34 EpisodesProduced by Stable Genius Productions

Meet Manoush and Jen, founders of Stable Genius Productions. They’re documenting the process of starting a media company while trying not to simultaneously become bad mothers, bankrupt themselves, or destroy their wonderful creative partnership. And when their first funding comes in the form of cryp… read more

34 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Introducing ZigZag!

May 29th, 2018


Chapter 1: Meet the Stable Geniuses

June 14th, 2018


Manoush and Jen just formed a new kind of media company. But is it possible for them to simultaneously be entrepreneurs, mission-driven journalists, …

Chapter 2: Blockchain. Blockwhat?!

June 14th, 2018


Manoush and Jen have a LOT of questions. Should they stake their careers on the blockchain? How can they explain it without sounding like …

Chapter 3: Higher Than We Knew

June 21st, 2018


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 …

Chapter 4: Hedging Your Bets

June 28th, 2018


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 …

Chapter 5: Men, Women and Vulnerability

July 5th, 2018


Chapter 6: What's a CVL Token?

July 12th, 2018


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

Chapter 7: A New Frontier for Journalism?

July 19th, 2018


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 …

Chapter 8: Putting Crypto Pioneers to the Test

July 26th, 2018


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 …

Chapter 9: Letter from Startup-Blockchain-Women-Entrepreneurland

August 2nd, 2018


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 …

Chapter 10: Listening to Anthony Bourdain

August 9th, 2018


Chapter 11: Ten Things You Should Know About Crypto

August 16th, 2018


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 …

Chapter 12: Enter the Mesh

August 23rd, 2018


Manoush and Jen wrap up Season One* by interviewing Joe Lubin, co-founder of the Ethereum blockchain, about his involvement with Civil and whether …

Update: It’s Hard Going Back to School, Work, and Saving Journalism

September 6th, 2018


The Civil Token Sale is Live

September 20th, 2018


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 …

Announcing Season Two of ZigZag

October 4th, 2018


S2 EP1: How Misinformation Spreads

October 11th, 2018


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 …

S2 EP2: Why Civil's Token Sale Failed

October 18th, 2018


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 …

S2 EP3: Trusting Yourself in Startup-Entrepreneurland

October 25th, 2018


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 …

S2 EP4: What IS Fact-Checking?

November 1st, 2018


S2 EP5: Meat World Matters

November 8th, 2018


Meat world, real life, 'social infrastucture'...whatever you want to call it, human contact with our neighbors is crucial to mending divided …

S2 EP6: A Secret #MeToo Weapon

November 15th, 2018


S2 EP7: Forget Inbox Zero

November 22nd, 2018


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 …

S2 EP8: The Women Who Make CRIMINAL

November 28th, 2018


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 …

S2 EP9: Julia Angwin's Investigations Haunt Facebook

December 6th, 2018


Julia Angwin, the award-winning reporter whose investigations make Facebook sweat, just got $20 million from Craig Newmark (yes, as in Craig's List) …

S2 BONUS: The Story of ZigZag Through Voice Memos

December 6th, 2018


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 …

S2 EP10: An App for Information Overload?

December 13th, 2018


Journalists-turned-entrepreneurs Mark Little and Áine Kerr believe the experience of getting news online is broken. (And they should know: Mark …

S2 EP11: If Capitalism and Socialism Had a Baby

December 20th, 2018


The richest 1 percent of the world's population now owns more than half of the world's wealth. The calls for breaking up Big Tech companies are …

S2 EP12: Lessons Learned from a Risky Crypto Experiment

December 20th, 2018


The co-founders of Stable Genius Productions have a candid conversation about their current financial situation (hint: their grant is running out soon), the highs/lows of making this season of the podcast (another hint: …

S3 EP1: The Lifecycle of an Idea

January 17th, 2019


S3 EP2: What Triggers Innovation

January 31st, 2019


S3 EP3: The Peak of Expectations

February 14th, 2019


As we continue through the Hype Cycle, we reach the fun, thrilling, titillating phase: the Peak of Expectations. It generates the vital inspiration and adrenaline that keeps every entrepreneur or visionary going (that …

S3 EP4: The Trough of Disillusionment

February 28th, 2019


Our journey through the Hype Cycle takes a dark turn this week. Because every innovative idea, sadly, must pass through the third (and most …

S3 EP5: The Slope of Enlightenment

March 14th, 2019

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