored in part by Burrow (Use the promo code THETRUTH to get $50 off your order)

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The Decider

Oct 25th, 201716:45

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 by Becca Schall, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Songonauts (episode 6)

May 24th, 201717:43

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

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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 imagines it does. After that, we’ll hear a second story about a personal GPS that gets very personal. Visible: Performed by Russell G. Jones, Rachel Hamilton, Ann Carr, and Kerry Kastin. Written by Louis Kornfeld with help from Diana McCorry, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell. Drive Straight Ahead: Written by Jeremy Goldstein and Mira Burt-Wintonick. Produced by Jonathan Goldstein, Mira Burt-Wintonick, and Cristal Duhaime. Originally produced for CBC’s Wiretap.

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The Runaways

Apr 4th16:59

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 get $50 off your order); and HelloFresh (Use the promo code TRUTH30 to get $30 off your order).

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Rideshare

Mar 1st18:10

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.

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Mall Santa

Dec 13th, 201720:45

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 Schall.

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Troll

Nov 22nd, 201716:25

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 Schall, Lila Newman, Louis Kornfeld, and Matt Shafeek.

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Game Night

Nov 9th, 201714:02

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

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Possible Side Effects

Sep 13th, 201720:10

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, Jeremy Bent, Noel Dinneen and Seth Lind.

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Songonauts (episode 8)

Jun 7th, 201720:05

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.

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Songonauts (episode 7)

May 31st, 201713:05

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.

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Hey Bumblebee

Apr 12th, 201717:17

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 game show that explores the futility of trying to make the world a better place in the face of today's biggest news: What Can You Do! Featuring sketches by Alexis Pereira, Jessica Taylor, Becca Schall, and Jordan Randolph. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Miracle on the L Train

Mar 9th, 201717:53

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.

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A Drop in the Ocean

Feb 9th, 201721:20

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.

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Sleep Some More

Sep 7th, 201630:09

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.

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Songonauts (episode 1)

Apr 13th, 201622:37

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 by Jonathan Mann. Produced and directed by Jonathan Mitchell.

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You're Not Alone

Jun 24th, 201521:56

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 Catapult). Written by Louis Kornfeld, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell. (Originally released May 9, 2013)

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Remember the Baby

Jun 4th, 201514:15

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

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Can You Help Me Find My Mom?

Apr 9th, 201514:25

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://thetruthpodcast.com

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The One about the Dead Dog

Jan 15th, 201515:24

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.

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Voyager Found

May 14th, 201414:05

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

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In Good Hands

Nov 15th, 201223:47

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.

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Murder at Cakery Bakery

Nov 22nd20:43

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 Davy Gardner. Performed by Erin Bartley, Lily Du, Margaret Burrus, Patrick Noth, and Joanna Hausman. http://thetruthpodcast.com

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The Saint of Machine

Nov 8th24:41

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://thetruthpodcast.com

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The Off Season, Part 4

Oct 23rd22:04

“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 & Nicco. Follow us on Instagram @TheTruthFiction and on Twitter @TheTruthFiction

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The Off Season, Part 3

Oct 16th29:07

“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 & Nicco. Follow us on Instagram @TheTruthFiction and on Twitter @TheTruthFiction

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The Off Season, Part 2

Oct 9th27:52

“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. Starring Peter Grosz and Erica Hernandez. Follow us on Instagram @TheTruthFiction and on Twitter @TheTruthFiction

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The Off Season, Part 1

Oct 1st23:46

“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 and Erica Hernandez. Written by Marina & Nicco. Follow us on Instagram @TheTruthFiction and on Twitter @TheTruthFiction

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BONUS: Everything Is Alive

Jul 31st25:48

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, and we hope you love it as much as we do.

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Wonderworld, U.S.A.

Jul 12th32:08

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.

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Fish Girl

Jun 21st19:25

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.

