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:

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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Save the Planet! Part 1: I'm Gonna Take My Clothes Off

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

This week, five episodes for five ways we can do better by the planet. First: warm up, strip down. Rethink the air conditioner.
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Save the Planet! Part 2: Whale Poop

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Giant whale turds. A permanent shade over the sun. One is flashier, but that's the danger of it. This is poopier oceans vs. the climate change quick fix.
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Escape From Yahoo!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The hacks, the Verizon sale, the uncool factor. This week, the tech loyalties we keep when maybe we shouldn’t.

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Your Mailman Is a Drug Dealer. He Just Doesn’t Know It.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

We visit the Dark Web, where you can get heroin, fentanyl and oxycontin shipped right to your door. This week, the link between online drug markets and America’s opioid crisis.

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Should We Post Photos of Our Kids Online?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A third of kids are online before they’re born, thanks to sonogram images posted to Facebook. Is there a downside to all the kid photos we share?

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When Was the Last Time You Peed Without Your Phone?

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Yeah, it’s been a while for us too. So let’s reset. It’s the Bored and Brilliant bootcamp: three quick challenges to make space for brilliance in our accelerating world.

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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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