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The Future is Not What it Used...
Monday 4 August 2008 23:00-23:15 (Radio 3)
As a child of the 1950s, Richard Foster thought that by now he would be wearing a silver jumpsuit and spending endless hours of leisure zooming around on a personal jet-propelled backpack - all in a world where poverty, sickness and religion had been banished by technology. So what went wrong?
1/3. Broken Dreams: Richard investigates two contrasting utopian worlds in novels from the 1880s: caring capitalism in Looking Backward by American author Edward Bellamy and communitarian socialism in William Morris' News from Nowhere.