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True Story

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A night of true tales told to friends. True Story presents ordinary people telling stories from their lives, at living room storytelling parties in undisclosed locations around the world. Recordings from the True Story underground are more raw and revealing than you’ll find anywhere else. Since 2012, we’ve published the best of these on our podcast and on public radio. Join our global storytelling community by visiting

Customer Reviews

Doesn't compare...

Doesn't compare to The Moth at all. Some stories are entertaining, but for the most part the story tellers lack the articulation and ability to not ramble on, that The Moth podcast offers. Good idea, but perhaps choose only well spoken, professional speakers in the future.

The best story telling podcast

This kind of podcast is what I was looking for when I originally subscribed to the Moth and Snap Judgment. What people need to understand is that on those other podcasts, you are dealing with *professional* story tellers whose job it is to dress up stories and tell them with a neat beginning, middle, and end to entertain an audience. They are professional entertainers who might work with editors and then travel the country to tell people in theaters about their misadventures. It ends up feeling like a play. I have been to live events including the Moth, and this podcast is so much better.

The stories in this podcast are real, raw, and immensely relatable. These are ordinary people telling a story about their lives that are clearly not dressed up in any way. These are the kinds of stories you listen to when you want to know more about the human experience. I have listened to about 10 episodes now, and each story, even if it lacks a clear direction or a moral, is fascinating. These are intimate stories about growing up or dealing with the boorish realities of life. They don't feel like an entertainer is telling them, but rather a friend that has decided it is time to share something with you.

So in response to the criticisms that this isn't like the Moth: no, it isn't. This isn't a podcast where Malcolm Gladwell will tell some over-animated, unbelievable, over-the-top-story that feels (at least to me) manufactured to evoke a certain emotion at a certain point in the story. And I'm glad it's not. These are raw stories where you often have mixed feelings about what is happening in them, and the endings aren't necessarily happy or complete. But they always make you a little more understanding of the experiences others have had, and allow you to step back to consider what this enterprise we are all engaged in is. If anything, some of these stories may hit too close to home for some people. While there is definitely a place for professional entertainers, I am glad this podcast fills the large gap that otherwise remains. This is one of my top three podcast/radio shows of all time. Well done.

If you enjoy The Moth, you'll love True Story

For those who listen to the Moth's podcast, or have heard their events reproduced in segments on This American Life, we know how entertaining and affecting a well-told, no-notes live story can be. True Story events offer the same kind of experience, with tales that range from serious to lighthearted, dramatic to hilarious. Every single one is amazing and worth listening to. Awesome podcast.

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