9 episodes

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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    • 4.6, 60 Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

nataschaschorer ,

Balanced and critical

Interesting podcast which brings together design, history, and often cults.

Jennn52 ,

Love it

Ignore the other review, this podcast is great and super interesting.

Jamie Franck ,

For a historical podcast have some perspective.

I am really disappointed by this podcast, it’s such a cool concept but so lazily executed. I read the forwards and was very optimistic but am no longer after listing to ep 1. For example, laughing and calling out people who have been dead for 500 years for the perceived ‘audacity’ of starting a trader colony (and not planning on growing the majority of the food they consume). There have been so many examples through history of this working, from the Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians in the ancient world to the Dutch and Portuguese in the early modern period. The last two incidentally were the blueprint for the early British empire. Let’s be honest it’s just easier for you to make them out as being stupid because it fits into a narrative of modern male WASP hate. It’s just so lazy, this could actually have been an objective, insightful and profound exploration of the factors that lead people to attempt to rebirth society but instead I can’t help feel you are mocking them.

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