ZigZag

ZigZag

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A podcast from Manoush and Jen about changing the course of capitalism, journalism and women’s lives. For real.
S2 EP10: An App for Information Overload?
Dec 13 • 33 min
Journalists-turned-entrepreneurs Mark Little and Áine Kerr believe the experience of getting news online is broken. (And they should know: Mark worked at Twitter and Áine at Facebook.) So, they’re building an app called Kinzen which they hope can reboot…
S2 BONUS: The Story of ZigZag Through Voice Memos
Dec 6 • 13 min
It’s been an extraordinarily weird year. This mini episode compresses Manoush and Jen’s story so far into a strange mash-up of voice memos that documents their leap from public radio producers to audio entrepreneurs (who often are very stressed and seem…
S2 EP9: Julia Angwin’s Investigations Haunt Facebook
Dec 5 • 38 min
Julia Angwin, the award-winning reporter whose investigations make Facebook sweat, just got $20 million from Craig Newmark (yes, as in Craig’s List) to start her own publication. Hear her vision for The MarkUp, why we need a new kind of watchdog…
S2 EP8: The Women Who Make CRIMINAL
Nov 28 • 37 min
CRIMINAL was a mega-hit long before the genre of true-crime took off in podcasting. On this episode, Manoush and Jen talk to the show’s co-creators, Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer, about quitting their stable public radio jobs to start a company (sound…
S2 EP7: Forget Inbox Zero
Nov 22 • 21 min
This week, we explain how the ZigZag inbox works and Manoush answers two very special letters: one from a listener with an unusual financial frustration and another who has an existential entrepreneurial query. Because in the daily cacophony of signals,…
S2 EP6: A Secret #MeToo Weapon
Nov 15 • 28 min
Can you scrub the truth from the web? Or will people always find a workaround? An extraordinary tale this week about the intersection of new tech, personal stories, human rights, and repressive regimes. Plus, producer Thalia Beaty explains how governments…
S2 EP5: Meat World Matters
Nov 7 • 30 min
Meat world, real life, ‘social infrastucture’…whatever you want to call it, human contact with our neighbors is crucial to mending divided communities, according to sociologist Eric Klinenberg, author of Palaces for the People. On this episode, Eric…
S2 EP4: What IS Fact-Checking?
Nov 1 • 27 min
This week’s episode is focused on a very specialized job in journalism: the Fact-Checker. Our guide is journalism’s OG of information verification, Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Adair. He explains the origins, methodology, and challenges of fact-checking in…
S2 EP3: Trusting Yourself in Startup-Entrepreneurland
Oct 24 • 34 min
Hear from three entrepreneurs (Jen, Manoush, and Civil Media CEO Matthew Iles) on how each is coping with uncertainty, deciding how to grow, and bouncing back when things go…well, badly, like that token sale you heard about in the previous episode.…
S2 EP2: Why Civil’s Token Sale Failed
Oct 18 • 43 min
Civil couldn’t convince enough people that blockchain and crypto-economics were the answer to journalism’s problems. It didn’t even come close to its $8m goal. But, #failure is common in the tech world. And so are pivots. On this episode, Civil Media CEO…
S2 EP1: How Misinformation Spreads
Oct 11 • 36 min
Manoush and Jen kick off the season with surprising new research from the Knight Foundation into how false information spreads on Twitter and its effect on society. They also have news about Civil, the blockchain startup for journalism, which is…
Announcing Season Two of ZigZag
Oct 4 • 2 min
ZigZag is BACK on October 11 for Season Two. The theme is Trust + Information. Listen to the trailer to hear what Jen and Manoush have planned…and click here to learn how to get the podcast delivered to you every Thursday. *Never heard ZigZag? *Give…
The Civil Token Sale is Live
Sep 20 • 23 min
Manoush and Jen explain the latest news on Civil’s token sale. They also admit why they’re a little uneasy about some recent press coverage of their endeavors, and try to make sense of one man’s failed attempt at #MeToo redemption. Who you’ll hear:…
