By Stable Genius Productions
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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 cryptocurrency, things get really interesting. ZigZag is a meta-mix of voice memos, taped conversations, come-to-Jesus moments, and mini-stories about entrepreneurship, deciding how to align your values with your ambitions, and building strong partnerships.
||CleanS3 EP1: The Lifecycle of an Idea||Season 3 of ZigZag is about riding the Hype Cycle.||1/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 EP12: Lessons Learned from a Risky Crypto Experiment||Manoush and Jen wrap up season 2 of Zigzag by admitting their highs and lows, their zigs and their zags.||12/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 EP11: If Capitalism and Socialism Had a Baby||Manoush goes BIG THINK with economist Rufus Pollock on how he'd radically change the way global economies work. Hint: by breaking up the Big Tech monopolies and making information open.||12/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 EP10: An App for Information Overload?||Is it possible to start over and make a healthy news and information app that would be BENEFICIAL for us?||12/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 BONUS: The Story of ZigZag Through Voice Memos||Jen made a weird mini episode to thank all of the people who support Radiotopia and ZigZag. So thanks!||12/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 EP9: Julia Angwin's Investigations Haunt Facebook||Manoush talks with Julia Angwin, the cofounder of The MarkUp, the investigative non-profit news organization that's just received $20 million in funding from Craig Newmark||12/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 EP8: The Women Who Make CRIMINAL||The Stable Geniuses (Manoush and Jen) talk with the women behind the hit Radiotopia podcast Criminal. Hear a frank conversation about podcasting, business ownership and creative partnerships.||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 EP7: Forget Inbox Zero||In this season of giving thanks, we are grateful for the technology that keeps on giving: email. And we thank all the ZigZag listeners who've sent voice memos, encouragement, love and constructive criticism via email.||11/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 EP6: A Secret #MeToo Weapon||What happened when the MeToo movement met Blockchain in China||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 EP5: Meat World Matters||The urban dictionary defines 'meat world' as the real world, outside the internet. Jen and Manoush explore one specific aspect of meat world and why it matters, especially nowadays.||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 EP4: What IS Fact-Checking?||Manoush goes whole hog on role of the fact-checker in journalism today and what fact checking will look like in the future.||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 EP3: Trusting Yourself in Startup-Entrepreneurland||Because failure can focus you.||10/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 EP2: Why Civil's Token Sale Failed||Civil founder and CEO Matthew Iles acknowledges the mistakes there. Manoush and Jen continue to examine the sources of misinformation that are slowly flowing into our society and affecting our democracy, via Twitter.||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 EP1: How Misinformation Spreads||Season Two of ZigZag tackles Trust and Information on multiple levels: from co-founders, to new technology, and beyond.||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnnouncing Season Two of ZigZag||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 Episodes One and Two of Season One a try. You'll get to know Jen and Manoush and finally understand what blockchain technology is. Still not convinced? Read what the press and listeners have to say about the show.||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Civil Token Sale is Live||Manoush and Jen go behind-the-scenes of the Civil token sale. And they get #meta about being journalists, who cover weird journalism experiments, and then get press about it.||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUpdate: It’s Hard Going Back to School, Work, and Saving Journalism||We took a week off. Jen went to a secret surfing. Manoush went to Iceland. Now it's back to work.||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 12: Enter the Mesh||The future of corporations, crypto, and this podcast with billionaire blockchain founder, Joe Lubin.||8/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 11: Ten Things You Should Know About Crypto||Translating the head-scratching lingo, odd habits, and important basics of digital currencies with Coindesk's Joon Ian Wong.||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter 10: Listening to Anthony Bourdain||Civil journalist Maria Bustillos shares a recording of her epic interview with America’s unofficial ambassador.||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 9: Letter from Startup-Blockchain-Women-Entrepreneurland||Civil delays its token sale and listeners share changes they’ve made in their lives since #MeToo.||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter 8: Putting Crypto Pioneers to the Test||Mapping the future of journalism is hard. And some people like it that way.||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter 7: A New Frontier for Journalism?||Civil officially announces its token sale and the rules governing the platform.||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter 6: What's a CVL Token?||Nerdball incoming! Manoush and Jen go deeper on blockchain technology with the basics behind cryptoeconomics and token curated registries.||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter 5: Men, Women and Vulnerability||Ahead of the Civil token launch, Manoush and Jen go for one last gut check with the cofounders of Gimlet Media.||7/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter 4: Hedging Your Bets||Roman Mars and a well-known venture capitalist school Manoush and Jen.||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter 3: Higher Than We Knew||The stakes for the upcoming cryptocurrency launch become clear to Manoush and Jen.||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter 2: Blockchain. Blockwhat?!||Jen and Manoush learn that blockchain technology could do a lot more than just making Bitcoin speculators stupid rich.||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter 1: Meet the Stable Geniuses||Jen and Manoush leave their public radio jobs to chart a new course.||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing ZigZag!||A new podcast about women and tech. And the blockchain. And anxiety.||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Enough recap, recap, recap and who you are, what you’re doing, and why and actually give us some real content. It’s as tough you weren’t ready to tell the story you intend to tell and started to publish episodes prematurely.
Not about Tech
These are two journalists, not tech people. They promised their first episode would be about the blockchain but that was a lie. They failed to make me care about any of their entrepreneurial woes in their first episode. Zigzag is an appropriate name because they don’t seem very focused.
Wait and See
I love Manoush and I used to be a regular listener to Note to Self. I am trying reallllllly hard to like this new show but halfway through Chapter 6 (after learning from previous episodes that the tokens will make or break this experiment they're running) it feels like I'm talking to a friend who just joined AmWay and is trying hard to get me to "buy in". It's like Startup meets Avon. "Watch us try to make it in this business...oh but our success hangs solely on YOUR willingness to buy tokens to keep our show on the air!" Ugh. Cringey at the least and tacky at the most. I'll keep listening though because like I said before, I love Manoush and her style; I'm just hoping the show becomes more actual content and less selling later on. I don't mind branded podcasts when I know they're branded but this isn't it.