Bonus Episode: More Theranos Updates (Elizabeth Holmes Sentencing & Sunny Balwani Trial)
Failed Utopia
by Anna Roberts
2M ago
The Theranos saga continues. Updates on Elizabeth Holmes' sentencing and Sunny Balwani's trial and verdict. Connect on Facebook or at the Failed Utopia website. Links & Resources Theranos Full Explainer: https://failedutopia.com/theranos/ Holmes Trial & Verdict Updates: YouTube https://youtu.be/P9xR6jn84kU Audio only https://failedutopia.com/theranos-update/ Written and produced by Anna Roberts Burning palm tree artwork by Perry Vasquez Intro music by Elliot Middleton Merchandise: www.failedutopia.com/shop Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/faile ..read more
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Roanoke: The Lost Colony
Failed Utopia
by Anna Roberts
2M ago
Colonialism and utopianism, as Thomas More coined the term, have been linked since the early sixteenth century when European explorers began taking stock of newly accessible lands that would later become colonies. Colonists had the expectation of achieving a much better life by settling in "new" lands, while producing a dystopia for the original inhabitants. Optimistic colonists didn’t always find what they expected, but for centuries they continued to emigrate and settle, driven by utopian projections of what their new lives would be like. Today we talk about one of the first colonies in the ..read more
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Paradise to Hellscape: Salton Sea and Other Terrible Places
Failed Utopia
by Anna Roberts
2M ago
Let’s talk about an environmental catastrophe that turned a tourism and wildlife paradise into a toxic wasteland. This is something that we’re starting to see happening all over the world and that’s only going to become more of a problem in the future thanks to climate change.  Connect on Facebook or at the Failed Utopia website. Ghost towns and toxic fumes: How an idyllic California lake became a disaster How California’s Salton Sea went from vacation destination to toxic nightmare As the Great Salt Lake Dries Up, Utah Faces an ‘Environmental Nuclear Bomb’ Lake Urmia, Ira ..read more
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The Church of Love (Chonda-Za)
Failed Utopia
by Anna Roberts
3M ago
The Church of Love: Chonda-Za, Love Angels, lonely hearts, and a whole lot of questionable love letters. Plus, self-delusion and seeing things for what they are. Connect on Facebook or at the Failed Utopia website. Links & Resources National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988 Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741 Domestic Violence Helpline: 1-800-799-7233 VictimConnect, a referral helpline for victims of crime: 1-855-484-2846 For veterans, Make The Connection Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain by Shankar Vedantam ..read more
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Cryptocurrency Part 2
Failed Utopia
by Anna Roberts
3M ago
In Part 2, hopefully we’re gonna have a little more fun talking not about techno-utopia, but actual physical utopian communes based around the love of crypto. Cryptoland, Cryptopia, Satoshi Island, Bitcoin Beach, Bitcoin City, and actually, the entire country of El Salvador. Connect on Facebook or at the Failed Utopia website. Links & Resources Tragic Cryptoland trailer Cryptoland website When Your Island Paradise Goes Bankrupt... Thailand’s Crypto Utopia — ‘90% of a cult, without all the weird stuff’ Satoshi Island website Bitcoin paradise? Briton creates ‘crypto utopia’ i ..read more
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Cryptocurrency Part 1
Failed Utopia
by Anna Roberts
4M ago
Cryptocurrency is one of the most buzzy techno-utopian ideas out there. Is it really a disruptive technology of the future? Or a bunch of esoteric, elitist, crypto-bro BS? Even a scam? Let's talk about what crypto is and what it's good for... or not. Connect on Facebook or at the Failed Utopia website. Links & Resources Computer Scientists Say Crypto Industry Is Misleading the Public About Blockchain Technology Why This Computer Scientist Says All Cryptocurrency Should “Die in a Fire” The Ramps Killing Bitcoin's Dissident Thesis Luxury cars seized from 23-year-old 'Cry ..read more
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The Farm
Failed Utopia
by Anna Roberts
4M ago
The Farm was once the largest hippie commune in U.S. history, and it still exists today albeit in a somewhat different form. Connect on Facebook or at the Failed Utopia website. Links & Resources https://thefarmcommunity.com https://www.thefarm.org What life is like when you’re born on a commune Erika Anderson Stephen Gaskin obituary “40 Years on the Farm” documentary Written and produced by Anna Roberts Burning palm tree artwork by Perry Vasquez Intro music by Elliot Middleton Merchandise: www.failedutopia.com/shop Support this podcast at — https://redcir ..read more
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Auroville
Failed Utopia
by Anna Roberts
5M ago
A spiritual Indian utopia that’s over 50 years old, but still very much a work in progress. Connect on Facebook or at the Failed Utopia website. Better to Have Gone: Love, Death, and the Quest for Utopia in Auroville by Akash Kapur Bulldozing a dream? Auroville’s importance as an experiment in alternative living Bulldozers, violence and politics crack an Indian dream of utopia Written and produced by Anna Roberts Burning palm tree artwork by Perry Vasquez Intro music by Elliot Middleton Merchandise: www.failedutopia.com/shop Support this podcast at — https://r ..read more
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Biosphere 2
Failed Utopia
by Anna Roberts
5M ago
On this episode, the fascinating story of Biosphere 2, the largest closed ecological system ever created… or, how eight people went nuts and almost starved in a vivarium for humans. Connect on Facebook or at the Failed Utopia website. Links & Resources https://biosphere2.org Mark Nelson’s 2018 article Biosphere 2: What Really Happened? Spaceship Earth Written and produced by Anna Roberts Burning palm tree artwork by Perry Vasquez Intro music by Elliot Middleton Merchandise: www.failedutopia.com/shop Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/failedut ..read more
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Helicon Home Colony
Failed Utopia
by Anna Roberts
11M ago
The Helicon Home Colony was the brainchild of the renowned author and muckraking journalist Upton Sinclair. It lasted less than 6 months and went down in a literal blaze. "We stood in the snow and watched our beautiful utopia flame and roar, until it crashed in and died away to a dull glow." Connect on Facebook or at the Failed Utopia website. Links & Resources The Project Gutenberg eBook of The Autobiography of Upton Sinclair Utopia, New Jersey: Travels in the Nearest Eden by Perdita Buchan Radical Innocent: Upton Sinclair by Anthony Arthur Written and produced ..read more
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