Update: It’s Hard Going Back to School, Work, and Saving Journalism
Sep 6 • 23 min
Never heard ZigZag? Start with Season One, Chapter One. This is an update episode between Seasons 1 and 2 of ZigZag. On Sept 20, we’ll have a special report on the Civil token sale. Season Two officially starts on Oct 11, 2018. This week, Manoush and…
Chapter 12: Enter the Mesh
Aug 23 • 40 min
Manoush and Jen wrap up Season One* by interviewing Joe Lubin, co-founder of the Ethereum blockchain, about his involvement with Civil and whether the tech is up to the task of supporting a new platform for journalism. They also have honest answers for…
Chapter 11: Ten Things You Should Know About Crypto
Aug 16 • 29 min
From Crypto Kitties to Bitcoin Carnivores, the world of crypto is like a weird parallel reality, hidden just out of plain sight from most of us. This top ten countdown will grant you powers to see previously-invisible blockchain subcultures and…
Chapter 10: Listening to Anthony Bourdain
Aug 9 • 32 min
Anthony Bourdain did a very unusual interview a few months before his death: he spent an afternoon with Maria Bustillos, founder of Popula.com and the first journalist to join the Civil platform. Bourdain Confidential, her piece about their wonderfully…
Chapter 9: Letter from Startup-Blockchain-Women-Entrepreneurland
Aug 2 • 19 min
Civil postpones its token sale until September and lowers expectations of how much the sale can generate. Meanwhile, Manoush and Jen are floored by emails from listeners about the changes they’ve made in their lives since #MeToo. Plus, Manoush responds to…
Chapter 8: Putting Crypto Pioneers to the Test
Jul 26 • 29 min
It’s true. ZigZag listeners agree that registering to buy CVL tokens is a pain in the ass. And yet, many still plan to join Civil’s experimental social network for journalism. On this episode, listeners ask tough question and explain why they’re…
Chapter 7: A New Frontier for Journalism?
Jul 19 • 38 min
The time has come. Civil, the blockchain startup for journalism, made its big announcement: members of the public can now register to buy its digital currency, the CVL token. But Manoush and Jen are surprised by the strict parameters Civil has set for the…
Chapter 6: What’s a CVL Token?
Jul 12 • 20 min
A heady cocktail of cryptoeconomics and game theory is fueling Civil’s big plan to save journalism. Add a “token curated registry” to the mix and it’s enough to give everyone a virtual hangover. Luckily, economist Stephanie Hurder, obsessive…
Chapter 5: Men, Women and Vulnerability
Jul 5 • 26 min
With Civil’s token launch looming, Manoush and Jen go for one last gut check with the guys who helped inspire their meta journey: Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber, co-founders of Gimlet Media. Season One of their hugely successful podcast StartUp documented…
Chapter 4: Hedging Your Bets
Jun 28 • 34 min
Manoush and Jen give themselves 36 hours in San Francisco to come up with a financial backup plan, just in case this whole blockchain-token-thing doesn’t work out. Silicon Valley runs on VC money so maybe Stable Genius Productions should too? First, they…
Chapter 3: Higher Than We Knew
Jun 21 • 27 min
In Chapters 1 and 2, Jen and Manoush decide to gamble their future on new technology that hasn’t been proven and a virtual currency that doesn’t exist yet. In this chapter, they meet up with another pair of female co-founders to confide their fears about…
Chapter 2: Blockchain. Blockwhat?!
Jun 14 • 25 min
Manoush and Jen have a LOT of questions. Should they stake their careers on the blockchain? How can they explain it without sounding like techno-utopians who have bought into a pyramid scheme? And anyway, can the blockchain really upend how society…
Chapter 1: Meet the Stable Geniuses
Jun 14 • 21 min
Manoush and Jen just formed a new kind of media company. But is it possible for them to simultaneously be entrepreneurs, mission-driven journalists, and good mothers without falling off a financial cliff? They quit their public radio jobs to find out.…
Introducing ZigZag!
May 29 • 2 min
A new podcast about women and tech. And the blockchain. And anxiety. First two episodes drop June 14th! But meanwhile come say hi at Stableg.com and sign up for our newsletter.