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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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

3.9 out of 5
3.1K Ratings

3.1K Ratings

nlerb21 ,

Fascinating and well-crafted story telling

The stories offer an extremely critical and interesting look at the failures in history as well as draw parallels in the present time, making strong arguments why we should still care about these same lessons. Captivating story telling done artfully by Avery Trufelman as always!

FSHS.A ,

Where are the facts

The first and last episode I listen to “Biosphere 2”. Early in the episode Ms. Trufelman states that if you do a Google search on “Biosphere 2” one can find little information on this subject. I immediately did a Internet search and found this was not true. Where are the source of facts for this podcast? True, the story Ms. Trufelman tells may not be found, but information on Biosphere 2 is readily available to the general public.

As I continued to listen to the podcast I enjoyed learning the history behind the beginnings of Biosphere 2. Then out of the blue came a comment from Trufelman that the eight biospherians were all white. How does this fact play into the science behind the story? Further, how is it relevant? If Trufelman insists on commenting in the race of the biospherians, did she do research into whether people of other races were purposely excluded? Why not include that as part of the podcast? Where are the facts?

I must say I enjoyed the podcast to the end, UNTIL Trufelman makes personal comments not related at all to Biosphere 2. She goes in about racism and inequality of women and how she wishes these mistreated (my rephrasing) people need to build there own Utopia. These comments totally turned me off.

In regard to the existence of a Utopia, does Ms. Trufelman think a Utopia exists or can exist? Since we can probably agree there is no Utopia on earth (as of today), why does Ms. Trufelman think this is the case? What would it take for a Utopia to exist? Was there ever a Utopia on earth? These questions would make for a worthwhile podcast, but a podcast where irrelevant facts or narrator opinions are thrown in aren’t worth my time.

Mzmoxee ,

Fascinating and well done

Well researched and fun

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