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:

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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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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