Nice Try!

9 EpisodesProduced by CurbedWebsite

Avery Trufelman explores stories of people who tried to design a better world — and what happens when those designs don’t go according to plan. Season one, Utopian, is about the perpetual search for the perfect place. From Curbed and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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Introducing: Utopian

May 4th, 2019

2:56

Explore the hidden stories behind how we design the world we live in, and what we can learn when those designs fail. Season one, Utopian, follows …

Jamestown: Utopia for Whom

May 30th, 2019

39:08
Most people today know the story of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, from the story of Pocahontas and John Smith, and especially from the 1995 Disney animated film. A gripping recounting of …

Chandigarh: The Modernist Utopia

June 6th, 2019

38:41

Following the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru commissioned famed architect Le Corbusier to design the …

Levittown/Concord Park: Utopia in Our Backyard

June 13th, 2019

34:11

Suburban developments built in the 1950s were idyllic communities and gave many people their first opportunity at home ownership, but typically excluded African Americans. While William Levitt used explicit racial …

Oneida: Utopia, LLC

June 20th, 2019

37:06

The Oneida Community was founded in upstate New York in 1848 by John Humphrey Noyes, a former theological student who believed that paradise could be …

Germania: Architecture in a Fascist Utopia

June 27th, 2019

36:32

In 1938, Hitler’s chief architect Albert Speer started redesigning Berlin for a New Order, elements of which exist today. The Tempelhof Airport in West Berlin features designs that specifically evoke the Third Reich. …

Biosphere 2: The Theater of Utopia

July 11th, 2019

51:06

In 1991, eight people embarked on a two-year experiment to create a completely enclosed, self-sustaining ecosystem in a domed research facility in Arizona. Inside the dome, there was a man-made savannah. A rainforest. A …

Herland: Reimagine Utopia

July 18th, 2019

36:53
What have all of the utopias we've covered so far had in common? They were all largely driven by the will and power of a charismatic leader - usually a man, usually white. How do you build a utopia, then, for people in …

Disney World: Celebrating Utopia

August 15th, 2019

46:23

Before she began writing for the New York Times, or visiting glitter factories and the Royal Wedding, Caity Weaver grew up vacationing in utopia. Specifically: Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. During a recent live …

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