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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 Review podcast, hosted by Mike Pesca. Stick around ‘til the end for a special interview with Jesse Eisenberg.

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The Matter of Tyco

May 11th21:25

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 Frederick, and Fred Newman.

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Justice Battalion

Apr 19th29:52

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 Thompson, Erica Schroeder, Billy Bob Thompson, and Graham Rowat.

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The Hilly Earth Society

Mar 22nd23:19

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 HelloFresh (Use the promo code TRUTH30 to get $30 off your order).

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The Co-op

Jan 31st20:40

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 Jonathan Mitchell.

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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 for-profit walking tour while obsessively searching for the one person he believes could corroborate his allegations. Local players from the Portland arcade scene cast doubt on Bobby’s story, as do journalists who refute the game as ever having existed. The Polybius Conpiracy is a production of Showcase from PRX’s Radiotopia. Hear the full series at http://radiotopia.fm/showcase Sponsored by: Harrys.com/TRUTH hellofresh.com (Promo Code: TRUTH30)

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Magic Hugs

Oct 11th, 201722:14

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 Kornfeld, produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Brain Chemistry

Sep 27th, 201725:55

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 Lambright, Louis Kornfeld, Elana Fishbein, Joanna Hausmann, and Kerry Kastin.

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Influencers part 1

Jun 28th, 201713:10

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, Michael Cullen, Chris McKinney, Will Quinn, Becca Schall, Louis Kornfeld, Chris Kipiniak, and Kerry Kastin. Written by Benjamen Walker, with help from Louis Kornfeld. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell. Part two can be heard on Theory of Everything. This is our contribution to Radiotopia's Doing Time series, to mark the arrival of the new Radiotopia podcast Earhustle.

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Do the Voice

May 10th, 201715:50

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 Herbstman, and Rob Webber. Written by Eric Molinsky (of the Imaginary Worlds podcast) and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Intimacy Challenge

Apr 26th, 201717:21

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 we’ll meet a group of friends who partake in the Lotus extract. Written by Jaymes Jorsling, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Scavenger Hunt

Mar 22nd, 201716:11

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.

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Bloodless

Feb 22nd, 201714:59

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

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Ice Music & Mirror Lake

Jan 25th, 201720:12

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.

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The Sweet Music of Friction

Dec 21st, 201619:38

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 Jonathan Mitchell.

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Naughty or Nice

Dec 7th, 201620:48

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 Lind, originally produced for NPR's All Things Considered in 2014.

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Songonauts (episode 5)

Nov 23rd, 201618:08

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.

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Commentary Track

Nov 10th, 201617:00

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 Louis Kornfeld, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Songonauts (episode 4)

Oct 26th, 201619:23

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.com

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Cor-wrong-ct!

Oct 12th, 201620:48

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, Louis Kornfeld, Tom Ligon, and Blanche Ames. With sketches by Sarah Siskind, Colin Nissan, Becca Schall, Willie Appelman and David Zax. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Songonauts (episode 3)

Sep 21st, 201624:05

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 Josh Perilo, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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The Making of That's Democracy

Jul 13th, 201629:37

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. Plus archival tape from our story meetings, and outtakes from the recording session.

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Songonauts (episode 2)

Jun 8th, 201620:38

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 songs by Jonathan Mann. Produced and directed by Jonathan Mitchell.

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The Man in the Barn

May 12th, 201617:49

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 Kornfeld. Written by Louis Kornfeld, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell, with the assistance of Diarmuid McIntyre and Grey Heron Media. Special thanks to Kevin Brew of RTE, and Noreen Quish.

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Man V. Nature

Mar 10th, 201626:05

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 same name, copyright 2014 by Diane Cook, used by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

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Visible & Drive Straight Ahead

Feb 11th, 201620:13

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 Burt-Wintonick & Cristal Duhaime.

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Call of Dating & The Big Prawn

Jan 14th, 201618:23

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 originally produced for Paper Radio, written and performed by Katia Pase, with sound design by Jon Tjhia.

