Nice Try!

By Curbed

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Subscribers: 2545
Reviews: 7


 Nov 29, 2021

Chris
 Nov 24, 2021
After loving 99% invisible and hearing about this new podcast I had to check it out. And I absolutely love it! thanks for making it, really looking forward for new episodes!


 Feb 6, 2021

Wow Jeff
 Mar 8, 2020
Nice try

New Listener
 Jan 5, 2020
Fascinating stories that are told really well.

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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.

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The Keeper
2392
On this season of Nice Try, we’ve asked why we bring certain goods into our homes. What kinds of utopia they promise, and what they deliver with the latest technology. But even the most faddish of gadgets might just improve a person's life, because we can fall in love with things. Join us for the last episode of Season Two: a love story.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 02, 2021
The Bidet
2142
The bathroom is our most private room in our private homes, devoted to our most private business. And the American bathroom has long contained a stable trinity of fixtures: the toilet, bath, and sink. But is there room for another? This week, the riddle of the Western bathroom and our modern attitudes toward cleanliness—all wrapped up in the mystery of why Americans cannot seem to fully embrace the bidet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 18, 2021
The Mattress
2323
Since industrialization, we have developed a convoluted set of cultural rules and etiquette around sleep—which often run counter to our actual, biological needs for sleep. Enter the mattress: a lightning rod for sleep performance, and a tool for modern self-improvement that's as mysterious and necessary as sleep itself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 11, 2021
The Weight
2728
Fitness trends come and go. But the weight, about as low-tech and simple as it gets, is an anchor in the shifting tides of culture. As workout equipment has become canonized into the realm of home appliances, this heavy metal object aids in our dual—and sometimes conflicting—pursuit of athletics and aesthetics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 04, 2021
The Crock-Pot
2341
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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 28, 2021
The Vacuum
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 21, 2021
The Doorbell
2634
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 14, 2021
Season 2: Interior
129
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 07, 2021
Disney World: Celebrating Utopia
2783
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 15, 2019
Herland: Reimagine Utopia
2213
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 18, 2019
Biosphere 2: The Theater of Utopia
3066
In 1991, eight people embarked on a two-year experiment to create a completely enclosed, self-sustaining ecosystem in a domed research facility in Arizona. Inside the dome, there was a man-made savannah. A rainforest. A farm. An ocean with tropical coral reef. And all of these habitats would be populated with life. Things did not go according to plan. But was it a failure? EDITOR'S NOTE: one instance of explicit language. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 11, 2019
Germania: Architecture in a Fascist Utopia
2192
In 1938, Hitler’s chief architect Albert Speer started redesigning Berlin for a New Order, elements of which exist today. The Tempelhof Airport in West Berlin features designs that specifically evoke the Third Reich. Following the end of World War II, the airport became a crucial access point for the US and British to bring food through the Berlin Blockade. It was closed in 2008, and then became a park, and emergency refugee housing. But the buildings remain. What do we do with the everyday reminders of a dark history? EDITOR'S NOTE: one instance of explicit language. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 27, 2019
Oneida: Utopia, LLC
2226
The Oneida Community was founded in upstate New York in 1848 by John Humphrey Noyes, a former theological student who believed that paradise could be found on Earth through nontraditional sexual and familial structures, including complex marriages and communal childraising. Hundreds of people followed him, and for many years their community succeeded. But the center could not hold, and the community pivoted — into a thriving business that became one of the world’s most prominent makers of flatware.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 20, 2019
Levittown/Concord Park: Utopia in Our Backyard
2051
Suburban developments built in the 1950s were idyllic communities and gave many people their first opportunity at home ownership, but typically excluded African Americans. While William Levitt used explicit racial covenants and other tactics to keep his famed Levittown developments white, one builder used racial quotas to create an integrated community — and succeeded, for a while. Can the suburbs be a utopia for all? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 13, 2019
Chandigarh: The Modernist Utopia
2321
Following the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru commissioned famed architect Le Corbusier to design the city of Chandigarh, to signal India’s rise on the world stage. But the city’s architecture and design has become known more for its Western modernist roots, and less as a symbol of Indian nationalism, and furniture that had been intended for the masses are now being auctioned off as high art pieces that wind up in Kourtney Kardashian’s dining room. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 06, 2019
Jamestown: Utopia for Whom
2348
Most people today know the story of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, from the story of Pocahontas and John Smith, and especially from the 1995 Disney animated film. A gripping recounting of the true story of how the settlement failed and recovered, and the toll it took on the English and Native Americans, shows how failure can be a transformative experience, and also how the stories we tell ourselves about the failures inform the way we live today. EDITOR'S NOTE -- one instance of explicit language.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 30, 2019
Introducing: Utopian
176
Explore the hidden stories behind how we design the world we live in, and what we can learn when those designs fail. Season one, Utopian, follows Avery Trufelman on her quest to understand the perpetual search for the perfect place, the ways that search can go spectacularly wrong, and what comes after. Thursdays starting May 30th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 04, 2019