Manoush Zomorodi

Host, Note to Self

Manoush Zomorodi is the host and managing editor of Note to Self, “the tech show about being human,” from WNYC Studios.

Every week on her podcast, Manoush searches for answers to life’s digital quandaries, through experiments and conversations with listeners and experts. Topics include information overload, digital clutter, sexting “scandals," and the eavesdropping capabilities of our gadgets.

She has won numerous awards for her work including four from the New York Press Club. In 2014, the Alliance for Women in Media named her Outstanding Host.

Prior to New York Public Radio, Manoush reported and produced around the world for BBC News and Thomson Reuters. In 2012, she published Camera Ready, a guide to multimedia journalism.

Manoush grew up in Princeton, New Jersey and went to Georgetown University.

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Manoush Zomorodi appears in the following:

The Man Who Invented Facebook Ad Tracking Is Not Sorry

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

After building the social network’s ad system, Antonio García Martínez tried to set his career on fire. Turns out, it takes a lot to get shunned in the Valley.

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Government Secrets Worth Leaking... or Keeping?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

American spies know how to get into our devices—according to Wikileaks. But when are these tactics really making our lives safer?

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Will You Do a Snapchat Streak With Me?

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Because if you don’t, I’ll assume you hate me. What happens when passive aggression, shade and FOMO aren’t a bug—they’re a feature.

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Zapping Your Brain To Bliss

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

New devices promise to chill you out with low-level electric pulses. Turns out, it is possible to over-chill.  

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Can Your Phone Make You Better In Bed?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

No, not by watching porn. By sharing with your partner what turns you on, and weirds you out. Through an app. Of course.

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Privacy, Data Survivalism and a New Tech Ethics

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Technologist Anil Dash on the new ethics of tech. ProPublica’s Julia Angwin on why we’re all losing, and her strategies as a privacy prepper.

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The Privacy Paradox Tip Sheet

Friday, February 10, 2017

Learning more about privacy can be eye-opening - and scary. Don't worry. Here's your guide to protecting your data, and creating a more secure future for us all. 
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Day 5: Your Personal Terms of Service

Friday, February 10, 2017

It's day five of Note to Self's Privacy Paradox challenge. The last day. We'll draw some conclusions from this week—and some boundaries for the future.

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Day 4: Fifteen Minutes of Anonymity

Thursday, February 09, 2017

It's day four of the Privacy Paradox challenge. The executive producer of The Bachelor explains how we change when we know we’re being watched. And, we all get off the grid. Briefly.

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Day 3: Something To Hide

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

It's not just clicks and likes. Marketers are mining the words you use, your tone and sentence length, to profile you. Today, find out who the Internet thinks you are. 

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Day 2: The Search For Your Identity

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Today, we go from creepy to crappy. Creepy is the feeling that the machines know something. Crappy is, at least, knowing what they know. And taking a step to slow the information flow. 

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Day 1: What Your Phone Knows

Monday, February 06, 2017

Your Privacy Paradox challenges start today.  What does your phone know about you? Too much, probably. Time to take charge. 

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Taking Back Your Digital Self

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

A guide on how to stay connected in the digital world without compromising your privacy.

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Note to Self and ProPublica: Breaking the Black Box

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

How are algorithms making decisions about you? A conversation with Note to Self's Manoush Zomorodi, ProPublica's Julia Angwin, entrepreneur Anil Dash and Microsoft's Solon Barocas.

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How To Handle The "Privacy Paradox"

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Note to Self's new series unpacks one of the greatest dilemmas in our wired-up world: how to stay connected without feeling intruded upon by our services and software.

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Privacy Paradox: What You Can Do About Your Data Right Now

Monday, January 30, 2017

How can you stay digitally connected without feeling intruded upon? WNYC's five-day plan hopes to take the mystery out of digital privacy and improve lives both online and off.

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Introducing: The Privacy Paradox

Monday, January 30, 2017

What you need to know to take back your digital identity - and maybe even your soul. 

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Saving Big Data From Itself

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Researchers say big data can save the world. But the data has to come from somewhere. And that somewhere is us.

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The Bookie, The Phone Booth, and The FBI

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How one gambler on the Sunset Strip laid the legal groundwork for privacy in the digital age.

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The Four Tendencies: How to Feed Good Habits

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Are you an upholder, a questioner, an obliger or a rebel? Figuring out your cognitive house might be the key to changing your bad tech habits for good.

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