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:

Dear Manoush: The Advice Episode

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

You send us a lot of questions about managing tech-life. This week, Manoush has the answers.

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Dan Harris Knows All Your Excuses for Not Meditating

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

People have a lot of excuses for not meditating. Eight, in fact. Dan Harris knows them all. And he can help.

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Search Inside Yourself For Peace and Joy

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Let’s create some calm as this year ends. It all starts with one deep breath, led by Google employee 107. (Who retired at 44 to meditate and build the conditions for world peace.) #nbd

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Look Into the Future with Black Mirror

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The creators of Netflix’s hit Black Mirror on predicting the future, Twitter as a massive role-playing game, and nostalgia for meh. Optimism and wit from two delightfully dark geniuses.

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Alexa, Is Amazon Taking Over The World?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The tradeoffs we don’t see when we shop on Amazon. Why the answer isn’t to cancel your Prime. And yes, I bring Alexa’s new camera into my bedroom.

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"You Deserve to Die" and Other Fun Conversation Starters

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

People say mean things to Dylan Marron online. He takes that as an invitation to call them up and make friends.

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Let’s Check The Tape

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

An incomplete list of the objects listening to us: Siri. Alexa. Google Home. With so many recordings, the transcribed life isn’t far off. For better or for worse.  

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The Lawsuit that Could Shine a Light on Cambridge Analytica

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

How a single American’s quest for his own digital marketing profile may show us all how our data travels the world. And may even end up in the hands of foreign governments.

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Revisiting Cambridge Analytica’s Role in the Presidential Election

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

From March, the first chapter in our look at Cambridge Analytica. We asked the controversial digital marketing firm what services they provided for Trump.
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It’s Not Over Nyet

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Time to consider how online interference moves into the physical world. The second of our spy handbook for our data-rich era.

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Spy Terms of the Internyet

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Russian spy tactics have gotten an upgrade since the Cold War. This week, how they work now.

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Nyet Just a Conspiracy Theory?

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

If talking about democracy getting hacked feels like old news, it’s time to take a fresh look. 

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Where Do I Go Now?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

There was a time humans were guided by stars, not satellite. Now you can beam into robots, or turn on GPS. But when we put ourselves on autopilot we may lose our minds.

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How Boredom Can Lead to Brilliance

Monday, October 23, 2017

Boredom isn't so bad after all.

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Play Video Games for Your Mental Health

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

You judge the person playing Candy Crush. Even when it’s you. But that mental fist pump from leveling up has real value. How to stop judging and use games for a strategic reset.

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Talking to Myself

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Replika app chats with you, learns from you, and reflects you back. Your AI self gets pretty real. #realtalkbot

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I Didn’t See Your Text

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

And other fibs we tell our friends, family and lovers. Psychotherapist Esther Perel is back to call us on our bullsh*t.

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Ghosting, Simmering and Icing with Esther Perel

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Remember being dumped? Now, technology lets us delay, deflect, and disappear. Renowned psychotherapist Esther Perel is here to help us fall in love better.

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In Defense of Boredom

Friday, September 15, 2017

Brooke talks to Note to Self host Manoush Zomorodi about her fear of boredom and Manoush's new book, "Bored and Brilliant."

Eavesdropping On Epiphany

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

How (and why) a week of boredom sparked a brilliant breakthrough for one college student. And the link between single-tasking and innovation.

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