The Truth

By Jonathan Mitchell

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Description

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.


Episode Date
Fish Girl
19:25

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.

Jun 21, 2018
The Jesse Eisenberg Effect
19:59

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.

Jun 07, 2018
Visible & Drive Straight Ahead
19:22

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.

May 24, 2018
The Matter of Tyco
21:25

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.

May 11, 2018
Justice Battalion
29:52

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.

Apr 19, 2018
The Runaways
16:59

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).

Apr 04, 2018
The Hilly Earth Society
23:19

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).

Mar 22, 2018
Rideshare
18:10

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.

Mar 01, 2018
Nuclear Winter
15:42

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)

Feb 14, 2018
The Co-op
20:40

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.

Jan 31, 2018
BONUS: The Polybius Conspiracy
36:16

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)

Jan 17, 2018
Mall Santa
20:45

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.

Dec 13, 2017
Troll
16:25

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.

Nov 22, 2017
Game Night
14:02

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

Nov 09, 2017
The Decider
16:45

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.

Oct 25, 2017
Magic Hugs
20:13

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

Oct 11, 2017
Brain Chemistry
23:48

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.

Sep 27, 2017
Possible Side Effects
18:01

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.

Sep 13, 2017
Influencers part 1
13:01

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.

 

 

Jun 28, 2017
Do the Voice
13:22

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.

May 10, 2017
Intimacy Challenge
14:20

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.

Apr 26, 2017
Hey Bumblebee
15:43

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.

Apr 12, 2017
Scavenger Hunt
12:40

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.

Mar 22, 2017
Miracle on the L Train
14:55

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. 

Mar 09, 2017
A Drop in the Ocean
18:51

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.

Feb 09, 2017
The Dark End of the Mall
20:00

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

Jan 11, 2017
The Sweet Music of Friction
18:52

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.

Dec 21, 2016
Naughty or Nice
17:46

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.

Dec 07, 2016
Commentary Track
14:19

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.

Nov 10, 2016
Cor-wrong-ct!
17:16

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.

Oct 12, 2016
Sleep Some More
25:30

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.

Sep 07, 2016
The Making of That's Democracy
28:30

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.

Jul 13, 2016
The Man in the Barn
15:29

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.

May 12, 2016
Man V. Nature
25:26

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.

Mar 10, 2016
Visible & Drive Straight Ahead
18:01

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.

Feb 11, 2016
Where Have You Been?
11:32

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.

Nov 17, 2015
Starburst
11:26

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.

Oct 22, 2015
Enjoy the Suffering
12:20

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.

Sep 10, 2015
Dark Matter
16:41

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.

Jul 16, 2015
You're Not Alone
17:58

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)

Jun 24, 2015
Remember the Baby
12:10

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

Jun 04, 2015
The Last Job
13:07

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.

May 20, 2015
Tape Delay
15:54

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.

Apr 22, 2015
Can You Help Me Find My Mom?
08:26

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

Apr 09, 2015
Living the Dream
12:37

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

Mar 12, 2015
Don't Touch a Thing
11:26

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.

Feb 11, 2015
Falling
14:40

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.

Jan 29, 2015
The One about the Dead Dog
13:01

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.

Jan 15, 2015
Naughty or Nice
17:46

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.

Dec 19, 2014
The Death of Poe
13:06

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.

Oct 29, 2014
Silvia's Blood
16:29

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.

Oct 16, 2014
Cold Read
17:29

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.

Sep 17, 2014
That's Democracy
12:16

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.

Aug 20, 2014
Moon Graffiti
16:13

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.

Jul 16, 2014
Chaotic Neutral
14:25

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.

Jun 18, 2014
Voyager Found
13:04

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

May 14, 2014
Everybody SCREAM!!!
13:48

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.

Apr 28, 2014
The Extractor
17:33

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.

Mar 10, 2014
Eat Cake
13:19

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.

Feb 13, 2014
It's Your Funeral
27:20

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.

Jan 24, 2014
Biological Clock
14:37

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. 

Dec 21, 2013
Naomi's World
09:46

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.

Dec 10, 2013
The Devil You Know
53:19

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. 

Oct 24, 2013
The Talk
15:26

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.

Oct 13, 2013
Sweets for the Cheat
11:44

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.

Aug 29, 2013
You're Not Alone
17:58

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.

May 10, 2013
Falling
14:40

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.

Apr 11, 2013
Where Have You Been?
11:32

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.

Mar 22, 2013
Happy New Year
12:06

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. 

Jan 10, 2013
Mirror Lake
14:56

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.

Dec 14, 2012
Interruptible
17:27

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.

Nov 29, 2012
In Good Hands
23:29

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.

Nov 15, 2012
The Modern Prometheus
16:01

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.

Nov 02, 2012
The Death of Poe
13:06

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.

Oct 18, 2012
Do You Have a Minute for Equality?
14:39

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.

Oct 04, 2012
Domestic Violins
11:58

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.

Sep 20, 2012
That's Democracy
12:16

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.

Sep 05, 2012
Third Party
22:23

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.

Aug 09, 2012
Lucy and the Bike Girl
12:09

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.

Jul 26, 2012
Human Intelligence
22:21

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.

Jun 20, 2012
In Good Hands
23:29

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.

Jun 07, 2012
Total Transparency & Eye Contact
13:11

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. 

May 24, 2012
Tape Delay
15:54

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. 

Apr 25, 2012
Everybody SCREAM!!!
13:48

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

Apr 11, 2012
They're Made Out of Meat
17:20

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.

Mar 20, 2012
Interruptible
17:27

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.

Mar 06, 2012
Movie Mash-Ups
08:34

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).

Feb 22, 2012
Eat Cake
13:19

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

Feb 14, 2012
Moon Graffiti
16:13

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."

Feb 11, 2012