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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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The Fraud

The Fraud

2020-05-2127:222

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

2020-03-2631:5313

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

2020-03-1223:316

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

2020-02-2729:587

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

2020-01-3028:5018

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

2020-01-1626:3119

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

2019-12-2737:089

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

2019-11-2221:185

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

2019-11-0726:1815

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
Self-Made Man

Self-Made Man

2019-10-1028:5915

The mysterious founder and CEO of a tech company is about to tell the world the secret of his latest product… and his past. Written by Luke Burns Performed by Richie Moriarty, Josh Perilo, Jon Cook, Daniel Hubbard, Frankie Johnson, Louis Kornfeld, Mary McDonnell, Jesse VandenBergh, Anthony Franqui, Dennis Pacheco, Mac Rogers, Amy Warren, Thomas Whittington, Elana Fishbein, Chris Thompson, and Bodywork Improv Ensemble This episode contains strong language and violence. The Truth Instagram Twitter
Your Ears Are Burning

Your Ears Are Burning

2019-09-2628:2319

Tony's always had a hard time reading the room. But then a mysterious man tells him about a podcast that plays back everything people say about you when you're not there. Written by Mac Rogers Performed by Doug Moe, Dennis Pacheco, Louis Kornfeld, Alana Bowers, Marisa Brau, Amy Warren, Ed Herbstman, Blanche Ames, Becca Schall, Elana Fishbein, and Emily Marinoff The Truth Instagram Twitter
Poofed

Poofed

2019-09-1220:1115

After helping a woman on a subway platform, a busker discovers that her ukulele has a strange power. Written by Rachel Wenitsky Performed by Rachel Wenitsky, Tallie Medel, Jeremy Bent, Bianca Casusol, Michael Delisle, Naomi Lorrain, Kyle Gordon, Jimmy O’Connell, Woody Fu, Kerry Kastin, Louis Kornfeld, Brian Morabito, Tim Platt, Andrew Roberts, Mac Rogers, Cara Ehlenfeldt, and Emily Marinoff. This episode includes explicit language and deals with sexual harassment. The Truth Instagram Twitter
A woman walks, baby strapped to her chest, through the streets of Fitzroy and Carlton. As she walks, she notices the way the skyline edges upward, nudged by the cranes of developers. And she notices the history of this place, ever-present, despite those cranes. For this special episode, we present the first two episodes of The Fitzroy Diaries, and eight-episode series produced by the Australian Broadcast Corporation. Fitzroy Diaries was created and written by Lorin Clarke, edited by Sophie Townsend, and sound designed by Mark Don. The Fitzroy Diaries The Truth Instagram Twitter
Hush Little Baby

Hush Little Baby

2019-07-2526:1518

Joanna thought she was prepared for her new baby. But the baby has plans of her own. Written by Marina Tempelsman Performed by Ann Carr, Erica Schroeder, David Ebert, Katie Hartman, Louis Kornfeld, Leslie Meisel, Erica Hernandez, Ariel Gitlin, Boris Khaykin, and Tallie Medel. The Truth Instagram Twitter
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Comments (232)

Pawan Mandiwal

Great story, especially the ending twist in story is just amazing..

May 28th
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Anthony Roach

An ultra-descriptive earful of a story set in the epitome of the real world. You all do the best work.

May 27th
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Brandy Rose 🌹

So sad for this poor elderly man. 😥

May 15th
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Angie Herbet

Even though this is a rebroadcast, I really enjoyed it. Too funny 🤪

May 7th
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BC

There's a lot of work that goes into these stories, and I like the behind the scenes.

May 3rd
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Teresa Wilkinson

don't understand why Americans have to scream about everything, have to admit I didn't find this very insightful at all, bit tired of all the loudness/overtalking in these stories, it becomes tedious, surely there's a place for subtly?

May 1st
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D. T

I hate the dog

Apr 26th
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Teresa Wilkinson

the whole story unfolds beautifully, a smart, laconic look at choice and choices

Apr 24th
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Teresa Wilkinson

so nicely scripted!, a delicate unfurling of how men and women differ in the navigation of intimacy, meaning and closeness

Apr 24th
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Teresa Wilkinson

'Clustr' was an absolutely brilliant story, I really loved it!, definitely 'holding up a mirror to life', insightful, intelligent, a comic delight

Apr 24th
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Man in the Moon

Really glad they had to make things political with the talk of Brock Turner and black people getting shot. It gives us a chance to have a conversation about personal responsibility. An example would be making sure you don't get blackout drunk while making out with a stranger at a party where you know nobody. Then there's the crying about Brock only serving a few months, which is because of the family's wealth, but in "the current year" we have to blame white people. Women claim to be the victims here, ironically not understanding that it was laws that protect female sex offenders which caused his light sentence in the first place (female rapists for decades couldn't be convicted in his state). Then we get to the black people getting shot. Time after time we hear stories of criminals doing criminal things and getting shot in the process, but lately if their skin is dark we're supposed to feel bad for them. Instead of looking to change black culture, one that idolizes violence and crime, we're expected to get upset with the police, the ones who protect us. I would argue that people need to start being responsible instead of blaming others, but hey... What can you do?

Apr 20th
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farshid marefat

very interesting story 👍

Apr 11th
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ByZuLa

This was hilarious! The ending was like “wait what?!” 😂

Apr 9th
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Mandeep Sahni

#TheTruth #Podcast brings us some very intense and heart wrenching stories. This episode was a light gig with excellent acting and story. #Audiodrama #PodcastRecommendations

Apr 9th
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Jeremiah C.

yeah..... society is on its way there.... give it a generation or two.

Apr 6th
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Oscar Obians

Wait what?!

Apr 6th
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David A

choose Jesus

Mar 16th
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KunnyBoi

honestly the worst episode.

Mar 12th
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Elizabeth Sullivan

Sad but sweet, oof my heart.

Mar 10th
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Oscar Obians

This was quite funny

Mar 1st
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