Nice Try! is a new seasonal podcast about the perpetual search for the perfect place from Curbed and the Vox Media Podcast Network. Hosted by Avery Trufelman (@trufelman), the first seven-episode season titled “Utopian” tells the stories behind the world’s most fascinating communities, from an enclosed bubble of environmentalists to the first American “company town” to 19th-century spiritual sects.
Many of these utopian attempts started with noble intentions to solve problems of nature, government, or religion — issues still relevant to people seeking answers about how to live in the world today.
“There’s something that’s so eternally beguiling about the idea of utopia, to construct your identity from scratch, and build the world you want to live in,” says Trufelman. “As a lot of these stories attest that it’s — if not impossible — extremely difficult to do. It’s interesting to watch how far people can go, and to what degree they can succeed in the construction of their ideal world.”
Throughout the season, Trufelman will take listeners on a journey through the history of the Jamestown settlement, the Indian capital city of Chandigarh, the racially diverse suburban development Concord Park, the 19th century Oneida Community, Albert Speer’s Berlin plan, Biosphere 2 in Arizona, and Herland, a feminist utopia first explored in a novel from 1915.
Avery Trufelman is an Oakland, California-based producer on Radiotopia’s 99% Invisible and the host of 99PI’s Articles of Interest, a capsule series that examines what we wear and why. Articles of Interest was deemed one of the best podcasts of 2018 by the BBC, New York Magazine, and the New Yorker.
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