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Author: 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 places are: Silvia's Blood, That's Democracy, Moon Graffiti, Tape Delay, or whatever's most recent. Listening with headphones is encouraged!

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Into the Hum

Into the Hum

2020-09-1031:335

When the sky itself becomes deadly, survival depends on how much you can trust strangers. Written by Louis Kornfeld. Performed by Michael Cullen, Arthur French, Benja Kay Thomas, and James Dwyer, with Louis Kornfeld and Mary McDonnell. The Truth Instagram Twitter
After the Hum

After the Hum

2020-07-2329:259

In a post-apocalyptic world, a young woman faces her fears of the outside world in order to save her sister. Written by Mary McDonnell. Performed by Marisa Brau, Jessica Morgan, James Dwyer, Gregory Jones, and Rachel Botchan. The Truth Instagram Twitter
The Session

The Session

2020-07-0925:227

When two actors on different coasts show up to a mysterious voiceover audition, a sadistic director keeps making things weirder. Written by Laura Grey. Performed by Liz Leimkuhler, Casey Jost, Chris Kipiniak and Bill Rohlfing. The Truth Instagram Twitter
Anywhere in the World

Anywhere in the World

2020-06-2520:5610

A virtual reality company can send you anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. So when a celebrity uses it for escape and ends up finding love, he goes to great lengths to hang onto his new life. Written by Bob Raymonda. Performed by Chris Cafero, Tessa Hersh, Richie Moriarty, Mark Gessner, Nikki Thomas, Asher Herbstman, Amy Warren, Mary McDonnell, Davy Gardner, and Bob Raymonda. The Truth Instagram Twitter
A woman gets trapped in an inter-dimensional game show. To leave, she must win the game by figuring out: what is wrong with her? Written by Mary McDonnell. Performed by Julia Kelly, Jeremy Bent, Bridgette Rizkalla, Billy Bob Thompson, Amy Warren, Richie Moriarty, Margaret Burrus, Bob Raymonda, Cara Ehlenfeldt, Mary McDonnell, and Jaime Lamchick. The Truth Instagram Twitter
The Fraud

The Fraud

2020-05-2127:225

When an artificial intelligence grad student becomes a finalist for a big robotics award, her empathic AI robot starts calling her a fraud, and she must figure out how to overcome its nasty, counterproductive feedback. Written by Kristy Lopez-Bernal. Performed by Erica Hernandez, Yoni Lotan, Erin Harland, Amy Warren, Josh Perilo, Ed Herbstman, Bob Raymonda, Margaret Burrus, Katie Hartman, and Nathan Min. Content warning: This episode contains depictions of anxiety and panic attacks. The Truth Instagram Twitter
The Truth was live at On Air Fest in March 2020, with a performance of “The Hilly Earth Society” followed by a Q&A with writer Louis Kornfeld, actor Michael Cullen, and producer Jonathan Mitchell. Written by Louis Kornfeld. Performed live by Michael Cullen. The Truth Instagram Twitter
Clustr

Clustr

2020-04-0921:5112

A new app allows you to earn real money just by participating in social events. But what the events are—and who shows up—makes it difficult to know what’s real, and what’s just another gig in the gig economy. Written by Sarah Shachat. Performed by Louis Kornfeld, Rick Andrews, Leila Ben-Abdallah, Woody Fu, Mary McDonnell, Zach Valenti, T.J. Mannix, and Promises improv troupe. The Truth Instagram Twitter
The Wedding Objector

The Wedding Objector

2020-03-2631:5318

A woman paid to ruin weddings decides instead to help a groom salvage his… and finds love along the way. Written by Mary McDonnell. Performed by Bianca Casusol, David Ebert, Thomas Whittington, Lila Newman, Juan Nicolón, Erin Bartley, Alli Brown, Mary McDonnell, Blanche Ames, Davy Gardner, Johnna Scrabis, Brandon Zelman, Elijah Crocker, Daniel Lempert, Jake Cornell, Casey McCormick, Amir Khan, Allison Kilkenny, Danielle Grace, and Promises improv troupe. The Truth Instagram Twitter
Chester

Chester

2020-03-1223:319

When Kyra gets Beth an “enhanced emotional support” dog to help her get over her recent funk, the gift goes over a little too well. Written by Timothy Michael Cooper Performed by Tanyika Carey, Ellen Winter, and Fred Newman. CONTENT WARNING: This episode includes strong language and adult situations. The Truth Instagram Twitter
Lucky Penny

