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.


Manoush Zomorodi appears in the following:

What It's Like To Be A Radio Host With Hearing Loss

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Manoush Zomorodi of the TED Radio Hour podcast talks with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly about her hearing loss and strategies she's developed to cope.


TED Radio Hour Offers A Show About Loneliness During The Pandemic

Friday, May 01, 2020

The pandemic has left people to deal with various complicated emotions. TED Radio Hour has put together a show about one of them, loneliness.


A Good Time for Boredom

Monday, March 30, 2020

Manoush Zomorodi, host of TED Radio Hour, discusses her book, Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self.

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Whose Bot Army Is Following Manoush?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Generic usernames, no photos, no tweets. This week, we investigate the dozens of mysterious accounts following Manoush on Twitter. Plus, what makes a good bot – and a bad one.


The Fourth Amendment Needs Your Attention

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

This week, the Supreme Court cases that defined privacy for the digital age. Because the founding fathers didn’t write the Bill of Rights with the internet in mind.


How To Have No Filter

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Listener stories and tips: we wrap up our No Filter series of conversations about how women live online.


How Women Are Owning It Online

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Note to Self's Manoush Zomorodi and Stella Bugbee, president of New York Magazine's The Cut, on what they've learned by talking to women about life online.


No Filter: Jasmyn Lawson

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

The woman behind some of your favorite gifs takes us to the future. See what being a woman on the web may look like.


No Filter: Barbara Kruger

Friday, March 30, 2018

The iconic artist on our curated selfies, owning a font, and why we all need likes. You know?


No Filter: Christiane Amanpour

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The CNN anchor on sex, wearing a “uniform,” and staying profesh on air and online.


No Filter: Amy Sherald

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Her portrait of Michelle Obama went viral. Amy Sherald dismisses the haters. “Some people want their poetry to rhyme.”


No Filter: Trace Lysette

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Transparent star on the political nude selfie, her #metoo moment, and constructing her self online and IRL.


No Filter: Lele Pons

Monday, March 26, 2018

What 23 million Instagram followers see when they look at Lele. Day 1 of our weeklong series with The Cut.


Women Online

Monday, March 26, 2018

Is your online self “the real you?


No Filter: Women Owning It Online

Monday, March 26, 2018

In her new series, Manoush Zomorodi of Note to Self talks to women of different generations about the highs and lows of living online. And how they've bent the internet to their will.


Why We Need No Filter

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Five women, owning it online. Our new series, with NY Mag’s The Cut.


My Digital Revolution

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Stories of life online, told live. We team up with Generation Women.


Am I Normal?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Everyone wants to know. Data artist Mona Chalabi will tell you - and explain why normal is BS.


What to Think About Before Posting Family Photos

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

We asked how you share personal photos. Your 1,200 (!) answers were so complex, we brought in psychologist Guy Winch to help.


Have Dating Apps Killed Romance?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

“I walked into this bar. Every single guy was on their phone, on dating apps. Every single one.”