Nice Try!

by Curbed
Arts #143Design #7

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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  • Maekar_I
    Great Show
    I hope she keeps going with this.
  • turkhaven
    Great listen
    I really enjoyed this. Would love more!
  • DCWolfe
    What an excellent and well researched podcast
    For a lot of reasons, utopias are typically seen as taboo subjects with multiple competing sides and dark histories. Avery never shied away from the controversy and presented multiple sides honestly. Well done.
  • franciepanta
    Perfect Podcast about Imperfections
    I loved it! Avery tells each story with a really open mind to what the people involved were hoping to do. I learned about a lot of social experiments I hadn’t heard of before, and I love that it’s focused on the effort to build a perfect place rather than the failures of those places.
  • MN Bible
    Great stuff!
    This has been great so far! I encourage you to listen to everything you can from Avery Trufelman, you won’t be disappointed
  • CG. EE
    Make more episodes
    Critical studies on how and where we live
  • rosa manzo
    I really enjoyed this series
    I really enjoyed this series and interested in what the topic for S02 might be.
  • goodjobpod
    This series was wonderful! I binged it in a couple of days because I couldn’t get enough. 👏🏻
  • Cege
    Interesting stories well told!
  • cole730
    Host is garbage
  • Boshabobbyhobbyla
    We want more!
    I really have loved all these stories and I can’t wait for more episodes and a second season! Or even multi-part episodes to dive in even deeper to each subject! I’d love to hear an episode on the Shaker village at Pleasant Hill, KY.
  • Ignatius J. Reilley
    Great in depth look at Utopian experiments
    Fantastic podcasts. Interesting, engaging, and informative. I love the concept of the people who search for better lifestyles, better societal structures, and aren’t afraid to go for it. Utopias insightful look into these efforts is awesome. Sure do hope they could come out with another season, or so another similarly themed podcast
  • LindsayJayne
    This is one of my all time favorite podcasts. I really hope there is a second season! Honestly, it helped me feel like an interesting person again after I lost all my brain cells to motherhood.
  • MafaldaBA13
    Great show!
    Please come back... listening to second season of Articles of Interest. Hope Nice Try is back by the time I finish it :).
  • Annekebab
    I want to like this podcast!! The subject is fascinating. But after one episode, I’m so disappointed. The depiction of Jamestown, purporting to be the “true” story, still sympathizes with and glorifies John Smith and the English. Huge missed opportunity to include indigenous voices and Powhatan-descended scholars. How can we have the “true” story with only a white perspective? A sound bite from the voice actress from Pocahontas doesn’t quite cut it. I’m reading The True Story of Pocahontas: The Other Side of History by Custalow and Daniel/Little Bear and Silver Star. I recommend that if you want an insight to the indigenous perspective on the events at Jamestown. Yes, let’s study the English perspective but we need to include the indigenous perspective to get the whole picture.
  • SydneyBug
    What an awesome podcast. Can’t say enough amazing things about host Avery Trufelman. Truly an awesome perspective and incredibly interesting each episode. When will season two be available!? Can’t wait!
  • Megs13_23
    Such interesting stories and a great overall theme.
    Please, please, please release a new season soon. This was such an interesting topic and the episodes were so well done.
  • Sabbycatmeow
    Fantastic podcast series. I can’t wait for more.
  • IThinkYou'reSwell
    Please come back!
    One of my all-time favorite podcasts! The biosphere episode in particular was amazing, but the whole premise—wow! I like her voice, too. Seriously, I need more utopias in my life. Please come back.
  • valerlance
    Great Perspective!
    Oh I loved this podcast! It was informative and interesting and fun to listen to! The host’s perspective was a great lens to look at these utopia attempts through!
  • youngtrickass
    Good podcast but I hate the last episode
    Overall the podcast is pretty good and informative but unfortunately doesn’t feel like to has strong identity. It still is super enjoyable and a fun listen to. However, there is a big issue for me. The last episode is an unbearable listen. I wish it was just a regular episode and not that horrid episode. In particular, people did the typical trash about introversion without knowing anything about or researching anything about introversion or extroversion. For those reading, Introverts gain energy with alone time, extroverts gain energy with being around other people. That is literally it. It doesn’t have any other traits. The episode isn’t offensive but really painful to listen to. I hated it so much and wish it was just a real episode on Disney instead of a recording of a live performance. I am sure the rando that talked about it does great work, but I really wish it was just Avery. Ah, anyways, it is a well research podcast and I would recommend it. I would also not recommend listening to the final episodes unless you are super passionate or something.
  • jillianaileen
    I LOVE Nice Try! Can’t wait for more content, because I went through season 1 so quickly (and relistened with my BF on a car ride). Thank you!!!!
  • NatalieBelle
    Insightful and Informative!
    I’ve never left a review for a podcast before, but this one is AMAZING. I recommend to just about everyone I meet and they’ve all loved it as well. Found an advert for it on a random website and so glad I did. Can’t wait for a Season 2! Such a triumph of a podcast!
  • worldmom7
    Awesome! Fascinating!
