Jen and Manoush are gambling their future on new technology that hasn’t been proven and a virtual currency that doesn’t exist. With their stress intensifying, they meet up with another pair of female co-founders launching a media company on the Civil platform: Cannabis Wire.
Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian investigate and report on the burgeoning marijuana industry. Civil, they believe, is their best shot at growing Cannabis Wire into a hardy, sustainable publication (pun intended).
As they get to know each other, the four women confide their various anxieties about the impending launch of Civil’s cryptocurrency. What if the public doesn’t buy into this big idea to save journalism? What if the tokens these founders have been granted are worthless? The conversation brings Manoush and Jen to a realization that the stakes are higher–and more personal–than they knew.
Manoush wrote a piece for Medium about tech and rebuilding trust. Where did the term “self-care” come from? This is the Trezor hardware wallet we finally set up. Here’s the Tow report about journalism and platforms that Nushin helped write. Marketplace has a good blockchain explainer. Google is taking podcasting more seriously but will it turbocharge the industry? Learn more about the power behind Big Marijuana at Cannabis Wire. In Civil News, an ex-NPR president will run the Civil Foundation and a group of top editors/reporters defect from The Denver Post to form The Colorado Sun.
David Herman, Composer and Audio Engineer
Matt Boynton, Audio Engineer
Kat Aaron, Digital Producer
Jordan Lauf, Intern
Illustrations, Alice Rutherford