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ZigZag, the business show about being human, returns as a member of the TED family of podcasts. Join this zig-zagging quest with Manoush Zomorodi (Host of NPR’s TED Radio Hour; Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business) to discover new ways we can align our ambitions with systemic change that’s good for our fellow human beings. www.zigzagpod.comOn Season 5, Manoush profiles six unusual dynamos reinventing business, their industries, and even capitalism in the name of humanity. It will change the way you see your work and your self . Find @ZigZagPod on Twitter and Instagram.Tell Manoush YOUR story by emailing a voice memo to ZigZag@StableG.com.

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    • 4.7 • 125 Ratings

ZigZag, the business show about being human, returns as a member of the TED family of podcasts. Join this zig-zagging quest with Manoush Zomorodi (Host of NPR’s TED Radio Hour; Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business) to discover new ways we can align our ambitions with systemic change that’s good for our fellow human beings. www.zigzagpod.comOn Season 5, Manoush profiles six unusual dynamos reinventing business, their industries, and even capitalism in the name of humanity. It will change the way you see your work and your self . Find @ZigZagPod on Twitter and Instagram.Tell Manoush YOUR story by emailing a voice memo to ZigZag@StableG.com.

    The Case of the Lost American Dream

    The Case of the Lost American Dream

    You may have heard Aarti Shahani’s voice on the radio when she was NPR’s Silicon Valley reporter. The techies she interviewed often assumed she came from a family of engineers or scientists. Nothing could be further from the truth, Aarti says.

    Her parents brought her to the U.S. when she was a child. They overstayed their tourist visas, moved the family into a roach-infested apartment, and subsisted on welfare while looking for work. Eventually, they all got green cards and Aarti thrived as a American teenager…until the day her father was arrested at his electronics store in Manhattan for a crime he didn’t know he’d committed.

    Now Aarti is reporting her own story: why her parents migrated, what it took for the family to survive in the U.S. economy, and how their saga reflects the state of the “American Dream” right now.

    Plus, listeners share what’s happened to their careers, businesses, and mental health since the pandemic began.

    This is the final episode of Season 5 which explains six systemic problems and profiles six amazing people working to fix them.

    You can get updates and stay in touch with Manoush on Twitter @ManoushZ or @ZigZagPod on Twitter and Instagram. Or just sign up for the newsletter.

    • 51 min
    Changing Our Relationship to STUFF

    Changing Our Relationship to STUFF

    We recycle. But does it make a difference?
    We donate our old t-shirts. But does anyone want them?
    We try to shop less. But isn't that bad for the economy?

    On this episode, author Adam Minter explains the connections between our personal habits and a massive global network of recycling and secondhand markets...and he helps us consider: what would it take to build an economy that didn't depend on manufacturing yet more STUFF? Plus, Adam's own zig-zagging story: from growing up in a junkyard to carving out a career as an expert on the global recycling and reuse economies.

    This is the fifth episode of Season 5 which explains six systemic problems and profiles six amazing people working to fix them.

    Tell Manoush what’s going on with your career or company during these strange times @ZigZagPod on Twitter and Instagram or send a voice memo to ZigZag@StableG.com. You can also just say hi @ManoushZ

    • 37 min
    Carrie Goldberg is the Troll Slayer

    Carrie Goldberg is the Troll Slayer

    Carrie Goldberg‘s legal career changed course the year her ex-boyfriend relentlessly cyber-harassed her. At the time, the First Amendment protected his right to post nude photos of her and file (false) police reports against her. Frustrated and angry, Carrie quit her stable nonprofit job and started a law firm to help people dealing with abusers and stalkers. But, as Carrie explains, she quickly realized that finding justice for these victims required more than taking on their individual cases. She needed a three-pronged approach: come up with a business plan, challenge the law that protects tech platforms, and change a culture that weaponizes women’s sexuality.

    This is the fourth episode of Season 5 which explains six systemic problems and profiles six amazing people working to fix them.

