9 episodes

American Utopia tells the story of the Oneida Community, a radical 19th century free-love experiment in communal living. Building on his own research as well as interviews with top historians, host Dan Greenstone illuminates the fascinating lives of the liberated women and men who overturned society’s conventions about marriage, love, sex, work and childrearing. Subscribe now.

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American Utopia tells the story of the Oneida Community, a radical 19th century free-love experiment in communal living. Building on his own research as well as interviews with top historians, host Dan Greenstone illuminates the fascinating lives of the liberated women and men who overturned society’s conventions about marriage, love, sex, work and childrearing. Subscribe now.

    Episode 8: Remember Oneida?

    Episode 8: Remember Oneida?

    What is the legacy and what are the lessons of the Oneida free love experiment?

    • 33 min
    Episode 7: Breaking Up

    Episode 7: Breaking Up

    In 1879 the Oneida Community voted to dissolve communal living. This is the story of why.

    • 49 min
    Episode 6: Sticky Love

    Episode 6: Sticky Love

    At the Oneida Community, everything was meant to be shared, including sex and love. But sharing love, it turns out, is really hard.

    • 37 min
    Episode 5: The Assassin and the Prophet

    Episode 5: The Assassin and the Prophet

    Charles J. Guiteau, the man who murdered President Garfield was an Oneida Community alumnus. Did his stay there make him insane?

    • 35 min
    Episode 4: Building Utopia

    Episode 4: Building Utopia

    This is the story of how John Humphrey Noyes and his followers overcame incredible odds to build a flourishing, vibrant community of 300 people who lived and loved together under one giant roof.

    • 39 min
    Episode 3: First Comes Marriage

    Episode 3: First Comes Marriage

    Dan and historian Stephanie Coontz talk vibrators, graham crackers, and female orgasms, as they try to make sense of Oneida's Complex Marriage system in which 300 adults were (heterosexually) married to each other.

    • 44 min

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