Manoush Zomorodi

Host, Note to Self

Manoush Zomorodi is the host and managing editor of the podcast Note to Self 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.

Her book, Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self, is based on an experiment she did with tens of thousands of her listeners in 2015.

Prior to New York Public Radio, Manoush reported and produced around the world for BBC News and Thomson Reuters. Manoush grew up in Princeton, New Jersey and went to Georgetown University. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.

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Manoush Zomorodi appears in the following:

We See Ourselves in Black Mirror

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Black Mirror is a tweaked reflection of technology’s worst consequences - a “sarcastic version of the present.’ So of course we love it. This week, we talk to its genius creators.

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Preview: Sen. Ron Wyden of the Senate Intelligence Committee

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Today, Sen. Wyden hears testimony from former FBI Director James Comey. Next week, he’ll be on N2S. Here’s a sneak peek at our chat about cybersecurity and your digital rights. 
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Meet the Humans Who Protect Your Eyes

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

People upload every kind of image (un)imaginable. Content moderators look at all the awful stuff, so you don’t have to. They toil in obscurity. Why aren’t they held up as heroes?

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What We Learned from Grandpa’s FBI File

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Our producer discovered an FBI file on her grandfather. What if they compiled a file on you? Here's how they'd do it. 

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Taking the Lead Episode 1: The Pain Point

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Our award winning series about work/life balance, and how Silicon Valley reacts to two Brooklyn moms with one big tech idea. This is episode one.
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Why Are So Many Bots Following Manoush?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bot armies are taking aim at our democracies, from last November to Brexit to this weekend’s French election. But what do they want with Manoush?

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Parents Just Don’t Understand, Tech Edition

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Uh, mom, the eggplant emoji is not about food. And the crying-laughing emoji is not appropriate for funerals. It’s time for some family tech therapy. With a professional.

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AI Learns from Us. So It Learns Bias.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

We count on robots to do more and more stuff. Drive cars, water crops, diagnose disease. What happens when the robots are racist? 

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Revealing Selfies. Not Like That.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Your selfies are sharing way more than your smiling face. They’re full of data. Which is being used by stores. And banks. And police. And, well, everyone.

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Spring Cleaning for the Mind

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Got that buzzy, anxious feeling of wanting to know about everything going on? Here's one thing you can do to fight information overload right now.

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Cucked: Defining Manhood the Alt-Right Way

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

How one revolting, racist, sexist word emerged from the dark corners of 4chan and Reddit. And why we should care.

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Congress Votes To Roll Back FCC's Internet Privacy Protections

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Congress approved a measure that rolls back an FCC rule that would have required Internet providers to ask permission before selling consumers' personal data.

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Deep-Dark-Data-Driven Politics

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The story goes: the Trump campaign hired consultants called Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge uses data to target voters' personalities and emotions. Trump wins. But it's not so simple. 

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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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