Lucky Penny

2020-02-2729:5813

A son tries to make contact with his dad deteriorating in the throes of dementia. He makes new connections and discoveries, and as he says goodbye to his father, he is granted a long-awaited wish. Written and performed by David Deblinger. With Maggie Burke, Tomoko Miyagi, Neil Tyrone Pritchard, Louis Kornfeld, and David Aaron Baker. Music by Fred Johnson. This episode is based on a stage production originally created at Labyrinth Theater Company, directed and developed by Ben Snyder. This episode is part of a network-wide project to welcome Over the Road, Radiotopia’s newest show, into the family. CONTENT WARNING: This episode includes strong language. The Truth Instagram Twitter
The Choice

The Choice

2020-02-1326:0511

After three friends make a mysterious yet simple choice, they must make sense of the inconceivable results. Written by Davy Gardner Performed by Erin Harland, Dennis Pacheco, Chris Cafero, Louis Kornfeld, and Nikki Thomas. CONTENT WARNING: This episode includes strong language. The Truth Instagram Twitter
Robocalls

Robocalls

2020-01-3028:5020

Eddie Doyle is being targeted by bots that are getting smarter all the time. Written by Louis Kornfeld Performed by Tom Ligon, Amy Warren, Louis Kornfeld, Tanyika Carey, Rebecca Robles, Rich Armstead, Jon Cook, Dmitry Shein, Timothy Cooper, Davy Gardner, Jamie Rivera, Sarah Shachat, and Nikki Thomas. The Truth Instagram Twitter
Museum of You

Museum of You

2020-01-1626:3123

It’s difficult to convey who you are in a two-dimensional dating profile. So a brand new dating service brings you into the third dimension, allowing you to create a museum all about yourself. Written by Davy Gardner Performed by Ann Carr and Nicholas Richardson. With Johnna Scrabis, and Adelaide Kipiniak. The Truth Instagram Twitter
Passenger List

Passenger List

2019-12-2737:0810

Atlantic Flight 702 has disappeared mid-flight between London and New York. Kaitlin Le, a college student whose twin brother vanished with the flight, has tasked herself with uncovering what really happened to the plane’s 256 passengers. For this special episode, we present the first episode of Passenger List, a mystery thriller from PRX’s Radiotopia. Listen to the full series at https://passengerlist.org The Truth Instagram Twitter
Three Seconds to Nowhere

Three Seconds to Nowhere

2019-12-1224:4015

If you want to get from point A to point B, teleportation sounds like a good idea. But if you ever get the opportunity, just take a cab. Learn what happened to teleportation’s First Man. Written by Louis Kornfeld Performed by Peter McNerney, Hannah Chase, Nick Kanellis, Mary McDonnell, Leonard Lyzner, Dennis Pacheco, Chris Kipiniak, Davy Gardner, Adelaide Kipiniak, and Evan Barden. Make your mark. Go to radiotopia.fm to donate today. The Truth Instagram Twitter
Meet Cara

Meet Cara

2019-12-0215:473

Get to know our associate producer Cara Ehlenfeldt, and hear outtakes from the past year of The Truth. Make your mark. Go to radiotopia.fm to donate today.
Possessive

Possessive

2019-11-2221:186

Eve, Jay, and Michael used to be close friends until life moved them in different directions. They are brought together by the death of an old friend Lilia, who reaches out from beyond the grave to meddle in their relationship. Written by Tim Platt Performed by Rebecca Robles, Elana Fishbein, Margaret Burrus, Tim Platt, Susan Jacks, and Peter Mills-Weiss The Truth Instagram Twitter
Under the Influence

Under the Influence

2019-11-0726:1817

Rory, an influencer with over 2 million followers, discovers she has the incredible ability to rewrite history through social media. But what does having 2 million followers really mean if you have nothing to say? Written by Sam Reece Performed by Erica Hernandez, Ariel Gitlin, Chris Cafero, Jeremy Bent, Thomas Whittington, and Davy Gardner This episode contains strong language. The Truth Instagram Twitter
Down in the dusty crypt of The Truth, we uncover the remains of two haunting stories. In the first, a mother's most precious possession is discovered. In the second, a blood ritual conjures up angels... “Don’t Touch a Thing” was written by Louis Kornfeld, and performed by Amy Warren, Armando Diaz, Jackie Hoffman, Louis Kornfeld, and Noel Dineen “Silvia’s Blood” was adapted and produced by Jonathan Mitchell, based on the short story “Upon the Dull Earth” by Philip K. Dick. It was performed by Andy Moskowitz, Rebecca Robles, Diana McCorry, Ben Jones, and Al King. The Truth Instagram Twitter
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Comments (259)

Lindsay Fitzgerald

Always love The Truth, but this mini-series was AMAZING!

