13 episodes

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.

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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.

    The Crock-Pot

    The Crock-Pot

    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 can reasonably expect from a meal. But what do we do with the time we've saved?
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    • 39 min
    The Vacuum

    The Vacuum

    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, labor, and dirt—as told through the lens of the vacuum cleaner.
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    • 30 min
    The Doorbell

    The Doorbell

    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 by a device that isn’t often thought of as technology. But it's the first thing that you touch when you enter someone else’s home.
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    • 43 min
    Season 2: Interior

    Season 2: Interior

    Nice Try's second season, Interior, interrogates the lifestyle technologies and products that determine the ways we clean, cook, exercise, and sleep -- as we attempt to sail to the unreachable shore of a better life.
    Hosted by Avery Trufelman. From Curbed and the Vox Media Podcast Network. Thursdays starting October 14th.
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    • 2 min
    Disney World: Celebrating Utopia

    Disney World: Celebrating Utopia

    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 event at the 92Y in New York City, Avery asked Caity to bring us back to those vacations. As a reminder that discussion about utopias - and the failures and successes inherent in them - is an ongoing one.
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    • 46 min
    Herland: Reimagine Utopia

    Herland: Reimagine Utopia

    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 society who really need it? In our season finale, we visit worlds where there are no men. In fiction, and real life.
    Read more about all Utopian episodes - from Jamestown to Biosphere 2 - and the books that inspired us this season here: http://bit.ly/nice-try-utopia
    If you're in the New York City area, see Avery discuss utopias with a very special guest at the 92 Street Y on August 6th at 7:30pm. Get your tickets now: http://bit.ly/nicetrylive
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
4K Ratings

4K Ratings

googleguac ,

Spotty

I typically love everything Avery Truffleman does but there are some really odd and narrow takes in some of these so far. Trying to shake it off. Hoping these were blips. Idea is super cool. Production awesome as usual. Writing and pacing are fab. We’ll see…

eclectic7 ,

Don’t care about doorbells snd vacuum cleaners

Great first season followed by absolutely BORING episodes on doorbells and vacuum cleaners. A discovery of central vacuums is not exactly compelling. Really? Central vacuums? Unsubscribing for boring me to death.

indieperfume ,

Beautifully done

Nice sound, thoughtful, interesting information not generally known, and a cut above the many podcasts where you often have to ignore some irritating aspects to get to the good parts. Most interesting for those who like to find out more about the history of daily life, aka the material culture experience of the ordinary American person past into present. There’s an infinite supply of topics, so I hope this keeps going. Like an audio version of a carefully curated and kept antique shop where each thing in it tells a story.

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