    Every episode is unique: a story of someplace, some philosophy, some charismatic person or group of people - an unreachable idea of perfection. Each story unfolds into a fascinating narrative told with humor and informed smarts by Avery Trufelman and her well-chosen experts. We wait for the breakdown, the falling-apart, of each utopia, and Avery delivers with the right amount of snark and compassion (except the Hitler story- only outrage there). Avery has the skill, intelligence, and charm to carry all this off, and it’s my favorite podcast ever. Don’t miss it.
  • somethingsomeonesaid
    Only review I’ve ever left.... we need more!
    It’s that good
  • ElimiNathan
    There's always externalities
    Economists like to use the term externalities to explain why some things actually end up causing more problems than they solve. Not everything will fit in our plan, and these stories seem to show this. It reminds me of the Freakenomics Podcast in that way.
  • MonikaBlue
    Informative and imaginative
    Captures the imagination through descriptions of these utopias. Learning about utopias is so cool because they are so easy to dismiss.
  • Burt Maclin FBI
    Solid podcast
    This podcast is awesome to learn about past failed Utopias tried in history. I did think some episodes only scratched the surface but still kept me engaged and listening!
  • ArianaMckenna
    Seriously can’t stop listening!
  • ascendingPig
    I read all the negative reviews
    They’re all just complaining about the fact that the podcasters explicitly discuss how racism informs a lot of historical utopian visions of white paradises. In case you were going to look for reasons not to listen, that’s actually a terrible reason.
  • PianoMan16
    LOVE this podcast. Really interesting stuff here and the host is fantastic.
  • De Austin 13
    Good Concept, But Not Much Nuance
    Love the idea for this, the format, etc. but found the reporting fairly uninformative.
  • paperblots
    Will there be a season 2?
    I love this podcast so much guys.
  • Onairtalent
    I love this show
    My favorite podcast. Please make a season 2!
  • revolucion0
    What a refreshing pod—easy to listen to otherwise dense historical events. Narration connects the dots to themes today and it’s just great. Don’t miss!
  • KagsAM
    Nicely done
    Very original podcast idea and very informative. Like the thread that runs through. Or perhaps many threads: utopia, privilege, cult like ideas.
  • Pellakin
    Great premise, poor execution
    I love the concept, the drive to try our hand at creating an ideal society and the human flaws that inevitably bring it crashing down. There’s a lot of under explored territory here, it could have been great. Unfortunately the research and delivery leave much to be desired. I understand that your ultimate goal is entertainment and that sometimes that involves omitting known facts or investigating commonly dismissed theories. This sort of pulp history can be fun, and I’d happily play along. What I can’t get behind is presenting this heavily edited or manipulated history as fact. I know that some people come to you to learn about history, you do them a disservice if you’re not honest with them. What’s worse is that after listening a while I got the impression that you really wanted this to be truth, that it just fits the narrative for you. I wanted to like this program, and I really tried, but there’s just too much opinion presented as objective fact.
  • Karlaatx
    Eye rolling pretentious podcast
    Ughhh so so bad. The hosts think they are the most brilliant people in the world, so cringe worthy. So self important and unlistenable.
  • ArtTeacher009
    So interesting
    I love the topic and the way it's presented is very compelling.
  • jackson without an x
    New season soon please
  • Cece.Rider
    ...and like....
    Great except for the constant use of "like" among bright, supposedly educated and articulate, young women. Seriously? It dumbs down, like, everything.
  • cabrizzlelizzle
    Avery Trufelman is a goddamn legend
  • #%=€€??
    Love this concept.
    Great, thought provoking series. Suggestion for next season: Fountaingrove, CA. Good job. Utopia does exist... in our minds. Jeff
  • jaypcue
    Pure Bunk
    This podcast conflicts with well-researched and authoritative academic works on the early settlers, such as Harvard prof Bernard Bailyn's "The Barbarous Years...British North America...1600-1675". It is an amateurish attempt to promote a false narrative(s), pure and simple. Pass. Recommended by Reason your homework, Gillespie.
  • LadyAntoinette
    I love this podcast! It’s a great journey to take and there is so much to be learned from the past - thank you!
  • CaitScarpetta
    This podcast is AWESOME, super entertaining & informative.
  • kctww
    Good for all interests
    If you like history, design, religion, science, politics or great storytelling this is the podcast for you. Every episode unearths an event you probably never heard of but is very revealing, very educational and probably weird. Tightly produced with good interviews, narration and framing. Wonderful series beginning to end!
  • ChAnGeOfLuCk
    Binge Worthy!
    I couldn’t stop listening to the amazing pod cast. It amazed me episode after episode to see how greed of took over most of the utopias. I can’t wait until next season!!!
  • acavaminombre
    Why is this not 5 🙃
    Never review podcasts but I’m giving this a 5 cause I can’t believe it has anything but 5!
  • Jersey777
    So much for received racism
    The extrapolation of racism in every decision white people have ever made is nauseating. I can’t listen to this anymore. It’s a shame - girls got talent but is much to willing to promote false narratives
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