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The Truth

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 Truth Podcast

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.

The Truth Podcast
70hr 30min
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New on BBC Radio 4 from the director of The Truth
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The performance of a lifetime.
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Measuring the depth of perception.
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In performance art, if you die you get buried.
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Read thoroughly before attempting operation.
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A vintage car and a second chance.
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Every hot sauce is somebody’s path to enlightenment.
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A father comes to the rescue when three teenagers take things a little too far.
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Running from Wisconsin to Indiana: 80 miles, 12 hours, 1 day.
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Comedy is hard.
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The kids take a stand.
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A disenchanted mall Santa gets a surprise gift from SantaCon.
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All late-night TV needs is a little new blood.
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He's a jock stuck in a nerd's body.
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Cheater. Pervert. Bubble bath.
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Real fans will get it.
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At this bar, every night is ’90s night.
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Make yourself comfortable. Go wild.
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Jonah’s in a whale, but he’s not alone.
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A surf rock audio drama about the end of the world.
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Maybe you've heard of her brother?
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Are you vohuuga mu hondan?
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Happy birthday?
Thumbnail for "What About Ruth?".
Nobody told her about a pandemic.
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*as voted by listeners.
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Our listeners discuss their favorites.
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I just have a few notes.
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This time, it's personal.
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Everything is possible.
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Middle school will bury you.
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Trapped behind his own famous face.
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It’s just waves.
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Not all secrets stay buried.
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Your wish is her command.
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Closure is a phone call away
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A very boring man has a very strange encounter.
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No one has time for Zoe’s daydreams.
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Will they finally be safe?
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The universe is against you.
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Get to know us!
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Meanwhile, as the world was changing...
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Is it all just noise?
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You gonna do this new challenge?
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Take care.
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Gaze into each other’s eyes.
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Tell him what he wants to hear.
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A Christian Hip Hop duo's rise and fall.
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Being alone can do strange things to a guy.
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All’s fair in love and reality TV.
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You could be The Greatest God.
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It’s all in the memory palace.
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‘Twas the heist before Christmas.
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An introduction to a new series from Sharon Mashihi.
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The plaza is where you find love.
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Small talk. Big Consequences.
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Freezing to death has its virtues.
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Every family tree has hidden branches.
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You can't run from the sky.
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Face your fears.
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A voiceover gig from hell.
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Love in virtual reality.
Thumbnail for "What's Wrong with Nicole Berkman?".
Seriously: what is wrong with her?
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You are a fraud.
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Performed at On Air Fest 2020
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The latest gig in the gig economy.
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Who will make it to “I do”?
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What if dogs could be more human?
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I gave you everything I could.
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You may choose yes or no.
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Always ask if they’re real.
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Curate your life story.
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A missing plane. A cabin full of suspects. A search for the truth.
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The story of teleportation's First Man.
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She hears everything.
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Friends forever ...and ever and ever.
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An influencer finds unlimited influence.
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Two stories come back from the dead.
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He’s a self-made man. Literally.
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What are they saying about you?
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What if they all just... disappeared?
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Dispatches from the inner-city suburbs of Melbourne.
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Not every bundle of joy is a bundle of joy.
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What if Apollo 11 crashed on the Moon?
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How well do you understand people?
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The anatomy of a relationship
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A Good Body
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Rivals
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The Future of Fitness
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The Film That Wouldn't Die
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The Bad Breakfast
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Jog your mind...
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Falling in love is easy.
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Where do you go when the lights go out?
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A fairy tale about waking up.
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One last shot at significance
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How we make The Truth
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You fall you gotta get back up.
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The customer is always right. Until they’re dead.
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There's no such thing as miracles... right?
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Notes from the Network
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Young Man, You're Doing Fine
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Breaking In
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Banished to the Hamptons
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Meet Louis, a can of generic cola.
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Where the fun and the mental are fundamental.
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Don't tap on the glass.
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How a 9-year-old boy changed the course of history.
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A seeing eye app, and a *very* personal GPS.
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Inherit a parrot with a past.
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Form of: a Saturday morning cartoon!
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Don't let the future get in your way.
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Some people are just too interesting to be left alone.
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Take a ride in a stranger's car.
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Nuclear missile silos can be spooky. Especially when they're haunted.
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Getting in was the easy part.
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The Polybius Conspiracy is a seven-part series, from Radiotopia's Showcase.
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Seasons greetings from the mall!
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It feels good to feel better.
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It's a show of mystery, fun, and bad memories!
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Happiness is just a number.
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Maybe a hug really can be magic. Maybe.
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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,...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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 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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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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,...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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....
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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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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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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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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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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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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...
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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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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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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...
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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...
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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.