The Truth, a podcast of fictional stories whose segments have aired on national pubradio programs, met its fundraising goal for a second 10-episode season.
The program raised $30,143 during its fundraising drive, which launched June 10 with a goal of $30,000. Its second season will premiere online Aug. 15.
The Truth produces improvised stories recorded on location with a collective of writers, producers and performers. Its first story, "Moon Graffiti", posted to the Public Radio Exchange in 2010 with pilot funding from American Public Media, and was the most-listened-to piece on PRX that year. Since then, the program, founded by Jonathan Mitchell, has aired segments on This American Life, Studio 360, Snap Judgment and other shows. It launched the first season of its stand-alone podcast in 2012, and was named by iTunes as one of the year's best podcasts.
"We're ecstatic," Mitchell told Current on the fundraiser's success. "It's very encouraging to see this many people support the podcast so enthusiastically. And I think it indicates that there is a real audience for the kind of dramatic fiction we love to make."