Theater of the mind

The Truth

When I can’t sleep, I listen to podcasts. The soothing voices of Ira Glass or Dan Savage make for great insomniac company. Not so with The Truth, a free podcast comprising fictional stories. Don’t get me wrong, The Truth is groundbreaking radio theater, and you should subscribe to it on iTunes immediately. Every two weeks a collective of writers and actors in New York break podcast conventions with these original “movies for your ears,” most clocking in at less than 20 minutes long. But if, late at night, you switch on an episode such as “In Good Hands (Part 1),” you might suddenly find yourself in an abandoned subway tunnel with menacing strangers. It’s thrilling theater, but it won’t help you sleep.