Sep 14th
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Dave Schwartz

Sucks to say since I've enjoyed just about all the recent episodes up to this one. This one doesn't do this podcast any favors in my opinion. Just a constant earsore.

Sep 14th
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Shantanu Tomar

You're good, but what's up with all the pandering to the BLM terrorists ? Anyway, I hope you're safe now and they don't burn down your business anyway. Now, that you have held up your fist.

Sep 13th
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rowena sabetta

This friggen show blows me away every time. I find myself wishing that each episode would have its own whole soundtrack off podcast/season. It’s some of the best storytelling, sound design, production and acting. I will literally stop whatever I am doing when I get a notification that there is a new episode. I will find a place to hide and let it steal my imagination away. Don’t ever stop!!!! Especially in these turbulent times, we need more relevant storytelling like this. Thank you for this gift. 🙂

Sep 11th
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Dave Schwartz

This episode was great, I wish it could have been fleshed out more towards the ending, would have liked to keep hearing more.

Sep 11th
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AC K

great show!

Sep 11th
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Dave Schwartz

What a great podcast to have stumbled upon by typing the wrong name of another show. I've only listened to this and part 1. Hopefully the others are as good as this one has been.

Sep 10th
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Shantanu Tomar

No no no no noooo 😆

Sep 7th
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Shantanu Tomar

Welcome to the crazy town

Sep 6th
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Shantanu Tomar

Huh ?!

Aug 28th
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Shantanu Tomar

STOP TALKING NOW ! YOU'RE NOT MAKING IT BETTER !

Aug 27th
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Masha

so sad. but incredibly realistic for many elderly people all alone. people who do this to them are absolutely disgusting

Aug 20th
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Elizabeth Wells

Super clever and thought-provoking.. Really enjoyed it!

Aug 13th
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Mandee Moore

***Spoilers toward the bottom! read at your own risk! ;)*** I reaaaaaallllly enjoyed the hell out of this one! I know EXACTLY what decision I would have made initially. I honestly don't think I'm alone in it, my decision. In fact, I feel we'd be hard pressed to find someone who would not be intrigued, and who would not download the podcast!! For whatever his motive, I was seriously grateful he didn't involve Sean. That would have swayed my downloading of, and listening to, the podcast; knowing I'd potentially be hurting someone rather, well, innocent. Anyway! Loved it. Obviously very thought provoking and just well done, like every other episode I've escaped to and in! ❤✌ -m

Aug 12th
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Mandee Moore

(spoiler-ish. like kinda, sorta, maybe, but over nothing of consequence) Ahh! Homegirl was just the worst! The nagging, the "oops" ex-bf comparisons, her shitty attitude and her denigration of well, everything. It was extremely rude for her to insult his exhibit, I felt. No, he didn't go as deeply as she did, however, I thought what he had done was quite sweet! And he was so excited to show her, boyish-ly so. I sort of felt was she had placed in hers was, maybe, deeper than someone should go in a first date situation. Alcoholism, Mental Health...That's some heavy ass shit for a first date. Honestly though, do you. It's for real all good if you want to share those stories immediately. You can't get mad, I don't believe, if someone isn't ready to do the same. (Her reaction to his mother's passing, kind of proves my point...) I thought her insults were unnecessary and was extremely shocked that he not only claimed to "really like her", but wanted to continue further and deeper, leading to the conclusion presented. Regardless of chick being a pain in the ass, this was a very interesting episode! Well done!! <3

Aug 4th
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Heidi M. Fanning

I really thought there'd be a cool twist to this story. I expected that there would be only one surviving sister with a big imagination who was only pretending that her sister was talking to her through the com.

Jul 24th
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Kristy Neary

That was cute!!

Jul 3rd
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Earth Man

Black Lives Matter isn't about racism. It is a political agenda of the Democrats and the far left. Your life matters. Does mine?

Jul 2nd
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Hollyn Derisse

What a twist!!!!

Jun 30th
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ByZuLa

Awesome eulogy! 😃

Jun 25th
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