Rank #1: Silvia's Blood
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
Rank #2: Interruptible
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
Rank #3: Movie Mash-Ups
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
Rank #4: Where Have You Been?
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
Rank #5: Double Feature of Darkness
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.
Oct 24 2019
Rank #6: Possessive
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
Nov 22 2019
Rank #7: They're Made Out of Meat
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
Rank #8: The Body Genius, Part 1
Evan is the most sought after personal trainer in Hollywood. His brain has always been good at bodies. But can it solve a murder?
Performed by Chris Cafero, Eli James, Joanna Bradley, Stefan Schuette, Jeremey Bent, Connor Ratliff, Margaret Burrus, Keith Rubin, Jack Frederick, Davy Gardner, Liz Leimkuhler, and Becca Schall.
Written by Hunter Nelson, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell. Our associate producer is Davy Gardner.
Apr 04 2019
Rank #9: That's Democracy
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
Rank #10: Passenger List
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
Dec 27 2019
Rank #11: Justice Battalion
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
Rank #12: Under the Influence
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.
Nov 07 2019
Rank #13: Man V. Nature
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
Rank #14: Influencers part 1
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.
Jun 28 2017
Rank #15: Three Seconds to Nowhere
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
Rank #16: The Devil You Know
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
Rank #17: Starburst
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
Rank #18: Brain Chemistry
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
Rank #19: Naughty or Nice
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
Rank #20: The Cavern
After her husband goes missing while on a tour of Ellsworth Caverns, a woman seeks to uncover the secret of the caves.
Written by Luke Burns.
Performed by Ann Carr, Rebecca Robles, Max Brand, Ed Herbstman, Danielle Delgado, Louis Kornfeld, Jonathan Nail, Thomas Whittington, Daniel Hubbard, and Rick Andrews.
Jan 31 2019