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Nice Try!

18 EpisodesProduced by CurbedWebsite

Nice Try's second season, Interior, is all about the lifestyle products that have been sold to us over and over, and the promises of domestic self improvement they have made, kept and broken. From Curbed and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

18 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

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 …

Season 2: Interior

October 7th, 2021

2:09

Nice Try's second season, Interior, interrogates the lifestyle technologies and products that determine the ways we clean, cook, exercise, and sleep …

The Doorbell

October 14th, 2021

43:54

The American dream of a suburban house with a white picket fence cordons off the home as a haven, separate from the outside world. This personal, private utopia becomes defined by who gets let in. And that is determined …

The Vacuum

October 21st, 2021

30:43

One of the most intimate, necessary, and perhaps loathed activities of the home is cleaning. Who does this work, and how good do we have to be at it? When is it okay to depend on some kind of help? A story of community, …

The Crock-Pot

October 28th, 2021

39:01

Countertop kitchen appliances—cookers that range from slow to fast—promise healthier, easier, better ways to feed the body. These gadgets of convenience have raised the standards for how much variety and excitement one …

The Weight

November 4th, 2021

45:28

Fitness trends come and go. But the weight, about as low-tech and simple as it gets, is an anchor in the shifting tides of culture. As workout …

The Mattress

November 11th, 2021

38:43

Since industrialization, we have developed a convoluted set of cultural rules and etiquette around sleep—which often run counter to our actual, …

The Bidet

November 18th, 2021

35:42

The bathroom is our most private room in our private homes, devoted to our most private business. And the American bathroom has long contained a stable trinity of fixtures: the toilet, bath, and sink. But is there room …

The Keeper

December 2nd, 2021

39:52

On this season of Nice Try, we’ve asked why we bring certain goods into our homes. What kinds of utopia they promise, and what they deliver with the …

Are You Sleeping?

May 31st, 2022

21:36

Sleep is at the core of our survival. So why aren’t we better at it? What happens when we don’t get enough? And what does our sleep say about us and …

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