ZigZag

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ZigZag is the business podcast about being human.
Join a community of listeners riding the twists and turns of late-capitalism, searching for a kinder, more sustainable way.

Manoush Zomorodi (NPR’s TED Radio Hour; Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business) and Jen Poyant (EP Note to Self, 2 Dope Queens) investigate the impact of work and business on our wellbeing and our planet, as they look for answers to their listeners’ most pressing question: does surviving late capitalism require selling out your ideals? 

From anxious new grads to established professionals and entrepreneurs, ZigZag listeners are facing twists and turns in their careers, companies, and lives as never before. They also share a sense that the current business models, from the Surveillance Economy to the Gig Economy, are unsustainable. Our psyches and the environment feel maxed out.

Every episode of ZigZag, Seasons 4 and 5, explores a pressing issue that’s changing how work works and profiles a rebel or visionaire who is experimenting with finding a kinder, more sustainable way. Topics include talking about identity in the workplace, protecting the privacy of yourself and your customers, balancing personal relationships with ambition, and building businesses that respect their employees and the environment.

For Jen and Manoush’s personal story (and their adventures in starting their own business with help from experimental blockchain technology), listen to the first three seasons of the show, starting with Season 1, Chapter 1

Read more about the show in the New York TimesAdWeekRecodeRefinery29Quartz Bitcoin Magazine, and the Financial Times.

Listeners call the show…

“Super authentic, informative, and funny — a total must listen.”


“A deeply intelligent show [with] two brilliant and brave women.”


“Something really special that will help you understand tech, life and how we interact with both.”

Find us @ZigZagPod on Twitter and Instagram and subscribe at Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic or wherever you like to listen.

MANOUSH ZOMORODI

Manoush is the incoming host of NPR’s TED Radio Hour and co-founder of Stable Genius Productions. She is also the co-host and co-creator of ZigZag, the business podcast about being human.

Investigating how technology and business are transforming humanity is Manoush’s passion and expertise. Her book Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Creative Self (2017, St. Martin’s Press) and TED Talk (3.3m+ views) are guides to surviving the “Attention Economy.” She was one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2018. Manoush created and hosted the podcast Note to Self from 2013-2019, in partnership with WNYC Studios. The Academy of Podcasters named Note to Self Best Tech Podcast of 2017. Manoush has received numerous awards for her work, including The Gracie in 2014 and 2018 for Best Radio Host.

JEN POYANT

Jen is co-founder of Stable Genius Productions and co-hosts the business podcast ZigZag, which she created with TED Radio Hour host Manoush Zomorodi. 

Jen identifies, nurtures, and collaborates with on-air talent to create groundbreaking podcasts. As WNYC Studios’ Executive Producer from 2015-2018, she developed Note to Self and other hit shows including 2 Dope Queens, with Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams. Prior to that, she was Senior Producer of the national daily news program The Takeaway and spearheaded the first Werk It Festival, WNYC’s annual conference for women in audio. When she’s not editing audio, Jen can be found surfing.

Stable Genius Productions is a media company with a mission to help people navigate personal and global change. SGP uses podcasts as a lab to test new ways journalists can educate, entertain, and inspire through narrative.  For updates, follow @StableGP on Twitter and Instagram and sign up for our newsletter.

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