Manoush Zomorodi

Host, Note to Self

Manoush Zomorodi is the host and managing editor of Note to Self, “the tech show about being human,” 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.

She has won numerous awards for her work including four from the New York Press Club. In 2014, the Alliance for Women in Media named her Outstanding Host.

Prior to New York Public Radio, Manoush reported and produced around the world for BBC News and Thomson Reuters. In 2012, she published Camera Ready, a guide to multimedia journalism.

Manoush grew up in Princeton, New Jersey and went to Georgetown University.

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Manoush Zomorodi appears in the following:

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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Day 5: Your Personal Terms of Service

Friday, February 10, 2017

It's day five of Note to Self's Privacy Paradox challenge. The last day. We'll draw some conclusions from this week—and some boundaries for the future.

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Day 4: Fifteen Minutes of Anonymity

Thursday, February 09, 2017

It's day four of the Privacy Paradox challenge. The executive producer of The Bachelor explains how we change when we know we’re being watched. And, we all get off the grid. Briefly.

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Day 3: Something To Hide

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

It's not just clicks and likes. Marketers are mining the words you use, your tone and sentence length, to profile you. Today, find out who the Internet thinks you are. 

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Day 2: The Search For Your Identity

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Today, we go from creepy to crappy. Creepy is the feeling that the machines know something. Crappy is, at least, knowing what they know. And taking a step to slow the information flow. 

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