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ZigZag, the business show about being human, returns as a member of the TED Audio Collective.  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 professional ambitions with ourRead more

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S6 EP6 STEP 6: THE TIMELINE

Jun 3 • 26:57

On the final episode of The ZigZag Project, activist Stacey Abrams explains her short-term strategies for sticking to her long-term goals and Manoush shares data from surveying thousands of listeners about making a big career change. The project wraps up with one last assignment and Manoush’s favorite messages from listeners. It’s a tear jerker....

S6 EP5 STEP 5: THE PATHS

May 20 • 22:39

Today is Step 5 of The ZigZag Project, our six-step process to get you from wanting to make a big change in your life and work...to actually making a change, in a responsible and mindful way.


Now, as we move from ideation into action, we're getting coaching from Columbia Business School professor, psychologist, and stress researcher Modupe Akinola. Modupe explains why rethi...

S6 EP4 STEP 4: THE MATCH

May 6 • 16:35

On this episode of The ZigZag Project, we move into a more practical phase and start asking hard questions like: What might you need to sacrifice, in order to align your values with your work? Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett shares a story about what she gave up as a young aide, working for the city of Chicago. Manoush gives her own example and asks listeners to try a strang...

S6 EP3 STEP 3: THE WEIRD IDEAS

Apr 22 • 16:55

The third step of The ZigZag Project requires getting weird. Because we're gonna need to dig deep to find new ways to roll back climate change, bring equity to society, and pay our bills. If, after a year of lockdowns and stress, you feel drained at the thought, meet Rob Walker, author of The Art of Noticing. Rob has some unusual ways to inspire you to get creative and fig...

S6 EP2 STEP 2: THE VISION

Apr 8 • 16:46

Conflict resolution specialist Priya Parker joins Manoush to talk about visioning: Taking time out of our daily lives to clarify our professional and personal purpose. With 60% of the project’s beta testers reporting that work is an important part of their identity (and 25% saying they define themselves by the work they do), picturing the future is a particularly crucial s...

S6 EP1 STEP 1: THE PULSE

Mar 25 • 20:46

We’re doing something different this season…...

S5 EP6: The Case of the Lost American Dream

Aug 27 • 51:12



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....

S5 EP5: Changing Our Relationship to STUFF

Aug 20 • 37:18

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?...

S5 EP4: Carrie Goldberg is the Troll Slayer

Aug 13 • 34:08

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 Carri...

S5 EP3: Can Big Tech Be Healed?

Aug 6 • 34:23

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 TechCrunc...

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