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Utopia: In Search of the Dream

Season 1
Is it part of the human condition to believe in a better life? From Star Trek to civil rights, Soviet architecture to Wikipedia, a perfect world has been reimagined and reinvented by generations of dreamers, inspiring extraordinary architecture, new genres of fiction, technology and radical communities. Why do we search for it? Why are we denied it? And how has pursuit of it spurred our evolution?
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  1. 1. Blueprints for Better
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    August 7, 2017
    Moments of social transformation like the civil rights movement of the 1960s were driven by a dream of equality powered by utopian visions. What makes people dream of better? From Jonathan Swift to Star Trek, women rights to Wikipedia, how has the fictional dream of a better world electrified the fight for a better reality? And why have dystopian stories of our darker side captivated us as much?
  2. 2. Build It and They Will Come
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    August 14, 2017
    Some people say hell is other people. For others, a perfect world would be wretched without them. From an eco-commune in Virginia to the grand urban designs of the 20th Century; the New Deal housing projects of downtown Chicago to the concrete sprawl of Soviet-era housing - can utopian visions ever reconcile the tension between our desire to belong and our need as individuals to break free?
  3. 3. A Good Place Within
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    August 21, 2017
    Is utopia a place or a state of mind? Digital culture expert Richard Clay explores the different kinds of cultural escapes on offer to us, expanding our possibilities of transcendence and pleasure. From the immersive worlds of gaming to the ordered minimalism of composer Steve Reich, meet the creators who build worlds of sound and imagination that allow us to escape without leaving the couch.

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Russell Barnes
Russell Barnes
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