American Utopia

American Utopia

Episode 8: Remember Oneida?

How should we remember Oneida? Was John Humphrey Noyes a cult leader, akin to David Koresh? Did the communards of...

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Episode 7: Breaking Up

On a summer night In 1879, wearing socks but no shoes, John Humphrey Noyes crept out of the Oneida Community Mansion...

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Episode 6: Sticky Love

At the Oneida Community, everything was meant to be shared, including sex and love. And becoming too attached (or...

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Episode 5: The Assassin and the Prophet

In 1881, an Oneida Community alumnus named Charles J. Guiteau, shot and killed president James A. Garfield. And in...

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Episode 4: Building Utopia

In 1848, when word of his free-love practices spread in his hometown of Putney, Vermont, John Humphrey Noyes and a...

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Episode 2: A Perfect Man

In this episode we meet Oneida's founder, John Humphrey Noyes, a painfully shy boy whose life and character are...

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Episode 3: First Comes Marriage

Dan and historian Stephanie Coontz talk vibrators, graham crackers, and female orgasms, as they try to make sense of...

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Episode 1: Harriet Worden's Whiplash

In the first episode of American Utopia, we meet Harriet Worden. After Harriet's mother died, Harriet's father, in a...

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Preview: American Utopia

American Utopia tells the story of the Oneida Community, a radical 19th century free-love experiment in communal...

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