The Truth

By 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! We're a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.


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Into the Hum
29:44

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.

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Sep 10, 2020
After the Hum
28:48

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 C. Jones, and Rachel Botchan.

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Jul 23, 2020
The Session
24:48

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.

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Jul 09, 2020
Anywhere in the World
19:51

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.


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Jun 25, 2020
What's Wrong with Nicole Berkman?
20:26

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.

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Jun 11, 2020
The Fraud
26:08

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.

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May 21, 2020
LIVE: The Hilly Earth Society
37:11

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.

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May 07, 2020
Clustr
19:43

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.

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Apr 09, 2020
The Wedding Objector
30:28

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.

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Mar 26, 2020
Chester
22:11

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.

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Mar 12, 2020
Lucky Penny
28:51

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.

CONTENT WARNING: This episode includes strong language.

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Feb 27, 2020
The Choice
25:42

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.

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Feb 13, 2020
Robocalls
27:35

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.

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Jan 30, 2020
Museum of You
25:18

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.

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Jan 16, 2020
Passenger List
35:29

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

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Dec 27, 2019
Three Seconds to Nowhere
22:33

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.

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Dec 12, 2019
Meet Cara
15:47

Get to know our associate producer Cara Ehlenfeldt, and hear outtakes from the past year of The Truth.

Make your mark. Go to www.radiotopia.fm to donate today.

Dec 02, 2019
Possessive
20:24

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

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Nov 22, 2019
Under the Influence
25:06

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.

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Nov 07, 2019
Double Feature of Darkness
32:01

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.

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Oct 24, 2019
Self-Made Man
26:27

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.

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Oct 10, 2019
Your Ears Are Burning
26:09

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

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Sep 26, 2019
Poofed
19:11

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.