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Santa for President

Dec 16th, 201524:30

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 Firestone, Willy Appelman, Phoebe Tyers, Helen Coxe, T.J. Mannix, Lauren Ashley Smith, Bill Rohlfing, Mario Correa, Kerry Kastin, Louis Kornfeld, and Benjamin Correa. Commissioned by NPR's All Things Considered.

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Where Have You Been?

Nov 17th, 201521:09

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 about the making of the Radiotopia logo from the Song Exploder podcast.

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Starburst

Oct 22nd, 201515:09

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.

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Tuesday

Sep 24th, 201530:33

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 from aisle to aisle, battling suburban drudgery while they wait for something to happen. It was produced by Jesse Cox and Timothy Nicastri.

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Enjoy the Suffering

Sep 10th, 201515:30

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 Kerry Kastin. With special musical guest Christian Colabelli. Written by Alejandro Kolleeny, with Louis Kornfeld and Jonathan Mitchell. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Dark Matter

Jul 16th, 201520:14

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, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell. Inspired by listener Christopher Tunnell.

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The Last Job

May 20th, 201518:14

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. Commissioned by NPR's Planet Money.

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Tape Delay

Apr 22nd, 201519:46

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 American Life.

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Joe Frank

Mar 26th, 201528:07

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

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Living the Dream

Mar 12th, 201515:45

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

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Don't Touch a Thing

Feb 11th, 201514:43

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.

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Falling

Jan 29th, 201518:11

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.

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Naughty or Nice

Dec 19th, 201420:48

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.

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The Death of Poe

Oct 29th, 201415:55

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, Chet Siegel, and Louis Kornfeld. Produced & directed by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Silvia's Blood

Oct 16th, 201419:53

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.

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Cold Read

Sep 17th, 201418:36

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.

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That's Democracy

Aug 20th, 201413:38

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 Mitchell.

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Everything, Nothing, Harvey Keitel

Aug 6th, 201420:05

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.

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Moon Graffiti

Jul 16th, 201416:21

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 Event of Moon Disaster." Performed by Matt Evans and Ed Herbstman, with John Ottavino as Richard Nixon. Our story was written and produced by Jonathan Mitchell, and edited by Hillary Frank.

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Audio Smut

Jul 2nd, 201422:36

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're falling head over heels.

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Chaotic Neutral

Jun 18th, 201416:18

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.

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Everybody SCREAM!!!

Apr 28th, 201415:07

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.

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The Extractor

Mar 10th, 201418:16

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 performed by Isabel Kim, Matt Evans, and Shawn Lovato. Written and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Eat Cake

Feb 13th, 201413:20

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, and it was produced by Jonathan Mitchell. Keep listening past the credits to hear a special treat.

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It's Your Funeral (part 2)

Feb 7th, 201416:17

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 World of Ultimate Smoothness. Produced and directed by Jonathan Mitchell.

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It's Your Funeral (part 1)

Jan 24th, 201415:58

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.

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Biological Clock

Dec 21st, 201315:31

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.

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Naomi's World

Dec 10th, 201311:01

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. Written by Elana Fishbein, produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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The Devil You Know

Oct 24th, 201354:09

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 SoundCloud.com, with editorial support provided by American Public Media.

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The Talk

Oct 13th, 201315:38

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.

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The Mutiny

Sep 13th, 20138:57

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 Jonathan Mitchell.

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Sweets for the Cheat

Aug 29th, 201311:45

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.

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Fine Dining

Aug 15th, 201325:33

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 Fishbein, Nick Jaramillo, Tom Ligon, Kevin Cragg, Kerry Kastin, Brian Frange, Bob Kern, and Matt Evans. Written by Louis Kornfeld and The Truth. Produced and directed by Jonathan Mitchell.