    Tell Manoush what’s going on with your career or company during these strange times @ZigZagPod on Twitter and Instagram or send a voice memo to ZigZag@StableG.com. You can also just say hi @ManoushZ.

    • 34 min
    Can Big Tech Be Healed?

    Can Big Tech Be Healed?

    From his posts at Harvard and M.I.T., Greg Epstein observed that the tech industry– with its hierarchies and sacred texts–looked a lot like a religion…and his students worshipped at the alter of Elon Musk. The chaplain wondered: how could he counsel techies to build more humane products? On this episode, Greg explains why he decided to take an unusual side gig as TechCrunch’s ethicist-in-residence and bring his Humanist perspective to Silicon Valley. He also shares how he became an atheist chaplain, why he thinks so many college students are obsessed with exceptionalism, and his own personal epiphany about what it means to be human.

    This is the third episode of Season 5 which explains six systemic problems and profiles six amazing people working to fix them.

    Tell Manoush what’s going on with your career or company during these strange times @ZigZagPod on Twitter and Instagram or send a voice memo to ZigZag@StableG.com. You can also just say hi @ManoushZ.

    • 34 min
    Why Arlan Hamilton Still Believes Capitalism is the Great Equalizer

    Why Arlan Hamilton Still Believes Capitalism is the Great Equalizer

    In 2018, Backstage Capital's Arlan Hamilton was on the cover of Fast Company magazine. The headline was irresistible: homeless, gay, Black woman becomes hot-shot Silicon Valley investor. But the reality is that Black female founders still get token amounts of funding, despite being the fastest growing demographic in the startup world. On this episode, Arlan reflects on whether she's improved the plight of “underestimated and underrepresented” founders and how she explains privilege to white, male investors who don't understand the point of her investment fund. Plus, Manoush's daughter weighs in on entrepreneurship.

    This is the second episode of Season 5 which explains six systemic problems and profiles six amazing people working to fix them.

    Tell Manoush what’s going on with your career or company during these strange times @ZigZagPod on Twitter and Instagram or send a voice memo to ZigZag@StableG.com. You can also just say hi @ManoushZ.

    • 42 min
    Eric Ries' Radical Stock Market Experiment

    Eric Ries' Radical Stock Market Experiment

    When Eric Ries wrote The Lean StartUp he had no idea his book would inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs to ‘pivot’ and ‘iterate.’ Now Eric is 'disrupting' how we do business again. His Long Term Stock Exchange (LTSE) requires companies to change their measurements of success. Rather than live and die by quarterly earnings reports that require inhumane management tactics, companies on the LTSE have to do right by their employees, customers, and communities. Is that really so radical?

    This is the first episode of Season 5 which explains six systemic problems and profiles six amazing people working to fix them.

    Tell Manoush what’s going on with your career or company during these strange times @ZigZagPod on Twitter and Instagram or send a voice memo to ZigZag@StableG.com. You can also just say hi @ManoushZ.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
125 Ratings

125 Ratings

close2shotinc ,

Time travel during the pandemic

I discovered this podcast a couple of months ago. I went back to the first episode recorded in 2018, and I was instantly hooked; it felt like traveling back in time, knowing all along what 2020 had in store. Manoush and Jen are two wonderful, courageous, amazing women who became my travel guides and role models as I followed their attempt at starting their own business. I went from laughing out loud to crying a little while listening to insightful interviews, and their analysis of the world they so desperately want to make a better place for all of us, especially their “dear listeners”. Can’t wait for the season 6!

KaraMacd ,

Thoughtful topics, interesting guests

Manoush has a wonderful conversational style that is really holds my attention. Her topics are thought provoking and provide new perspectives on really big questions. Looking forward to season 6!

andrewfletchercole ,

Straight up and great

I enjoy how Manoush builds a relationship her interviewees and makes each conversation flow. Well researched and topical, the show delves into topics that are part of the zeitgeist. Informative, fun and deeply personal, the learning journey on each episode is a pleasure.

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