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Sep 12, 2019
VIDEO: New season begins Sept. 12th
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Aug 22, 2019
BONUS: The Fitzroy Diaries
31:10
Aug 08, 2019
Hush Little Baby
24:20
Jul 25, 2019
Moon Graffiti
16:59
Jul 11, 2019
Persuasive Tactics
24:30
Jun 27, 2019
BONUS: The Shadows
48:24
Jun 13, 2019
The Body Genius, Part 5
28:59
May 30, 2019
The Body Genius, Part 4
25:31
May 16, 2019
The Body Genius, Part 3
26:25
May 02, 2019
The Body Genius, Part 2
23:56
Apr 18, 2019
The Body Genius, Part 1
29:38
Apr 04, 2019
The Other Fran
22:01
Feb 28, 2019
Meet Cute
22:36
Feb 14, 2019
The Cavern
26:00
Jan 31, 2019
The Curse of Numb
22:14
Jan 16, 2019
The Unremarkables
21:18
Dec 20, 2018
BONUS: All Your Questions Answered
33:34
Dec 13, 2018
November 31st
16:22
Dec 06, 2018
Murder at Cakery Bakery
20:43
Nov 22, 2018
The Saint of Machine
24:41
Nov 08, 2018
The Off Season, Part 4
22:04
Oct 23, 2018
The Off Season, Part 3
29:07
Oct 16, 2018
The Off Season, Part 2
27:52
Oct 09, 2018
The Off Season, Part 1
23:46
Oct 01, 2018
BONUS: Everything Is Alive
25:48
Jul 31, 2018
Wonderworld, U.S.A.
32:08
Jul 12, 2018
Fish Girl
19:25
Jun 21, 2018
The Jesse Eisenberg Effect
19:59
Jun 07, 2018
Visible & Drive Straight Ahead
19:22
May 24, 2018
The Matter of Tyco
21:25
May 11, 2018
Justice Battalion
29:52
Apr 19, 2018
The Runaways
16:59
Apr 04, 2018
The Hilly Earth Society
23:19
Mar 22, 2018
Rideshare
18:10
Mar 01, 2018
Nuclear Winter
15:42
Feb 14, 2018
The Co-op
20:40
Jan 31, 2018
BONUS: The Polybius Conspiracy
36:16
Jan 17, 2018
Mall Santa
20:45
Dec 13, 2017
Troll
16:25
Nov 22, 2017
Game Night
14:02
Nov 09, 2017
The Decider
16:45
Oct 25, 2017
Magic Hugs
20:13
Oct 11, 2017
Brain Chemistry
23:48
Sep 27, 2017
Possible Side Effects
18:01
Sep 13, 2017
Influencers part 1
13:01
Jun 28, 2017
Do the Voice
13:22
May 10, 2017
Intimacy Challenge
14:20
Apr 26, 2017
Hey Bumblebee
15:43
Apr 12, 2017
Scavenger Hunt
12:40
Mar 22, 2017
Miracle on the L Train
14:55
Mar 09, 2017
A Drop in the Ocean
18:51
Feb 09, 2017
The Dark End of the Mall
20:00
Jan 11, 2017
The Sweet Music of Friction
18:52
Dec 21, 2016
Naughty or Nice
17:46
Dec 07, 2016
Commentary Track
14:19
Nov 10, 2016
Cor-wrong-ct!
17:16
Oct 12, 2016
Sleep Some More
25:30
Sep 07, 2016
The Making of That's Democracy
28:30
Jul 13, 2016
The Man in the Barn
15:29
May 12, 2016
Man V. Nature
25:26
Mar 10, 2016
Visible & Drive Straight Ahead
18:01
Feb 11, 2016
Where Have You Been?
11:32
Nov 17, 2015
Starburst
11:26
Oct 22, 2015
Enjoy the Suffering
12:20
Sep 10, 2015
Dark Matter
16:41
Jul 16, 2015
You're Not Alone
17:58
Jun 24, 2015
Remember the Baby
12:10
Jun 04, 2015
The Last Job
13:07
May 20, 2015
Tape Delay
15:54
Apr 22, 2015
Can You Help Me Find My Mom?
08:26
Apr 09, 2015
Living the Dream
12:37
Mar 12, 2015
Don't Touch a Thing
11:26
Feb 11, 2015
Falling
14:40
Jan 29, 2015
The One about the Dead Dog
13:01
Jan 15, 2015
Naughty or Nice
17:46
Dec 19, 2014
The Death of Poe
13:06
Oct 29, 2014
Silvia's Blood
16:29
Oct 16, 2014
Cold Read
17:29
Sep 17, 2014
That's Democracy
12:16
Aug 20, 2014
Moon Graffiti
16:13
Jul 16, 2014
Chaotic Neutral
14:25
Jun 18, 2014
Voyager Found
13:04
May 14, 2014
Everybody SCREAM!!!
13:48
Apr 28, 2014
The Extractor
17:33
Mar 10, 2014
Eat Cake
13:19
Feb 13, 2014
It's Your Funeral
27:20
Jan 24, 2014
Biological Clock
14:37
Dec 21, 2013
Naomi's World
09:46
Dec 10, 2013
The Devil You Know
53:19
Oct 24, 2013
The Talk
15:26
Oct 13, 2013
Sweets for the Cheat
11:44
Aug 29, 2013
You're Not Alone
17:58
May 10, 2013
Falling
14:40
Apr 11, 2013
Where Have You Been?
11:32
Mar 22, 2013
Happy New Year
12:06
Jan 10, 2013
Mirror Lake
14:56
Dec 14, 2012
Interruptible
17:27
Nov 29, 2012
In Good Hands
23:29
Nov 15, 2012
The Modern Prometheus
16:01
Nov 02, 2012
The Death of Poe
13:06
Oct 18, 2012
Do You Have a Minute for Equality?
14:39
Oct 04, 2012
Domestic Violins
11:58
Sep 20, 2012
That's Democracy
12:16
Sep 05, 2012
Third Party
22:23
Aug 09, 2012
Lucy and the Bike Girl
12:09
Jul 26, 2012
Human Intelligence
22:21
Jun 20, 2012
In Good Hands
23:29
Jun 07, 2012
Total Transparency & Eye Contact
13:11
May 24, 2012
Tape Delay
15:54
Apr 25, 2012
Everybody SCREAM!!!
13:48
Apr 11, 2012
They're Made Out of Meat
17:20
Mar 20, 2012
Interruptible
17:27
Mar 06, 2012
Movie Mash-Ups
08:34
Feb 22, 2012
Eat Cake
13:19
Feb 14, 2012
Moon Graffiti
16:13
Feb 11, 2012