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You're Not Alone

May 10th, 201321:56

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 Kornfeld and developed collaboratively by The Truth, with dialogue improvised by the actors. Produced and directed by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Falling

Apr 11th, 201315:44

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 develped collaboratively by The Truth, with dialogue improvised by the actors. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Where Have You Been?

Mar 22nd, 201312:17

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 Jonathan Mitchell.

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False Ending

Jan 23rd, 201317:46

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.

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Happy New Year

Jan 10th, 201312:18

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.

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Mirror Lake

Dec 14th, 201215:15

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.

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Interruptible

Nov 29th, 201217:49

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 Kornfeld as Frank, and Amy Warren as Morgan. With Ed Herbstman, Melanie Hoopes, Charlotte Rabbe, and Jamie Rivera. Written collaboratively by The Truth, with dialogue improvised by the actors. Produced and directed by Jonathan Mitchell.

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The Modern Prometheus

Nov 2nd, 201216:23

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 Warren, Ed Herbstman, Christian Paluck, and Rupert Degas. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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The Death of Poe

Oct 18th, 201214:43

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 like. Performed by Christian Paluck, Ed Herbstman, Chet Siegel, and Louis Kornfeld. Produced & directed by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Do You Have a Minute for Equality?

Oct 4th, 201215:36

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 from Brendan Baker.

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Domestic Violins

Sep 20th, 201215:31

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.

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That's Democracy

Sep 5th, 201213:38

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 principal. From an outline by Louis Kornfeld. Produced & directed by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Third Party

Aug 9th, 201226:06

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 Herbstman, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Lucy and the Bike Girl

Jul 26th, 201213:11

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.

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In Good Hands (part 2)

Jul 12th, 201214:05

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.

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Human Intelligence

Jun 20th, 201223:36

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 unabridged version was published in Stories: All New Tales, an anthology edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio.

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In Good Hands (part 1)

Jun 7th, 201212:14

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.

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Total Transparency & Eye Contact

May 24th, 201213:24

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 Herbstman, and Louis Kornfeld. Eye Contact was made using lots of different people telling the same story, that was edited into a fractured monologue. It originally aired in 2006 on Weekend America.

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People Beat

May 9th, 201212:18

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 Tim Dadabo was the announcer, and Louis Kornfeld, Chet Siegel, Leanne Linsky, Jon Bander, and Kelly Moylan as the party guests. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell, with help from Kerrie Hillman and Peter Clowney. The story was written collaboratively by The Truth, and it was inspired by the Gary Vosot character, created by Matt Evans.

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Tape Delay

Apr 25th, 201216:24

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 advisors: Peter Clowney & Kerrie Hillman. Special thanks: Ira Glass, Lisa Pollack, Jonathan Menjivar, and Chris Bannon. Recorded at WNYC, KCRW, Magnet Theater, and on location in New York City.

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Everybody SCREAM!!!

Apr 11th, 201210:33

Spin class gets personal. Performed by Chet Siegel, Emily Tarver, and Ed Herbstman. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell, written by Chet Siegel & The Truth.

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They're Made Out of Meat

Mar 20th, 201217:39

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 by an interview with Bisson himself. The story was performed by Russ Armstrong & Miriam Tolan, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Interruptible

Mar 6th, 201217:53

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, Melanie Hoopes, Charlotte Rabbe, and Jamie Rivera. Written by The Truth, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Movie Mash-Ups

Feb 22nd, 20129:06

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 different movies or tv shows, and editing them together so it sounds like they're talking to one another. Included in this podcast: Terminally Blonde (2003), Sopranos in the West Wing (2004), and Buster and Spongebob in Love (2005).

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Eat Cake

Feb 14th, 201210:46

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, Jennifer Geller, Hillary Frank, and Jonathan Mitchell Music by Jonathan Mitchell

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Moon Graffiti

Feb 11th, 201215:23

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 William Safire for Richard Nixon titled “In Event of Moon Disaster."

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